• Lean Startup Academy

    No bla, just do - Turn your idea into a startup!

    Hands-on entrepreneurship at Swisscom Pirates Hub during Spring semester 2021

  • The Process

    Turn your idea in a startup in 3 simple steps:


    Join class

    Join the class and think of a great idea or motivation to join a team with an idea.


    Validate idea

    Validate your startup idea during the Lean Startup Academy

    (Feb-Mai 2021)


    Scale startup

    Continue with your startup adventure after the course

    (start: June 2021)

  • The Lecturer

    David Hengartner

    CEO & Co-Founder GETKICKBOX

  • Project based learning!

      • Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, no theory-bingo & 100% learning-by-doing!
      • Fast-prototype your idea, get real customer feedback and learn how to pitch

    • The Kickbox Framework

        The teams will work with the KICKBOOK innovation framework to get from idea to a tangible prototype and real market feedback.

      • Meet entrepreneurial leaders!

        During the first two rounds of the "Lean Startup Academy", the students had the chance to talk to leading voices in the entrepreneurship and lean startup world and challenge their ideas with them. Here for example with Mark Randall, former Head Innovation at Adobe and inventor of Kickbox. This year the course will be taught remotely via Zoom.


      • Media Coverage

        Collection of articles about Swisscom Kickbox

        Swisscom KMU-Magazin

        Article about the long-term effect of the Kickbox programme within an organisation, showcasing the most successful Kickbox projects developed at Swisscom. (only in German)

        Swisscom Startup Blog

        Article on the Swisscom Startup blog about the vision of Getkickbox.com, and how Swisscom wants to shape the Swiss innovation ecosystem with Kickbox.

        HSG Center for Entrepreneurship

        An article about the pilot of Kickbox Academy during the "High-tech startup management" course with students from ETH and HSG.

        Impact Hub Zurich

        An article about the intrapreneurship program @ Swisscom and the intersection between corporates and startups. (only in German)

        HWZ: Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich

        A story about an innovation lecture from David Hengartner about startups, open innovation and the Kickbox program. (only in German)


        The prototyping agency which helped to shape the program and still supports the Kickboxers with hands-on prototyping advice, features the program in a blog post . (only in German)