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164

Portfolio Exits

5

Partners & Customers

2

About Kickstart Accelerator

Kickstart Accelerator is an 11-week program is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising business idea within our 4 verticals: Food, Smart & Connected Machines, FinTech and Future & Emerging Technologies. For 11 weeks selected founders and their teams live and work in Zurich, Switzerland. The accelerator provides founders with up to 25'000 Swiss francs in prize money, a monthly founder stipend, mentoring, a shared office space and fast-track access to relevant industry partners and the Swiss startup ecosystem.

Kickstart Accelerator Headquarter Location

Viaduktstrasse 93-95

Zurich, 8005,

Switzerland

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Bota systems achieves the first milestones at its new headquarters in Zurich

Jun 8, 2020

Initially, the Bota Systems team came to Switzerland from Greece to participate in the Kickstart Accelerator program. The startup, which is now offering high performance and cost-effective sensors for robots that interact with humans, is rooted in Zurich with clients across the globe. The interaction between robots and humans has long become normal as companies seek solutions that can make the interaction work. Access to solutions like sensors, which allow robots to learn their environment to make the interaction realistic is, however, limited to those with enough funds and programming expertise. Bota Systems is addressing these issues by offering high performance and cost-effective sensors that facilitate the interaction between robotic systems and humans. The company also provides a platform on which anyone without prior programming skills can train. Bota’s solutions can be integrated into any robotic system, such as robotic arms, construction robots, exoskeletons or prosthetic devices, force plates, robotic surgery platforms, and underwater force-sensing. The solution is applicable in both academia for research and in the industry sector, especially in manufacturing and production for quality control and inspection. From research to a fully operational solution The development of Bota systems’ solutions began in 2013 when the team, stemming from Greece, participated in the Kickstart (Accelerator) Innovation program in 2016, as affirmed by Klajd Lika, CEO of Bota to Startupticker. At completion, the team embarked on a research journey at the ETH for one year where they further developed their solution and later received support from the Gebert Rüf Stiftung and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR). Since March 2020, Bota Systems with a team of 3 fulltime employees, is fully operational with offices in Zurich and 16 clients worldwide including Switzerland, Germany, the UK, US, Belgium, Greece and Australia. "We recently added a large company from North America to our clientele. This will further boost our growth and revenues significantly", revealed Klajd. While startup benefits from numerous grants and has raised over half a million Swiss Francs so far, it is currently seeking to raise additional funds to proceed to International expansion and accelerate growth. Two new products will launch within the next year. Photo L-R: Marco Hutter, Co-founder, Ilias Patsiaouras, CTO & Co-founder and Klajd Lika, CEO & Founder –

Kickstart Accelerator Investments

164 Investments

Kickstart Accelerator has made 164 investments. Their latest investment was in BOOKR Kids as part of their Incubator/Accelerator on November 11, 2020.

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Kickstart Accelerator Investments Activity

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11/13/2020

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BOOKR Kids

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1

7/23/2020

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Gravity Global

Yes

1

7/23/2020

Incubator/Accelerator

Tilbago

Yes

1

7/23/2020

Incubator/Accelerator

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$99M

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10

7/23/2020

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7/23/2020

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7/23/2020

7/23/2020

Round

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Incubator/Accelerator

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Company

BOOKR Kids

Gravity Global

Tilbago

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1

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Kickstart Accelerator Portfolio Exits

5 Portfolio Exits

Kickstart Accelerator has 5 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Astroprint on September 07, 2021.

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Kickstart Accelerator Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

Kickstart Accelerator has 2 strategic partners and customers. Kickstart Accelerator recently partnered with InstaDeep on July 7, 2020.

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Type

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News Snippet

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7/22/2020

Vendor

InstaDeep

United Kingdom

InstaDeep partner with Kickstart to drive AI innovation in Smart City & Technology in Switzerland

InstaDeep Ltd. partner with Kickstart to drive AI innovation in Smart City in Switzerland .

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InstaDeep

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United Kingdom

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InstaDeep partner with Kickstart to drive AI innovation in Smart City & Technology in Switzerland

InstaDeep Ltd. partner with Kickstart to drive AI innovation in Smart City in Switzerland .

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Kickstart Accelerator Team

2 Team Members

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Name

Work History

Title

Status

Christoph Birkholz

Founder

Current

Peter Spence

University of Bath, Arup, and ETH Zurich

Founder

Former

Name

Christoph Birkholz

Peter Spence

Work History

University of Bath, Arup, and ETH Zurich

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Founder

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