Kickstart supports your startup in scaling your business in Switzerland. It is a yearly running innovation program in Switzerland that brings together later-stage startups with corporations, foundations, universities and cities in order to foster deep tech innovation. The program is open to Swiss and international later-stage startups that are developing and/or applying deep technologies – science and engineering driven technologies such as AI, Big Data and Blockchain etc. – in and around the areas of EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail Tech, Smart City & Technology, HealthTech and Circular Economy.
Selected entrepreneurs get the chance to do market entry and business development in Switzerland and Europe. In the support program, you will meet and work together with executives of leading Swiss corporations and organizations, aiming to initiate innovation partnerships and pilot projects. You will receive support through experienced advisors from the Swiss innovation ecosystem, get access to investors and take part in collaboration workshops. Additionally, Kickstart contributes to your business development expenses during the program.
Applications are welcome from startups based anywhere in the world or within Switzerland, provided they meet these requirements:
As well as a promising product or technology in one of the following sectors:
Kickstart takes no equity and charges no fees from the participating startups.