Are you a student, researcher or employee at KTH with a startup or research utilization project that you want to be ready to launch in a year? Then the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is the place for you!
About the program
The program gives you: Twelve months of development for your project. 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.
Twelve months of development
Interested in joining the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program?
The application period to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program will open in August 2021. Sign up and we'll send you a reminder when it's time to apply. If you start developing your idea now, your chances of getting accepted to the program will increase!
The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is a 12 month program to accelerate the development of promising startup projects from KTH. The program will ask a lot of you, but in return, we’ll give you all it takes to get you as far as possible. When you present your project at Demo Day in a year, you won't believe how far you've come.
Join the community
Being part of the program has been a lot of fun, If we hadn’t had the weekly meetings we wouldn't have come as far as we have. It really motivates you to see others succeed, and it's really nice to work alongside other teams. You can ask questions or just brainstorm an idea.
- Gabriella Dalman, KTH Student and co-founder of Voyley, Batch 11
The teams in the program get access to KTH Innovation’s co-working space on Teknikringen 1. Here, at the center of innovation at KTH, you’ll develop side by side with others working to bring their own projects to life. Every week, you'll meet over lunch to take part in our tailor made online workshop program. You get higher priority from the KTH Innovation team and access to our network. Together with the almost 200 alumni projects, the teams in the program form a supportive community.
In the 2nd phase of the program all projects that have progressed has the opportunity to get an experienced external mentor via KTH Innovation Mentor Program.
Over 80% of the teams in the program finish it successfully, and we’re proud that many of our teams and alumni are creating impact around the world.
Who can apply?
All teams formed by students, researchers and employees at KTH can apply to the program. You have started developing your idea, and you are ready to work towards launching on the market in a year or two.
The program and Covid-19
All events and workshops are currently digital. Our co-working space and offices at Teknikringen 1 are open but with some restrictions. We follow the recommendations from the Public Health Agency and the guidelines from
Apply to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program if:
you are a current student, researcher or employee at KTH with a tech-based startup project or research commercialization project that you're willing to put extra focus on during a year.
you are looking for an inspirational environment where you develop together with others.
you think your idea is innovative and unique
you're ready to put extra focus, time and effort on your project
you have started developing the technology and business model and want to be ready to launch your product or service on the market within one to two years.
Don’t feel ready to apply yet? Contact us and we’ll help you get started. You never have to apply for our general support.
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 KTH Holding .
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. Over the course of the program, you'll learn a lot about entrepreneurship and business development.
Only projects in the pre-incubator program get office and meeting room access.
80% of the projects that enter the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program achieve successful exits.
In addition to KTH Innovation's regular support in business development coaching, funding, recruitment, IPR and patents, accepted teams get:
office space on campus
weekly training workshops
extra business development support
a place in KTH Innovation's supportive community
partnership offers and invitations to community events
the opportunity to pitch for a 250 000 SEK investment from KTH Holding