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.
What is Kickstart?
What is in for you!
What we offer
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
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.
The selection of participating startups will be based on the following criteria
All applications are reviewed and selected by our partners, experts and the Kickstart team.
Applications open for startups
1:1 Planning Sprint
EdTech & New Work
Time is Ltd. is an advanced analytical SaaS platform for data-driven business leaders with a holistic approach to organizational productivity, communication culture, and digital collaboration setup.Visit website
FinTech & InsurTech
Food & Retail Tech
Alpengummi is the first natural chewing gum of the Alps, only made of renewable resources and therefore free of plastics, artificial sweeteners and other possibly harmful ingredients.Visit website
Vital Vio, Inc.® is a health tech company and the creator of single-diode antimicrobial LED light technology (non-UV) that is safe for use in homes, public places and industry to create environments that are inhospitable to the growth of bacteria, fungi, yeast, mold and mildew.Visit website
Kaia Health is a digital therapeutics company that creates accessible, evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders including back pain, knee and hip pain, and COPD.Visit website
Smart City & Technology
Peter Park transforms parking lots into mobility hubs by providing parking lot operators with automatic license plate recognition, cloud-based software and the integration of parking apps.Visit website
InstaDeep develops AI products and bespoke solutions for enterprise clients focusing on decision-making systems that solve existing problems across a range of industries using advanced ML, Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning.Visit website
WoWMi – THE BEAUTY TIMEOUT – offers stressed women a timeout experience where they can enjoy a broad range of professional and personalized beauty and wellness treatments combined with various services at one place.
The Ginius Way gives you time for the important things in life by taking care of your daily tasks and chores.
Check&Connect helps SMEs to easily and cost-effectively identify their cyber-vulnerabilities by connecting them to trusted partners with cyber expertise to resolve them preventively.
#digitalreal is a measure by Mobiliar that is intended to raise public awareness around the topic of cyber risk.
MobieTrain revolutionizes workplace learning with our mobile-first, micro-learning platform. We empower employees to drive their own career development and retain knowledge through bite-sized training.Visit website
RiseUp helps people make better career choices by giving access to inspiration, mentors & development options. Thereby solve two major issues: employee engagement & lack of authenticity at work.Visit website
Stroofy builds software that helps individuals, teams and companies discover their optimal way of working and improves employee focus and engagement by utilizing data analytics and cognitive science.Visit website
AllianceBlock is an All-in-one decentralized, community-driven platform that makes investment and financing efficient, simple and safe by leveraging Blockchain technology and A.I.Visit website
Contract Vault have developed an AI and Blockchain-powered end-to-end document, contract and workflow creation, management and automation platform that enables new categories of agreements.Visit website
tigerlab is an exciting insurance software company, who offers an agile, flexible and customised product build in 2-4 weeks, deploying any line of insurance, anywhere in the world.Visit website
WeProov simplifies and accelerates claim process for all stakeholders, from insureds’ hands, enabling insureds to qualify and claim their damages in self-care thanks to a digital guided process.Visit website
REBEL MEAT's Vision is to save our planet by making eating meat healthy and sustainable.
