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Kickstart Accelerator 2016

22augAll DayKickstart Accelerator 2016Official Launch

Kickstart Accelerator 2016

Event Details


In 2016 Kickstart will focus on innovation areas that Switzerland shows a competitive advantage in: Food, Smart and Connected Machines, FinTech, Future & Emerging Technologies. All verticals will be running at the same time from the end of August until the beginning of November 2016. Startups from the 4 different verticals will be working in the same office space enabling them to benefit from interdisciplinary exchanges going beyond their vertical. The program culminates in Demo Day where each team presents to investors, corporate leaders and the media.

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Timeline Acceleration Phase:

Week commencing 15.8.2016 – Move to Zurich and get settled in

  • 22.08.2016 – Kick-off day
  • 25.08.2016 – Official Opening Reception, Dinner & Party
  • 21.09.2016 – Mid-term Demo Day
  • 04.11.2016 – Pitch your company at Demo Day, Closing Dinner & Party

About Kickstart:

Kickstart is the most ambitious Swiss startup program to date. Never before has Switzerland or Europe had a multi-corporate and equity-free accelerator program welcoming over 60 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 11 weeks.

The Kickstart Accelerator is operated by Impact Hub Zurich, which is part of the largest network of entrepreneurship and innovation centers across the globe. Kickstart was founded in 2015 and is an initiative in cooperation with DigitalZurich2025, a cross-industry initiative which aims at making Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub in Europe.
>> More information on theofficial website.

Kickstart your business idea in Switzerland!

Kickstart – the Swiss Accelerator is a fast-track gateway for entrepreneurs from near and far to access the Swiss innovation ecosystem.

Our 11-week program is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within our 4 verticals: Food, Smart & Connected Machines, FinTech and Future & Emerging Technologies. For 11 weeks selected founders and their teams live and work in Zurich, Switzerland. We provide founders with up to 25’000 Swiss francs in prize money, 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.

Kickstart charges no fees.



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Impact Hub Zürich

Sihlquai 133, 8005 Zürich


Kickstart Accelerator

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