Kickstart leads to more than 35 collaborations and announces new vertical


The Swiss innovation acceleration program Kickstart culminates tonight with the announcement of numerous technological partnerships and Proof of Concepts between start-ups and established corporations and organisations. in 2019, a cybersecurity vertical will be added to the program.


The innovation acceleration program Kickstart 2018 has led to more than 35 collaborations between the participating startups and established organizations. After four months of intense work, the Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and other partnerships will be announced tonight at a grand Closing Ceremony at Kraftwerk .

Most active organizations include

Credit Suisse: POCs with Altoo (CH), Asteria (Sweden), Gauss Algorithmic (Czech Republic), Reportix (Germany), YUKKA Lab (German / CH)

Swisscom: POCs with with Altoo (CH), YUKKA Lab (German / CH), Fintechdb (Norway), Teachy (CH)

Coop: POCs with Alver (CH), microPow (CH), as well as 2 POCs with LuckaBox (CH), 

Migros: POCs with LuckaBox, Besso (Germany), lobster (DK)

Ewz: POCs with Blockdox (UK), Fleco Power (CH), Hivemind (CH).

University of Zurich: POCs with Labster (DK), (UK), Differ (Norway)

Kickstart, a program of Impact Hub Zurich, launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland , bridges the gap between later-stage startups, corporations, cities, universities, and institutions to accelerate deep tech innovations with positive impact. For the third edition, 30 Swiss and international tech startups had moved into the collaboration space Kraftwerk in Zurich, where they met with leading corporations and organizations aiming at launching joint projects. More than 70 such partnership projects have emerged from the programme since its inception. This year's program focused on FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech, Smart Cities & Infrastructure and, for the first time in Zurich, on EdTech & Learning. In addition to the 30 startups, five intrapreneurship teams from Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom participated in the program.

New Cybersecurity Vertical in 2019 in cooperation with SATW

In the coming year, Kickstart aims at tapping into new technology areas: Together with the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW , the program will launch a Cybersecurity Vertical in order to foster innovation in the fields of IT-, information- and data security. Additionally, Kickstart is in advanced conversations for a vertical on health technologies in Zurich.

(Press release / SK)

A description of all collaboration projects can be downloaded below.