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November 15th to 26th, 2021Fully Digital
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Applications for the 2021 Fall edition open until October 22nd!


Introduction

Catapult: Kickstarter is a Fintech acceleration programme for early stage startups.


The programme is aimed at helping early stage, innovative, Fintech entrepreneurs to develop their business models. Participants will receive guidance on how to build their business, identify and manage risk, develop a realistic business plan and practical tactics for customer acquisition and growth. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from industry leaders, investors and key fintech stakeholders. On the final day, the entrepreneurs will pitch their project to an elite group of judges, to be awarded €50.000 in subsidies.


What to expect:

LEARNING:

Expert interactive sessions on business building, such as marketing, customer acquisition, operations, growth and scale. The Business Model Canvas will be used to understand and adapt your business to a new market.

SHARING:

Enjoy working alongside the other programme participants, sharing stories, helping each other, developing relationships and building a lifelong support network.

LISTENING:

Meet and speak with a multitude of mentors and business professionals from the extensive Luxembourg startup and financial services ecosystem who can advise and guide you in your startup journey.

FUNDING:

The opportunity to become one of the five laureates of the programme that will receive 50,000 EUR in subsidy from the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy based on fulfilment of eligibility criteria.

FUN:

Networking events, making new friends, and a generous amount of laughing.

Catapult: Kickstarter - Summer 2021 - The Winners


Congratulations to the 5 winning startups of the 2021 Summer edition of Catapult: Kickstarter, who are each eligible for €50,000 in subsidies!


Greenomy


PayPact


Divizend


Cygnetise


NodeVenture


Why Luxembourg

Luxembourg is the largest financial centre in the Eurozone, largest fund center in the EU and largest center for microfinance in the EU, draws on its political, economic and regulatory stability, benefiting from a unique pool of multilingual, highly skilled talent providing the key to unlock Europe’s huge and diverse single market.

Luxembourg is recognised as one of the most innovative countries in the EU. (source: Innovation Leader, European Innovation Scoreboard, Index 2018)

Luxembourg’s economy is the most open in Europe, and one of the most open in the world. (source : Business Openness, US News and World Report, Index 2020)

Luxembourg has built up a very supportive and strong startup ecosystem including easy access to public and private decision makers, incubation facilities, a balanced mix of public and private funds, the presence of major international players as key potential partners.

Luxembourg is a key university and research center: 1 university, 4 research institutes active in ICT, industrial and health sectors.

Luxembourg is the gateway to the EU for international Fintechs, the home to major e-payment and e-commerce companies, hosting over 185 innovative Fintech companies, active in Mobile payments, RegTech (compliance and regulatory solutions), Big Data analytics, DLT technologies, InsurTech, Automated investment services or Alternative lending…

With Luxembourg’s ambitions related to the technology sector and creating a robust startup nation, the Ministry of the Economy in partnership with the LHoFT believes that Catapult: Kickstarter will help catalyse more Fintech entrepreneurship.

What?

Catapult: Kickstarter is a two week acceleration bootcamp, open to fintech startups from across the globe that are aiming to evolve financial services; be it by providing tools to traditional financial services firms to digitalise their businesses (B2B) or by providing new and improved services direct to customers (B2C).

Who?

10 Fintech firms will be selected for each Catapult: Kickstarter program. B2B Fintech firms with solutions in Regtech, Wealthtech, Insurtech and Cybersecurity using Blockchain, AI and Big Data technologies are of particular interest to the Luxembourg financial services ecosystem.



When?

The 2021 Fall edition of Catapult: Kickstarter is a 2-week program. The inaugural session of the programme will be on Tuesday November 15th, and it will close with the final pitching event on Friday November 26th.

How?

Catapult: Kickstarter is structured around classroom tutorials, experts talks, customer discovery, challenges, one-to-one meetings, pitching sessions, mentorship sessions and networking events.


Where?

The program will be fully digital, held online in a virtual format to accomodate for teams who can't be present in Luxembourg as well as sustained sanitary considerations.

Get Involved!

