How it works

The KTH Innovation pre-incubator prgram is for innovative and tech-based start-ups with a core team of current KTH-researchers, employees or students.

You and your project should have the ambition and potential to become a company with a scalable revenue potential. You should be ready for accelerated development, meaning that there should be some initial technology development in place and an initial market analysis conducted to verify the potential. Ideally, there is also an initial team in place, but the team can also be built along the way. 

How does it work?

Two times per year, after application to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program, KTH Innovation accepts a new batch of around fifteen projects. The projects in each batch will take part in weekly meetings and discussions together during one year. Selection is done according to defined criteria– where KTH Innovation looks at the potential of both the business idea and the team.

Read more about criteria here (docx 70 kB)

KTH Innovation works according to a structured process with coaching, trainings, regular meetings and peer-to-peer discussions. Additionally KTH Innovation has developed tailored workshops serving you with condense, important information on key areas such as IP/legal/patents, funding, sales, and more.

The program is 12 months long and is divided into three phases of four months each. After each phase we hold evaluation sessions where you pitch your idea to assess your progress towards your set goals. To continue the program, you need to be accepted to the next phase. 

What do we expect from you?

The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is free of charge and KTH Innovation does not take equity. Everyone in the program will need to sign confidentiality agreements.

We also expect the following from you:

  • Participation: we expect you to be present during weekly meetings, workshops etc.
  • Progress: you need to advance on your goals and milestones.
  • Paying it forward: we expect you to help others in the pre-incubator. They will in turn help you.

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Last changed: Jun 04, 2019