Kickstart Accelerator bridges the gap between startups, corporates, cities, foundations and universities to accelerate deep tech innovation. Science and engineering driven technologies have the potential to solve humanity’s biggest challenges. They require unprecedented collaboration between powerful established organizations and the most audacious entrepreneurs out there. Each year, Kickstart brings around 100 such entrepreneurs to Switzerland to collaborate with key players for proof-of-concepts, pilot projects and other innovation partnerships. The program is free of charge (no fees, no equity) for selected growth ventures and it provides exceptional access to the executives and decision-makers of Kickstart’s partners.
Kickstart Accelerator is an initiative of Impact Hub Zürich and was launched 2015 by digitalswitzerland. For 2018, Kickstart runs four verticals (EdTech, FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech and Smart Cities & Infrastructure) together with leading partner organizations: Coop, Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom as well as AXA Winterthur, City of Zurich, ETH Zürich, EY, Gebert-Rüf-Stiftung, Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Stäubli, Swisslinx and University of Zurich.
The Advisory Board provides strategic advice to the Kickstart Accelerator team. Board members combine multiple experiences from the innovation ecosystem and they are leaders within major Swiss companies and foundations.