We are extremely excited to explore commercial opportunities with some of the leading corporate players in our sector. Kickstart’s program has a proven track record of matching innovative scaleups with corporate partners to form long-term relationships, Sidekick’s chief marketing & communications officer Gulli Arnason said.
Founded five years ago, Kickstart has become of the largest European innovation programs and has already begun around 120 pilots and commercial projects in various sectors.
Kickstart focuses on scaling up companies in five different areas: EdTech and New Work, FinTech and InsurTech, Food and Retail, HealthTech and Smart City and Technology.
So far this year, 51 new startups from 11 countries have begun working with the Switzerland-based innovation hub and Sidekick is one of seven that have joined its HealthTech group.
From September onwards, the startups will be able to work with partners, including AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, Mobiliar, ETH Zurich, City of Zurich, PostFinance and Credit Suisse.
This year also saw Kickstart bring on board partners new partners, such as Movenpick, New Work SE, Energie 360, Roche, Holcim Switzerland, Nespresso and Canton de Vaud.
The startups will also be able to engage with businesses in the area of Romandy, in Greater Zurich.
A spin-off of Impact Hub Zurich, Kickstart is one of Europe’s largest zero equity innovation platforms, running a scale-up program for high-growth startups.
Its idea is to build bridges and bring together organizations such as startups, corporates, cities, foundations and universities.
Each year, Kickstart brings up to 100 entrepreneurs to Switzerland to collaborate with key players to expand their projects, as well as accelerating internal innovation.
Following a kick-off on September 30 there will be a six-week collaboration period, during which international teams will engage in Switzerland.
Locations this year are the innovation space Kraftwerk in Zurich and Impact Hub Lausanne.
There will also be nine “intrapreneurship” teams that will be aiming to accelerate their internal innovation.