SC FIT helps diversified companies to tackle new business opportunities and improve their efficiencies by segmenting their supply chain according to market requirements.Visit website
Medicus is an AI-based platform that interprets and converts medical reports and health data into an interactive, personalized experience with easy-to-understand explanations, insights and continuousVisit website
AirBie is promoting bike-sharing as a means of transportation. We have developed a smart bike lock (with GPS), which fits any bike, such that anyone can create a bike sharing fleet in a few minutes.Visit website
Breeze Technologies provides tailored advice to improve local air quality based on advanced artificial intelligence, their own air quality sensor networks and external data sources.Visit website
eMost make the world a bit greener and better. eMOST stands for Mobile Storage and is a modular mobile battery for use-cases where electricity is needed without access to the powerline/grid.Visit website
Oxygen at Work improves the air quality in office spaces combining natural plants with modern technology in order to improve the health of the employees and reduce the energy consumption of buildings.Visit website
ViaNova is the leading platform for managing urban mobility, partnering with cities and private mobility operators, in enabling more liveable streets, through better data analysis.Visit website
Our platform helps organisations to engage their members in continuous professional development, with an intelligent system that personalises resources and captures and rewards self-directed learning.Visit website
We help businesses to digitize contracts as non-proprietary Ricardian (human- and machine readable) Contracts and provide a blockchain-based platform to enable distribution, querying, and automation.Visit website
Optimizing management of deal flow for venture capitalists and business angel communities by utilizing machine learning and AI, bringing concrete value and efficiency in investing into startups.Visit website
vlot offers integrated B2B2C (white label) life risk analysis, life insurance coverage and dynamic life planning solutions combined with digital underwriting through cutting edge APIs and algorithms.Visit website
With our Augmented Language Intelligence we provide a currency for the sentiment for every company, index, sector and industry based on the analysis of more than 200´000 professional news a day.Visit website
Alver aims to improve consumers’ health as well as our environment by offering foods that are healthy, tasty and sustainable containing the innovative micro-algae Golden Chlorella®.”Visit website
Neuroprofiler is an online and MiFID II - compliant risk profiling solution based on behavioral finance that helps financial advisors better assess the risk profile of their clients.Visit website
PriceHubble enables smarter real estate decisions by bringing the latest in Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics and data visualization to market participants along the entire real estate value chainVisit website
BIOsens markets biosensors for rapid quantitative diagnostics of food toxins. A sample is easily prepared and results are displayed within 15 minutes and stored in the cloud (IoT).Visit website
FlavorWiki’s patent pending technology helps food retailers and producers create better products, improve customer targeting and deliver a more engaging food experience to consumers.Visit website
Robotics & Intelligent Systems
AstroPrint is the Android of the 3D Printing industry. By making all 3D printers simple to use, and connected to an infinite amount of content, we drive mass adoption for the 3D Printing industry.Visit website
Through artificial intelligence the virtual assistant Jamie learns about your personal style, while regularly sending you a curated selection of outfits tailored to your taste.Visit website
DCbrain is a software start-up specialized in Artificial Intelligence applied to the digitization of industrial flow networks. DCbrain helps network managers deal with growing complexity in flows.Visit website
We are building and operating the first free charging network for electric cars across Europe, underwritten by sustainably engaged brands and installed at highly popular locations at no cost.Visit website
We’re moneyballing city-making, shifting it from an art to a science by quantifying what people love about places and predicting how best to make them more livable, sustainable, profitable – Smarter.Visit website
Dual Academy transforms human potential into effective skills and behaviors for today´s digitalized workplace. Dual Academy's programs combine impact and scalability. Contextualized and interactive exVisit website
InTeach is a mobile app solution for companies based on microlearning and gamification that brings a new, more efficient way of learning through short (3 minutes), actionable and engaging lessons everVisit website
Mathrix gamifies science for middle and high school French speaking students using social media. Mathrix teaches maths, physics and chemistry with videos and interactive exercises to motivate studentsVisit website
RyMM helps play-schools and daycares to collaborate efficiently with parents for the betterment of kids. With RyMM, teachers can check in their students to a mobile app, log kids’ activities and assesVisit website
SOS Nachhilfe has been called the new "UBER" of private tutoring and is the winner of the BBCW-Award 2017 in Bern. The company offers professional tutoring (1 to 1) locally as well as online togetherVisit website
The Experience Accelerator uses the latest cognitive research and digital technologies to help leaders learn new ideas and behaviors faster and more effectively. Using VR and gaming technologies couplVisit website
U Smart Toys builds large touch Interactive playgrounds. We uniquely merge digital and real world game mechanics to make kids do sport while they make friends. The interactive toys are designed for shVisit website
UbiSim is a company dedicated to creating interactive training for nursing students using the new possibilities of Virtual Reality (VR). The platform allows schools to respond to student demand for moVisit website
Future & Emerging Technologies
Smart & Connected Machines
Learning science has never been so fun
Smart Home Technology develops a full-package Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution for industrial companies to enhance their efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts.Visit website