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KTH, the engine of Swedish Innovation

KTH is the engine in the Stockholm innovation ecosystem, where people from all over the world gather to create solutions to global challenges. With support from KTH Innovation, new ideas and advanced technology get the best possible conditions to create real and lasting impact in society.

This is KTH Innovation

We support students, researchers and employees at KTH who want to develop new ideas or create research impact through commercialization.

Sweden is considered one of the most technologically innovative countries in the world and Stockholm is consistently ranked as one of world’s most entrepreneurial, innovative and attractive cities. 

KTH is one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.

Sundar Pichai sitting in a chair talking and gesticulating with his hands

“I’m very impressed with the work done by the teams I met. There’s obviously a vibrant startup community here and lots of great talent."

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet at a visit to KTH Innovation in May 2023.

KTH Innovation: world-class innovation support

At the center of entrepreneurship at KTH is KTH Innovation, providing world-class support for new ideas from students, researchers and employees. We work closely with regional and international partners, with the mission of enabling more technology and knowledge from KTH to create impact in society.

A spider diagram in red, yellow, green with the text KTH Innovation Readiness Level

KTH Innovation Readiness Levels

Our innovation support model has been inspired by NASA's Technology Readiness Level. It is used by hundreds of organizations in the world, like Imperial College and Vinnova.

We help you develop your ideas

At KTH Innovation, we support students, researchers and employees at KTH who want to develop an idea or create impact from your research. Our support is free, confidential, and we take no equity.

No matter if you have no experience of entrepreneurship, or if you feel you’ve got the hang of things, our support is for you.

Contribute to innovation projects from KTH

If you, your organization or your company want to contribute directly in innovation projects from KTH, there are several ways.

The teams that KTH Innovation supports often need to build a complete team, bring in consultants for shorter assignments, or secure funding or investment. By joining KTH Innovation’s networks, you’ll get regular updates on current openings.

Learn more about KTH Innovation

Our offer

Book a meeting to discuss an idea

Contribute to innovation projects from KTH

KTH Holding

KTH Holding is a state-owned company investing in very early stage companies from KTH. KTH Holding invests and helps researchers and students to build companies from their ideas, research results and intellectual property rights (e.g patents).

KTH Holding's website

KTH Innovation in numbers

  • Since the start in 2007, we have supported over 4000 ideas from students, researchers and employees at KTH.
  • In 2022, we met 364 teams with new ideas
  • We have helped file over 600 patent applications
  • We have helped start close to 400 companies that are still active today

Discuss an idea

We're always interested in hearing about your ideas or research. Booking a first meeting with us is easy.

Can you contribute?

Want to join a startup or one of our networks? There are many ways to contribute to innovation projects from KTH.

Contact us

Do you have questions about patents, startups from KTH, or something else entirely? You can always reach out to us. 

Belongs to: About KTH
Last changed: May 26, 2023