Do you want to take your Life Science Start Up to the next level?

Business incubator


We dedicate focus and time to the teams that have chosen to work with us

DRIVE is a dedicated life science incubator program at KI Innovations AB which supports successful commercial development of businesses within life sciences.

We welcome newly-started companies with a commercial, verified business opportunity with focus on Life Science both applicants from the START program at KI Innovations as well as other applicants.

Membership in DRIVE runs for a maximum of three years with annual evaluations in order to qualify for continued membership.

DRIVE comprises of various resources and activities in the order and to the extent most appropriate for each Start-Up. We accommodate every Start-Up individually.


Who can apply?

We welcome startup companies sprung from ideas validated in KI Innovation’s START program as well as other Start-Ups that are research-based within life science, digital health, e-health and medtech. The membership in DRIVE runs for a maximum of three years with annual evaluations to qualify for continued membership.


What do we offer?

Together with our selected partners, the DRIVE  business incubator offers unique business development opportunities and financing support adapted to the company’s specific needs.

  • An own business development coach
  • Access to IP advice
  • Access to expert consulting services
  • Access to investor networks Business Development Program – CATALYZER
  • Access to theme days and events

The business incubator is funded by Karolinska Institutet and VINNOVA.

The DRIVE offer

DRIVE network

  • Global Pharma network
  • Investor network
  • Strategic partners 
  • Preferred partners
  • Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME)
  • Expert network, comprising 150 experts in various areas 

DRIVE development programs 

  • Build skills
  • Catalyzer program 
  • Pitch training
  • Value Creation Forum (VCF)
  • One-on-one Coaching to develop strategies for your individual business development (4-12 hours /month based on the need)


  • DRIVE Health Day
  • DRIVE Investment Day
  • DRIVE Team Day
  • Visibility at various events such as NLS-day and BIO Europe
  • Activities within DRIVE-Community


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Call for new start-ups 2022

Published 2 June, 2022Information

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DRIVE examination series

Published 26 February, 2022Events

We learn, we refine, we share and pay back! During the DRIVE examinations you can listen to fellow DRIVE members as they pay back...

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Published 26 February, 2021Information

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