Advisors and Experts

Advisors and Experts play a crucial role in Kickstart. They are a key factor in supporting the starups with expertise, guidance, and advise. 

We think of advising as building a relationship with someone who accompanies and inspires a startup along its journey. Our Advisors have a track record as an entrepreneur and want to share their knowledge and experiences.
Kickstart Experts are individuals with in-depth knowledge related to either a specific industry, or specific topics, methodologies or technologies.



As a Kickstart Advisor...
You provide the startup with actionable advice and challenge him/her in a constructive way. You are genuinely motivated to work with entrepreneurs and give your best to support the development of the startup. You are a guide, who shares his/her knowledge and experience and who does not try to control, but acknowledges that the teams have to make their own decisions. You are a door-opener who connects with his/her networks when appropriate. You provide the startup with actionable advice and challenge him/her in a constructive way. Access to a wide network of other experts, advisors, investors, corporate partners, and many more.
As a Kickstart Expert
Experts engage with startups in 1 on 1 sessions (online or in person). It is up to every expert to decide on how much he/she wants to invest. As a reference figure he/she should be prepared to spend an average of 8 hours throughout the entire duration of the program for all startups. Experts are primarily motivated to work with the entrepreneurs, not to find clients in their startups for the expert’s own business.

What's in it for me?

  • Exposure on our website and on our social media channels.  
  • Tickets to all major events and other workshop-style events.
  • Ecosystem networking and recognition. 


The selection for Advisors happens after the startups are selected based on relevance. 


The Kickstart program focuses on innovation areas in which Switzerland has a competitive advantage. We are looking for startups that are developing and/or applying deep technologies in and around the areas of EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail Tech, Smart City & Technology, HealthTech and Circular Economy as a cross focus area.

We are also accepting applications from intrapreneurship teams from the organisations of our partners. The main part of the program will be running at Kraftwerk in Zurich from September to November 2021.

Take a virtual walk through the Kraftwerk venue!


Blackriver / Hitzberger
Baker Hughes
Diabetes Center Berne
CPB Healthcare Consulting
Aurora Alpha
DCC Coaching
Blue Horizon
Elsner Research and Consulting data AG
Falcon Private Bank
Franchise Development
KEGON Schweiz GmbH
senozon AG
Blockchain Valley Ventures
Big Elephant Consulting
LA Click GmbH
Impact Hub Ticino
Rothschild & Co Bank
Freelance Data Scientist
Independent Lawyer
Zukunftsregion Argovia
CNN Money Switzerland
Business Developer
CSA Engineering
Independent Consultant
Fair Warrior
AMAG Innovation & Venture LAB
March International Limited
Bain & Company
Innovation Manager
Compass Group (Schweiz) AG
Berner Fachhochschule
Baker McKenzie
Succeed - Booster for ambitious entrepreneurs
Impact Hub Ticino
Finance Expert, Risk Management and Regulation/Law
proALPHA Schweiz AG
Digital Learning Lab
Petrushev Capital
Schmidhalter | digital innovation
Remo Burkhard
Lovefield Wireless
Founder + Business Angel
e. innovation labs
Brand Essence AG
VI Partners
Max Havelaar Foundation
Creathor Venture
ba institute
Molecule Protocol
VIRTUOSO Consulting
Nana, Skribble
Réseau Entreprendre® Suisse Romande
Retro Brain R&D
IMD Business School
Zurich Insurance
AEVA Life Sciences
The Coca-Cola Company
Impact Hub Zürich
Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit
One Hemisphere
Narwal PR
CE Transition
Nasa Harvest
Two Spice
Leverage Experts
Barry Callebaut
Narwal PR
Health Tech Cluster Switzerland
Galileo International Impact Investing Centre
Sinkus Studio
GRZ Technologies
Legend Holdings
Partners Group
Federal Office of Public Health
Angel Investor
Zenner Connect
Independent Advisor & Healthcare Expert
Crypto Valley Labs
WhiteFrame Ventures
Impact Hub Zürich
Village Power
Alexandre Bastos
Partner at btov Partners
Sparko VRC
Verum Capital
OrientSwiss SA
Martello Technologies
Strenia Consulting
SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub
Fortenova Grupa
Ardevia Software
Bearsons Consult
Mondelēz International
Muller Healthcare Consulting
walkerproject ag
The Cantillon
Universitätsspital Zürich
Fortuny Consulting
Startup to Scaleup
Casino Interlaken
Oxygen at Work
Future Food Platform
Vifor Pharma
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Independent Advisor
Genesis Agribusiness Partners
Citi Ventures
Kickstart Innovation
Solarify GmbH
FBP Real Estates
Klenico AG
Impact Hub Fellowship
Angel Investor
Healthcare Ecosystem
Peak Spirit - Strategy Consulting