Got a great business idea? Make it happen in Zurich this summer. The Kickstart Accelerator is the most ambitious Swiss startup program to date open to early-stage startups.
The program of the Kickstart Accelerator is a fast-track gateway for entrepreneurs from near and far to access the Swiss innovation ecosystem. By focusing on industries that Switzerland is already strong in and leveraging connections to various corporate partners, Kickstart can offer startups an opportunity that no one else can.
Never before has Switzerland or Europe had a multi-corporate and equity-free accelerator program welcoming founders from around the world. Backed by academia, corporates and the local startup ecosystem, it aims to put Switzerland on the map by bringing some of the most promising early-stage startups from different fields to Switzerland for three months, and doing everything in its power to make them succeed.
The 3-month program is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within the following 4 verticals: FinTech, Smart & Connected Machines, Future & Emerging Technologies and Food.
Kickstart provides founders with up to 25’000 Swiss francs in seed-funding, a monthly founder stipend, mentoring, a shared office space and fast-track access to relevant industry partners and the Swiss startup ecosystem. The program culminates in Demo Day where each team presents to investors, corporate leaders and the media. The acceleration phase starts in August.
You think you have what it takes? You and your team are committed to building a business? You have a minimum viable product or working prototype? Are you eager to scale and learn?