The Zurich-based innovation platform Kickstart has launched its latest round of applications for the next cohort of later-stage tech startups, from around the world, interested in entering the Swiss market.

Kickstart, a spin-off of Impact Hub Zurich and founded by digitalswitzerland in 2015, will be selecting 100 entrepreneurs to join its three-month equity-free growth programme and they are looking for businesses applying deep tech to one of its five key verticals – EdTech & New Work | FinTech & InsurTech | Food & Retail | HealthTech | Smart City & Technology.

The yearly programme will be taking place in September 2020 and, for the first time, there will be a strong focus on the Circular Economy across the whole Swiss programme.

Participants will create specific pilots and commercial projects with one of Kickstart’s 50 corporate and public sector partners, which include businesses like AXA, Roche, Credit Suisse and Lafarge Holcim.

Chosen high-growth startups will receive financial support, opportunities to connect with investors, free office space, mentoring support, access to networking and community-building events plus many more benefits.

Applicants will also learn about business development and scaling in the Swiss market.

“Switzerland is a very attractive market for later-stage startups: We are regularly recognised as a world leader for innovation and our leading organisations have a big appetite for new technologies and solutions,” explains Katka Letzing, Co-Founder of Kickstart.

“It can be challenging for aspiring entrants to gain access to the Swiss market, and promising opportunities for collaboration can be lost. Kickstart aims to overcome this hurdle by bridging the gap between startups and organisations, allowing them to tackle real-world solutions and to innovate together.”

Deadline for applications is 4th May 2020.

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