One of the largest innovation platforms in Europe, Kickstart, launched a call for applications from startups interested in playing a role for the Swiss market.
Kickstart wants about 100 entrepreneurs join its three-month program. The program is aimed at startups in the advanced phase.
Entrance is open to all entrepreneurs, whatever their country. Eligible startups whose applications are accepted can start the program from September 2020.
The program will give pay particular attention to startups that integrate technology into their business models. Examples of such startups include those of EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail, HealthTech and Smart City & Technology.
Meanwhile, for the first time since the start of the program, Kickstart will also pay attention to the circular economy throughout the program. Nairametrics also understands that participants will learn about business development and how to grow in the Swiss market.
What advantages for the participants: The program is an annual B2B extension program aimed at connecting and creating specific pilot and commercial projects with one of Kickstart’s 50 corporate and public partners, namely: AXA, Roche, Credit Suisse and Lafarge Holcim. The next edition will be the fifth Kickstart incubation.
Applicants selected at the end of the program will develop innovative partnerships with leaders of large companies, universities, municipalities, foundations and other Swiss partners. These partnerships will allow them to meet real business challenges.
While commenting recently on the benefits of the incubation program for participants, Kickstart co-founder Katka Letzing said:
“Switzerland is a very attractive market for advanced start-ups: we are regularly recognized as a world leader in innovation and our main organizations have a great appetite for new technologies and solutions.
“It can be difficult for applicants to enter the Swiss market, and promising opportunities for collaboration may be lost. Kickstart aims to overcome this obstacle by bridging the gap between startups and organizations, allowing them to tackle real-world solutions and innovate together. “