Human Energy, with Jérôme Vasamillet, Head of the InnoPeaks Team – ACT I

Human Energy, with Jérôme Vasamillet, Head of the InnoPeaks Team – ACT I

Accelerating start-ups, canvassing clients and investors… In addition to the main stages of the InnoPeaks programme, one unique dimension sets the Groupe Mutuel laboratory apart from its competitors: Human Energy. This concept involves strengthening the mind and body through meetings, team-building sessions, mountain walks, ski outings, mountain bike rides as well as meditation and yoga. Jérôme Vasamillet, Head of the InnoPeaks Team, tells us more in a series of three interviews.

Start-uppers are spending time here, in a rather unusual place, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Human Energy… What is the idea?

The idea behind the Human Energy dimension is to shape entrepreneurs and their start-up teams into people with increased mental and physical energy. This in order to be able to cope with the stress, workload and difficult decisions to make, which have strong tangible impacts on the start-up and on the entrepreneur’s personal life, friendships and family.

So, by helping entrepreneurs and teams to increase their mental and physical energy, you are also aiming for that energy to be passed on to their start-ups and to those around them?

Yes, to their team, their projects and their families. As we know, work overload can quickly result in burnout. In start-ups, people often work 10 to 16 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week, which of course requires considerable physical and mental energy. Within the Human Energy concept, we organise activities intended for the well-being of start-uppers and provide them with practical tips and advice on a daily basis.

Can you give us an example?

On Tuesdays, for example, we go for a run. We start with small outings of 3, 4 or 5 kilometres. There are also more intensive activities, on a one-to-one basis such as biking up 1’000m D+ getting up at 5am. Events always take place first thing in the morning, so that afterwards, you already have a feeling of achievement for the day. We feel that we have achieved something physically and mentally and cleared our minds to focus on the coming day. Thursdays are dedicated to activities such as meditation or yoga, also in the morning before starting work.

InnoPeaks: the first edition is in full swing!

InnoPeaks: the first edition is in full swing!

Groupe Mutuel, a leading insurance company in Switzerland, has launched an open innovation platform entirely dedicated to developing start-ups with a focus on Healthtech, Fintech and Insurtech: InnoPeaks – Innovation Lab by Groupe Mutuel. Since 8 October, 11 start-ups from all over the world have taken up residence in the heart of the Swiss Alps where they will stay for three months. Plenty of excitement in store around the accelerator experience!

A business incubator in line with the reality of the market

In Martigny, the start-ups chosen by InnoPeaks can take advantage of high-level coaching and the necessary infrastructure for their development. With a focus on essential topics such as Healthtech and Insurtech, the platform provides start-ups with the opportunity to help rethink the health and insurance ecosystem. InnoPeaks also provides concrete support:

  • access to the Swiss market, one of the most mature and innovative in the world
  • the possibility to work with health insurance experts in Switzerland
  • proximity to the best international researchers in artificial intelligence (Idiap Research Institute)
  • use of data from the Swiss market
  • coaching from experienced and visionary mentors
  • a Swiss funding ecosystem provided by Fusion, and backing from IBM Watson, Amazon AWS and Google.

An extensive programme to ensure successful growth

Eleven start-ups from across the world (Russia, the United States and Europe) passed the selection hurdle allowing them to take up residence in Valais, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Ten start-ups were chosen among the 100 applications submitted to Groupe Mutuel by Fusion.

 An eleventh start-up joined the ranks after having won an award at the International Create Challenge 3-weeks hackathon that was organised summer 2018 by Idiap.

At the end of the accelerator process, on March 14th 2019, the start-ups will present their work during a Demo Day.

The start-ups selected for the 2018/2019 edition

advAIsor (Switzerland) – reading the meaning and emotional context of emails, in order to inform users if they convey a positive or negative tone.

AQrion Medical (Switzerland) – an advanced navigation system and pre-operative planning tool for spine surgeons (NaviSpine).

Czam (France) – digital assets and tokens with blockchain technology.

Emotion Research Lab (Spain) – recognition of facial emotions and eye tracking to better understand human behaviour.

Helpper (Belgium) – connecting persons who would like a home help with available residents in the neighbourhood. 

Medicus (Austria) – converting health data into a visual experience, with user-friendly information and personalised recommendations.

Mendability (United States) – affordable access to specific needs and treatments for families of children with development disabilities.

Popit (Finland) – pills connected through a small device and mobile application. The solution provides real-time data on pill consumption.

Qapsula (Russia) – a virtual personal assistant to help you manage your health. Access to highly qualified physicians, an extensive knowledge base and a system to prevent illnesses.

Swiss Vault Systems (Switzerland) – a patented solution for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurers. This solution makes it easier to manage large amounts of health-related data, at a lower overall cost and with a reduced carbon footprint.

Tribe Wearables (Greece) – “Wearables” technology platform for sportswear brands to provide a better fitness experience and improve customer loyalty and sales.

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