Kickstart supports your startup in scaling your business in Switzerland. Each year we run an open innovation program, affectionately known as a collaboration sprint, in Switzerland. The program brings together later-stage startups with corporations, foundations, universities and cities in order to forge meaningful partnerships and foster deep tech innovation. Kickstart has a global scope and 70% of startups are international, while 30% are Swiss businesses that are developing and/or applying deep technologies.

Our pitch video and in case you want to pre-register to our next batch.

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart
Kickstart is a yearly run ecosystem innovation program in Switzerland.
Program
Each year, we connect late-stage startups from all over the world with Swiss corporations and institutions (our partners).
Focus Areas
Our partners are looking for tech startups in the areas of: EdTech & New Work, HealthTech, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail Tech, Smart City & Technology as well as Circular Economy.
Timeline
The program features a period between September and November, where startups meet our partners on-site in Switzerland to work on their partnerships – no worries, we know you’re busy and we make this as efficient as possible, no need to spend all of the time in Switzerland.
KPIs
Our main KPI is the number of successful partnerships we realise during the program – we care about your success.
Partnerships
By partnerships, we mean pre-proof-of-concept, proof-of-concept, pilot or commercial projects. So you’ll really get your hands dirty with our partners and work towards long-lasting relationships.
Startup-Stage
We do not focus on early-stage startups but on more mature startups ready to collaborate with big corporations (eg. existing product, experience working with B2B customers).

What is in for you!

Partnerships
High potential for partnerships as our paying partners are actively looking for solutions – your chance to set foot in Switzerland.
Access to C-Level Executives
Access to a host of senior executives and decision makers.
Business Develop
Kickstart is basically your business developer, we know what our partners need and we connect them with you as we are convinced you are the right match.
Fun :)
And finally, it’s actually fun as well.

What we offer

No equity and no fees
The program is fully funded by our partners, we do not take equity or any fees.
Access to Partnership Fund
Kickstart created a fund and has set aside a budget to work on initial pilot projects or proofs-of-concept with you, making sure the projects are funded.
Collaboration training and facilitation
Your personal advisor
An advisor supports you while visiting Switzerland with access to her/his network and shares market knowledge.
Access to experts
You might want to engage with our experts on 1:1 basis to tackle questions in specific areas (eg. market entry, legal and ip, branding and communications).
Connection to investors
While not a focus, Kickstart has access to a broad network of investors, VC funds and family offices, your chance to connect for the next round.
Free office space and infrastructure
Work at our beautiful locations while visiting Switzerland.
Networking and community events
Immerse into the Swiss innovation ecosystem with networking and community-building events throughout the program and create strong bonds with fellow startups.
Media exposure
Be covered in various local and national media outlets, newsletters and on social media.
Swiss startup and innovation ecosystem

Impressions

Requirements

Applications are welcome from startups based anywhere in the world or within Switzerland, provided they meet these requirements:

  • A product or technology is available (preferably with patent)
  • Previous investment has been secured
  • The venture is ready for collaboration with Kickstart partners
  • At least one of the founders or senior executives to be present during key events (Final Selection, Planning Sprint, CEO Dinner, Opening and Closing Ceremony, key partnership negotiations)
  • At least one team member to be present 50% during the whole Collaboration Sprint

As well as a promising product or technology in one of the following sectors:

EdTech & New Work

FinTech & InsurTech

Food & Retail Tech

Smart City & Technology

HealthTech

Circular Economy

Focus Areas

Check out the Focus Areas, there you'll learn more about: 

  • Which Partners are joining the Focus Area
  • The Collaboration Opportunities in the Verticals
  • The Technologies we are focusing on.

Selection

The selection of participating startups will be based on the following criteria

Team
Presence of business & technological knowledge. Diverse, innovative and with a strong entrepreneurial mindset.
Traction
Product with critical mass of user or proven technology. Having revenue is an advantage.
Potential
Promising and innovative product or technology that has the potential to disrupt industries and sectors.
Collaboration readiness
Potential to enter into PoC or other partnership with one (or more) partners.
Execution
Ambitious and convincing roadmap.

