About Us

Kickstart 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. Each year, Kickstart brings up to 50 later-stage startups to Switzerland to collaborate with key players for proof-of-concepts, pilot projects and other innovation partnerships. The program is free of charge (no fees, no equity) for selected growth ventures and provides exceptional access to the executives and decision-makers of Kickstart’s partners. Additionally, the program supports up to xx intrapreneurship teams from corporations and organizations every year.

Kickstart is a spin-off of Impact Hub Zürich and was launched 2015 by digitalswitzerland. In 2019, Kickstart runs six verticals (EdTech & Learning, FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech, SmartTech, HealthTech and Cybersecurity) together with 25+ established partner organizations across industries and the private and public domain.


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