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The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program

The KTH Innovation pre-incubator program is a 12 month program to accelerate the development of promising startup projects from KTH. Give us a year and we’ll give you all it takes to bring your project to life.

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About the program

The program gives you: Weekly lunch workshops and free access to our co-working space at Teknikringen 1. Business development coaching with high priority. Access to makerspace, production studio, 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 around 15-20 new projects twice a year, with application periods in January/February and August/September.

Application criteria: Teams led by KTH students, researchers or employees with a startup project or commercialization project and the ambition to launch a product or service on the market in 1-2 years. 100% of the team does not need a KTH connection to be eligible 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

Do you have an idea you’ve been pouring your passion into? A low-key project on the side? Do you feel stuck or are you ready to go?

Could you use a helping hand, a place to meet, a supportive community, and someone to point you and your idea in the right direction? Then the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program might be for you!

Interested in joining the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program?

The application period to the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program will open in August 2022. 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 program will ask a lot of you, but in return we will give you all it takes to get you as far as possible.When you present your project at Demo Day  after a year, you won't believe how far you've come.

Join the community

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, and close to the KTH Innovation team.

Weekly meetings over lunch

Every week, you'll meet over lunch to take part in our tailor-made workshop program, developed by our experienced program managers and business development coaches. 

All meetings are digital, but once a month we meet physically at Teknikringen 1 for an extended workshop focusing on planning and working lean, all to make you meet your goals.

Throughout the program, you get higher priority from the KTH Innovation team and access to our network.

Together with the over 200 alumni startups, the teams in the program form a supportive community.

Teams in the project can also apply to get an experienced mentor in the KTH Innovation Mentor Program , and pitch for a 250 000 SEK investment from KTH Holding AB

Over 80% of the teams in the program finish it successfully.

What others say

See what some of the students, researchers and employees in the KTH Innovation pre-incubator program have to say about their experience.

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- It is inspiring to hear from other successful founders who share their experiences. It is also fun to get to know the other teams and meet people who equally committed to their idea. 

- Xuecong (Sabrina) Liu, KTH student and co-founder of Riedia 

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. All team members do not have to have a KTH connection for you to be eligible to apply. We welcome mixed teams. 

How it works

We have developed a structured and proven process to give your project the optimal conditions to succeed. Read more about the program here.

Frequently asked questions


These are some of the almost 200 alumni teams of the pre-incubator program. 


Batch 3

A technology-powered logistics company, based on research from KTH.


Batch 7

Real-time custom made cosmetics, starting with customized lipsticks.


Batch 5

imagiCase teaches young girls to code through self-expression. 


Batch 8

Reducing CO2e emissions from food by climate labeling meals.

All alumni teams 

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Last changed: Jan 31, 2023