Increased focus on business development


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

DRIVE is KI Innovation’s business incubator which aims at helping companies to attain a long-term viability and the prerequisites for growth.

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

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

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.

Who can apply?

We welcome startup companies sprung from ideas validated in KI Innovation’s START program. The incubator is also open to other start-up research-based companies in life science and digital health. 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 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.

We support you with:


DRIVE in practice

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 

Entrepreneurs development program

  • Businessify-course
  • Business Lab in collaboration with Uppsala Innovation Center (UIC)
  • Pitch training
  • Value Creation Forum (VCF)
  • One-on-one Coaching to develop strategis for r business development (4-8 hours /month or as needed)


  • Pharma day
  • Investment dag
  • Expert Network Day
  • Visibility at various events such as NLS-day and BIO Europe
  • Activities within DRIVE-Community

If you’re interested in DRIVE and not already in contact with us, maybe now is the time?

Get in touch


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