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Kickstart 2018 leads to 35+ Collaborations

by Simone Bächler

We’re delighted to announce the collaborations between the #kickstarters18 startups and established organizations. More than 35 PoCs and partnership projects have resulted from the program. Kickstart, a program of Impact Hub Zurich, launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland, bridges the gap between later-stage startups, corporations, cities, universities, and institutions to accelerate deep tech innovations with positive…

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“There are tasks that lie outside our comfort zone” – The Intrapreneurs at Kickstart Accelerator

by Simone Bächler

Next to the 30 finalist startups, five intrapreneurship teams are taking part in this year’s Kickstart Accelerator – more than ever before. We notice a growing interest in the topic of intrapreneurship. Here is what it’s all about. Did you know that the post-it sticky notes you probably use every day, were invented by an…

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“Kickstarting Collaboration” – Book Download

by Simone Bächler

The deep technology age requires much more collaboration between unlikely allies. Yet, collaboration is hard. The book “Kickstarting Collaboration” is building on research from ETH Zurich and University of St. Gallen, case studies from Kickstart Accelerator, as well as many more experiences from digitalswitzerland, University of Zurich, corporates and startups to provide hands-on recommendations for…

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Alumni story: #kickstarters17 Adjoint opens a Swiss office

by Guest Author

It is less than a year ago that the US and UK based startup Adjoint took part in the Kickstart Accelerator program. Within the last months, a lot has happened for the FinTech company – and now, they open their first Swiss office. Here is Adjoint`s update: In 2017, Adjoint was selected to participate in…

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Intrapreneur Success Story: Rent’n’Share to be launched in Autumn 2018

by Guest Author

This year, five (!) intrapreneur teams join us for the program – more than ever before. Meanwhile, there is a great update from one of our alumni teams: Rent’n’Share, the only intrapreneur team from last year’s program, will officially launch in autumn. Here is their story: In last year’s Kickstart Accelerator, we, a team from AXA, worked…

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These are the #kickstarters18 !

by Simone Bächler

The Kickstart Accelerator 2018 startups are selected! 30 promising tech companies from 12 countries will come to Zurich this fall to work together with Swiss corporations, universities, cities and foundations in order to drive deep technologies. Next to them, also 5 intrapreneur teams will participate in this year’s program – more than ever before. Kickstart Accelerator…

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Last chance to become a #kickstarters18 !

by Simone Bächler

We have just extended our deadline for applications! Startups and scaleups from Switzerland and all around the world can apply until June 10th. Still wondering whether or not apply for Kickstart Accelerator 2018? Here are the reasons why you should. As one of the 30 selected startups for Kickstart Accelerator, you will get the chance to enter into innovative…

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How to meet the CEOs of 30 multinational corporations

by Guest Author

Kickstart Accelerator connects international startups with corporates, cities and universities to accelerate collaborations for deep technologies. However, we are not the only ones. Several such programs exist claiming to offer a platform for innovation partnerships. So, as an aspirational founder, how to make your choice about which program actually brings your company forward vs. which…

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Rebels in the Classroom — Accelerating Education Technology & Learning in Zürich

by Guest Author

After a successful initial year in Lausanne,  Kickstart’s EdTech & Learning Vertical comes to Zurich with a three year vision to help build a world-class education, technology and innovation eco-system in Switzerland. Up to 10 later-stage EdTech startups will accelerate their deep tech innovations with our Kickstart partners: corporates, universities, foundations, and public institutions. Our…

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Pilotprojekt zwischen Swisscom und DCbrain: Dank künstlicher Intelligenz die Energieeffizienz steigern

by Guest Author

DCbrain, Teilnehmer des letztjährigen Kickstart Accelerators, möchte in einer Zusammenarbeit mit Swisscom aufzeigen, wie künstliche Intelligenz die Energieeffizienz in Rechenzentren optimieren kann. DCbrain, ein europäischer Anbieter von AI-gestützter Software zur Netzoptimierung, hat sich zur Durchführung einer dreimonatigen Machbarkeitsstudie (Proof of Concept) mit dem Schweizer Telekommunikationsunternehmen Swisscom zusammengetan. In dieser Machbarkeitsstudie will DCbrain demonstrieren, wie dessen…

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New PoC between Swisscom and DCbrain: Optimizing energy efficiency thanks to Artificial Intelligence

by Guest Author

DCbrain, Kickstart Accelerator 2017 alumni, has partnered with Swisscom to demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence can be used to optimize energy efficiency in Data Centers. DCbrain, a European AI-powered grid optimisation software provider, has partnered with the Swiss main telecommunication firm Swisscom for a three months Proof of Concept (PoC). The PoC will help DCbrain to…

