Welcome to apply to KI Innovations Life Science Business Incubator DRIVE

Application period for Fall 2019 opens on June 3rd

Grow your Health or Life Science Business Start-up in a unique environment

Through the incubator DRIVE at KI Innovations you get the opportunity to develop your business idea, build your network and grow your start-up in a community of other Health and Life Science start-ups and supported by your coach and our extensive expert network.

Who can apply?

Start-ups in the Human Health Life Science* field with a validated science-based and scalable business idea with global potential run by a dedicated core team. DRIVE welcomes applicants from KI Innovations START-program and from external start-ups.

What do you receive?

  • Support in business development, pitch training, market- regulatory- and pricing- strategy, network building, team development and exposure to financing and partnering opportunities
  • During the fall 2019 the start-up participates in a hands-on entrepreneurship development programme resulting in a sharpened business plan
  • Participation in the yearly DRIVE Investor Day and DRIVE Health Day and to get exposure at various international Partnering conferences (g. BioEurope, NLS-day, Vitalis)
  • DRIVE-community co-learning activities
  • Access to Co-working space and lab space on KI campus with start 2020, at cost
  • An individual business coach assigned and possibility to receive financing for business development activities
  • Access to KI Innovations extensive Life Science expert network

How long is the DRIVE-program?

Maximum of three years. The start-up signs up for one year at a time with yearly progress evaluation which decides continuation.

What does it cost?

The DRIVE-membership is free of charge and is financed by Karolinska Institutet and Vinnova.

Admission process

The assessment is based on the application and interview by KI Innovations and an evaluation by an external advisory board.

*Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Medical Technology, Decision support, Digital Health, Contract Research, Healthcare innovations etc.


JUNE 3rd                              Application period opens

AUG 23rd                          Application deadline

AUG 26th – SEPT 18th       Evaluation period

SEPT 4-6th                           Interviews of candidates

SEPT 16th-20th                   Admission decision

OCT 2nd                                BATCH Fall 2019 kick-off and BD-workshop

OCT 7-8th                             Entrepreneurial development program (KI Innovations-UIC)

OCT 21st                               Entrepreneurial development program (KI Innovations-UIC)

NOV 4th                                Entrepreneurial development program (KI Innovations-UIC)

NOV 21st                              DRIVE Investor DAY

DEC 2nd                               Entrepreneurial development program, final & pitch                                            (KI Innovations-UIC)

DEC                                      Start-ups are matched with individual DRIVE business coach

*Dates are preliminary and may be subject to change.

Please indicate your interest to apply by clicking here. 

You will then receive the final application form by email with deadline on August 23rd.