FAQ about the call for proposals Innovativa Impact Startups
We recommend all our applicant to read the announcement text before applying. Here are answers to the most common questions about the call for proposals.
Is our idea suitable for applying funding in the call for proposals?
There are no formal restrictions on the type of project or in which sector we finance. We assess how well the description of the project in proposal meets the assessment criteria in the call text. We are generally looking for project that have a high market potential, a sustainable and credible business idea that contributes to creating positive social effects, and with a team that has the right skills and composition to be able to realize the project. The project must also have such a high risk that no one else on the market is prepared to invest in it.
What does "impact" mean?
The company's basic idea must be to produce innovations that create measurable and positive social effects in the long term. Tip: Agenda 2030 is a good guideline.
Can we come to you and tell you about our project?
No. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide individual project personal advice.
How do you assess the applications?
All applications that meet the call's formal eligibility requirements are assessed by at least three specially appointed evaluator. The evaluators are experts in the subject area of the respective application. All evaluator must follow the same rules as employees at Vinnova, which means they have a duty of confidentiality. They are also obliged to report if they are against any proposal.
The evaluators only review what is written in proposal. All applications are assessed in competition with each other. Innovativa Impact Startups is similar to a competition, where the applications deemed to best meet our criteria are granted funds as long as our budget is sufficient.
What can we use the grant for?
Here you will find information on which costs you can use the grant for:
Is it possible to supplement our proposal afterwards?
If proposal is sent in after 2 pm on August 22, we will not be able to accept it. We do not accept additions to proposal after the call for proposals has closed. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions. Everyone who seeks funding from a state public authority must be given the same conditions. The same rules and deadlines must apply to everyone.
Who can apply?
Limited companies that are younger than five years at the time of Vinnova's decision, i.e. be registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office no earlier than 26 October 2018. See also other formal eligibility requirements for applicant companies, which are on page 7 of the call text.
Can we apply with a subsidiary?
Subsidiaries may apply, but the requirement for a maximum number of employees and net sales and total assets applies to the entire group, i.e. parent company and subsidiary combined. The limitation of two million kroner applies to the companies' total turnover or balance sheet total. Taken together, the group may exceed one of the limit values, but not both; a turnover higher than two million, or assets of more than two million kroner.
Can I apply if the company is registered abroad?
Yes, if the company has a Swedish organization number.
I need help starting a limited company!
More information is available at To companies from authorities - verksamt.se
We have just registered a limited company, but have not received the organization number yet. Can we supplement with the organization number afterwards?
The company's organization number must be entered in proposal. There is thus no possibility to supplement with an organization number afterwards.
Can we start the project before the decision comes?
We only grant funding for costs incurred after Vinnova's decision date.
Can we search in several calls for proposals at the same time?
There are no formal obstacles to applying for different project in different calls for proposals at the same time, except that applicant companies must not have previously been granted in Innovativa Startups or have an ongoing project in Innovativa Startups.
However, we do not allow one and the same company to receive funding for different project in the same call for proposals. We also do not allow a company to receive funding for the same project in different calls for proposals from Vinnova or from other public financiers.
If the company applies in two calls for proposals with two different project, and is granted funds within one of the calls for proposals, proposal is assessed according to the company's capacity to run two project in parallel.
How is the grant paid out?
The grant is paid out after the start report has been approved to a bank giro or postal giro that is linked to applicant company.