Apply for the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship

Are you ready to take your innovation to the next level? With the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship, the City of Stockholm wants to reward creative people with bright ideas and encourage them to develop those ideas. Are you the one we are looking for?

The Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is awarded to five innovators. Each scholarship winner will receive SEK 100 000 and a six month membership at United Spaces, co-working concept. The winners and finalists will also get:

  • a diploma from Stockholm Innovation Scholarship.
  • coaching from a team of experienced innovators and business advisors from Startup Sthlm.
  • the opportunity to expand their business network
  • the opportunity to take advantage of marketing opportunities.

Scholarship award ceremony at Stockholm City Hall

The jury will select three finalists per category. Finalists will be invited to the scholarship award ceremony at Stockholm City Hall. Scholarship winners will be announced during a lunchtime ceremony.

Finalists will be invited by email about a week before the scholarship ceremony. Applicants who are not selected as finalists will be notified via the email address used during application.

Previous years’ finalists may apply for the Acceleration Scholarship

This year’s jury by category

Every scholarship category of Stockholm Innovation Scholarship and Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship has dedicated jury members. They have expertise and experience within both innovation and the category’s specific industry. Every jury member will sign a non-disclosure agreement, NDA, so that applicants can safely share and present their innovation. We endeavour to renew the jury every five years.

Lotta Ahlvar 
Chair of Design Sweden and Project Manager Stockholm Design Events, Stockholmsmässan, Category Chair. 

Sebastian Fuchs
Chairman, SUP46.

Marie Gillstam
Innovation Advisor, Startup Sthlm.

Amanda Hasselström 
Creative Director, Designtorget, founder Supermarket.

William Jilltoft
Associate, Northzone.

Thomas Johansson 
Design Director, Electrolux.

Dr. Pernilla Jonsson 
Head of Consumer & IndustryLab, Ericsson Research, Ericsson .

Kristoffer Svedulf 
Designer/Co-founder, Playful Design Studio.

Beata Mannheimer 
COO, Film Capital Stockholm, Category Chair.

Fredrik Carlström
Co-founder/Creative Director, Alma.

Tobias Degsell 
Founder, Combiner, previous Curator at Nobel Museum. 

Nils von Heijne
Entrepreneur, angel investor, Wishful. 

Sara Herrlin 
Founder and CEO, STHLM Music City, previously manager of International EMI Virgin Music. 

Helena Waker
CEO, Association of Trade Partners Sweden/Agenturföretagen.

Lars Wiigh
European Union and Business Development Executive, IBM Nordic. 

Christina Bendz 
Senior Business Developer, SU Innovation, Category Chair.

Katja Bergman
Partner, Co-founder Brightly Ventures, Co-founder MOOR, Co-founder Pipebeach.

Ola Cornelius
CEO, Nerve, co-founder H2 Health Hub.

Jesper Kjellerås
Founder, CEO, ImpactHub Stockholm.

Lilian Wikström 
CEO, KI Innovations.

Ylva Williams 
CEO, Stockholm Science City.

Caroline Strand 
CEO, Visit Stockholm, Category Chair. 

Stina Algotson 
CEO, BFUF (the R&D Fund of the Swedish Tourism & Hospitality Industry).

Martin Carlsson-Wall
Director, Center for Sport and Business, Stockholm School of Economics. 

Anders Johansson 
CEO Hospitality Visions, board member at several hotel companies.

Åsa Minoz 
Head of Communications, Viable Cities, KTH.

Peter Skogh

Museum Director, Tekniska Museet.

Johan Strandberg 
Business Developer and Project Manager, IVL, Category Chair.

Lisa Enarsson
Project Manager, Environment and Health administration, City of Stockholm.

Johan Kuylenstierna
Adjunct Professor at Stockholm University and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council.

Siduri Poli
Founder, Changers Hub.

Karin Ruiz
Business coach, Sustainability, Edtech & Health, Sting (Stockholm Innovation & Growth).

Frida Siwe 
CFO, Norrsken Foundation. 

Malin Strand
Policy Expert and Project Manager, Fossil Free Sweden (Government Offices of Sweden). 

Previous scholarship winners

The Stockholm Innovation Scholarship was founded in 1985 and has since supported a large number of innovators. Here is what some of them say about it.

Previous winners, Dongfang Li, Monica Ek and Jonatan Henschen, in the category Technology with innovation “FineCell” said:

To win Stockholm Innovation Scholarship meant a lot to us. This has shown us that our innovation can contribute to solving societal challenges. We have received valuable advice from the jury, a lot of PR, new contacts, as well as the scholarship which is very meaningful to us because we can continue develop our business model and bring our innovation to the market. It was an unbelievably fantastic experience that we will always remember.

Previous winners, Tommi W Rinne and Karri Suddenbach, in the category Life science with innovation “Backrefresh seat system” said:

To receive the gold medal in the category Life Science in Stockholm Innovation Scholarship meant that our invention, Backrefresh seat system (a chair that solves back problems) gained credibility and media exposure. We highly recommend anyone who has a business idea or an innovative product to compete for the scholarship!