All applications are reviewed and selected by our partners, experts and the Kickstart team.

Timeline

Apr 15 - May 17

Applications open for startups

  • Extended to 01.06.2021
Jul 5 - 7

Final Selection

Sep 6 - 10

1:1 Planning Sprint

Sep 11 - Nov 12

Collaboration Sprint

Nov 10

Closing Ceremony

Kickstart Startups

EdTech & New Work

Braindate

Braindate is the leading solution for peer learning and companies who want to provide more than traditional networking for their people. Employees and event attendees use Braindate to book one-one-one, group and fishbowl meetings, from a crowd-sourced topic market, and meet live or in-person.

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Cognician

Cognician enables large organizations to activate behavior change at scale by creating personalized, data-driven digital experiences that are grounded in action, follow-through, reflection, and social engagement. With our multi-day challenges, you can drive measurable change in 30 days or less.

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Cord

Cord adds collaboration everywhere. It turns any SaaS product, internal tool or webpage into multi-player, so you can see your colleagues, leave comments, annotations, tasks, collateral and more in context. Teams using Cord stay on the same page. They're in flow state, at their peak effectiveness.

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Evrlearn

Evrlearn is the community to get matched with curated re- and upskilling opportunities to build future-proof skills and to present the skills to get the jobs you love.

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Games for Business

Games for Business is an award-winning gamified digital learning platform. We help companies transfer knowledge in an employee-centric and engaging way while improving learning performance at the same time. In order to support sustainability, we will plant 1 real tree for each user license we sell.

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gigl

gigl is a recruitment / HR tech platform for companies who rely on hiring engaged, customer-facing staff. gigl is the mobile and video first job platform and is quickly becoming the gen Z route to finding work.

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Scribe

Scribe helps organizations understand, document, and optimize how work gets done. Simply by watching a user work, Scribe automatically generates step-by-step, written process guides.

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Mentessa

Mentessa drives know-how exchange & connection in the new world of work. We build a deep-tech matching for skill-based matching that connects your community for mentoring, diversity & know-how exchange, as well as through individual consulting projects.

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FinTech & InsurTech

Acodis

With Acodis, you can convert any document in any language into valuable structured information in just a few seconds, thus reducing manual copy􏰎pasting tasks.

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Canveo

At Canveo, we􏰢re driven by the belief that legal and contracts shouldn􏰢t hold businesses back. Through our SaaS platform, we enable businesses to get contracts done faster, without friction, and with the confidence of making sound legal decisions, every time.

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CYSEC

CYSEC provides ARCA Trusted OS, a software􏰜based solution for protecting containerized platforms, applications and workloads. This solution protects highly sensitive data on premise, in the cloud or in embedded platforms. Our solution is being used to secure Finance, IoT and Space applications.

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Digital Insurance Group

As Digital Insurance Group we are an InsurTech partner to some of the biggest insurance groups globally and their distribution partners. We help them grow their business by adding new sales channels or launch new service propositions e.g. on wellbeing or mobility.

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Floodlight

We are a data platform for investment professionals seeking to align money with impact. We groom and present unbiased ESG􏰨 data to enable professionals to easily meet client demands, make better decisions, and win􏰎retain more relationships.and their distribution partners. We help them grow their business by adding new sales channels or launch new service propositions e.g. on wellbeing or mobility.

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Helvengo

Our mission is nothing less than being the most suitable and convenient insurance product provider for SMEs in Europe. Our modular products cover what's recommended in our AI-based risk assessment, are tailor-made for each startup SME and can be closed fully digitally in real time.

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myEGO

myEGO is a digital, blockchain-based platform for self-sovereign identity (SSI) management - the user can control the ownership of his personal data and determine with whom and what information he wants to share with third parties.

