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Sting Test Drive

Test your idea throughout an intensive workshop series designed for teams that are just getting started.

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Our Sting Test Drive program is a hands-on workshop for super-early-stage projects with global potential. We focus on niche areas like ClimateTech, HealthTech, and DeepTech, connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with expert coaches. Join us to sharpen your pitch, gain insights from experienced entrepreneurs, and explore growth opportunities with Sting.

Apply Now to Test Drive DeepTech

Calling ALL DeepTech (whose business idea is based on high-tech innovation in engineering, or significant scientific advances) teams that are just getting started, and are still whiteboarding their ideas, this is your sign to apply!

Sting has now opened the application doors to Test Drive DeepTech Fall 2023! Four engaging workshops along with one pitch session to wrap up the program. This is your time to test your idea with the guidance of our experienced coaches from Sting and KTH Innovation with like-minded peers (free of charge!).

Test Drive DeepTech is run in partnership with KTH Innovation, providing innovation support at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden’s top technical university.

Please note: during the first workshop, all participants and organizers sign a confidentiality agreement. No information regarding business concepts, technologies, or participant names can be mentioned outside the program without consent.

Upcoming Test Drive program


Four evening workshops and one pitch session run by Sting and KTH Innovation coaches combined with individual coaching and peer support.

For who?

Teams with a scalable, early stage idea. We prefer mixed-gender teams of two to three people.


Due to high demand, we run Test Drive 2-3 times/ year and 10-12 projects are accepted for each round

Test Drive DeepTech start 26/10 with a final workshop on 14/12


Apply before Tuesday 17/10


Have any questions?

Browse through the FAQs to gain insights and clarity on various topics related to our organization.

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Application Process

Do you accept startups that would compete with my company?

Startups that could be competitors will never be accepted and part of Sting at the same time. However, once a startup has left us and become alumni, after six months we could accept and work with another company that has a similar business idea.

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Do we need to have our tech inhouse?

For companies where technology is the core of their business, it is crucial to have their tech in-house. On the other hand, for companies where technology is a means to solve a problem, outsourcing software development can be an option to extend their capacity, although it carries some risks.

Application Process

We have already raised a substantial amount of funding, can we still join?

Yes, it is definitely possible to be part of our program even if you have already raised money. Companies often have angel investors onboard before joining Sting.

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We’ve already participated in other programs – why should we join yours?

Sting offers more hands-on support than any other accelerator in Europe, and access to the most extensive network of entrepreneurs and investors. More than 9 out of 10 startups recommend Sting to other startups.

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What coaching methods do you use?

One size doesn’t fit all and that’s why we tailor our coaching to fit your individual needs. However, if you were to describe our coaching style in three words it would probably be ‘lean and iterative’. We use frameworks like Lean Startup and Lean Canvas, and work in sprints.

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Will our IP be protected?

We treat the proprietary information our companies share with us with 100 percent confidentiality, whether they declared it confidential or not. We couldn’t do what we do if we didn’t. We don’t sign NDAs because we meet so many startups that it would be impossible to keep track of all the NDAs and the related information. 

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