Wow, Wow, Wow – the Kickstart Accelerator 2016 has come to an end and the first batch of Kickstart has exceeded our expectations in every possible way!
The international talent in this year’s cohort highlights the potential of Switzerland to be the digital tech hub on the European stage. On the final demo day the following five PoCs have been confirmed between leading European corporates and startups.
Credit Suisse, Swisscom and UBS, have partnered with Notakey, which provides solutions allowing users to securely notarise digital transactions to explore its suitability as a cross-industry platform. Such a “digital identity-ecosystem” would allow for consumer use cases: for instance, in the future a registered banking client could sign a mobile phone contract without further identification and vice versa.
Swisscom is also partnering with lenditapp, the fintech company active in the U.S. and Switzerland, for a 4 month PoC, which will see the two firms develop a technology solution that includes machine learning, data aggregation and underwriting models to automate and reduce the risk in lending to small & medium sized enterprises.
PwC Switzerland and Veezoo, a conversational artificial intelligence technology that enables users to search their company’s data, will conduct a PoC for internal PwC use. The intention is to further develop and validate the Veezoo solution for deployment in corporate environments.
EY has launched a cooperation with Nivaura in Switzerland and the UK. The aim is to test Nivaura’s innovative blockchain-based platform, which enables complex financial products to be issued, executed and administered. EY sees great potential for synergies with its business partners and clients globally.
Raiffeisen Switzerland has agreed a PoC with lenditapp to use their solution for the automated digital processing of balance sheets, to bring more convenience and outstanding quality into the credit process.
Raiffeisen Switzerland has also agreed a PoC with LastMile to explore the possible uses of Chat Bots in their support organisation based on text and voice in all Swiss national languages and dialects.
Further to the PoCs, Coop and Migros have agreed to pilot tests with Faitron, which is developing a portable HeatsBox that heats up meals on the go and in the workplace. The trials will test the acceptance, performance and convenience of the product. The test results will be shared with Faitron to make further improvements to the device and determine possible commercialisation. Coop has also been working with Essento, a Swiss food production company that uses insects, within the framework of the Coop Sustainability Fund. Coop will indirectly work with EntoCube, the producer of crickets through, EntoCube’s collaboration with Essento in a joint venture.
Our ambition has been to give the participating startups the opportunity to test their products at scale with some of Europe’s largest corporates. The corporate partners’ willingness to collaborate and share their infrastructure, data and expertise with the startups is a win-win for industry innovation and the creation of an ecosystem that lives beyond the programme.
We hope to continue building on our strengths in fintech, robotics and food, and expand our ecosystem to include other idustries as well. The increasingly supportive business and regulatory environment in Switzerland enables entrepreneurs and established industry titans to come here to collaborate, innovate and accelerate growth together.
Image credits to Philippe Rossier, Ringier