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17 new teams join the pre-incubator program

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When the teams in the pre-incubator program meet for the first time, they have often started working on their ideas recently. Twelve months later, they are on stage at Demo Day, ready to launch their first product or service on the market. This week, sixteen teams left the program to make room for seventeen new ideas.
Published Nov 21, 2022

Seventeen new and exciting startup projects from KTH are starting their year in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program, while sixteen teams leave the program ready for their next step. Yesterday, the two groups met at KTH Innovation Demo Day, which attracted over a hundred guests.

Important milestones

The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program  has two important milestones: the start of a new batch and Demo Day for those finishing their year in the program. Yesterday, the two events came together as the newest recruits joined Demo Day to celebrate Batch 14 finishing the program.

Successful alumni

Every year, KTH Innovation meets over 350 teams with new ideas. Twice a year, a selected group of motivated teams enters the pre-incubator program, with the goal of having a product or service ready to launch on the market after one year. Among the program's nearly 300 alumni teams are successful companies such as Airmee, SuperAnnotate, and Manomotion.

Seventeen new teams enter the program

Last week saw the start of Batch 16, where seventeen new teams began their time in the pre-incubator. In the coming year, they will develop their ideas side by side at Teknikringen 1, where they will have access to co-working space, makerspace, recording studio, and perhaps most importantly, free-flow coffee. Every week they will participate in workshops on topics that help them develop their ideas, such as sales, marketing, how to build a diverse team, and how to develop a healthy business culture. 

Over 100 guests visited the Demo Day

Batch 14 started the program in November 2021. At Demo Day on 22 November, they shared their progress and future plans on stage at Teknikringen 1. Among them were Filippa Kärrfelt and Mikael Törnwall, founders of the speech therapy app Dialog . Even before launching their app, they have managed to secure paying customers in two markets. Another team participating in Demo Day was ABConnect , developing networking solutions for next-generation swarm intelligence.

- It was fantastic to celebrate together, says Elisa Bin, one of the founders of ABConnect. The program has been great fun. We have learned so much and met so many great people.

"In a year, this will be us"

Many of the participants in Batch 16 took the opportunity to participate in the event.

- It is exciting to see how far the teams that have gone through the program have come, says Inês Lourenço, PhD student at the Department of Intelligent Systems and one of the founders of uncrux in Batch 16. This will be us in a year. I look forward to seeing what our batch will accomplish!

Uncrux uses AI to make it easier to design bouldering and climbing routes. They are one of seventeen teams in Batch 16, joined by teams developing solutions for green hydrogen technology, AI scanning to make it easier to understand parking signs, and a platform to increase women's and non-binary people's knowledge of finance. 

Meet Batch 16

Batch 16 facts

  • 285 teams have entered the program since the start in 2011.
  • Eight teams in Batch 16 have been founded by researchers and P.hD students at KTH, and nine by student-led teams.
  • Ten out of seventeen teams in Batch 16 have at least one female co-founder.
  • In nine teams, all members have a KTH connection, while the rest also have co-founders who come from other backgrounds.
  • There is a 27-year difference between the oldest and the youngest person in Batch 16.

Agedu Hub

The agile way to study for standardized tests. Multiple-choice questions are made easier using statistics, time management, and instant availability to a comprehensive database, setting you up for test success!

Founded by Tom Boustedt & John Söderholm. Tom Boustedt studies Media technology, and John Söderholm studies Computer Science and Engineering at KTH.

BASEIRA

Baseira is an integrated property management platform that creates value for the tenants and property managers.

Founded by Linda Mupedza, Violeth Nyoni & William Obeng. Linda Mupedza & Violeth Nyoni are graduates from the MSc. in Real Estate and Construction Management, and William Obeng studies an MSc. in Machine Learning at KTH.

Cybele Dryers

Selling solar-powered dryers for coffee and cocoa beans to empower small-scale farmers in South America.

Founded by Görkem Balyalı, a Master's student in the Sustainable Energy Engineering Program at KTH, and Jennifer Ortiz, an EIT Innoenergy Master's student, studying a double degree in Renewable Energy Engineering at KTH and École Polytechnique.

hejfin

To increase financial literacy in women and non-binary people, hejfin is developing a user-friendly educational platform that provides bite-sized fin-ed.

Founded by Nayanika Bhalla, Greta Alina Kampe & Stelia Ntika. Nayanika Bhalla is a Ph.D. student at the KTH Department of Gene Technology.

hÄppi

hÄppi is a prebiotic soda that will make your gut happy! We have found a gap in the Nordic beverage industry and want to contribute to it with a healthy, sustainable and yet delicious alternative. Our prebiotic soda isn't only a sensation for the taste buds - it strengthens the immune system, improves skin health and keeps the gut happy by feeding the good bacteria in the stomach. A hÄppi gut is a healthy gut!

Founded by Rita Blomstersjö & Paula Johansson. Rita Blomstersjö studies Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH.

