Our Purpose

The world needs innovation to thrive
We want more than a sustainable world. We want a thriving world, in which people and planet are supported. As current systems and solutions are not getting us there, we push for innovation to happen.

Our Vision

We shape innovation for sustainable development
Innovation alone is meaningless. We need to focus our innovation efforts to sustainable development. Our vision is that we shape innovation globally in order to develop sustainable solutions rather than to manifest the status quo.

Our Mission

Be the leading brand to build innovation ecosystems with purpose
We want to master and be known for innovation ecosystem in service of our purpose. We strive to become the leading brand, team and organisation to do so, yet we are excited to see many other peers to join this mission.

Our Values

LEADERSHIP

We value entrepreneurial leadership. 

 

We create an entrepreneurial environment, where people are empowered to take entrepreneurial leadership.

TEAM WORK

We treat each other on eye-level, we trust each other, and we enjoy working together. 
  

We feel mutual trust, equality, and fairness. We collaborate and we create an enjoyable work environment.

 

RESULTS

We strive for high quality of co-created results.  

 

We aim to deliver excellent results by co-creating them. 

 

 

 

IMPACT 

We are committed to improving business and society through collaboration.
 

We strive to develop meaningful solutions for problems that truly matter. We are inspired by UN’s Global Goals as well as by Impact Hub’s Co-Manifesto.

History

Kickstart is a spin-off of Impact Hub Zürich and was initiated in 2015 by digitalswitzerland. What has started as a startup accelerator for early-stage startups has developed into a B2B open innovation platform fostering innovation through collaboration between later-stage startups and established corporations and organizations.

Team

CEO | FinTech & InsurTech Lead
EdTech & New Work Lead
Program Manager
Smart City & Technology Lead
Program Manager
Communication | Program Manager
HealthTech Lead
Intrapreneurship Lead
FinTech Program Manager
Program Manager
Program Co-Lead

Location

Kraftwerk is a unique space fuelling Swiss innovation and collaboration in the center of Zurich. This for­mer power station provides flexible workshop space, sprint rooms and a distinctive event hall as well as a lively café with an in­spi­­ring atmosphere. Kraftwerk enables new and efficient partnerships between established companies and startups who, together and across indus­tries, develop inno­vative and sustainable solutions for the challenges of digital transformation. In addition online presence is supporting particular phases of the program.

Take a virtual walk through the Kraftwerk venue!

Kraftwerk is a unique space fueling Swiss innovation and collaboration. This for­mer power station provides flexible workshop space, sprint rooms and a distinctive event hall as well as a lively café with an in­spi­­ring atmosphere. Kraftwerk enables new and efficient partnerships between established companies and startups who, together and across indus­tries, develop inno­vative and sustainable solutions for the challenges of digital transformation.

Take a virtual walk through the Kraftwerk venue!

Advisory Team

The Advisory Board provides strategic advice to the Kickstart team. Board members combine multiple experiences from the innovation ecosystem and they are leaders within major Swiss companies and foundations.

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