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Kickstart 2018: Switzerland on its way to become an international hub for deep technologies

by Simone Bächler

Switzerland’s largest innovation acceleration program, Kickstart Accelerator, brings together startups with established companies, universities, cities and foundations in Zurich to promote deep tech innovation and its impact on the future of humanity. Zurich, April 3, 2018 – Kickstart Accelerator opens the application phase for the third edition of its program. Switzerland’s largest innovation acceleration program…

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Collaboration Update: AXA and Veezoo have deepened their relationship

by Guest Author

Good things take time. The joint project between Veezoo and AXA wasn’t all plain sailing. Shortly before the finish it even threatened to fail. Thanks to a lot of patience, excellent collaboration and tenacity, AXA and Veezoo managed to establish a successful partnership. As Switzerland’s biggest insurance company, AXA works with complex systems and large…

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Startups secure more than 30 PoCs and partnerships at Kickstart Accelerator 2017

by Simone Bächler

Kickstart ​Accelerator, ​Zurich-based ​technology ​accelerator ​programme ​ends ​tonight with ​the ​announcement ​of ​numerous ​Proof ​of ​Concepts ​and ​other ​partnerships Over 30 Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and partnerships have been secured at Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest no equity, multi-corporate accelerator programmes that culminates today – most of them with leading corporations. Coop, Credit Suisse,…

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First 6 weeks of Kickstart Accelerator 2017

by Christoph Birkholz

As we’ve hit the mid-term part of Kickstart Accelerator 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. Time is one of the biggest assest startups have when starting out. They invest a lot of hours into building the product, usually forgetting about life-work balance, driven by the passion for their creation. On the other hand,…

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Proof of Concept AXA and veezoo

by Simone Bächler

Redefining the insurance industry The insurance industry is going through a digital transformation, and technology is offering many new possibilities while disrupting established business models. IoT data, public data, open data gathered by governmental bodies and customer data gathered by search engines and companies are bringing digitization to the forefront of many businesses. Nowadays it…

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Meet the 30 startups that will join Kickstart Accelerator 2017

by Christoph Birkholz

Dear All, it’s the moment we’ve been all waiting for…1500+ applications, 2 months, 1 Bootcamp and 100+ pitches later we have the names of the 30 startups that will join the 11-week programme starting on September 4th.

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Behind the scenes of Kickstart Accelerator’s bootcamp

by Guest Author

Selecting 30 startups from over a 1500 of applications is something we take really seriously and we knew that seeing startups in person and giving them a chance to present their ideas could help us to make better decisions. No one can argue that seeing the passionate pitch helps you to understand the idea much…

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EdTech Vertical – a step forward for the future of education

by Christoph Birkholz

It’s hard not to notice the fast pace of innovation that is all around us. It touches all aspects of our everyday lives – from the way we commute or communicate to the way we pay for things and produce goods. Education is not an exception. Being one of the key drivers of innovation and…

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Insect eating and selling go legal in Switzerland

by Guest Author

Since May 1st 2017, it is legal to sell and eat insects in Switzerland. It’s time to prepare ourselves to find mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers sold in supermarkets and restaurants (and maybe try some – for those who dare!). For two billion people, mostly living in Africa, Asia and South America, insects are already part…

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Proof of concept to develop an electronic identification (eID) for Switzerland

by Guest Author

The startup Notakey tackled the issue of electronic identification (eID) at last year’s Kickstart Accelerator and secured proof of concept with Credit Suisse, Swisscom and UBS. This issue is currently of interest to many companies, as it can be used in a number of applications to add considerable value for clients. The benefits of digital…

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Proof of Concept zum Aufbau einer digitalen Identität (eID) für die Schweiz

by Guest Author

Das Startup Notakey hat sich mit dem Thema der digitalen Identität (eID) beim letztjährigen Kickstart Accelerator einen Proof of Concept (PoC) mit den Unternehmen Credit Suisse, Swisscom und UBS gesichert. Das Thema ist derzeit für viele Unternehmen aktuell, weil damit Anwendungen möglich sind, die Kunden einen grossen Mehrwert bringen. Die Vorteile der digitalen Identität lassen…

