Kickstart, a Zurich-based accelerator programme, has opened applications to African startups and it is looking for firms working on projects that use artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and big data.
The window for applying will close on May 17. Ghanaian agritech startup Farmerline is one of the African startups that have benefited from the Kickstart accelerator programme.
The accelerator, which helps startups nab collaborations with corporates, cities, foundations, and universities, accepts applications from firms in its home country, Switzerland, and those overseas.
The 50 successful entrants to the programme will be announced in July and the programme will begin in September.
The zero-equity programme will introduce startups to a host of partners and supporters, including Switzerland’s largest retail company Migros, and is focused around six key verticals – ed-tech and learning, fintech and digital assets, food and retail tech, smart city and technology, e-health, and cybersecurity.
“Deep technologies have a great potential, which can only be fully exploited through the cooperation between different partners. These new technologies can contribute to solving some of the biggest challenges of our time,” said Kickstart co-lead Katka Letzing, according to DisruptAfrica.
“Established players are increasingly looking to work with tech startups. Successful innovation doesn’t happen in isolation – it needs cooperation. That’s what Kickstart stands for.”