Kickstart program connects innovative emerging technologies with well-known Central European companies
Vital Vio, maker of its patented continuous antimicrobial LED light technology has been selected to join other high growth startups from 11 countries in an international collaboration program combining tech innovation and sustainable development.
Since it was founded five years ago, Kickstart has become one of the largest European innovation platforms, having initiated more than 120 pilots and commercial projects between emerging companies and some of the largest Central European brands and companies.
“Despite COVID-19, Kickstart has received high-quality applications from over 55 countries and overall there has been a significant increase of deep tech ventures with the appetite to scale in Switzerland,” explains Katka Letzing, Co-Lead of Kickstart. “From September to November, the startups will have the opportunity to co-create in the form of Proof-of-Concepts, pilots and commercial projects with Kickstart partners, leading organizations and companies such as AXA, Coop, Migros , Swisscom, Mobiliar, ETH Zürich, City of Zurich, PostFinance, Credit Suisse, among others. This year Kickstart is excited to bring on new partners, including Mövenpick , New Work SE, Energie 360°, Roche, Holcim Switzerland, Nespresso, Canton de Vaud, to name a few.”
“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by such an esteemed group of companies as one of the leading innovations in 2020,” said Colleen Costello, CEO and co-founder, Vital Vio, Inc. “Being selected in Kickstart’s Food and Retail category of leading innovations is another important validation of the work we are doing to help protect the foods we eat by knocking down the microbial challenges in food and beverage safety. And it fits perfectly into our corporate mission of helping to create a healthier and safer world for us all.”
In addition to partnerships between startups, emerging growth companies and highly recognized brands, Kickstart supports the advancement of innovation in companies themselves. The ecosystem innovation platform runs programs for startups, intrapreneurs, CEOs and established organizations, including a kickoff week in September and a six-week collaboration sprint from Sept. 30 to Nov. 8, during which the international teams will come together to engage in finding ways to bring new innovations to market.