Requirements

Applications are welcome from startups based anywhere in the world or within Switzerland, provided they meet these requirements:

  • A product or technology is available (preferably with patent)
  • Previous investment has been secured
  • The venture is ready for collaboration with Kickstart partners
  • At least one of the founders or senior executives to be present during key events (Final Selection, Planning Sprint, CEOs & Founders Dinner, Opening and Closing Ceremony, key partnership negotiations)
  • At least one team member to be present 50% during the whole Collaboration Sprint

As well as a promising product or technology in one of the following sectors:

Selection

Kickstart is optimised for two participants per startup. The selection of participating startups will be based on the following criteria:

  • Team: Presence of business & technological knowledge. Diverse, innovative and with strong entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Traction: Product with critical mass of user or proven technology. Having revenue is an advantage.
  • Potential: Promising and innovative product or technology that has the potential to disrupt industries and sectors.
  • Collaboration readiness: Potential to enter into PoC or other partnership with one (or more) partners.
  • Execution: Ambitious and convincing roadmap.

Timeline

  • April 15Application Start
  • May 17Application Deadline
  • May 31Extended Deadline
  • July 8 - 9Final Selection
  • July 25Startups confirmed
  • Sept 2 - 6Planning Sprint
  • Sept 3CEOs & Founders Dinner
  • Sept 6Opening Ceremony
  • Sept 30 - Nov 8Collab. Sprint
  • Nov 8Closing Ceremony
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Cybersecurity

Switzerland is perceived worldwide as a credible, neutral, safe and secure country. These characteristics are the ideal ground for a vibrant Cybersecurity movement. Kickstart invites startups to add to this movement and to bring their innovative cybersecurity products and services to market.

Read here what our corporate partners are looking for: Collaboration Opportunities.

Cybersecurity

Switzerland is perceived worldwide as a credible, neutral, safe and secure country. These characteristics are the ideal ground for a vibrant Cybersecurity movement. Kickstart invites startups to add to this movement and to bring their innovative cybersecurity products and services to market.

Read here what our corporate partners are looking for: Collaboration Opportunities.

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EdTech & Learning

The EdTech & Learning vertical supports tech-startups to thrive in one of the world’s most advanced education systems (Economist, 2018). We accelerate innovation bridges, proof-of-concepts and other B2B/B2G collaborations between edtech-startups, corporations, foundations, schools, and universities.

Collaboration areas in EdTech & Learning include among others:

  • Corporate Learning: facilitate individual learning journeys at work places and across job roles
  • Higher Education: innovate research, learning, and the organisation of large campus universities
  • K-12 Education: support individual learning potentials and help teachers to focus

EdTech & Learning

The EdTech & Learning vertical supports tech-startups to thrive in one of the world’s most advanced education systems (Economist, 2018). We accelerate innovation bridges, proof-of-concepts and other B2B/B2G collaborations between edtech-startups, corporations, foundations, schools, and universities.

Collaboration areas in EdTech & Learning include among others:

  • Corporate Learning: facilitate individual learning journeys at work places and across job roles
  • Higher Education: innovate research, learning, and the organisation of large campus universities
  • K-12 Education: support individual learning potentials and help teachers to focus
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FinTech & Digital Assets

With a strong focus on the financial industry, Switzerland has become one of the world’s leading FinTech hubs.

We are looking for FinTech startups that can provide cutting-edge solutions to global financial services providers such as banks, insurers as well as other financial intermediaries, technology and industry partners. Areas of innovation and collaboration opportunities covered include: FinTech, PropTech, InsurTech, RegTech and others.

FinTech & Digital Assets

With a strong focus on the financial industry, Switzerland has become one of the world’s leading FinTech hubs.

We are looking for FinTech startups that can provide cutting-edge solutions to global financial services providers such as banks, insurers as well as other financial intermediaries, technology and industry partners. Areas of innovation and collaboration opportunities covered include: FinTech, PropTech, InsurTech, RegTech and others.

