In the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program, you get one year of focused development, a physical place to get to work, and become a part of our supportive community. The goal is for you to find your first customer and to have your first product or service ready for launch. On the way, you’ll learn a lot about entrepreneurship and business development.
About the program
The program gives you: Twelve months of development for your project. 24/7 office space on campus. Weekly lunch workshops together with the other teams in your Batch. Higher priority from staff at KTH Innovation and your personal business development coach. Access to community activities and special offers from our partners. The opportunity to pitch for a 250 000 SEK investment from KTH Holding.
Program period: 12 months, starting in February/March or September/October. The program finishes at Demo Day, where you get to show off your development.
Cost: The program is free of charge. We take no ownership in your idea.
Application period: We accept 15 new projects twice a year, with application periods in January/February and August/September.
Application criteria: KTH students, researchers or employees with tech-based start-up or research commercialization project and the ambition to spend extra time and effort on your project are welcome to apply.
After the program: After the program you will have taken large steps in the development of your project. The overall goal of the program is to find your first customer and to have your first product or service ready. You will have increased your knowledge of entrepreneurship and commercialization, and have built your own network.
About the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program
The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program supports early-stage, tech-based KTH projects with the potential of becoming viable companies. More than 170 projects have gone through the program, where KTH students, employees and researchers get free-of-charge support to verify and develop a viable business concept across key areas.
The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is tailored to ideas with the potential of becoming viable companies. You've already put some work into your idea, and have the ambition and will to accelerate your development and focus more intensely. During twelve months you follow a program with both voluntary and mandatory elements.
Accepted projects get individual and group coaching. You also get access to KTH Innovation's network and support in questions surrounding contracts and agreements. Everyone in the program will sign confidentiality agreements.
Lunch workshops every week
Together with the other projects in your batch, you’ll meet over lunch one hour a week, to take part in practical workshops on topics that accelerate the development of your idea and advances your knowledge of entrepreneurship and business development. In the batch meetings, we discuss topics such as pitch and presentation, intellectual property and ownership, talking to customers, developing your business model, and much more.
24/7 office space
You’ll also get access to 24/7 office space in KTH Innovation’s new house on KTH Campus, where you can gather your team and focus on your project. KTH Innovation sits nearby and you’ll get higher priority for your questions. There’s coffee and you’ll have access to booking meeting rooms. Regardless if you’re a researcher, student or employee at KTH, having a place to meet helps you separate your project from your work, research or studies.
Pitch for investment from KTH Holding
All projects that get through to the third phase of the program will be invited to pitch for an investment of 250 000 SEK from
A supportive community
Together with the other teams in the program, you’ll form a supportive community, where you can share your challenges and successes. We organize regular community events, like inspirational lunch lectures, after works and creative workshops. We want everyone to feel like a part of the community and to learn something, no matter your background or previous knowledge of entrepreneurship.
In the KTH Innovation community everyone’s welcome. We hold diversity and equality close to heart and we work hard to make everyone feel like home.
If you're already in contact with a business development coach at KTH Innovation, you don't need to apply in the form below. Contact your coach directly and they will help you with your application.
What's included in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program?
We have developed a program that gives you the support you need, when you need it. Together with 10-15 other projects, you get:
Business coaching: you get a dedicated coach supporting your startup journey. A higher priority and extra support and focus.
Structured process: we provide you with structure and guidance. Together we set clear goals to make sure you work with the right things. Evaluation sessions after each phase. Read more about the phases here.
Community and office space: we provide free office space access 24/7. You sit in a supportive community with other entrepreneurs. Regular networking events.
Workshops and training: regular workshops and training on relevant topics.
Commercial support: you get access to all KTH Innovation resources, e.g. access to funding, patent attorney, lawyer specialized in IP, our networks etc.
Investment: All projects that get through to the third phase of the program will be invited to pitch for an investment of 250 000 SEK from
Why should I apply to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program?
There are many reasons to apply to the program. Here are some of them:
Cases accepted to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program have higher priority and get extra support and focus from their individual coach and from KTH Innovation in general.
You will get access to a tailored training program with weekly workshops and meetings as well as exclusive workshops and events.
Only projects in the pre-incubator program gets office and meeting room access.
80% of the projects that enter the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program achieve successful exits.
What's the difference from KTH Innovation's regular support?
The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is tailored to ideas with the potential to become viable companies. You've come a bit further in the development of your idea, and have the ambition and will to accelerate your development and focus more intensely on your idea. During twelve months you follow a program including both volontary and mandatory elements.
In addition to KTH Innovation's regular support, accepted cases get office space on campus, weekly training workshops, extra business development support, and a place in KTH Innovation's supportive community.
Don't feel ready to apply just yet? Contact KTH Innovation and we'll help you get started with the development of your idea.
Book a meeting with us here!
Our support is free, completely confidential, and we take no equity.
Said about the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program
Since the start of the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program, over 170 startup projects have been accepted to the program, all founded by students, researchers and employees at KTH. 80% of the projects that enter the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program achieve successful exits.
Known alumni include the logistics company Airmee, optimizing last-mile delivery based on KTH research; the deep-tech company Manomotion, developing hand-tracking technology; and the student-founded organization Help to Help, crowdfunding education for people in Tanzania.
As a researcher, you often have no idea how to move forward. I’d really recommend the program if you’re a researcher interested in commercialization. Being in an environment with other aspiring entrepreneurs was great.
Simon Alexandersson, KTH researcher and founder of
, one of the teams in Batch 7 of the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program.
The program gives you structure, so it’s easy to know what your next step is. Your chance of succeeding increases so much when you are supported by KTH Innovation. We really recommend everyone to apply to KTH Innovation’s pre-incubator program.
Fredrik Sebek, Taraneh Shojaei and Oliver Petri, founders of
, Batch 8 of the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program.