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Kickstart Innovation Extends Application Phase for 9th Program


Zurich, Switzerland-based Kickstart Innovation has extended the application phase for its ninth program for startups until 4 June.

In 2024, Kickstart runs six verticals: New Work & Learning, Finance & Insurance, Food & Retail, Health & Wellbeing, Smart Cities, and Intrapreneurship together with partner organizations across industries: AXA, Coop, Swisscom, La Mobilière, PostFinance, ETH Zürich, CSEM, Sanitas, MSD, University Hospital Zurich, Panter, IKEA Switzerland, SATW, Impact Hub Switzerland, Canton de Vaud, Romande Energie, Swiss Healthcare Startups, Switzerland Global Enterprise, City of Zurich, Ringier, MLL, WECOCO, Day8, HealthTech Cluster Switzerland, DealStation, SwissLEAP,  IMD, gfm, and more.

Each vertical has a core focus on specific innovation trends and needs of each Kickstart partner.

A spin-off of Impact Hub Zurich launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland, Kickstart is a zero equity, open innovation platform whose mission is to build innovation ecosystems with purpose by fast-forwarding innovation. It brings together public and private organizations, startups, investors, and experts with the shared ambition to deliver next-generation products and services and have a meaningful impact at scale. Each year, Kickstart engages 100 entrepreneurs to collaborate with key players for proofs of concept, pilot and commercial projects, and other innovation partnerships. Additionally, through the intrapreneurship program, Kickstart helps established organizations promote and accelerate internal innovation. 

Led by Katka Letzing, Co-Founder and CEO, Kickstart aims to facilitate deals in the form of pilots or commercial collaborations between later-stage startups and established institutions who are looking to scale their products and services, find revenue streams and invest in forward-looking models and practices. The program has taken place annually since 2016, with digitalization and sustainability becoming strong drivers of innovation across industries.

Kickstart has supported over 450 startups and facilitated over 310 deals in the form of pilots and commercial projects. Alumni come from over 80 countries, have raised more than CHF 2.5 billion in investments so far, and include Planted, KernTec, Neustark, AAAcell, and others.

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