This program takes your project closer to patients and society 

Does your idea have commercial potential?

In order to successfully commercialize a research project, it is important to think outside the box – beyond lab results and academic qualifications.

Within the START program we help you to validate the commercial potential of your research- or knowledge-based idea. Initially, we aim to gain an understanding of the market, assess the possibilities to protect the idea by patents or trademarks and to confirm that the asset owner has the right to commercialize the concept. In a later phase we can help to submit the first patent application, to investigate the regulatory rules around the suggested product or service and to initiate activities within business development. In some cases we also support development of basic prototypes to be used in the dialogue with investors and other stakeholders.

How do I get started?

The process starts with you submitting a project proposal – please download the Invention Disclosure Form – KI Innovations 2019. There are instructions on the form. The activities within the START program are free of charge and all information is handled confidentially. Read more about the activities we offer under Start.

What happens then?

We schedule an inventor meeting where you will meet one of our experienced business coaches. In the meeting we go through your project and aim to identify the most critical issues. We also help to classify your product – is it (for example) a drug, a diagnostic tool or a medtech device? Incoming projects are discussed at an internal decision meeting. Within projects that are granted support we engage external experts who help to validate the commercial opportunity and to increase the value of the project. These experts are financed with money from Sweden’s Innovation Agency, Vinnova. During your time in START, you also have the possibility to participate in seminars, workshops and short courses.

Welcome to read more about what we can offer.

ps. Commercialization is not a purpose in itself but often the only way for research heavy projects to reach patients and society. We also work with social innovations that can create benefit for society without involving investments and for profit companies.

Would you like to know more about verification at KI Innovations, please contact Åsa Kallas who is responsible for the START program.


To find out more about verification, please feel free to contact our business coach Åsa Kallas


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