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Baloise expands its Mobility ecosystem with investment in MOBIKO
Media releases Baloise expands its Mobility ecosystem with investment in MOBIKO
Basel, 9 February 2022. As part of its Simply Safe strategy, Baloise is continuing to expand its Mobility ecosystem with the acquisition of a stake in MOBIKO. The Munich-based company provides a digital platform that allows employers to manage the travel needs of their employees, who receive a flexible monthly travel budget that they can use according to their individual requirements.

With its investment in the German company MOBIKO, Baloise is expanding its Mobility ecosystem by acquiring a service provider that adds value for businesses and their employees. “We were impressed with MOBIKO’s basic concept, which has the potential to fundamentally change the way that companies and their employees travel. MOBIKO’s travel budget allows employers to satisfy the individual requirements of their staff using every available transport solution. Maximum flexibility, combined with incentives, results in transport usage that is significantly better for the environment,” according to Patrick Wirth, Head of the Mobility Unit at Baloise.
 

MOBIKO offers companies travel budgets as a digital full-service solution

MOBIKO – short for ‘Mobilitätskontingent’ (travel allowance) – enables companies to manage their employees’ travel through a flexible monthly travel budget. Employers receive a digital tool for managing employee travel that automatically ensures compliance with tax regulations, while also providing incentives to promote sustainable travel. This allows companies to make an active impact on their CO2 emissions and reduce corporate travel costs. 

For employees, MOBIKO means that they have global access to any available mode of transport or travel service – both for travelling to and from work and during their leisure time. This includes the use of subscription models for cars as well as bicycle leasing. The costs are invoiced through an app. 

MOBIKO was developed by Audi Business Innovation GmbH, which collaborated with the Munich-based company builder mantro to spin off the company as an independent private limited company (GmbH) in February 2018. “We are delighted to have gained two more strong partners in Baloise and Startup Family Office, which will help us to significantly expand our ecosystem. We plan to use the injection of capital to enlarge our team and double its size to around 30 employees by the end of the year. We will also continue to drive forward the development and scaling of our technology,” says Nicola Büsse, Co-founder and COO at MOBIKO.
 

Potential for synergies within the Mobility ecosystem

“We believe that one of the key strengths of an ecosystem lies in the connections between its constituent parts. MOBIKO’s business model provides interesting points of contact for us as an insurer as well as for our portfolio companies – both as a distribution channel and as a corporate partner,” explains Patrick Wirth. For example, the company aboDeinauto – also a member of the Baloise Mobility ecosystem – offers a used car subscription product that allows cars to be used flexibly, making it an ideal fit for the requirements of MOBIKO’s customers. And for MOBIKO’s corporate customers, the Baloise spin-off Parcandi offers a platform that allows them to rent out company-owned and private parking spaces on a flexible basis.

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About Baloise The focus is firmly on the future at Baloise as part of its «Simply Safe» strategy. We aim to make tomorrow more straightforward, safer and more carefree for our customers, and we are taking responsibility for this today. Baloise is more than just a traditional insurance company. Through our smart finance and insurance solutions, complemented by a whole host of innovative offerings for the home and mobility, we offer a complete service package. Dependable support, reliable cooperation and trust-based relationships are key aspects of our stakeholder interaction. We take care of financial matters so that our customers can concentrate on the important things in their lives and can find inspiration in the everyday. Baloise, a European company founded in 1863, currently employs 8,000 people at its headquarters in Basel (Switzerland) and across its subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. Our services generated a business volume of around CHF 9,600 million in 2021 and a profit of CHF 588.4 million. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares (BALN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
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