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Smart Cities: Focus areas that matter in Switzerland

by Ruth Armale

The world is seeing unprecedented growth and demographic shifts. Innovative solutions are changing urban environments and the way we live. By 2050 it is expected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities and  for the first time in human history, there will be more elderly people than young children. Therefore, building sustainable…

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Switzerland is ideal for startups

by Guest Author

Collaboration between startups and corporations often is a win-win situation. Why can such cooperations be this fruitful? We spoke to Veronica Lange and Andreas Kubli from UBS and wanted to know about the value of building strong partnerships and the uniqueness of Kickstart Accelerator. [Deutsche Version] Why is UBS interested in startups? Andreas Kubli (AK):…

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Die Schweiz ist prädestiniert für Startups

by Simone Bächler

Wenn Startups und Grossunternehmen zusammenarbeiten, dann ist das oft eine Win-Win-Situation. Was ist es, das solche Kooperationen derart fruchtbar macht? Wir haben mit Veronica Lange und Andreas Kubli von UBS über den Wert von starken Partnerschaften und die Einzigartigkeit von Kickstart Accelerator gesprochen. [English Version] Wieso interessiert sich UBS für Startups? Andreas Kubli (AK): Uns…

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Proof of Concept, Proof of Credibility

by Simone Bächler

Many startups have a fixed time horizon within which they need to attract funding. Their own resources may enable them to get quite a long way. To develop a demo, an app, a website, a business plan. All of course informed by a vision, talented team and a customer need to solve for. So isn’t…

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Apply for Kickstart Accelerator 2017

by Simone Bächler

Would you like to see your startup grow at a faster pace, get mentorship from industry experts and the chance to attain an initial investment? The Kickstart Accelerator is back, stronger than ever! Kickstart Accelerator is one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate accelerators with intensive innovation processes for joint Proof-of-Concepts (PoCs) between global corporate partners and…

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Six Proof of Concepts Confirmed with Leading European Corporates

by Christoph Birkholz

Wow, Wow, Wow –  the Kickstart Accelerator 2016 has come to an end and the first batch of Kickstart has exceeded our expectations in every possible way! The international talent in this year’s cohort highlights the potential of Switzerland to be the digital tech hub on the European stage.  On the final demo day the following five…

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Moving from Trust to Truth with Blockchain

by Simone Bächler

A Pandora’s box of challenges offering a Cornucopia of opportunities. Is it difficult to know where to start when trying to write a useful post about some key activities in Blockchain and Bitcoin, because the world consists of the widest range of reader, including investors, entrepreneurs, professionals, the deepest technical and business experts right the…

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ETH Zürich forscht mit ABB-Robotern an der Zukunft des Bauens

by Christoph Birkholz

Die ETH Zürich eröffnet ein weltweit einzigartiges Robotik-Labor, in dem getestet wird, wie Architekturprojekte in Zukunft ressourceneffizient, emissionsarm und verdichtet umgesetzt werden können.   Um zu erforschen, wie Digitalisierung und Automatisation den Bausektor prägen könnten, hat die ETH Zürich am 22. September ein neues Gebäude eröffnet: Das Arch_Tec_Lab. Wer das Gebäude betritt, hebt unwillkürlich den…

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Tackling worldwide food waste and deficiencies with cutting edge technology

by Simone Bächler

One-third of the world’s food is being wasted; that’s equivalent to one trillion dollars – it’s as huge as the Brazilian economy. To understand this problem even deeper a young team of entrepreneurs went to an importer in Germany to learn that they are throwing 27 tons of Bananas every week –  just because they…

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Ready for fundraising

by admin

In the last few weeks, we have been focused on preparing the entrepreneurs to raise capital from investors. This coaching has covered the presentation materials and live pitching that are essential for entrepreneurs, as well as how to put together adequate documentation to engage investors & key things to know regarding amounts of capital to…

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Kickstart Accelerator’s “Mission to Sibos”

by Simone Bächler

“This year’s Sibos is Fintech’s coming of age, evidenced by youngest Fintech companies ever seen at a Sibos, and the huge interest and time freely given by all experts and executives during our Office Hours 2016. The feedback from both the startups and the experts has been outstanding.” – Eric van der Kleij, Special Advisor, Kickstart…

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Coopetition: where one plus one can be greater than two

by James Berrill

Major Swiss banks working alongside one another is unusual. Indeed, this is the aspect of the Kickstart Fintech Accelerator that most surprises people when they first come across it. Normally UBS and Credit Suisse are seen as competing organisations, but here at Kickstart they are together embracing an emerging business concept: coopetition. So we asked…

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Almost halfway through!

by Simone Bächler

Startup insights into the life at Kickstart Accelerator Life at Kickstart Accelerator is heating up and some of the #kickstarters16 are feeling the burn with Midterm Demo Day looming less than a week away. With backstage access to the action, we decided to find out how the entrepreneurs are holding up and get a more…

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Innovation

by Simone Bächler

About the most innovative country and it’s journey to become an excellent place to start a venture today. The Global Innovation Index ranks the innovation performance of 128 countries and economies around the world, based on 82 indicators. Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world – for several years in a row now….

