Kickstart – Switzerland’s first international accelerator!


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 Swiss accelerator program 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 three-month program is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within our four verticals: FinTech, Smart & Connected Machines, Future & Emerging Technologies and Food.

Kickstart provides founders with up to 25,000 Swiss francs (£18,226) 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.

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?

Then apply now:

Applications close 30th April 2016.

Should you have any further questions, just send an email to [email protected]

Kickstart Accelerator Team looks forward to welcoming you soon in Zurich!