The KTH Innovation Brighter Program

The KTH Innovation Brighter program is an immersion, inspiration and internationalization program, aimed for early stage startup projects or research commercialization projects that have the potential of reaching a global market.

Apply to the KTH Innovation Brighter Program 2019

Application to the KTH Innovation Brighter Program 2019 is now open. 

The Brighter Program is KTH Innovation’s internationalization program, run yearly since 2013. After preparation in Stockholm, KTH Innovation brings select startup projects and research commerzialization projects from KTH to a carefully chosen global innovation hub, providing opportunity for early contact with the global market. 

Following a week spent in a global innovation hub, the program finishes in Stockholm. After evaluating the journey together, the team that made the most use of the program is awarded with further funding for internationalization activities. If accepted to the program you will also get the chance to pitch to one of Europe's leading investors, Klaus Hommels, founder of Lakestar, and one of the earliest investors in companies like Spotify, Klarna, King, and Skype. 

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The KTH Innovation Brighter Program 2019

Every year, KTH Innovation carefully selects three global innovation hubs. In 2019, the program goes to New York City, Munich or Boston.

New York City

New York City is a gateway to the American market and all the opportunities it provides. The city attracts the second most investments in startups i the world, beaten only by Silicon Valley. New York City is a perfect fit for projects within software, media and fintech.


Boston is home to world-class universities like MIT and Harvard, and is one of the world's strongest ecosystems for innovation. The city is suitable for deeptech and research-heavy projects within for example medtech, biotech, energy, robotics or AI.


Munich is located in Bavaria, Germany's most prosperous region. Companies like Siemens, Adidas, and BMW, have their headquarters here. Munich fits tech-heavy and industry-linked projects in the automotive, aerospace and power industries.

 Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

KTH students, researchers or employees with an early-stage start-up project or research commercialization project. You have an initial team in place, have started verifying that there is business potential in your project, and you have the ambition to build a company that could scale internationally.

The core team should be current (or newly graduated) students, researchers or employees at KTH.  

What's included in the program?

1. Preparation

Before the trip, you will take part in three to five sessions in Stockholm including:

  • Introduction to the context of the global market and your destination
  • Preparing for upcoming customer and market interactions, and setting individual goals
  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities and mentorship from Brighter program alumni
  • Support in setting up individual meetings
  • Pitch training workshops
  • Access to KTH Innovation’s global network including industry contacts, academia, international trade organizations and KTH alumni.

2. During the trip

In the end of October, you leave for one of the three innovation hubs, where you will take part of an intensive program, including:

  • Visits, meetings, and in-depth discussions with carefully chosen prominent institutions, companies and entrepreneurs

  • Inspiration and insights
  • Opportunities for individual meetings and visits
  • Exploring and understanding a global market

3. Follow up

We finish the program in Stockholm, where we evaluate, follow up on contacts and meetings, and prepare you for the next step of your development.

What does the program cost?

KTH Innovation will cover the cost for the program and accommodation in New York, Boston or Munich for up to two members per team, but you cover your own travel costs*. Some meals are included. 

*In some cases, it's possible to apply for funding within KTH Innovation's VFT-1 program.

When and how can I apply to the program?

Application to the KTH Innovation Brighter Program 2019 is now open. Apply by May 26th by following the link below.

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Last changed: May 07, 2019