F10’s Swiss Accelerator Picks 12 Startups Focused on Sustainable Finance and SMEs

F10’s Swiss Accelerator Picks 12 Startups Focused on Sustainable Finance and SMEs

by August 26, 2021

Swiss fintech incubator and accelerator F10 has selected 12 growth-stage startups with a focus on sustainable finance and small and mid-size enterprise (SME) services.

The startups were selected from a total 384 applications globally joining the newly designed accelerator at its Zurich hub.

The 3-month programme which kicks off on the 6th of September aims to accelerate post-revenue startups and to facilitate successful collaborations with F10 corporate partners.

The accelerator looks to setting the stage for and developing successful collaborations, implemented via a 360 degree startup analysis, an in-depth collaboration playbook facilitated by a dedicated F10 coach, and regular knowledge and experience exchange between participating startups and the corporate partners.

Startups selected for this new accelerator will gain life-time access to the F10 Startup Services.

This comprises flexible, on-demand content spanning the F10 Academy, online learning and peer to peer exchange based on startups’ needs, the F10 Mentor programme, access to a network of more than 250 mentors across all hubs, as well as the F10 Investor Introduction Service.

Gerrit Sindermann, Head of F10 Switzerland

Gerrit Sindermann

“This corporate program has been developed based on 5 years of practical experience with open innovation challenges of different corporate partners.


It is a structured process to identify and assess the most suitable entrepreneurial partners and to facilitate an efficient and effective start of a corporate-startup collaboration.”

said Gerrit Sindermann, Head of F10 Switzerland.


The 12 startups selected for the F10 Acceleration Programme Fall 2021 in Zurich are:

Divizend (Germany)

Divizend is the leading international wealth-tax platform for the fastest way to reclaim foreign dividend withholding taxes by automating this process in a novel, intuitive, price-competitive way. With our holistic approach verbalized by the claim “Find, Act, Maximize”, Divizend‘s platform will be the central place for investors striving for high dividend earnings.

Actesy (Switzerland)

actesy provides turnkey data solutions for executives and companies. They don’t have to be experts in data science. actesy enables them to create cost and resources efficiencies, optimize processes and harness innovation. Our solutions are compliant and future-proof enabling access to consolidated data quickly and easily, and creating seamless tasks’ automation.

Deedster (Sweden)

Deedster enables the shift to sustainable lifestyles using technology, gamification and climate-psychology. With our digital platform our corporate customers engage their employees or customers in taking action for the climate and in doing so creating a powerful branding for themselves and real climate impact.

Urgentem (UK)

Urgentem is the award-winning, independent provider of transparent emissions data and climate risk analytics to the finance industry. Urgentem pioneers in tracking entire value chain emissions data and has an innovative Climate Risk Platform. We provide tools and solutions to enable financial services industry manage climate-transition risk and identify opportunities.

Proof of Impact (USA)

POI has built a digital impact data performance platform to uniquely offer collection, verification, analysis and trading of impact data for the private market in the most reliable, scalable and costs efficient way. It was awarded “Best in Class” by Swiss Development Corporation out of 86 impact data providers.

Art Recognition (Switzerland)

At Art Recognition we have developed an AI system which can establish the authenticity of an artwork by analyzing its photograph. The algorithm learns the main characteristics of an artist from photographs of original artworks by that artist and can subsequently determine whether a submitted artwork is original or fake.

SignD Identity (Austria)

We offer different onboarding solutions in a single easy-to-use platform. With SignD Quantum our customers can handle over 10 different KYC, KYB, AML, PEP, Document, Identity, Open Banking technologies and easily tailor the onboarding flow that they need. Don ́t lose your time looking for multiple products and data providers!

Weave.AI (USA)

Weave.AI helps investors evaluate the materiality of ESG claims, improve portfolio allocation, reduce investment risks, and better engage stakeholders. It employs advanced AI to automatically and transparently analyze and benchmark ESG disclosures and performance. Companies also employ Weave.AI to automate the end-to-end benchmarking and improvement of their ESG profiles.

SwIDch (UK)

We are committed to bringing secure authentication to every digital identity even in the off-the-network environment. Based on the world’s first one-way dynamic authentication technology, swIDch sets a new standard for authentication in cybersecurity beyond the limitations of existing technologies.

Surfly (Netherlands)

Surfly is a high-growth and award-winning Amsterdam-based start-up building interaction middleware that can share, secure and transform web experiences. We help our clients thrive in the era of digital transformation and remote product / service distribution, especially in highly regulated industries. Our mission is to innovate online interactions.

Sustema (Switzerland)

Sustema analyses corporate behavior using publicly available data to improve the underwriting performance of commercial insurers. We have shown loss ratio gains of 28% with customers in Switzerland, Germany, UK and the US in backtesting of their portfolios.

Konfuzio (Germany)

Helm & Nagel is the service provider and Konfuzio is the product, an extensible AI end-to-end platform that enables Data Scientists to quickly build state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence pipelines on data in business documents in a sandbox, integrate AI as containerized workloads to automate processes and improve them with humans in the feedback loop via a user-friendly web interface.