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Nect

Nect GmbH is an IT company based in Hamburg. Founded in 2017 by Benny and Carlo, Nect is known for developing state-of-the-art trust services based on its AI-based and patent-pending Robo-Ident technology, with it's core product Selfie-Ident an fully automated identity verification technology.

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Neuroprofiler

Neuroprofiler helps financial institutions assess their clients' investment profiles (ESG, Risk...) through behavioral finance and gamification to boost their sales, in line with LSFin/MIFIDII regulations.

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riskine

riskine develops customer centric digital solutions for the insurance and financial advice, based on the latest AI and graph- technologies. The solutions focus on the risks, wishes and dreams of the end customers & are individually customizable and multichannel usable.

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Riskwolf

Riskwolf enables insurers to create simple, reliable products quickly to insure the emerging risks in the digital economy.

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Unsupervised

Unsupervised is the leader in data capitalization management 􏰋DCM􏰌. Our platform automatically analyzes your data and discovers your biggest problems and opportunities to unlock the strategic value of your data.

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Food & Retail Tech

AquaCultured Foods

AquaCultured Foods has developed the first whole-muscle cut seafood alternative created through the process of microbial fermentation.

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BRüSLi

BRüSLi is the first crunchy cereal out of bread which combines the unique taste of bread with spices, nuts and berries to a new breakfast experience. It not only tastes delicious, but is also good for the environment, as every kilo of eaten BRüSLi saves as much as 1k of bread and 1410l water.

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Invaio

Invaio is a multi-platform technology company that unlocks the potential of our planet?s interdependent natural systems to solve pressing agriculture, nutrition & environmental challenges. Our purpose is to make Agriculture more sustainable by solving performance and delivery challenges

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KernTech

In Europe, over half a million tons of apricot, plum and cherry stones go to waste. With our technologies we transform this waste into new nuts in the F&B industry. These very tasty, upcycled resources are the base for the non-dairy sector, plant-based proteins, nougats, oils and many more.

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Oscillum

Oscillum designs biosensors capable of monitoring the state of food in real time. SmartLabel is biodegradable labels capable of visually alerting the quality, freshness and safety of food, for meat and fish. Technology is functional both in a closed container and when the consumer has opened it.

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Plant Jammer

Plant Jammer creates smart recipe experiences based on a gastronoamical AI start inspires home cooks to cook more sustainably, reducing food waste and meat consumption. With tools/widgets that can be used by food brands, retailers, veggie boxes, we want reach 1 billion home home cooks.

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Tide Ocean

Tide Ocean SA is a Swiss company collecting 100% ocean-bound plastic and turning it into a valuable raw material. The award-winning upcycling method has been developed in collaboration with the Swiss University of Applied Sciences. #tide does not process virgin plastics.

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FreshIndex

FreshIndex is a B2B hardware-AI solution that assesses the true quality, safety and shelf-life of food from farm to fork. It turns existing data sets of quality assurance and supply chain monitoring into valuable information for brand differentiation, to reduce losses and to improve profitability.

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Yoordi

Yoordi enables your guests to order and pay in house and on your website for delivery or take away and much more. With Yoordi, you are available for your guests at any time. Thanks to self-ordering and payment, we reduce the hassle for your service team and maximize guest satisfaction.

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HealthTech

Clever.Care

Clever.Care provides technology for health professionals, home-care patients & family caregivers, enabling ageing in place by: - creating a patient-specific care network, - fostering communication in the network - optimizing cross-organisational collaboration - enabling more patient-centric care.

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Fjuul

Fjuul provides a digital platform to capture biometric data from smartphones or wearables as well as payment and banking data to assess the health- and carbon footprint level to suggest actions for improvement and reward users if they reach their goals and advance - delivered as one turnkey system.

