The word "accelerate" is an accurate description of what happens in the Kickstart Accelerator. We are amazed by all that we have learnt from the mentors, partners, investors and the KSA team in the 11 weeks . Every morning you walk in the door, you are surrounded by people who love to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done.
Andy XueCEO at Surong 360
I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to the amazing team that made these 11 weeks one of the best periods of my personal and professional life. Thank your for your help, guidance and support.
Eris Dhionis SakoCTO, BOTA Systems
Swisscom is proud to be a founding partner of Kickstart Accelerator. The program builds a bridge between worldclass start-ups and major companies as well as the Swiss Start-up ecosystem.
By giving them access to the relevant network, experts and mentors we help them boost their business model.
For outstanding start-ups who work in fields with strategic relevance for Swisscom, the Accelerator can even be a door-opener for a Proof of Concept or investment.
Thus, we accompany young talents on their way to become a successful company.
Roger Wüthrich-HasenböhlerChief Digital Officer Swisscom
Kickstart Accelerator made it possible to get PoC’s with Migros & Coop, the two biggest retailers in Switzerland. This allows us to improve our product and get it ready to market much faster. Being the winner of the Food Vertical makes us really proud. Thank you for this great journey.
Aron KenesseyCo-Founder Faitron
Kickstart Accelerator is one of the best things that have happened to EntoCube. Dedicated mentorship, world class masterclasses, access to the most interesting corporations and no strings attached funding without losing any equity - the deal is almost too good to be true.
Perttu KarjalainenCEO & Co-Founder EntoCube
The Kickstart-Accelerator was a great opportunity to learn a lot about the startup world and to interact with inspiring and innovative young entrepreneurs from all over the world. Being part of this 3-month program was a chance for Swiss Life to support the fresh ideas and mindset of these young people during an intense mentoring process while building valuable relationships that will carry on beyond the Kickstart Accelerator.
Beat MarbachCTO, Swiss Life Schweiz
So, Kickstart was an eye opener for both my CTO and me. For my CTO it was his first time out of Rwanda so he got the chance to see how things were handled in the western world. For me, I got the chance to work with a great mentor of a high profile as his was from an investment bank, and helped to structure mergims; but also I met with high profile people with whom a connection has been created and no thought they will help my startup to accelerate. This was must do experience for any startup looking to shift in the next gear.
Louis Antoine MuhireCEO of Mergims
Having a special food vertical inside is unique. It provided us with amazing support of experts in this specific industry. Both Kickstart Accelerator and Zurich gave us the necessary tools and environment to successfully launch the operations here & to boost our start up.
Wladimir d'HarcourtCEO, Dalou
The Kickstart Accelerator offers a one of a kind support for early stage startups to thrive – besides funding they have unlimited access to mentors, industry experts and countless networking events.
Ivo FurrerCEO Swiss Life Schweiz
Kickstart Accelerator provided the right environment to grow our seed into a small plant. We are very grateful for this amazing experience and all the support. Thank you!
Malik El BayCEO at modum.io
Kickstart has definitely accelerated our business in those 11 weeks- getting in touch with the key people to validate our B2B use cases, accessing supportive mentors and experts in the food industry, and keeping us in the loop with the whole entrepreneur ecosystem in Switzerland. With the cool & well-kept funky space, the collaborative environment, and the lasting friendships we have built, joining Kickstart was a very wonderful chapter in FoPo's starting phase, and was truly enriching for me as an entrepreneur.
Gerald Perry MarinCFO at FoPo
Kickstart Accelerator offers start-ups the unique opportunity to benefit from the know-how and network of a global corporation. And for us at AXA it's another way of entering into collaborations with start-ups that can support our business model with the possibilities offered by new technologies or innovative ideas.
Carola WahlHead of Transformation & Market Management, AXA Winterthur
Kickstart your business idea in Switzerland!
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.