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Food & Retail Tech

The Food & Retail Tech vertical is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland’s history as a food innovation nation, it’s today the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies. The Kickstart support program is seeking to reignite the radical food and retail innovation culture in a market with high growth potential. Some of the technology areas in Food & Retail Tech we are looking for:

  • Sustainable Packaging Solutions
  • Disruptive Distribution Systems
  • Retail Technologies and Solutions
  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Traceability
  • Health of microbiome

Innovation bridges, Proof of concepts and other collaborations, are being built during the Kickstart program between later-stage startups and corporates. These projects will more often than not result in steps towards more sustainable food production, i.e. positive impact on the Climate and Health Crises we are facing today.

Read here what our corporate partners are looking for: Collaboration Opportunities.

Food & Retail Tech

The Food & Retail Tech vertical is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland’s history as a food innovation nation, it’s today the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies. The Kickstart support program is seeking to reignite the radical food and retail innovation culture in a market with high growth potential. Some of the technology areas in Food & Retail Tech we are looking for:

  • Sustainable Packaging Solutions
  • Disruptive Distribution Systems
  • Retail Technologies and Solutions
  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Traceability
  • Health of microbiome

Innovation bridges, Proof of concepts and other collaborations, are being built during the Kickstart program between later-stage startups and corporates. These projects will more often than not result in steps towards more sustainable food production, i.e. positive impact on the Climate and Health Crises we are facing today.

Read here what our corporate partners are looking for: Collaboration Opportunities.

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HealthTech

The HealthTech Vertical, co-founded by Swiss Healthcare Startups is looking for innovative business models in the field of HealthTech.

The healthcare industry has seen an increased interest as new technologies being introduced in the sector that aim to enhance treatments, reduce inefficiencies and costs in healthcare delivery, improve quality and make medicine more precise and personalized.

Overall, digitalisation of health is an ongoing process with enormous potential, also driven by growing health consciousness. HealthTech helps to improve not only diagnostics, rehabilitation and health outcomes, also the promotion of well-being, disease prevention are factors not to be underestimated.

Kickstart is interested in innovative HealthTech startups with a validated business-model and potential to change and disrupt the healthcare industry. We are inviting startups that provide new services, products, or software – any new technologies and solutions that help reshaping health, medical related processes and technologies.

HealthTech

The HealthTech Vertical, co-founded by Swiss Healthcare Startups is looking for innovative business models in the field of HealthTech.

The healthcare industry has seen an increased interest as new technologies being introduced in the sector that aim to enhance treatments, reduce inefficiencies and costs in healthcare delivery, improve quality and make medicine more precise and personalized.

Overall, digitalisation of health is an ongoing process with enormous potential, also driven by growing health consciousness. HealthTech helps to improve not only diagnostics, rehabilitation and health outcomes, also the promotion of well-being, disease prevention are factors not to be underestimated.

Kickstart is interested in innovative HealthTech startups with a validated business-model and potential to change and disrupt the healthcare industry. We are inviting startups that provide new services, products, or software – any new technologies and solutions that help reshaping health, medical related processes and technologies.

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Smart City & Technology

The overarching goal of this vertical is to advance smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability, connectivity, productivity and resilience of Swiss businesses and cities.

Through their technologies and products, the startups solve specific Collaboration Opportunities defined by Swiss corporations and cities in different focus areas:

  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Smart Energy
  • Future Mobility
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity
  • City Services
  • Industry 4.0

The Smart City Journey 2019 will feature a series of innovation events hosted by Smart City & Technology finalist startups and Swiss organisations in different locations across Switzerland.

Smart City & Technology

The overarching goal of this vertical is to advance smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability, connectivity, productivity and resilience of Swiss businesses and cities.

Through their technologies and products, the startups solve specific Collaboration Opportunities defined by Swiss corporations and cities in different focus areas:

  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Smart Energy
  • Future Mobility
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity
  • City Services
  • Industry 4.0

The Smart City Journey 2019 will feature a series of innovation events hosted by Smart City & Technology finalist startups and Swiss organisations in different locations across Switzerland.

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Intrapreneurs

The Kickstart Intrapreneurs Program accelerates internal innovation and product development projects by increasing entrepreneurial capabilities of corporate managers and creating collaboration opportunities.

Intrapreneurs

The Kickstart Intrapreneurs Program accelerates internal innovation and product development projects by increasing entrepreneurial capabilities of corporate managers and creating collaboration opportunities.

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