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Smart & Connected Machines to the Rescue!

by Matthias Hüni

Robots are building our cars, artificial intelligence is answering our questions (we call her “Siri” or “Cortana” or “Alexa”) and thanks to 3D printing and rapid manufacturing, individualized and tailor-made products are now part of our everyday lives. Many areas have already been revolutionized (or disrupted) thanks to the use of Smart & Connected Machines…

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FinTech – at the intersection of finance & technology

by Katka Letzing

It is hard to imagine the world without the internet and mobile devices, which have become core elements of our lives. Technology has also brought a high degree of disruption to the financial services industry, and transformed financial products & services – and we are at just the beginning of this trend. “FinTech” describes the phenomenon…

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Future & Emerging Technologies – like Star Trek

by Christoph Birkholz

What is future and emerging technologies? Well, literally… future and emerging technologies. It’s the sort of things imagined in Star Trek, Star Wars and the like. Ok, maybe not that far into the future but definitely things which will impact the world within the next decade. During the outreach, we received roughly 300 applications from…

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Food Run – 176 Applications in the Food Vertical

by David Emmerth

From African food bikes running on new technology and engineered microbes to enhance the nutritional quality of fermented food. It goes without saying, 176 applications from food startups coming from all over the globe were more than we expected for the first version of Kickstart Accelerator. We were amazed about applications from startups creating a…

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Going Global – How Switzerland takes a leap in entrepreneurship

by Christoph Birkholz

With Kickstart Accelerator, we place our bets on collaboration and internationalisation to accelerate Switzerland’s development towards a leading entrepreneurship ecosystem across the globe. On collaboration: It requires a collaborative effort amongst many actors to build and grow an ecosystem. For the past two decades, individual startup programs have been successfully established to support startups in…

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Inside the Robotics Lab: Are the rumors true?

by Christoph Birkholz

A few weeks ago I attempted a brief street survey to get an idea of the general public’s take on robotics. I noticed two things: 1) Robotics is a seemingly misunderstood field. 2) The average person has no idea what was happening inside a robotics lab. After compiling the four most common responses, I decided…

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Innovation In Its Blood: Switzerland’s Startup Scene Then and Now

by Christoph Birkholz

When people think of Switzerland, they tend to think of banks, watches, and chocolate. But many groundbreaking inventions and startups were created here too. You can thank Switzerland for… If you’ve ever used Velcro, you can thank Georges de Mestral, a Swiss engineer who came up with the concept after a hike in the Jura…

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Ten reasons to NOT apply to Kickstart

by admin

We’re building Kickstart, Switzerland’s most ambitious acceleration program for startups, which will happen for the first time this year in the beautiful city of Zurich. We can promise you that it will be amazing — but it might not be the right thing for every startup. So to help you decide, we have put together our top…

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What’s a Promising Answer to the WEF16 Global Agenda?

by Christoph Birkholz

As the World Economic Forum 2016 concludes, what are the big take-aways? And what might be one of the most promising answers to the question of its Global Agenda: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond?” In early January, World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab summarized the topic as…

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Why Accelerators Are the Best Way to Grow Your Startup

by Christoph Birkholz

What do AirBnb, Dropbox, Reddit, Heroku, and Stripe all have in common? They all started at the world’s best startup accelerator, Y Combinator. Founded by Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston, Y Combinator’s portfolio of companies now exceeds $30 billion. Due to its all-star roster of companies and amazing network of mentors and investors, thousands of…

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Applications Now Open for Kickstart Accelerator – Apply Now!

by Christoph Birkholz

We are thrilled to announce applications are now open for Kickstart Accelerator!   Kickstart is a fast-track gateway by DigitalZurich2025 for entrepreneurs from around the world to access the Swiss business ecosystem, which has been rated by the World Economic Forum as No 1 for innovation in the 2015/2016 Global Competitiveness Report. The accelerator is an…

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