Kickstart Accelerator bridges the gap between startups, corporates and institutions to accelerate deep tech innovations. It’s one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate and equity-free accelerator program welcoming over 80 founders from around the world. Backed by academia, corporates, international investors and the local startup ecosystem, it offers ambitious entrepreneurs unprecedented opportunities to grow their companies. Kickstart invites the most promising startups from different fields to Switzerland for several weeks to receive world-class access to the ecosystem.
Kickstart was founded in 2015 and is an initiative in partnership with digitalswitzerland, a cross-industry initiative which aims making Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub in Europe. Impact Hub Zurich is part of a large network of entrepreneurship and innovation centres at over 90 locations across the globe which is part of the largest network of entrepreneurship and innovation centers across the globe.
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.