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Test Drive Deeptech

Test Drive Deeptech is for people who are ready to build a company that uses cutting-edge advanced technology to solve big societal problems. The program is run by KTH Innovation in partnership with Sting.

About the program

Test Drive Deeptech is a series of practical workshops for people with early-stage startups or ideas that use advanced technologies to create a positive societal impact. During the deeptech test drive, you’ll learn how to build a successful business in this space and get hands-on support from experienced business coaches. The program has been designed in partnership with Sting .

About the program

What: Four hands-on workshops plus a final pitch event.

Where: The workshops will take place on-site at KTH at 17:00 and run for 3-4 hours. We will ensure there is ample room for social distancing.

Timeline: Application deadline 17 October. Acceptance notification latest 25 October. Mandatory workshops 17.00-20.00 on 28th October, 11th, 18th and 25th November and grand finale on 9 December.

Who can apply: The program was created for teams with an innovative business idea or startup that’s based on a pioneering deeptech solution. We welcome people working across all industries, but your solution must have international growth potential. We like to see mixed-gender teams that consist of 2-3 people. Teams from anywhere in Sweden are welcome to apply.

Cost: The program is free of charge. We take no ownership in your idea. 

Admission: 10-12 companies/projects are accepted for each test drive.

Secrecy: All participants and organizers sign a confidentiality agreement. No information about the business concept, technology or participant names will be shared outside the program without your consent.

After the program: After the program you will have grown your knowledge of entrepreneurship and commercialization. In a condensed amount of time you will have gained higher insights into your technology's potential to create impact and your way forward. 

What do we mean by deeptech?

“Deeptech” encompasses advanced technologies that address important societal problems with new, difficult-to-copy technical solutions. This can be in the fields of biotechnology, new materials, artificial intelligence, energy technology, robotics, AR and VR, to give a few examples. Your idea must be applicable to an international market and have potential to scale globally to be accepted onto the test drive.

Theory mixed with practice

The Sting Test Drive program intersperses theory with practice. Experienced entrepreneurs and deeptech experts will work closely with you to help you move forward with your idea. The program is based on lean canvas, a strategic template for developing business models and a popular tool used by entrepreneurs worldwide.

We’ll place a special emphasis on the challenges that research-based and other deeptech startups often face. The program consists of five evening workshops, and between them, you’ll be given some tasks to complete and receive individual support from Sting’s experienced business coaches. At the end of the course, everyone will present their companies and nominate a winner for best pitch.

Workshop content

The program focuses on business-critical areas including business models, sales strategies, entry barriers, internationalization, financing options, and leadership. All of the workshops start at 17:00 and run for 3-4 hours.

  • Workshop 1: 28 October, 2021
  • Workshop 2: 11 November, 2021
  • Workshop 3: 18 November, 2021
  • Workshop 4: 25 November, 2021
  • Workshop 5: 9 December, 2021

Read more about each workshop's contect on Sting's website

Who can apply?

You who have developed new technical solutions with the potential of being implemented on a global market are welcome to apply. Ideally, the team consists of two to three people, both men and women. 10-12 projects will be accepted to each program.

If you have any questions on whether the program is for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to KTH Innovation on innovation@kth.se .

Free of charge and confidential

Participation in Test Drive Deeptech program is free of charge. You contribute with your own time, commitment and passion.

At the first course session, all participants and organizers will sign a confidentiality agreement. No information about business concept, technology or names of participants may be spread outside the program without the consent of the participant in question.

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