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Happitech

Happitech measures heart-rate and heart health simply using the smartphone camera. The technology is the world's first CE Certified API for Android and iOS. Once integrated into an application, our algorithms allow medical-grade vital signs monitoring directly through a smartphone.

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Huma Therapeutics

Huma is a global health technology company transforming care and research. Our digital hospital at home and decentralized clinical trial platform use real-time health data from smartphones to help patients, clinicians, researchers, and healthcare systems. We help people live longer, fuller lives.

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Oto

Oto builds digital therapeutics that allow people to instantly access treatment for chronic conditions such as tinnitus.

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Regimen

Regimen builds digital self-care solutions for men's most intimate and stigmatized health issues. Our first product is the world’s first certified digital therapy for erection problems. It empowers users to make the right decisions for their health to maintain and improve the erection sustainably.

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Remente

Remente is a mental health and wellbeing app for individuals and organisations with the mission to democratize mental wellbeing.

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VAY

VAY AG has developed a reliable and precise software for human motion analysis based on computer vision that allows remote solutions for physical therapy, telerehabilitation, and prevention.

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Smart City & Technology

Builtrix

Builtrix helps companies uncover energy-saving opportunities in their properties using data analytics and digital twins. We predict the energy consumption and production (from renewable sources) and provide actionable recommendations to save on operation & energy costs and reduce the Co2 footprint.

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foldAI

foldAI brings IoT, AI and Data Science to natural ecosystems for biodiversity and climate remediation. We apply our sensing technology in close-to-nature forestry, regenerative agriculture as well as in green cities applications for a better management, a greater transparency and risk management.

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Quandify

We develop an intelligent platform for smart water management, including monitoring of water consumption and leakage detection. We seamlessly integrate our patented non-invasive design with our machine-learning algorithms to extract relevant and valuable insights for any stakeholder.

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RUNWITHIT Synthetics

RWI creates synthetic digital models of complex systems to support strategic decision makers facing disrupted futures in mobility, energy and resilience, bringing to life hyperlocalized scenarios for cities and regions, their people, traffic, infrastructure, policies, technologies, even disasters.

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Soobr

Soobr drives the digital transformation of the facility management industry. Our product enables to clean in the right place at the right time. Based on the effective usage of buildings and AI. We help our customers to reduce costs, increase transparency and improve the quality of cleaning services.

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Univrses

Cities, municipalities and fleets have very little data about traffic signs and road conditions. Data collection is often manual, time consuming and economically inefficient. We automate the process of data collection, using smartphones as sensors, which is a cost-effective and scalable answer.

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Intrapreneurs

INFRABOX

Smart metering powering a high performant, solid and sustainable mobile network.

Life Sensor

With Life Sensor unconscious people quickly receive the help they need.

MATIS

MATIS solution: inspired by art experts for art experts is taking art authentication beyond the visible. The MATIS camera provides all information needed to art professionals, reveals invisible signatures, identifies pigment and detects forgery.

MI-Share

We offer consumers freedom of choice between sharing, renting or buying.

miira

We are going to reinvent the 3a retirement planning with an approach that is 100% transparent, sustainable and digital.

MITA

MITA provides a daycare with a safe, loving and caring environment to grow up in and puts the children in the center of attention.

Nirsense

Compact and easy to use optical sensor for autonomous bio-analyte monitoring in cell culture media.

Swiss Climate Challenge

The Swiss Climate Challenge is about to become the biggest green ecosystem that triggers behavioral changes of the Swiss population in a sustainable way and rewards those changes with a unique Incentive System: A new cryptocurrency called Green Coin.

TWINTECH

Eurapco InnoLabTeam is developing a digital platform and ecosystem for collecting building data for digital 3D twins. The platform connects all contractors on this platform based on the same correct and verified information.

XRMeeting

XRMeeting, will be the go-to platform to find the best virtual collaboration solution for your needs. Whiteboard, 3D models, share, design, animate, whatever you need to work remotely, we gather all in one place and provide our advice and expertise.