The Swiss Market Entry Bootcamp, an initiative of digitalswitzerland operated by Kickstart, offers startups a deep dive into the Swiss entrepreneurship ecosystem from October 5th and 6th at several locations.

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The new application phase for the 3rd Swiss Market Entry Bootcamp begins today and lasts until 1 September. This initiative of digitalswitzerland offers 50 startups a deep insight into the Swiss ecosystem. The program is run by Kickstart Innovation, one of the largest innovation platforms in Europe. “Switzerland is a global innovation leader, as the Global Innovation Index has confirmed in its ranking,” explain Nicolas Bürer and Matthias Zwingli from…


INNOVATION HUB SWITZERLAND: 51 STARTUPS BRINGING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE

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From digital personalized learning and gamified digital therapeutics to authentication enabled by facial recognition as well as reduction of cement usage through CO2 capturing as a Circular Economy solution, Antimicrobial LED light technology and real time reporting in FinTech and Insurtech, Kickstart is engaging on different levels to drive innovation activities in Switzerland. Over 50 high growth startups from 11 countries are participating this year.

Zurich, July 22, 2020 — ​Since it was founded five years ago, Kickstart has become one of the largest European innovation platforms and has initiated…


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Living Farming Tree by HEXAGRO

“Nature is a circular system that can provide abundance for everyone in a sustainable way. Hexagro develops its business and solutions inspired by time-proven nature patterns to develop a resilient and sustainable food system through urban agriculture. CE is a fundamental principle of biomimicry, and it represents a trillion-dollar opportunity. Our team is the first Italian startup to become part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE 100 Emerging Innovators to contribute with our circular approach to society.” Felipe Hernández Villa-Roel, Co-founder at HEXAGRO.

WHAT IS HEXAGRO?

Urban farming is not scaling fast enough to impact the current inefficient food system…


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Anne Nijs, Rare Conditions Transformation Leader at Roche, talks about her motivation to bring the best minds together to transform the future of healthcare by relentlessly focusing on patient outcomes.

How can leaders show up to drive innovation in healthcare?

Being part of the pharmaceutical industry, we are all experiencing some fundamental changes. Changes where systemic dynamics are shifting and the value we bring to patient communities, healthcare professionals and systems is what matters most. This value goes beyond the discovery and development of medicines to a more holistic idea of care. …


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“Being founded in the early days of the Circular Economy (CE) movement, Kaffe Bueno is built upon fundamental CE values and it is engrained not only in our operations but in our company culture. We believe CE will become the standard way of doing business in the next 10 — 15 years as businesses are obliged to maximise resource efficiency and minimize GHG emissions.” Alejandro Franco, Co-founder at KAFFE BUENO.

WHAT IS KAFFE BUENO?

KAFFE BUENO is an ingredient company, using green chemistry and biotechnology to upcycle spent coffee grounds into ingredients for cosmetics, functional foods, and nutrients.

HOW…


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“At KITRO we believe that all resources should be appreciated and not wasted. We are excited to see a greater shift towards a Circular Economy as the environmental, economical and social benefits become more apartment. It is no longer a question of should we shift to a circular economy, it’s more a question of what innovations will accelerate this transformation.” Naomi MacKenzie, Co-founder at KITRO.

WHAT IS KITRO?

KITRO is a startup that focuses on reducing food waste in hospitality industry. We measure and monitor the food waste that is thrown away in the kitchens and dishwashing areas of restaurants…


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The photograph by Yusef Evans

In 2020 KICKSTART is stepping into its fifth year, when bringing a new batch of entrepreneurs to Switzerland and fostering ecosystem innovation. In the last four years, it has initiated more than 120 pilots and commercial projects between startups and established organizations from various industries. Through a collaboration with our research partner, ETH Zurich, we learned how collaboration between such different parties works. The research continued in 2019, and Dr. Jennifer Sparr, Nora Varesco Kager and Prof. Dr. Gudela Grote brought us new insights regarding important success-factors for startup performance.

The research group identified three key elements that have relevant…


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I have often argued over the last few years that there is no better time than now for breakthrough innovation in FoodTech and AgriTech, due to the crisis of our food system, and the urgency attached to improving the negative impact of our diet on human and planetary health.

In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the meaning of “crisis” and “urgency” to a whole new level.

On the one hand, the simple fact that food is on top of the list of critical goods has been highlighted dramatically. Citizens and consumers around the world — many of them…


Have you ever asked yourself how you can win a Nobel prize? You should invent something that is of great benefit to humanity and changes the current paradigm. Eating heaps of Swiss chocolate will help you achieve this. At least according to this very convincing and highly scientific table below.

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Joking aside. We can probably all agree that in order to win a Nobel prize many factors must come into play. Starting with a strong know-how and innovation capacity, an environment that encourages the effort and the investment, as well as a strong support system that enables and facilitates it…


During recent coronavirus times we look towards innovation to find solutions to emerging issues. Some KICKSTART Alumni have developed diverse smart city technologies to help in the state of emergency and improve human health.

The Swiss based AI startup Antavi is working with canton Vaud on aggregating crucial statistics across the board ranging from hospitals, public security teams, funeral institutes, to supply chains. Their platform collects more than 320 parameters from 98 locations, which are continuously collected and monitored 24/7. An API-based platform allows quick extension to case-specific tactical dashboards as for the Covid-19 crisis.

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Antavi’s mobile application

Current researchers look into the…

KICKSTART

KICKSTART is one of Europe’s largest zero equity, multi-corporate ecosystem innovation platforms that runs a scale-up program for high-growth startups.

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