Meet the 30 startups that will join Kickstart Accelerator 2017

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.

1500 startups tried it – 30 made it

The startups were carefully selected from over 1,500 applications from all over the world, after the top 60 were invited to participate in the final part of the selection process – a two day bootcamp in Zurich. At this stage, they had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an experienced jury, comprised of industry professionals, investors and corporate representatives. In the end, 30 startups, 2% of all those that applied, were chosen to take part in an 11-week programme taking place from September 4th to November 17th, 2017. Kickstart Accelerator will be based in Kraftwerk, an old transformer station which has been converted into a unique collaboration and innovation space in the heart of Zurich.

15 countries and almost half female co-founders

This year, startups from a total of 15 countries, including South Korea, South Africa, Finland, Ukraine and Singapore have made it into the programme. Almost two thirds of the startups (19) come from Europe, whereas five startups will travel to Zurich from the US, three from Asia, two from Africa and one from Australia. “It’s great to see applications from so many countries, wanting to build, challenge and scale their businesses here in the Swiss innovation ecosystem”, said Patricia Schlenter, Programme Manager at Kickstart Accelerator, “what I am particularly excited about is that 13 out of 30 startups at the Kickstart Accelerator have at least one woman as founder.”

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Foto: Thomas Meier. Zürich, 11.07.17. KICKSTART ACCELEROTAR Bootcamp.

So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let us introduce you to the #kickstarters17! 


AAAccell converts and develops top research achievements into trusted solutions and tools for the financial services industry. (Switzerland)

Adjoint has created a technology solution to drive enterprise-level adoption of the game-changing Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). (USA)

Apiax transforms complex regulations into easy-to-use digital compliance rules. (Switzerland)

Blocko develops and delivers blockchain technology solutions to clients, replacing conventional and inefficient processes and systems of trust. (South Korea)

CityFALCON provides personalised financial news and content as well as leveraging machine learning and AI to build a virtual financial assistant for investors and traders. (United Kingdom)

CoinCube tracks and trades crypto-currencies via its proprietary software for index investing. (USA)

Fjuul Vision Oy offers a Software as a Service (Saas) platform for insurers to grow their business at lower risk. (Finland)

Libryo enables any person working in any organisation to understand their legal obligations in any situation. (South Africa)

Neuroprofiler is a behavioural finance game that helps Financial Advisors assess the Investor Profile of their clients and is compliant with MiFID II. (UK)

PriceHubble enables smarter real estate decisions by bringing the latest in machine learning, big data analytics and data visualization to market participants along the entire real estate value chain. (Switzerland)



BIOsens develops Internet of Things (IoT) products using biosensors for rapid diagnostics of food safety with respect to mycotoxins. (Ukraine)

Farmerline connects small-scale farmers in Africa to information services, products and resources to improve their incomes. (Ghana)

FlavorWiki turns everyday consumers into accurate taste testers capable of working together with producers to create products perfectly suited to market demands. (Switzerland)

Hexagro Urban Farming provides scalable, modular and automated indoor farming systems, which allow anybody anywhere access to healthy food. (Italy)

KITRO provides food and beverage outlets with an innovative solution to optimize their performance by reducing avoidable food waste. (Switzerland)

Taste of Kenya is an online marketplace that connects Kenyan farmers to coffee buyers globally through direct trade. (UK)


Smart Cities

Antavi’s command and control app helps managers of public spaces to respond faster to incidents with a bird’s eye view on personnel and the crowd. (Switzerland)

BikeLook tracks bikes to provide actionable smart city data and bike theft reduction. (Ireland)

DCbrain helps network managers deal with the growing complexity in industrial flow networks, by digitizing and applying its AI software to existing company data. (France)

Hawa Dawa combines sensor networks, big data analytics and machine learning algorithms to create real-time heat-maps of air quality on a hyperlocal scale. (Germany)

Parquery AG uses snapshots from existing cameras to identify available parking spots in real-time as a service for smart city and smart mobility applications. (Switzerland)

Spark Horizon is building and operating the first free charging network for electric cars across Europe, underwritten by sustainably engaged brands and installed at highly popular locations at no charge. (Switzerland/UK)

State of Place offers a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution  that helps cities and developers create more walkable, livable places by quantifying what people love about cities and forecasting the benefits of making them better. (USA)

uHoo uses data on indoor air quality to enhance health and safety, increase productivity and provide insights on energy savings to commercial and residential spaces. (Singapore)

Rent`n`Share is an intrapreneurial team co-created by ICT provider Swisscom and insurance company AXA Winterthur. Their collaboration offers a flexible long-term car-rental solution combined with a peer2peer car-sharing option. (Switzerland)


Robotics & Intelligent Systems

AstroPrint is an IoT platform that makes the use of 3D printers a lot easier and accessible to all. (USA)

Automata produces affordable robotic arms with easy-to-use controlling software, which makes the automatization of cost-sensitive applications possible. (UK)

Flicktek improves human to machine interaction thanks to a new technology that recognizes human gestures directly at the wrist. (UK)

iFuture Robotics is working on autonomous mobile robots for large warehouses to make the logistics smarter and more efficient. (India)

Jamie & I learns about your personal style through artificial intelligence, while regularly sending you a curated selection of outfits tailored to your taste. (Australia)

R A D has developed a technology based on machine learning to transform movements of two-dimensional images into 3D-models in real-time. (USA)

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See you all in September!