Applications for the 2021 Fall edition open until October 22nd!


If you're interested in being a mentor or sponsor for the program, get in touch with the contact information below.

2021 Summer Cohort Members

We were amazed at the number and quality of applications, and the selection process was immensely difficult. The following 10 companies were selected to participate in the 2021 Summer edition of CATAPULT: Kickstarter:


unum IOS - Luxembourg
unum IOS develops Governance technology solutions for the Investment Fund Management market delivering efficiency and reducing risk by standardising data inputs, automating process and creating meaningfull governance reporting.


Go2insure - Slovenia
Alifenet (brand is go2insure) is a team of insurance professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience, reaching from product design and development, to business growth strategies and operational management. Providing a peace of mind for citizens is a noble mission, but the insurance industry also has many flaws, mainly linked to aggressive sales practices, non-transparent, complex insurance product offers and established business models lacking customer-centred approaches.


Greenomy - Belgium
Greenomy is a regtech SaaS platform enabling companies and financial institutions to comply with new EU sustainable finance rules, including the Taxonomy and SFDR. Our vision is to make a substantial contribution to the global objective to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050.


Meliora - Luxembourg
Meliora grants alternatives managers much broader market access, facilitated through pooling in a Digitally Administered Personalised Master Trust Structure. Where each individual investor or family receives a personalised trust segregated under the Master Trust. This grants significant additional investor protections through the Trustee, who assumes a fiduciary responsibility to the beneficiaries.


Paypact - Romania
PayPact is the AirHelp of motor insurance claims. We simplify the claim filing process and reduce the pay time from 40 days days to 48 hours in the case of motor claims. First, we provide objective evaluations of the damage immediately after an accident, so clients can choose the best course of action, including quick payment directly from PayPact. If the client decides to proceed with this option, the claim is filed via our web app in as little as 10 minutes and they can choose to receive the money straight to their account.


EthicsGrade - UK
We're building an AI based 'watermelon' detection system. A 'watermelon' is a company that looks 'green' on the outside, but is anything but on closer analysis. We provide health check, benchmarking, and audit services to clients so they can develop the appropriate Operating Model for Governance such as AI Ethics Boards/Councils and satisfy customer and policy-makers' demands for good governance.


Autopay Mobility - Poland
Autopay is a startup, which provides fully touchless, seamless, and automatic payments for mobility - motorways, parking lots, fuelling, car charges, car washers, and drive-thrus. Our philosophy - the best interface is no interface - just set and forget about payments. Autopay is available as a standalone mobile application but also via banks’ mobile apps, navigation apps, and could be a native in-car app.


NodeVenture - TMIA GmbH - Austria
NodeVenture is a unique custody solution for crypto assets. We have developed a patented technology, that allows to store cryptocurrencies offline but make them available around the clock as if they were online. Our technology offers online access to cryptocurrencies held offline. We offer a B2B2C solution. The financial market industry participants can use our white label “All in One” Solution or integrate our service via API. This means, our clients can offer safe storage of cryptocurrencies to their clients which is a big market need.


Cygnetise Limited - UK
Cygnetise offers firms a web based application to digitally manage authorised signatories. This includes bank mandate management (treasury), delegated authorities, authorized signers and authorised trader lists (Mifid 2 reg). The product is a decentralised (utilising blockchain) Global Signatory Repository. Corporations benefit by easily managing their authorised signature lists including sharing with their counterparts and banks.


Divizend - Germany
Divizend is the leading international wealth-tax FinTech platform for the fastest way to reclaim foreign dividend withholding taxes. Our B2C software helps private investors to reclaim their taxes by automating the withholding tax refund process. Divizend is the first FinTech worldwide to work on digitizing such a service in a novel, user-friendly and 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, as they will find only the most relevant insights, research, analytics and tax services there. The most notable modules, all built in-house for highest quality, are the B2C withholding tax reclaim platform targeting a $90B market, the first international securities aggregation API, securities database, dividend screener and a modular financial data ecosystem.


Contact

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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Applications for the 2021 Fall edition open until October 22nd!

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