Zurich International and Chamber host event to promote Zurich Innovation Championship

Date: Wednesday 06 November 2019

Representatives from Isle of Man start-ups attended a business breakfast organised by Zurich International – in partnership with Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – to learn more about a prestigious international competition run by the Zurich Insurance Group.

The breakfast, held at Barclays Eagle Lab in Douglas on November 5, focused on the Zurich Innovation Championship which offers start-ups from around the world the opportunity to work with the global insurer to grow their business. Start-ups here on the Island are being encouraged to enter before the closing date on December 17, 2019 – click here for more information.

To help Manx businesses that want to find out more about the competition, presentations were made at the breakfast by Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets, Zurich International, and Paul Dawson, Zurich International’s Head of Strategy and Business Development. Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly MHK also spoke at the event – he was accompanied by Mark Lewin, Chief Executive at the Department for Enterprise.

Rebecca George, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce CEO, thanked Zurich International for supporting the event, and all of the speakers and guests who attended. She added: “We thank Zurich International for choosing to work with Chamber and our members to encourage Isle of Man businesses to take part in this amazing competition.”

Zurich International, which is based at Isle of Man Business Park, is working with Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce and utilising their strong business network to get the message out here on the Island about the Zurich Innovation Championship. The competition is looking for established start-ups with commercially viable technologies and innovative business models that tackle challenges around climate, health, automation and other issues expected to put a strain on the next generation. It’s also seeking bold thinking and groundbreaking ideas that can help make a lasting impact in a changing world. Of particular interest to Isle of Man applicants will be the ‘wildcard’ category for start-ups with other fresh, new solutions that have the potential to help Zurich push the boundaries of transformation and explore new frontiers of innovation.