Kickstart accelerates solutions that work for problems that matter. It’s 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 11 weeks to receive world-class access to the ecosystem. Initiated by digitalswitzerland, the program is operated by Impact Hub Zurich.
Kickstart was founded in 2015 and is an initiative in cooperation 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 Zurich cohort will be located in an unique industrial building in the city center: the ewz Unterwerk Selnau is an old transformer station of the local utility of Zürich converted to a vibrant coworking & event space.
The Steering Committee sets the strategic agenda of Kickstart. Committee members combine multiple experiences from the innovation ecosystem and they are leaders within major Swiss companies and foundations. Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Chief Digital Officer of Swisscom and Board Member of digitalswitzerland, leads the Steering Committee.