Kickstart – the Swiss Accelerator is a fast-track gateway for entrepreneurs from near and far to access the Swiss innovation ecosystem.
Our 11-week program is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within our 4 verticals: Food, Smart & Connected Machines, FinTech and Future & Emerging Technologies. For 11 weeks selected founders and their teams live and work in Zurich, Switzerland. We provide founders with up to 25’000 Swiss francs in prize money, a monthly founder stipend, mentoring, a shared office space and fast-track access to relevant industry partners and the Swiss startup ecosystem. The program culminates in Demo Day where each team presents to investors, corporate leaders and the media.
Does your business tackle the problem of how can food be exciting, diverse, healthy – and affordable? Kickstart is interested in business ideas for the most radical food innovations, from production to distribution, and from packaging to services to gastronomy.
Smart & Connected Machines
Kickstart is looking for the most exciting smart machines, be it in robotics, drone technology, or machine learning/AI. We are especially (but not exclusively) interested in applications in the fields of Smart Home, transportation, mobility and logistics.
Future & Emerging Technologies
Future & Emerging Technologies go beyond what is known. Visionary ideas can open up promising avenues towards powerful new technologies or business models. This vertical is not focused on a single theme.
With Zurich as a global financial centre, Switzerland is well positioned to play an important role within the FinTech industry. Kickstart will focus specifically on applications of distributed ledger & smart contracts technology, innovations in wealth management, and digital identity & privacy.
Kickstart will pick quality over quantity and work with a few hand-selected mentors per vertical that will benefit from payment. Our all have first-hand experience of building a successful company being entrepreneurs themselves. Our startup teams will be encouraged to pair up with a mentor who will give them advice in building and scaling their startup, but also to motivate. In addition to these mentors startups have access to our wide network of industry experts and will attend workshops and speeches delivered by thematic experts. Browse through our mentors and industry experts below.