The Kickstart accelerator cohort of 2018 is revealed


Kickstart Accelerator has selected 30 startups from 12 countries and 5 intrapreneurship teams in the verticals, EdTech & Learning, FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech, Smart Cities & Infrastructure to join the 2018 program. The teams will work on projects together with Swiss corporations, universities, cities and foundations.


This autumn, the selected high-growth startups will travel to Zurich for the seven weeks Kickstart Accelerator program. They will meet and work on accelerating their projects in close collaboration with the partners of Kickstart accelerator with the aim of initiating successful innovation partnerships and joint pilot projects. Among the cohort are ten Swiss startups. These include;

TEACHY (EdTech & Learning) – helps apprentices & pupils to increase their grades at school significantly by providing a completely new kind of personal or online 1-1 tutoring.

FinTech & Crypto

Altoo – empowers wealthy individuals and their families to consolidate and interact with their total wealth in a simple and intuitive way, including crypto.

vlot – is a B2B2C platform opening up an agile and integrated world of risk analysis, coverage and life planning.

Food & Retail Tech

Alver Golden Chlorella – offers innovative vegan protein chlorella (green algae)

Mondays – is an online subscription service of menstrual products, that removes the need for a monthly purchasing decision ensuring every subscriber is prepared, every month

LuckaBox – is a virtual on-demand and same-day delivery service platform across Switzerland’s largest cities.

microPow – developed a clean-label encapsulation technique of active ingredients for aqueous products.

Smart Cities & Infrastructure

Fleco Power AG– is a technology platform for decentralized energy systems consisting of control system and IoT-based hardware.

Hivemind – is an IoT platform including a collection of web services to connect, manage, and maintain IoT devices.

Kido Dynamics is a data analytics platform with reconstruction and forecast techniques for smart cities focussing on mobility patterns.

Other participating startups include;

EdTech & Learning

FinTech & Crypto

CodeAll (Poland)

Differ (Norway)

Gnowbe (Singapore)

Labster (Denmark) (UK)

Sharing Academy (Spain)

WriteReader (Denmark)

Asteria (Sweden)

 Fintechdb (Germany)

Gauss Algorithmic (Czech Republic)

Reportix (Germany)

ResonanceX Ltd. (UK)

Trakti (UK)

YUKKA Lab AG (Germany)

Food & Retail Tech

Smart Cities & Infrastructure

Besso (Germany)

Yarok Microbio (Israel)


Block Dox (UK)

Pedius (Italy)

The Energy Audit (Italy)

Further information and details about the startups is available at Kickstart Accelerator.

Additionally, 5 intrapreneur teams will participate in the program – more than ever before. Intrapreneurs are “entrepreneurs within a company”; although being integrated in a corporation, they act as autonomous teams on innovative projects – very similar to a startup. Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom are bringing intrapreneur teams into the program.

These include;

Credit Suisse – Open banking project to enable efficient and secure payment processing for e- and m-commerce.

Menu Casa (Migros) – Home delivery service of healthy, varied and delicious food for people in the prime of life who are not able or willing to cook for themselves

Migros Klubschule – Online coaching platform for personal and professional development with more than 7’000 teachers and experts of Migros Klubschule.

OLIQ (Migros) – Innovative food supplement in spray form based on natural plant extracts, vitamins and minerals, e.g. for strengthening the immune system or boosting the energy level.

Robo VC (Swisscom) – Software as a Service based on Artificial Intelligence to support investors in the venture capital industry in planning and making their investments

(Press release/ran)