Kickstart Accelerator Zurich Selects 10 Startups for Fintech Categoryby Fintechnews Switzerland July 1, 2016
Kickstart, a Swiss accelerator program based in Zurich, has announced the ten fintech startups selected to join its first batch of the Kickstart summer program. These ten startups will now begin the acceleration phase and will temporarily relocate their teams to Zurich and prepare for Demo Day set to place on November 04, 2016.
The ten fintech startups are tackling a number of sub-segments composing financial services ranging from mobile payments, insurance, to risk management and stock trading.
Veezoo, a Swiss startup based in Zurich that provides a tool for people to allow them to explore and visualize stock market data efficiently. Veezoo is supported by SIX.
James, owned by New York-based Crowdprocess, is a SaaS for risk departments. James allows risk officers to build, test and validate credit-scoring models, and is equipped with Machine Learning algorithms, techniques and validation methods. Crowdprocess is funded by Seedcamp, top Google executives, Thompson Reuters, the European Central Bank, Quant research funds, among other investors.
Sureify, by California-based Sureify Labs, is a SaaS-based engagement platform that provides a solution to carrier’s ongoing problem of staying connected to their policyholders. Sureify specializes in life insurance products.
Mergims is a Rwandan mobile commerce and payments app that focuses on remittances to African countries. Mergims allows for the payment of mobile topups, utility bills, but also links to critical services such as hospital, medicines, school and transports.
Gatechain is a Zurich-based startup that uses blockchain technology for trade finance that allows for the reduction of processing time and the lowering of costs while improving cash-flow in trade.
Zoa, a solution developed by Zurich-based company MyDataMint, is an application and a platform for exchanging personal data between consumers and companies. On Zoa, companies can buy personal data directly from users in exchange for cash.
Lenditapp, a New York-based company, provides a a cloud-based business process and Customer Acquisition Management solution for sales organization and funders catering to the alternative small business lending community.
Nivaura, formerly known as Crowdaura, provides a blockchain-based digital platform for execution and lifecycle management of small financial assets. The company targets investment banks, asset managers, brokers, reinsurers and exchanges.
Surong 360 is a Chinese startup that provides a platform for peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. Targeted at university students and alumni, Surong 360 doesn’t intervene in the transaction, but instead, functions as a social network for P2P lending with flexible interest rates.
BreadWallet is a standalone mobile bitcoin wallet aimed at providing users with a simple, convenient and secure solution to send and receive bitcoins on their smartphones.
Launched in January this year during the Investor Summit, Kickstart combines the strengths of academia, global corporations, and many successful local startups, to deliver an internationally recognized startup program aimed at giving access to promising startups to Switzerland’s hub of tech and innovation.
The Kickstart Accelerator is operated by Impact Hub Zurich and is an initiative launched in cooperation with DigitalZurich2025, a cross-industry project aimed at turning Switzerland into a leading digital innovation hub in Europe.
The Kickstart Accelerator has four verticals: fintech, smart and connected machines, future and emerging technology and food.
Selected startups are given up to 25,000 CHF in seed funding, a monthly founder stipend of up to 1,500 CHF to support living costs, dedicated mentorship from industry leaders, a shared office space and fast-track access to relevant industry partners and the Swiss startup ecosystem.
Backed by some of Switzerland’s biggest companies including UBS, Credit Suisse, Swisscom, Migros and EY, the Kickstart Accelerator aims at supporting young international entrepreneurs and focuses on launching new products into the market as well as promoting the domestic digital innovation scene.
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