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OPENING INNOVATION FOR IMPACT


SAFT is an international cross-sector innovation program that links early-stage entrepreneurs with corporates and foundations to accelerate development of sustainable products and services in key areas of impact: food & health, finance & insurance, energy & mobility

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OPENING INNOVATION FOR IMPACT


SAFT is an international cross-sector innovation program that links early-stage entrepreneurs with corporates and foundations to accelerate development of sustainable products and services in key areas of impact: food & health, finance & insurance, energy & mobility

 
 

OPENING INNOVATION FOR IMPACT

The SAFT accelerator program serves early stage startups and established corporations from three aligned categories: energy & mobility, food & health, and finance & insurance. By bringing together startups and corporates from key sectors that are critical to responsible innovation, SAFT creates a platform to scale innovation + impact internationally.

Inclusion of a research partner in the program allows SAFT to be used as a vehicle for iterating best practices to support open innovation in areas where opportunity exists to create shared value for both company and society.

SAFT is a joint initiative of swissnex San Francisco and Impact Hub Global Fellowship Association.

 
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Program


Three camps taking place across Switzerland and Silicon Valley form the core of the program. During the camps, startups work to refine or co-develop products working side by side with corporate innovation managers and intrapreneurs.

Program


Three camps taking place across Switzerland and Silicon Valley form the core of the program. During the camps, startups work to refine or co-develop products working side by side with corporate innovation managers and intrapreneurs.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Launch Events

A launch event in San Francisco during the swissnex Salon opens the call for partnerships. Startup application window follows in January 2019 and is launched through an online event.

Pitch Event

Up to 20 startups will be selected to present live during a pitch event in Zurich. A jury of industry and thematic experts and investors will select 9 startup winners to form the cohort. The startup cohort participates in the program alongside leaders from public and private program partners.

Acceleration Program

The SAFT cohort joins a lean 4-week acceleration program split into 3 camps that take place in three different locations and are spread across a period of 4 months. Acceleration services provided by the SAFT program include: 4 weeks of structured learning, access to targeted mentors & industry experts in Switzerland and Silicon Valley, 1 month of workspace at swissnex San Francisco, peer learning opportunities, and exposure to US & Swiss investors.  

impact verticals

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FOOD & HEALTH

Fuels for nourishing the body and overall well-being

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FINANCE & INSURANCE

Fuels for financial planning and risk management

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ENERGY & MOBILITY

Fuels for powering society and moving goods & people