Kickstart is a fast-track gateway by DigitalZurich2025 for entrepreneurs from around the world to access the Swiss business ecosystem, which has been rated by the World Economic Forum as No 1 for innovation in the 2015/2016 Global Competitiveness Report.
The accelerator is an 11-week program open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within our 4 verticals: Food, Smart & Connected Machines, FinTech and Future & Emerging Technologies.
Startups will live and work in beautiful Zurich, Switzerland for three months starting in July 2016. We provide founders with up to 25’000 Swiss francs (approximately $24,606) in seed-funding, a monthly founder stipend ($1,476), mentoring, a shared office space and fast-track access to relevant industry partners and the Swiss startup ecosystem. The program culminates in Demo Day where each team presents to investors, corporate leaders and the media.
Unlike most other accelerators, Kickstart charges no fees. Click here to start your application now!
Why an accelerator? VentureBeat recently published a study that showed companies graduating from top accelerators returned 11.3x on capital invested. Additional research also indicates companies that complete an accelerator grow faster than those who don’t. Ruedi Noser, Council of State of Zurich and President of the Steering Committee of Kickstart says about the program: “Switzerland is bursting with incredible resources for young startups. We have countless established, high-level organizations that are interested in assisting young startups both financially and via mentorships. Kickstart is a really exciting opportunity for international startups to experience all of the incredible expertise Zurich has to offer.”
Applications for Kickstart – The Swiss Accelerator are currently open and close on March 31st, 2016. If you’re a young startup considering joining an accelerator this year, there’s no better place to spend your summer than Zurich with some of the best industry experts and mentors in the world.