Hydroyal

With a unique technique for membrane electrode assembly (MEA), the key component of water electrolyzer, Hydroyal aims to accelerate the transition to green hydrogen technology. Their solution is scalable and more cost-effective than existing solutions.

Hydroyal was founded by Burak Koyuturk, Ali Basol & Melike Babucci. Burak Koyuturk is a Postdoctoral researcher in Applied Electrochemistry Division at KTH.

KRAB

Team KRAB is on a mission to provide robust AI-based decision support tools for improving the process quality and productivity of steel/metal industries.

Founded by Konstantinos Rigas & Sudhanshu Kuthe. Both founders are Ph.D. students at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KTH.

LOOP Box

A dynamic and encouraging collaborative education- and innovation platform with a heart of sustainability helping companies develop future-proof products.

Founded by Alexi Ramskog & Matilda Larson. Both have a Bachelor's degree in Design and product realization and are studying a Master's in Integrated product design.

Lynxwork

We support engineering organizations with the methodology and tools to share and collaborate around their product development information.

Founded by Jad El-khoury & Tord Ringenhall. Jad El-khoury is a researcher at the Department of Machine Design at KTH.

NerveSome

NerveSome develops neurofeedback solutions empowered by machine learning and artificial intelligence to enhance our cognition via non-invasive EEG-based Brain-Computer Interface.

Founded by Sumeyra Ummuhan Demir Kanik, Research Engineer, & Aniss Aïman Medbouhi, Phd student at the KTH Department of Intelligent Systems.

Nofine

Nofine develops Europe's first mobile app and API-service for AI-scanning of parking signs with the vision of reducing parking offenses. We want to offer a way to reliably and efficiently interpret the meaning of parking signs.

Founded by Zakarias Hedenfalk & Maximillian Claesson. Zakarias Hedenfalk studies Computer Science and Maximillian Claesson studies Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH.

Plutify

We at Plutify aim to bring the knowledge and tools required to do accurate long-term financial planning into the hands of individuals regardless of their mathematical or economic background. To achieve this we will create an online platform where users can intuitively input their information and project their future finances with the option to simulate different scenarios and analyze their possibilities.

Founded by Anna Vidina, Hilmar Þór Pétursson & Vignir Jónsson. All three study an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at KTH.

PokaMind

At PokaMind, our mission is to personalize and automate healthcare services through an enjoyable and easy process making it more accessible for all. Our emotion detection system takes in video and audio from end-users, turning them into different emotions based on certain keywords. In the long term, the system can predict whether the end-user is leaning more toward happiness or depression.

PokaMind was founded by Youssef Mohamed, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH, & Sara Hawat.

Qudak

Qudak develops the future of production systems that streamline and ensure competence, quality, information sharing, follow-up, and productivity.

Founded by Olle Jernström, Erik Sandahl & Erik Marforio. Olle Jernström studies Computer Science at KTH.

SOLTAR

We provide direct access to photovoltaic systems for everyone – regardless of their financial condition, residential situation or technical background-knowledge. We rent out shares of existing and newly-build local photovoltaic systems which will be collectively used by residents of apartments and their neighbours. Everyone can thereby save money - and the planet.

Founded by Nils Bartig & Tobias Pitz. Nils Bartig is a Master's student in Electric Power Engineering, and Tobias Pitz is a Master's student in Media Management.

Southern Lights

Southern Lights is on a mission to replace fossil fuels in heavy industry by enabling green hydrogen at scale. We empower energy developers to efficiently assess green hydrogen projects, by providing a powerful tool to design, simulate and assess project feasibility. This allows our customers to iterate faster on project designs and increase the quality and auditability of their hydrogen projects. We support our clients in creating financially successful hydrogen projects that will reduce emissions on a global scale.

Founded by Felipe Gallardo, a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Energy Technology at KTH, & Anton Frisk.

uncrux

uncrux is a software tool based on novel AI technology that facilitates the route-setting process for bouldering and climbing.

Founded by Inês Lourenço, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Intelligent Systems at KTH & David Umsonst.

More about the teams in Batch 16

Text: Lisa Bäckman

About the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program

The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is a 12-month program for promising startup projects from KTH. We welcome new teams into the program twice a year. Around 10% of all ideas that KTH Innovation supports go to the pre-incubator program.

In addition to business development support from KTH Innovation, the teams in the program get access to offices and meeting rooms in KTH Innovation's premises at Teknikringen 1. Every week, they meet over lunch and take part in a tailor-made workshop program.

They also get access to our makerspace and production studio. Together with the program's over 250 alumni projects, they form a supportive community, growing and developing together.

Participants in the program also get an opportunity to get an experienced mentor via KTH Innovation's mentor program, and to pitch for a SEK 250,000 in investment from KTH Holding AB.

Application for the program opens in August. Do you want a better chance of getting in? Start developing your idea today!

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