Beekeeper and qipp awarded with the CTI Startup Label

Stefan Kyora

24.02.2016 13:37

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The first CTI Startup labels of the year went to two IT startups: Beekeeper from Zurich and qipp from Basel.

Beekeeper and qipp are both perfect examples for the trend for digitisation. Both startups have developed products which connect people and things to the digital world that are not yet connected.

Beekeeper, Zurich
Beekeeper is a fast growing, mobile-first SaaS company changing the way 2 billion people working “out in the field” communicate within their companies. The vision of the start-up is to “connect the unconnected”: Companies with a large number of non-desktop workers face the challenge to integrate them with the rest of the organization. Beekeeper bridges this gap. Beekeeper customers can adapt it, set up automated messages and create internal communication streams and have numerous opportunities for making communication more simple, efficient and keeping the team more engaged. Beekeeper is headquartered in Zurich and has an additional office in San Francisco. The product of the start-up is already used in 90+ countries in the world.

In our video section we published an interview with Beekeeper CEO Christian Grossmann.

qipp, Basel
While the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the main current technology hypes, more than 99% of all things produced today remain unconnected to the web. With qipp, this changes. qipp turns virtually any thing – be it connected or not – into an interactive object: a thing that is capable to interact with owners and other stakeholders. In order to achieve this, qipp equips any thing with a unique digital identity similar to the digital identities people use on social networks. In this way qipp’s multiply-awarded ALLTHINGS software platform equips the real world with digital services and communication capabilities. ALLTHINGS | HOME is the solution for players in the real estate industry. It enables them to provide an app for each apartment, with which they can digitize all interactions with tenants, increase the perceived value of their real estate and decrease their operational costs.

The disruptive part of qipp in the IoT space is that it applies IoT service thinking mainly to not-yet-connected things. By focusing on the identity concept of the IoT space, qipp bypasses hardware integration work, typically associated with classical IoT approaches.

CTI Start-up enables creative entrepreneurs to realize their innovative business ideas quickly and professionally. Through a three-phase, firmly guided process lasting 6 to 24 months, a dedicated expert will help the venture’s project evolve sufficiently to apply for the CTI Start-up Label. The Start-up Label is a seal of quality, a certificate of achievement, and a sign of credibility and readiness for sustainable growth. It is awarded by the CTI Certification Board that is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs and experts.

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