Kickstart Accelerator

Kickstart Accelerator 2017: Now is your Chance!

After last year’s premiere, «digitalswitzerland» announced the second session of the «Kickstart Accelerator».

After last year’s premiere, «digitalswitzerland» announced the second session of the «Kickstart Accelerator». Start-ups can now apply for the next round of the Swiss start-up programme.

The «Kickstart Accelerator» takes Place in Zurich and Basel., Credit: Philippe Rossier, Ringier

What Ringier CEO Marc Walder announced on our blog is happening now : The «Kickstart Accelerator» launches again. Entrepreneurs can apply until the end of April to be part of Europe’s biggest startup accelerator.

The initiative’s aim is to develop close collaboration between corporate partners and startups, as well as among the start-ups themselves, across the different verticals. For 11 weeks, 30 start-ups from around the world get the chance to work on their ideas with professional help.

Over 850 applications

Patricia Schlenter, programme manager at «Kickstart Accelerator», is looking forward to the new session. She said: «Our inaugural year saw over 850 applications from across the globe and so we are looking forward to seeing the calibre of this year’s innovators. The Swiss ecosystem offers startups the opportunity to work with like-minded entrepreneurs, experienced mentors and some of the biggest corporate players to deliver impactful innovations to key industries.»

Expansion in planning

Nicolas Bürer, Managing Director of digitalswitzerland, has big plans: «digitalswitzerland is also looking to extend the scope of the programme and is carrying out research ahead of establishing Kickstart Accelerator and additional verticals in Lausanne. This is another step towards establishing Switzerland as a leading digital innovation hub worldwide.»

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