Requirements

Applications are welcome from startups based anywhere in the world or within Switzerland, provided they meet these requirements:

  • Aspiration to become a leader in your sector/industry
  • Minimum viable product or working prototype
  • Strong core team
  • International mindset
  • Desire to scale and learn
  • At least one of the founders to be present through the entirety of the program
  • Have not previously won our sister initiative Venture Kick or are currently in this program

As well as a promising business idea in one of the following sectors:

Selection

Kickstart is optimised for two participants per startup. At a minimum, participating teams need to send at least one founder to Switzerland to spend the 11 weeks on the ground. .

The selection of participating startups will be based on three main criteria:

  • Team: Presence of business & technological knowledge. Diverse, innovative and with strong entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Traction: Minimum viable product or working prototype with first test users. Having revenue is an advantage.
  • Potential: Promising and innovative idea that has the potential to disrupt various industries and sectors.

Timeline Zurich*

  • Feb 1Application start
  • Apr 30Deadline for applications
  • May 14Extended Deadline
  • Jul 10 - 11Bootcamp
  • Jul 19Startups confirmed
  • Sep 4Accelerator Kick-off
  • Sep 6Partner Fair + Presentations
  • Sep 7Opening ceremony
  • Sep 27CEO & Founders dinner
  • Nov 17Final Demo Day

* Timelines for for the EdTech and Healthcare verticals differ slightly from the Zurich schedule.

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FinTech

With a strong focus on the financial industry in Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland has become one of the world’s leading FinTech hubs. Kickstart Accelerator wants to connect your cutting-edge solutions to Swiss multinational banks, venture capital and industry partners. Topics include: Distributed ledger and smart contract technologies, wealth management, digital identity and privacy.

FinTech

With a strong focus on the financial industry in Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland has become one of the world’s leading FinTech hubs. Kickstart Accelerator wants to connect your cutting-edge solutions to Swiss multinational banks, venture capital and industry partners. Topics include: Distributed ledger and smart contract technologies, wealth management, digital identity and privacy.

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Food

Kickstart is looking for disruptive business models in the food tech space. With Switzerland being the domicile of some of the world`s leading food companies we are interested in radical food innovation in markets with a high growth potential. Kickstart is inviting startups from the whole range of the food tech space to apply: CPG, Retail, Food production & processing, services, supply chain innovation, Food Waste or SaaS just to mention a few.

Food

Kickstart is looking for disruptive business models in the food tech space. With Switzerland being the domicile of some of the world`s leading food companies we are interested in radical food innovation in markets with a high growth potential. Kickstart is inviting startups from the whole range of the food tech space to apply: CPG, Retail, Food production & processing, services, supply chain innovation, Food Waste or SaaS just to mention a few.

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Smart Cities

The Smart Cities vertical focuses on building smarter, safer and more resilient 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 by providing a platform where start-ups transition new ideas into viable growing businesses that deliver high-impact solutions for progressive city needs.
We are looking for innovative companies with know-how and ideas for future solutions in areas such as: mobility, healthy living, building, energy, etc. and that contribute to the attractiveness of the city, make it more environmental friendly, lead to efficiency increases or higher social inclusiveness.

Smart Cities

The Smart Cities vertical focuses on building smarter, safer and more resilient 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 by providing a platform where start-ups transition new ideas into viable growing businesses that deliver high-impact solutions for progressive city needs.
We are looking for innovative companies with know-how and ideas for future solutions in areas such as: mobility, healthy living, building, energy, etc. and that contribute to the attractiveness of the city, make it more environmental friendly, lead to efficiency increases or higher social inclusiveness.

Apply Here
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Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Are you working on a game-changing venture in the field of machine learning? Does your drone startup need validation and feedback, both on a technical as well as on the business level? From big data to robotics, from hardware to software, from artificial intelligence to machine learning – we are looking for disruptive technologies and applications solving environmental challenges as well as improving the way machines and humans interact with each other. Get access to Switzerland’s leading universities with their research labs in robotics and machine learning and meet world leading corporates with crucial R&D activities in and around Zurich.

Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Are you working on a game-changing venture in the field of machine learning? Does your drone startup need validation and feedback, both on a technical as well as on the business level? From big data to robotics, from hardware to software, from artificial intelligence to machine learning – we are looking for disruptive technologies and applications solving environmental challenges as well as improving the way machines and humans interact with each other. Get access to Switzerland’s leading universities with their research labs in robotics and machine learning and meet world leading corporates with crucial R&D activities in and around Zurich.

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Healthcare (Basel)

In order to tap into unexplored innovation potential, Kickstart Accelerator has entered into a partnership with BaseLaunch (initiated and operated by BaselArea.swiss) to offer a healthcare-specific vertical. BaseLaunch strives to create the next generation of ground-breaking healthcare companies in the life sciences hotspot Basel.

Healthcare (Basel)

In order to tap into unexplored innovation potential, Kickstart Accelerator has entered into a partnership with BaseLaunch (initiated and operated by BaselArea.swiss) to offer a healthcare-specific vertical. BaseLaunch strives to create the next generation of ground-breaking healthcare companies in the life sciences hotspot Basel.

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EdTech (Lausanne)

Building on Switzerland’s leadership in education and innovation, the Edtech vertical (operated by venturelab) focuses on accelerating the internationalisation of promising education technology start-ups. We are looking for young Edtech companies with disruptive platforms, apps, software, virtual reality, augmented reality, analytics, services or hardware eager to affirm proof of concept in Lausanne’s dynamic startup environment. Located at heart of the EPFL, in the Edtech Collider, the startups will benefit from collision and connexion with all the diverse forces active in Edtech.

More info: kickstart-accelerator.com/edtech

EdTech (Lausanne)

Building on Switzerland’s leadership in education and innovation, the Edtech vertical (operated by venturelab) focuses on accelerating the internationalisation of promising education technology start-ups. We are looking for young Edtech companies with disruptive platforms, apps, software, virtual reality, augmented reality, analytics, services or hardware eager to affirm proof of concept in Lausanne’s dynamic startup environment. Located at heart of the EPFL, in the Edtech Collider, the startups will benefit from collision and connexion with all the diverse forces active in Edtech.

More info: kickstart-accelerator.com/edtech

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