Kickstart Accelerator presents:

We cannot wait for Kickstart 2019!

These numbers below are some highlights out of three years of Kickstart:

  • 108 participating startups
  • 7 intrapreneurship teams
  • over 100 partner organizations
  • more than 70 PoCs and partnership projects between startups & Kickstart partners
  • 300+ times in the media

We cannot wait for round four, and have already started working with our partners on activities connected to outreach for 2019. But before we move on towards new inspirations, we recommend you to watch this video by Yusef Evans revealing the best moments of 2018.

For 2019, we will improve and scale Kickstart even further. We are launching the "Cybersecurity Vertical" together with SATW, as well as the "Health Tech Vertical" together with Swiss Healthcare Startups. We will build a full-fledge intrapreneurship program. We are hiring new amazing team members (- please spread the word -), and we are already on-boarding the first partners for 2019.

The application phase for our 2019 program starts on April 15. We will be looking for later-stage startups in all verticals; entrepreneurs that are ready to experience the journey of innovation and collaboration with us. Digital transformation is about people, and this is how we contribute to developing entrepreneurial corporate cultures in Switzerland. More milestones and key dates for 2019 are as follows:

  • 31 May 2019 - Application Deadline
  • 8 & 9 July 2019 - Selection Bootcamp
  • 6 Sept. 2019 - Opening Ceremony
  • 8 Nov. 2019 - Closing Ceremony

We cannot wait to #makeithappen together again! 

All the best,

The Kickstart Team

Worth a read

Startups working together

Co-creation and collaboration are key factors for success. The Kickstart alumni YUKKA Lab, Altoo and AAAccell tell you how it is when startups work with each other.

#kickstarters18 in Migros Magazin

Migros Magazin published a nice article featuring the #kickstarters18 startup Pedius as well as the Migros intrapreneurship teams. Also, our Program Co-Lead Katka Letzing explained how and why Kickstart is fostering collaboration between startups and corporations.

Fostering innovative ideas

In this news article, our Global Partner Coop explains how they want to foster innovative ideas such as the projects by the #kickstarters18 startups Alver, LuckaBox and microPow. 

Deep tech nation Switzerland

Timm Leibfried, a journalist who is writing for the German news platform Station F has joined the Kickstart Closing Ceremony to find out more about the Swiss innovation ecosystem. The outcome is this great Hub Report!

Kickstarting Collaboration

Want to find out "how to create successful partnerships between startups and established organizations"? Check out the book that we have launched together with digitalswitzerland and contributors from University of Zurich, ETH, University of St.Gallen and Swisscom! Our book was also featured in Handelszeitung

Where foodpreneurs meet

100 foodpreneurs, startups, corporates and investors were sharing their insights at the FoodHack MeetUp at Impact Hub Zürich Viadukt. Our Food & Retail Tech Vertical Lead Christina Senn-Jakobsen presented important learnings, next to Naomi MacKenzie, Co-Founder of the #kickstarters17 food waste startup KITRO and many more.

Kickstart Accelerator bridges the gap between startups, corporates, cities, foundations and universities to accelerate deep tech innovation. Science and engineering driven technologies have the potential to transform humanity’s biggest challenges into solvable problems. These challenges require unprecedented collaboration between powerful established organizations and audacious entrepreneurs.

Kickstart Accelerator is an initiative of Impact Hub Zürich and was launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland. For 2019, Kickstart runs six verticals (Cybersecurity, EdTech & Learning, FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech, Health Tech and Smart Cities & Infrastructure) together with established partner organizations across industries and the private and public domain

Kickstart partners include: Coop, Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom as well as AXA, AxpoBalboaBär & KarrerDepartment of Education of the Canton of Zurich, Department for Business Affairs of the Canton of ZurichCity of St. Gallen, City of Zurich, Climate-KIC Climathoncsem, C4DR, DiversifyEmpa, ETH Zürich, evitive, EY, eZürichGebert-Rüf-Stiftung, Google for Entrepreneurs, Helbling, IBM, Jacobs FoundationLyceum Alpinum ZuozMercator Foundation SwitzerlandMeyerlustenberger LachenalMondelēz International, Open DataPanter AG, Propulsion AcademyPwC Switzerland, SATWStäubli, Swiss Healthcare StartupsSwiss Federal Office for Energy, Swisslinx, University of Zurich, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, WATCWenger & Vieli and Zurich Tourismus.

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