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, Planning Sprint, CEO Dinner, Opening and Closing Ceremony, key partnership negotiations)
  • At least one team member to be present 50% during the whole Collaboration 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 6Application Start
  • May 4Application Deadline
  • July 6 - 7Final Selection
  • July 22Startups confirmed
  • Aug 31 - Sept 4Planning Sprint
  • Sept 1Opening Ceremony
  • Sept 3CEO Dinner
  • Sept 28 - Nov 6Collab. Sprint
  • Nov 5Closing Ceremony
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Circular Economy

Circular Economy is a new cross-vertical focus of the Kickstart program to support technological innovations for sustainable development. Together with ​Impact Hub Switzerland,​ as part of the ​Circular Economy Transition,​ Kickstart will also establish a stronger presence in Romandie.

Circular Economy is a necessary measure to be taken in Switzerland due to the high rate of resource consumption. Redesigning technological solutions by using the cyclic flows of the ecosystem and its regeneration is the way to reach a higher sustainability where the minimal material and energy consumption is assured. Reuse, repurpose, recycle!

Circular Economy

Circular Economy is a new cross-vertical focus of the Kickstart program to support technological innovations for sustainable development. Together with ​Impact Hub Switzerland,​ as part of the ​Circular Economy Transition,​ Kickstart will also establish a stronger presence in Romandie.

Circular Economy is a necessary measure to be taken in Switzerland due to the high rate of resource consumption. Redesigning technological solutions by using the cyclic flows of the ecosystem and its regeneration is the way to reach a higher sustainability where the minimal material and energy consumption is assured. Reuse, repurpose, recycle!

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EdTech & New Work

The EdTech & New Work Vertical’s mission tackles the momentous shifts shaping organisational work and the new cultures of learning. We do this by accelerating innovation bridges, proof-of-concepts and other B2B/B2G collaborations between Europe’s late-stage technology startups and corporations, foundations, schools and universities.

Startup application and collaboration details

EdTech & New Work

The EdTech & New Work Vertical’s mission tackles the momentous shifts shaping organisational work and the new cultures of learning. We do this by accelerating innovation bridges, proof-of-concepts and other B2B/B2G collaborations between Europe’s late-stage technology startups and corporations, foundations, schools and universities.

Startup application and collaboration details

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FinTech & InsurTech

Switzerland’s financial sector is a key contributor to its economy, which remains a reference worldwide. It is then no wonder that the country has also become a major FinTech and InsurTech hub attracting both local and international, cutting-edge, ventures. In this context, we are looking for scaleups providing deep-tech based solutions to global financial services providers such as banks, insurers as well as other financial intermediaries, technology and industry partners. Areas of innovation covered include FinTech, InsurTech, WealthTech, PropTech and RegTech.
Collaboration opportunities include, among others:

  • Digital Assets
  • Trust Services
  • Confidential Computing
  • Smart Contracts

FinTech & InsurTech

Switzerland’s financial sector is a key contributor to its economy, which remains a reference worldwide. It is then no wonder that the country has also become a major FinTech and InsurTech hub attracting both local and international, cutting-edge, ventures. In this context, we are looking for scaleups providing deep-tech based solutions to global financial services providers such as banks, insurers as well as other financial intermediaries, technology and industry partners. Areas of innovation covered include FinTech, InsurTech, WealthTech, PropTech and RegTech.
Collaboration opportunities include, among others:

  • Digital Assets
  • Trust Services
  • Confidential Computing
  • Smart Contracts
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Food & Retail Tech

The Food & Retail Tech vertical is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland’s history as a food innovation nation, it’s today the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies. The Kickstart support program is seeking to reignite the radical food and retail innovation culture in a market with high growth potential. Some of the technology areas in Food & Retail Tech we are looking for:

  • Sustainable Packaging Solutions
  • Disruptive Distribution Systems
  • Retail Technologies and Solutions
  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Traceability
  • Health of microbiome

Innovation bridges, Proof of concepts and other collaborations, are being built during the Kickstart program between later-stage startups and corporates. These projects will more often than not result in steps towards more sustainable food production, i.e. positive impact on the Climate and Health Crises we are facing today.

