After an intensive month with more than 1500 startups to screen, it was finally the time to meet the top 60 startups in person, during the two-day bootcamp organized on July 10th and 11th in Zurich.

The first touchpoint between the startup founders and co-founders, our corporate partners, mentors and investors happened on Monday, during the welcome and partner safari event at Impact Hub Zürich. 16 corporations presented themselves to the international startups giving the chance for first 1:1 exchanges and interesting chats about business and personal success-stories.

This successful first meet-and-greet was followed by an intensive pitching-sessions on Tuesday, July 11th, with over 116 individual pitches and more than 70 jury members , all packed in 8.5 hours and taking place in ETH Zurich, Zurich City Hall, digitalswitzerland offices and Impact Hub Zurich. The 30 startups that have made it to the final 11-week program which starts in September, will be announced on July 19th.

PoC Process

The organized Bootcamp is an important component of the Proof-of-concept (PoC) process between our corporate partners and the startups, which already started earlier this year in May. After the initial kick-off workshop with our corporate partners, where the problems to solve and areas of interest were stated, an intensive identification of potential ‘PoC-able’ startups started, that might provide possible solutions to the drafted problems.

This process will continue undergoing following milestones:

  • State the problems to be solved/areas of interest
  • Identify potential PoC partners (partners ←→ startup)
  • Definition PoC goals
  • Agreement on PoC scope and agenda
  • Negotiation of PoC terms and conditions
  • Start of PoC execution
  • Analysis of outcomes and planification of next steps

Stay tuned and follow us on Social Media to learn which 30 startups will participate in this year’s Kickstart Accelerator and be ready for many more interesting entrepreneurial success-stories!


Author Lara Fritschi

Project Lead Startup Enablement

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