BACKGROUND SESSIONS


FinTech/InsurTech


The financial sector is experiencing a dramatic change – new technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are reinventing established business models, activities, and markets. In order to discuss state of the art technologies, future market developments, and market demands. The “Background Sessions” at START Summit offer a private setting for startups, investors, and companies to engage. The FinTech Background Session will be focused on current challenges facing big corporate and how startups can help address real industry challenges. In addition, market opportunities will be critically discussed on a high level amongst the group. This session is led by John Hucker, CFA the Founder of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association (www.swissfinte.ch) Greg Michel Portfolio Manager of Startupbootcamp Fintech in London.

Attending Corporate:
Deutsche Bank

Mentor:
John Hucker
Greg Michel

Workshop Room:
Lausanne

Time:
Friday, 2pm – 3.30pm


Future of Shopping/Retail


How will people shop in the future? How can startups and corporates facilitate the buying process and increase their profit margin simultaneously?
Even though the retail market is experiencing constant growth due to population and wealth growth (indicated by GDP growth), profit margin is decreasing for many retailers. This Background Session on the Future of Shopping enables startups, investors and a corporate to discuss market developments, new business models and the huge potential of technologies such as Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality and of course Artificial Intelligence. This session will be led by Carlo Terreni – Founder of NetComm, the Swiss eCommerce Association.

– “Necessity is the mother of invention”

Attending Corporate:
Swisscom

Mentor:
Carlo Terreni

Workshop Room:
Nuremberg

Time:
Friday, 1pm – 2.30pm


Medtech


The future of healthcare is triggered by technological innovations – digitalisation (connected medical devices, artificial intelligence, big data), novel materials (nanotech, bio-interfaces, 3D-nano-printing), personalised medicine (biomarkers, genomics, synthetic biology) and other scientific and technological breakthroughs – and novel business models. On the other hand, the industry is challenged by rising global competition, exploding healthcare costs and stricter requirements of public authorities and regulation.
For established Medtech companies start-up companies are becoming an essential source of innovation and future revenues. On the other hand, Medtech start-ups benefit from established companies with industry insides, market access and industry-specific capabilities in product development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing and marketing. Thus it’s not surprising, that start-ups backed by corporations outperform those funded exclusively by independent VCs (Thomas J. Chemmanur, and Elena Loutskina, 2013).

In this Medtech background session start-ups and established companies learn from each other the whys, hows and whats of successful strategic collaborations. Each start-up will have the opportunity to pitch in front of technology scouters and alliance managers of well established Medtech companies. Let’s grow successfully future business together!

Attending Corporate:
Merck KGaA
B. Braun Aesculap

Mentor:
Marcos Garcia Pedraza

Workshop Room:
Nuremberg

Time:
Friday, 4pm – 5.30pm


Digital Health


Rising cost and an increasing number of chronically ill patients represent two of the biggest challenges we have ever faced in healthcare. The hopes are high that with the help of ongoing innovation and digitization, we can overcome these problems in the near future. However, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike often struggle to bring their ideas to market, as they face numerous barriers and regulations.

In this session, we aim to explore the biggest hurdles, and discuss with the help of practical examples and own experiences how innovators may overcome them.

This Session will be led by Shari Langemak, Editorial Director at Medscape and Matthias Mettler, a Digital Health Advisor.

Attending Corporate:
Merck KGaA

Mentor:
Shari Langemak
Matthias Mettler

Workshop Room:
Nuremberg

Time:
Saturday, 10.15am – 11.45am


Mobility 2.0


Autonomous driving, connected cars and e-Mobility – these are only the most important of numerous areas shaping the future of mobility during the next years. Although technological progress seems to be clearly paving the way for a major paradigm shift, various other aspects raise controversial discussions regarding the future of mobility.
Technological innovation has not only the potential to revolutionize our use of cars and mobility, but also raises legal and ethical questions. It further encourages the market entry of industry newcomers (e.g. tech companies) or fosters the development of new business models in the field of mobility (e.g. by shifting the focus from the car as a good towards mobility as a service). Among other questions, the panel discussion will address the potential of technological progress, the impact on our daily life and changes in the current market structure. This session is led by Herbie Schmidt and Nina Vetterli – both mobility journalist – of NZZ respectively TextLab.

Attending Corporate:
Volvo

Mentor:
Herbie Schmidt
Nina Vetterli

Workshop Room:
Nuremberg

Time:
Saturday, 12.15pm – 1.45pm


Smart Homes


The Internet of Things is on every one’s lips – but what does it mean and how is it applied in the field of living?
With smart homes, businesses are providing customer with connected and remotely adjustable devices making the experience of living and monitoring easy and interactive. The time spent at home becomes more and more to a place where one can dive into a world of relaxation and peace. The concept of smart homes enables people to fully control their home. Within this Background Session we’ll thoroughly discuss the implications of every days life, potential business cases and their technological feasibility. The session will be led by a mentor – guaranteeing a save, secure and private atmosphere and an open discussion on the market opportunities. This Session will be lead by Priit Vimberg a serial IoT and Cyber Security Entrepreneur and Start-up advisor.

Attending Corporate:
Zühlke

Mentor:
Priit Vimberg

Workshop Room:
Nuremberg

Time:
Saturday, 2.15pm – 3.45pm