Innovative Startups :

Innovative startups step 1 - spring 2019

Closed 15 January 2019

Are you a small, newly started company with an innovative and internationally competitive business concept? In that case, the Innovative Startups Step 1 offer can be something for you.

The offer in brief


What can you apply for?

Technical and market validation of the innovation. Development of prototypes and demo versions. Investigation of protection and intellectual property rights.


Who can apply?

A limited company or economic association younger than five years that has not distributed dividends and whose sales comprise less than SEK 2 million annually.


How much can you apply for?

Projects in Stage 1 can apply for up to SEK 300,000.

Important dates

  • What is the offer about?

    Startup companies can apply for grants to carry out a project with high risk and high potential that increases the company's ability to attract customers, capital or investments. You can seek money to take your company to the next level. The money will be used to validate, verify and develop your business and the solution the business is based on. For example, it may be about developing prototypes, developing the business model or strategies to protect the company's new solution.

    We hire experts with relevant skills to assess the projects. Then we select the projects that are deemed to have the highest potential, most credible and highly qualified teams, but where the company is in the early stages and needs to fill the company with content in terms of knowledge and assets.

    The companies that are awarded grants in step 1 and have final reports can then search in step 2. There is the possibility to apply for grants up to SEK 900,000 for continued development needs.

    Requirements for obtaining funding - checklist

    The company must:

    • be a limited company
    • conduct business in Sweden
    • be younger than five years at decision date
    • have fewer than 10 employees

    The company may not:

    • have taken over another company's business
    • have been formed by company concentration (unless all companies that were concentrated were younger than five years)
    • be listed
    • have distributed a profit
    • owned to more than 25 percent of other companies
    • own more than 25 percent of other companies in the same or adjacent market
    • Owned to more than 25 percent of physical persons in the same or adjacent market
    • have some other ongoing Vinnova-funded projects

    Terms and formal requirements for contributions can be found in the announcement text. Please note that all formal requirements must be met in order to be assessed. The conditions stated must be met when the project starts.

    How to apply

    To apply for funding, you need to fill out an application form in our portal, Intressentportalen. Formuläret contains questions about the project, project partners and budget.

    Download attachments

    Here you can download the attachments that you need to attach to the application, such as CV template or project description template.

    Start your application in good time

    All applications that meet our formal requirements are assessed by three independent expert assessors. They assess how well the answers in the application meet the assessment criteria stated in the announcement text.

    All expert assessors have signed a confidentiality agreement, by which they are required by law not to disclose or use information from the applications, and also report if they are unfair in any application.

    Our decision on which applications to be granted funds is based on the experts' grades and recommendations.


    If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of us.

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    Selection of fund­ed pro­jects

    Project title Coordinator Grant Status Reference number
    Regulatory and IP strategy for TrojanDC cancer gene therapy Asgard Therapeutics AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00305
    Coatally- The Future of Smart Fashion- One Coat Endless Variations Coatally AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00281
    Antibiotic reduction in animal feed using forest derived additives ORGANOFUEL SWEDEN AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00267
    Slow direct drive electrical machines with extreme force and power density and extreme efficiency HAGNESIA AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00256
    CROMO-T, T cell therapy for cancer CarryGenes Therapeutivs AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00255
    Expansion of tntor services to Sweden´s largest universities CRASH COURSE SVERIGE AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00231
    Terapeutic vaccine as immunotherapy for hepatitis B and D Svenska Vacinfabriken Produktion AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00230
    Equestrian the Horse Game Kavalri Games AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00226
    Ophena - The world´s safest stirrup, a swedish innovation Ophena AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00212
    Bubotree - the travel planning tool for you and your friends Biq Owl AB SEK 300 000 Ongoing 2019-00198
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