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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 &

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.



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.



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

Smart Cities

Our goal is to maintain high quality of living and competitive advantage compared to international locations, while at the same time advancing smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability and resilience of local and global businesses and cities. Through their technologies and products, our startups solve specific Innovation Challenges defined by corporations and cities in different collaboration opportunities in Switzerland and beyond.

Collaboration areas

Building & Living

New & Sustainable Building Materials



City Services

Net Zero

Vertical partners

Climate Lab
Credit Suisse
La Mobilière
NEST - Empa
Stadt Zurich
Wien Energie

Vertical advisors

Alexander Brunner

Alexander Brunner

City of Zurich Council

Council Member

Yves Leuenberger

Yves Leuenberger

Zurich Insurance

Head of Group Property & Innovation

Annina Faes

Annina Faes


Program Manager Knowledge & Technology Transfer

Georges Kotrotsios

Georges Kotrotsios


Vice President Strategic Relations

Your team

Paulina Kania

Paulina Kania

Senior Program Manager

Ray Neubauer

Ray Neubauer

Smart Cities Expert




Case studies

IoT connectivity for Smart City Zurich

In 2018, City of Zurich, ewz, and Microsoft initated a collaboration with IoT connectivity platform, akenza. The collaboration implemented LoRaWAN-based smart city use cases with akenza for data acquisition and visualisation.  

This resulted in long-term relationships between akenza and the collaborators, with SaaS and Caa agreements. There were approximately 500 devices on akenza's platform in 2021.

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