Food & Retail Tech

The Food & Retail Tech vertical is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the food and retail tech area. With Switzerland’s history as a food innovation nation, it’s today the domicile of some of the world’s leading food companies. The Kickstart support program is seeking to reignite the radical food and retail innovation culture in a market with high growth potential. Some of the technology areas in Food & Retail Tech we are looking for:

  • Sustainable Packaging Solutions
  • Disruptive Distribution Systems
  • Retail Technologies and Solutions
  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Traceability
  • Health of microbiome

Innovation bridges, Proof of concepts and other collaborations, are being built during the Kickstart program between later-stage startups and corporates. These projects will more often than not result in steps towards more sustainable food production, i.e. positive impact on the Climate and Health Crises we are facing today.

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HealthTech

The HealthTech Vertical, co-founded by Swiss Healthcare Startups, is looking for innovative business models in the field of HealthTech. New technologies are being introduced in the healthtech sector that aim to enhance treatments, reduce inefficiencies and costs in healthcare delivery, increase quality and make medicine more precise and personalized. Overall, digitalisation of health has enormous potential to improve not only diagnostics, rehabilitation and health outcomes, but also the promotion of well-being and disease prevention.

Collaboration opportunities in HealthTech include among others:

  • Prevention
  • MedTech
  • Disease Management
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine
  • Diagnostics
  • Patient Practice / Hospital communication

HealthTech

The HealthTech Vertical, co-founded by Swiss Healthcare Startups, is looking for innovative business models in the field of HealthTech. New technologies are being introduced in the healthtech sector that aim to enhance treatments, reduce inefficiencies and costs in healthcare delivery, increase quality and make medicine more precise and personalized. Overall, digitalisation of health has enormous potential to improve not only diagnostics, rehabilitation and health outcomes, but also the promotion of well-being and disease prevention.

Collaboration opportunities in HealthTech include among others:

  • Prevention
  • MedTech
  • Disease Management
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine
  • Diagnostics
  • Patient Practice / Hospital communication
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Smart City & Technology

The overarching goal of the Smart City & Technology vertical is to advance smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability, connectivity, productivity and resilience of Swiss businesses and cities. Through their technologies and products, the startups solve specific Innovation Challenges defined by Swiss corporations and cities in different focus areas.

Collaboration areas in Smart City & Technology include among others:

  • Sustainable Buildings and Neighbourhoods
  • Smart Energy and Sustainability
  • Future Mobility
  • Connectivity & Digital City Services
  • City Services
  • Data Platforms

The Smart City Journey 2020 will feature a series of innovation events hosted by Smart City & Technology finalist startups and Swiss organisations in different locations across Switzerland.

Smart City & Technology

The overarching goal of the Smart City & Technology vertical is to advance smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability, connectivity, productivity and resilience of Swiss businesses and cities. Through their technologies and products, the startups solve specific Innovation Challenges defined by Swiss corporations and cities in different focus areas.

Collaboration areas in Smart City & Technology include among others:

  • Sustainable Buildings and Neighbourhoods
  • Smart Energy and Sustainability
  • Future Mobility
  • Connectivity & Digital City Services
  • City Services
  • Data Platforms

The Smart City Journey 2020 will feature a series of innovation events hosted by Smart City & Technology finalist startups and Swiss organisations in different locations across Switzerland.

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Intrapreneurs

The Kickstart Intrapreneurship Program accelerates internal innovation and product development projects by increasing entrepreneurial capabilities of corporate managers and creating collaboration opportunities.

Intrapreneurs

The Kickstart Intrapreneurship Program accelerates internal innovation and product development projects by increasing entrepreneurial capabilities of corporate managers and creating collaboration opportunities.

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