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, Collaboration (COL) Planning Sprint, CEOs & Founders Dinner, Opening and Closing Ceremony, key partnership negotiations)
  • At least one team member to be present during the whole Collaboration (COL) 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 3Application Start
  • May 27Application Deadline
  • June 10Extended Deadline
  • July 9 - 10Final Selection
  • July 17Startups confirmed
  • Sept 3 - 7COL Planning Sprint
  • Oct 1 - Nov 9COL Sprint
  • Oct 4Opening Ceremony
  • Oct 25CEOs & Founders Dinner
  • Nov 9Closing Ceremony
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EdTech & Learning

Building on Switzerland’s leadership in education, science and technology, the EdTech & Learning vertical is looking for startups that reinvent universities  (highered), schooling (k12), vocational education (dual system), public education infrastructure & services, and corporate and industry learning.

The science and engineering driven startups are eager to apply insights from the learning sciences, strengthen the human interactions in learning processes, and affirm proof of concepts and other partnerships across our partners in industry, research & development, government and philanthropy.

The EdTech & Learning Vertical acts under the patronage of Dr. Silvia Steiner, Government Councillor and Education Director of the Canton of Zurich & President of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education.

Collaboration Opportunities

EdTech & Learning

Building on Switzerland’s leadership in education, science and technology, the EdTech & Learning vertical is looking for startups that reinvent universities  (highered), schooling (k12), vocational education (dual system), public education infrastructure & services, and corporate and industry learning.

The science and engineering driven startups are eager to apply insights from the learning sciences, strengthen the human interactions in learning processes, and affirm proof of concepts and other partnerships across our partners in industry, research & development, government and philanthropy.

The EdTech & Learning Vertical acts under the patronage of Dr. Silvia Steiner, Government Councillor and Education Director of the Canton of Zurich & President of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education.

Collaboration Opportunities

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FinTech & Crypto

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

We are looking for startups that can provide cutting-edge solutions to Swiss multinational banks, venture capital and industry partners. Topics include: Open banking, distributed ledger and smart contract technologies, wealth management and crypto.

FinTech & Crypto

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

We are looking for startups that can provide cutting-edge solutions to Swiss multinational banks, venture capital and industry partners. Topics include: Open banking, distributed ledger and smart contract technologies, wealth management and crypto.

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Food & Retail Tech

Kickstart is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland being the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies, we are interested in radical food and retail innovation in markets with a high growth potential. Kickstart is inviting startups from the whole range of the food and retail tech space to apply: health and nutrition, packaging, (Home) Delivery Systems, retail technologies and solutions (incl. food & grocery delivery), sustainability, or traceability to mention a few.

Collaboration opportunities

Food & Retail Tech

Kickstart is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland being the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies, we are interested in radical food and retail innovation in markets with a high growth potential. Kickstart is inviting startups from the whole range of the food and retail tech space to apply: health and nutrition, packaging, (Home) Delivery Systems, retail technologies and solutions (incl. food & grocery delivery), sustainability, or traceability to mention a few.

Collaboration opportunities

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Smart Cities & Infrastructure

The Smart Cities vertical focuses on building smarter, safer, resilient and more responsive cities by improving civil services and infrastructure in cities. Switzerland’s cities rank highly for their standards of living. Kickstart Accelerator’s aim is to stimulate innovation to help cities sustain the quality of life of their citizens. We are looking for innovative companies with know-how and ideas for future solutions in areas such as: e-mobility, healthy living, building construction, renewable energy, etc. and that contribute to the attractiveness of the city, make it more environmentally friendly, lead to efficiency increases and higher social inclusiveness.

Collaboration opportunities

Smart Cities & Infrastructure

The Smart Cities vertical focuses on building smarter, safer, resilient and more responsive cities by improving civil services and infrastructure in cities. Switzerland’s cities rank highly for their standards of living. Kickstart Accelerator’s aim is to stimulate innovation to help cities sustain the quality of life of their citizens. We are looking for innovative companies with know-how and ideas for future solutions in areas such as: e-mobility, healthy living, building construction, renewable energy, etc. and that contribute to the attractiveness of the city, make it more environmentally friendly, lead to efficiency increases and higher social inclusiveness.

Collaboration opportunities

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