All our

verticals

Finance & Insurance

Based in one of the world’s leading financial cities, Kickstart is at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation in the finance and insurance sector.

Food &
Retail

Disruptive solutions tackling challenges in the Food and Retail sector to create positive impact on the current climate and health crises.

Health & Wellbeing

Innovative solutions that feed Switzerland's dynamic and rapidly developing startup landscape in the digital health sector.

Intrapreneur-

ship

We encourage, select and coach intrapreneurship teams of our partner companies to grow from prototype to a scaled solution.

New Work & Learning

Tackling the shifts that are influencing organizational work and the new cultures of learning by enabling innovative solutions and industry leaders for sustainable development.

Smart

Cities

Sustainable urbanization is key to successful development. Kickstart works to advance smart technology of businesses and cities.

New Work & Learning

The impact of new technologies and changes to the labor market have shifted the way organizations manage the workforce and respond to employee needs in terms of re- and upskilling, wellbeing and growth opportunities. 

By 2025, over 50% of tasks will be automated, and 133 million new roles will be created. It is estimated that 1 billion people will have to be retrained by 2030. 

New Work & Learning Vertical wants to shape the future of workplace engagement together with its partners, to formulate bolder and multidisciplinary solutions to dismantle silos in the organizations and retool the workforce in ways that point to a sustainable future.

Collaboration areas

New Ways of Working

Human Resources

Corporate & Lifelong Learning

Vertical partners

Coop
Credit Suisse
ETH Zurich
Galencia
La Mobilière
PostFinance
Ringier
Sanitas
Stadt Zurich
Swisscom

Vertical advisors

Brigitte Lawler

Brigitte Lawler

LEGEND SA

CEO

Herbert Sablotny

Herbert Sablotny

Beekeeper

CFO

Sylvestre Lucia

Sylvestre Lucia

thirty3

Co-Founder

David Lottenbach

David Lottenbach

Bearsons Consult

Founder & CEO

Leila Toplic

Leila Toplic

LT Collective

Founder & CEO

Andreas Goeldi

Andreas Goeldi

BtoV Partners

Partner

Your team

Oana Ria

Oana Ria

Ops Lead and New Work & Learning Lead

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Case studies

Significant growth through participation in Kickstart program

Labster is the world’s leading platform for virtual labs and science simulations. Through Kickstart, the company was able to significantly grow their Swiss presence and collaboration with Swiss institutions, proven through the facilitated PoC with the University of Zurich. This continued partnership involves the co-production of digital professional development opportunities on the effective use of laboratory simulations and virtual reality in university science instruction. 


Labster were also raising for its series-B financing round during their participation in the program during 2018, and gained concrete interest and subsequent investment from Swiss-based investors as a result. As of 2022, Labster has raised a groundbreaking $147m to support their massive growth opportunities worldwide.