Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero-equity technology accelerators has announced that it will now include businesses in the growing areas of FinTech, Food, Intelligent Systems, Smart Cities and Robotics, in its start-up accelerator programme.
The 11-week programme, aimed at kickstarting new businesses and accelerating tech innovations, will take place in Zurich from 4 September to 17 November 2017. Over 1500 applications were received, and Dublin’s BikeLook was one of just 30 companies selected to proceed, after an initial ‘pitch boot-camp’ in Zurich.
Start-ups from a total of 15 countries, including South Korea, South Africa, Finland, Ukraine and Singapore will now get the opportunity to work in a unique collaborative environment within a state of the art innovation space, right in the heart of Zurich.
BikeLook will work alongside Swisscom, AXA Winturther Insurance and the City of Bern to roll out a proof-of-concept for the tracking technology. Swisscom will focus on exploring novel ways to use the internet of things network they have deployed (LoRa), while AXA Winturther is interested in finding out how systems such as BikeLook can reduce bike theft.
The City of Bern has ambitions to be a leading cycling city in Europe so, as well as viewing the BikeLook technology as a way to interact with important user groups; it also seeks to provide the evidence that is necessary to drive policy change and investment decisions.
Further details on the Kickstart Accelerator can be found on their website.
Read the press release about this initiative here.