Kickstart Accelerator

Does your startup have an MVP or working prototype in the food, fintech, robotics & intelligent systems, smart cities, or edtech sectors? This 11-week startup accelerator gives each team $15,000 USD plus the opportunity to win up to $25,000 USD on Demo Day. If selected you’ll also gain access to the Swiss and European markets and startup ecosystems.

Deadline for applications to the edtech vertical is July 10, 2017 so apply now and follow Lootstrap on Facebook for updates!

Award Amount

  • CHF 15,000 (approx. $15,000 USD) for each team at start of program
  • Up to CHF 25,000 (approx. $25,000 USD) grants are awarded on Final Demo Day


  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 11 weeks


  • Dedicated mentors with proven track records on-site every week
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with industry specialists
  • Weekly masterclasses taught by senior experts
  • Free coworking space at the heart of Zurich or Lausanne (EdTech)
  • Access to Swiss and European markets and startup ecosystems
  • Quick and easy access to investors, corporate and academic partners
  • Chance to do a proof-of-concept project with the corporate partners
  • Half-Time and Final Demo Days
  • Assistance may be available with visas, sponsorships, and local accommodations

Who Can Apply

  • Founders from across the globe are eligible to join the program
  • Team should be innovative with a commitment to build a business
  • Age of the applicant and team members must be above 18 years
  • Applicant should have international mind-set

Selection Criteria

  • Innovative ideas in the following verticals:
    • Food tech
    • Fin tech
    • Smart cities
    • Robotics and intelligent systems
    • Edtech
  • Team
    • Presence of business and technological knowledge
    • Diverse, innovative and with strong entrepreneurial mindset
  • Traction
    • Must have MVP or working prototype with first test users
    • Having revenue is an advantage
  • Promising and innovative idea with the potential to disrupt various industries and sectors

Application Process

  • Written application to your chosen vertical through your free Gust account
  • Screening of applicants through online interview
  • Selected applicants are invited to a 2-day Bootcamp in Switzerland
  • Teams are chosen to participate in the accelerator program


  • At least one team member must stay in Zurich for the full duration of the program
  • Founder and team members must be 100% present and actively participate
  • Must be present for demo days and weekly mentoring sessions