Kickstart Innovation, one of Europe’s leading innovation platforms, announced the initiation of 48 Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and other partnerships between start-ups, scale-ups and established companies and institutions. Since 2015, a total of over 170 such collaborations have been initiated in the fields of Circular Economy, EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & RetailTech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology and others, with great success. “This year many companies were challenged to change their operating processes and digitalize applications in a very short time.
The partnerships established this year indicate that transforming processes early on using digital and other
innovative solutions is a competitive advantage. For this purpose, large companies are increasingly
interested in collaborating with high-growth start-ups,” explains Katka Letzing, Co-Founder and CEO of Kickstart Innovation. These collaborations have gained even more importance if Switzerland is to maintain its innovation engagement on local and global levels.
Over the past ten weeks, well-known Swiss companies and institutions such as AXA, Coop, Migros,
Swisscom, die Mobiliar, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, the City of Zurich, PostFinance, Holcim Switzerland,
Energie 360°, Credit Suisse and other partner organizations have formed valuable partnerships with
scaleups from more than 11 countries.
A new Kickstart partnership is confirmed with Sanitas, one of the largest health insurance companies in
Switzerland. “We are excited to collaborate with Kickstart in 2021! Based on the two test POCs performed
earlier this year, I am confident that we are able to develop new and innovative offers for our clients in
collaboration with start-ups in the Kickstart environment. Furthermore, our corporate values to make things
simple, drive innovation and act in an open collaborative way build a strong foundation for successful POCs,”
says Andreas Schönenberger, CEO of Sanitas.
Partnerships in the FinTech & InsurTech Vertical:
● Swisscom and decentriq are partnering to build “Confidential Insights”, a web application for running
probably anonymous surveys and peer group analyses.
● The City of Zurich and decentriq are exploring specific use cases in order to realize the potential of
anonymized data analytics for the city administration.
● During a proof-of concept with Yova, PostFinance will test their client’s interest in sustainable
investment solutions offered on the Yova impact investing platform.
● Mobiliar, PostFinance and decentriq will work towards a prototype of a Swiss Data Ecosystem,
leveraging the latest advancements of confidential computing.
● Credit Suisse together with decentriq will explore the advantages of confidential computing around open
banking, Machine Learning models and data ecosystems.
● MotionsCloud and LAMIE Direkt are in partnership to implement an AI computer vision driven
automated pre-inspection of used smartphone insurance in the online purchasing process to evaluate
the pre-existing conditions and improve the quality of the policies as well as else dispute at the point
● Health insurer Helsana and digital platform provider alumni, Fjuul,entered a commercial partnership to
support the Helsana+ loyalty and bonus program.
● Swisscom and alumni Fintechdb entered a commercial partnership, following participation in the
Kickstart innovation program in 2018. The goal has been to bring Swisscom’s “Swiss FinTech Startup
Map”, that was launched six years ago, to the next level, using Fintechdb’s unique expertise in data
digitization and visualization. The fruit of the collaboration can be seen on http://www.fintechmap.ch. The
Swiss Fintech Startup Map is published on a monthly basis and is recognized today as a valued tool in
the Swiss Fintech community.
This technology can now be used by other industries to build and publish maps of their ecosystems. A Female Founders Map is one example that will be published in the near future by Impact Hub Zurich and ZHAW that have joined forces for an Innosuisse mandate. Fintechdb and Swisscom are proud to support this initiative, along with new maps that will be published in the near- to mid-future.
● Alumni Veezoo, a Zurich-based ETH spin-off, developed an artificial intelligence based conversational
solution, which can analyze large amounts of data, by using the myAnalytics platform, in seconds. In
2016 Veezoo entered a partnership with AXA to develop a sales intelligence solution. This year AXA
rolled out Veezoo over 1800 agents all over Switzerland. By September 2020 Veezoo had over 15’000
queries from AXA employees.