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Sting Test Drive

Test your idea throughout an intensive workshop series designed for teams just starting. The next Test Drive program will take place in late fall 2024. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on LinkedIn to keep up with when to apply.

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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 Climate, Health, Society 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.

The next Test Drive program will take place in late fall 2024

Calling teams that are just getting started and are still whiteboarding their ideas, this is your sign to apply when we open the application process! Are you ready to take your projects to the next level? Discover the transformative opportunities awaiting you with Sting's Test Drive program
(free of charge!)!

🔬 Engage with leading experts.

🚀 Innovate your entrepreneurial approach.

🔍 Validate your ideas.

The offer:
Refine Your Thinking: Dive deep into refining your model and strategic approach through three immersive workshops designed to accelerate your progress.

Showcase & Feedback: Present your project and receive invaluable feedback from peers and experts. Enhance your presentation skills and refine your project's narrative.

Personalised Guidance: Benefit from tailored guidance crafted specifically for your project's unique requirements. Our personalised coaching ensures you have the support you need to succeed.

Community Collaboration: Join a vibrant community of fellow early thought-starters who share your aspirations and understand your challenges. Collaborate, exchange insights, and grow together.

Do NOT miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to propel your idea forward! Apply when we open the doors to join the Sting's Test Drive program and make a meaningful impact.

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

A typical Test Drive program


Three evening workshops and one pitch session run by Sting 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


Check our social media channels or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on when the next Test Drive starts.


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 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.

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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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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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