Previous winners, represented by Natalie de Brun Skantz, in the category Cleantech with innovation “Grönska" said:

The innovation scholarship means a lot to Grönska. It has given us credibility and confirmed that we are on the right path with our innovation. Through the scholarship, we have even expanded our network and the scholarship money has made it possible to kickstart production of our cultivation system.

Simplify everyday life

PANQ, Axel Magnusson (team Niclas Roos, Erik Lundin) Makes the process of getting control of your debt as easy as getting into it.

Creative industries

Stagecast, Hedvig Ahlgren (team Jonas Hermann, Markus Wallentin, Robin Bugdahn and Stefan Hellqvist) An interaction and augmented reality platform for live entertainment events.

Life science and health

Amma, Carina Franzén (team Fritzi Töpfer) A digital midwife in your pocket, always ready to support mothers who are struggling with their breastfeeding.

Travel and tourism

Cheffle, Max Dyrhage (team Håkan Dyrhage, Emil Karlsson, Oscar Melin) An online meeting place for professionals, solving the recruitment problem in the hospitality industry.

Social impact and sustainability

Diretto, Anna Leinder (team Peter Leinder) A platform for creating new paths into the labour market.


FineCell, Dongfang Li, Jonatan Henschen and Monica Ek. A method for producing high quality nanocellulose at a reasonable cost for industrial use.


Viking Line Boat Transfer, Elias Nilsson. A solution for effective transportation within Stockholm’s waterway, which eases traffic congestion in the inner city.

Creative industries

Those who affected me, Malin Bobeck. An interactive light-emitting textile sculpture that turns the public into co-creators.


Grönska, Natalie de Brun Skantz, Robin Lee and Petter Olsson. A highly effective indoor cultivation system for producing herbs and vegetables locally.

Everyday products

Mediating objects, Martha Brauer. An innovative tool that primarily is used for communication with children who have suffered a trauma.

Life science

Backrefresh seat system, Tommi Rinne and Karri Suddenbach. A smart chair that cures and prevents a slipped disc.


Buildsafe, Leo Sydow, Viktor Broberg, Johan Brunedal, Deniss Karavajev, and Samuel Jaeger. A digital solution to increase security in construction projects.


Next Seal, Andreas Söderberg, Bengt Adolfsson, and Martin Stenbäck. An innovative technology to seal compressors to prevent methane gas emissions.

Cultural and creative industries

TactSense, Wu Jing, Ellen Sundh, Ric Wasserman, Runo Andersson, Jan Bengtson, and Andreas Ahlin. A tactile communication tool that can be used by a music director and visually impaired musicians.

Everyday products

Stormie Poodle and Caroline von Post. Creating children's clothing made from discarded hotel textiles.


Corso, Meyser Abduljabbar, and Arish Karadaghi. A digital service that makes it more affordable and enjoyable to get a driver's license.

Tourism industry

Gearmondo, Gustav Brandt, Teodor Linder, and Oskar Otterskog. A modern marketplace for the rental of sports equipment.

Life science

AsthmaTuner, Henrik Ljungberg, Björn Nordlund, and Martin Löfbom. A digital self-care concept for asthmatics.


RelationDesk, Fritjof Andersson. A digital tool for customer relations.


QualiFare, Camilla Byrinder. A tool for meal time optimization.

Cultural and creative industries

Codarica, Sanna Nilsson, Lovisa Levin, Rosalyn Knapp, and Marcus Lindström. A coding app for children.

Everyday products

Tubeix, Hans Hällström. A product for bicycles.


CityFlow, Jonas Bohman, and Ulrika Bohman. A navigation system for professional drivers.

Tourism industry

Tempus Fugit, Rebecka Pershagen. A location-specific soundwalk app.

Life science

Genit, Handle with care, Oliver Mohseni, Khurram Yousaf, Gunilla Ajne, and Magnus Westgren. A product for childbirth.


P2ALS, Mårten Persson, Dimitris Giannoccaro, and Falah Hosini. A cloud-based service that makes it easier for innovators to work with patents.


Nano Control, Adrian Jose Cabezas Morales. A patented unique solution for air filtration.

Cultural and creative industries

Pendulum Playground, Johan Wellton. A scene construction that combines light, body, and motion.

Everyday products

Easytap, Vilho Eriksson. A product that simplifies bag-in-box refilling and makes the content last longer.


Jiddr, Josefine Wahlberg and Marie Altus. A chat app for youth.

Tourism industry

Spontano, Ludvig Linse and Oskar Linse. A mobile visitors guide.

Life science

HeProCalc, Per Srisophon Stensved and Jonas Stensved. A real-time measurement of medicine dosage during open heart surgery.

Background to Stockholm Innovation Scholarship

Founded in 1985, the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is the City of Stockholm’s official innovation scholarship. The scholarship is organized by Invest Stockholm, the official investment promotion agency of the City of Stockholm.

Since 2013, the Innovation Scholarship also has an external financier, Stiftelsen Agne Johanssons Minnesfond, which promotes the development of inventions, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Do you have any questions?

Contact us by e-mail if you have any questions about the Scholarship.