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If you love startups, join us on Monday

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Presented at last year’s Founder World Forum, the Class of 2015 winners of the USD 100K prize, including KTH startup, Volumental. (Photo:

What if you put 100,000 dollars in start-up funds on the table and asked students to come up with a business case for it? Better yet, what if those students were picked from the top talent at the world’s leading universities, and got to develop their ideas through a year-long mentorship program under the guidance of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Now you’re talking about excitement. That’s exactly what’s going to be happening on Monday during the World Founder Forum at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The forum brings together entrepreneurial teams from 28 universities, including KTH, to share knowledge, inspire each other and then present their business cases to the public. At the conclusion of Monday’s session, 10 winning teams will be announced. Each one will walk away with a 100,000 USD startup grant.

We’ll be live blogging all day from the Forum. Follow the feed on twitter at #wff15, and keep tuned to the Stockholm Technology Blog for other updates.

When KTH Royal Institute of Technology started its collaboration with last year, it became the first Scandinavian university in the global network, which had already been supporting the commercialization of research and student ideas at the world’s top universities. KTH also produced one of the 10 winning teams, Volumental, in its first year as a partner.’s founder, Michael Baum, loves the idea of bringing the forum to Sweden. “Stockholm is full of innovation and life,” he says. “Midsummer is the perfect time to be in Stockholm and provide our founders from all over the world the chance to experience the beauty of Sweden.

“In addition we have an amazing school partnership with KTH and three great companies in Stockholm including Short Cut Labs, Tinitell and Volumental.”

David Callahan

Here’s a video from last year’s World Founder Forum

David Callahan is editor for international news and media at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.