Agri-Food is the number 1 industry in the world, uses 34% of land, accounts for 24-30% of greenhouse emissions, represents 70% loss in biodiversity and uses 70% of fresh water. It is estimated that 1/3 of all food is wasted (Worldbank, 2020). In the next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together (The Economist, 2015). How do we overcome these challenges?

Within Food & Retail Tech Kickstart is looking for disruptive technologies and business models in the Food and Retail Tech area.

The world’s leading food companies as well as very strong positioned retailers with their own production plants are based in Switzerland. The food industry plays a major role in the swiss economy generating >CHF30 Bio by more than 200 companies representing 5% of GDP.

Kickstart is seeking to unite the globally most innovative startup founders with the most powerful food and retail corporations in Switzerland. These win-win partnerships result in a more sustainable food production, distribution, packaging and consumption, which leads to a positive impact on the climate and health crises we are facing today.


collaboration opportunities

  • Food Technologies & New Product Development, e.g. new ingredients, food safety, smart packaging solutions, etc. 
  • Smart Retail Technologies, e.g. seamless shopping, data management, last-mile delivery, etc.
  • Healthy & Personalized Nutrition, e.g. gut health, healthy snacking, etc.
  • Farm to Fork Value Chain, e.g. traceability, food waste management, food processing methods, etc.
  • Alternative Protein Space, e.g. new plant-based proteins, clean label enablers, microbiol proteins, etc. 
Download the full list of collaboration opportunities here