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.
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
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
. 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.
- 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
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.
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.
We have developed a program that gives you the support you need, when you need it. Together with 10-15 other projects, you get:
A personal coach: you get a dedicated coach supporting your journey. Higher priority and extra support and focus.
A clear plan: we provide you with structure and guidance. Together we set 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.
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 .
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.