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Accelerate

Accelerate

Application due: May 17, 2024

Take your startup from MVP to pre-seed readiness in just four months. Application closed May 17th, 2024

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Incubate

Incubate

Application due: May 17, 2024

Sting Incubate is (up to) an 18-month program that will get you from prototype to launch and prepare you for the next steps on your startup journey.

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The benefits of joining Sting

One size doesn't fit all.

Our coaches’ personalized approach and high commitment level is what makes the Sting experience competely unique.

We open more doors than any other.

Sting has been scaling startups for over 20 years and laid the foundations for Sweden’s startup ecosystem. We dare to say that our network is bigger and better than any other.

Sting for life.

We’re in it for the long haul, and so are you. Our alumni continue to support each other long after they graduate, and you can always reach out to us if you need help anytime in the future.

An unparalleled track record.

The success rate of Sting companies is xxxx, and investors know it. The Sting stamp of approval has a tangible, real-world impact on your business.

Words from our founders

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CEO & Co-founder
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Pär Hedberg
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We love all startups, but put extra bets on a few areas

Sting brings together Sweden’s most experienced coaches, successful entrepreneurs and dedicated investors within the climate and energy sectors.

Are you ready to start making some serious impact? We actively look for startups with innovations in areas such as:

  • ClimateTech
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Food and Agriculture
  • New Materials
  • Circular Solutions and Bioeconomy

With the ever so present health issues we face today, it truly sheds light on the urgent need for innovative health tech solutions. Sting brings together some of Sweden’s most experienced coaches, successful entrepreneurs and dedicated investors within the HealthTech sector.

Are you a startup with ground-breaking DeepTech technology?

As a DeepTech entrepreneur, with your longer sales and development cycles, you may need a little more time to develop your technology and find the right product-market fit. Sourcing lab equipment, capital, and the right co-founders often take time away from what you do best – making sure that the world gets access to your groundbreaking innovation. That’s why Sting Incubate DeepTech is a 24 months long program, especially targeted towards high-tech Startups.

We love all startups, but put extra bets on a few areas

Where visionary entrepreneurs tackle the most pressing challenges of climate change head-on. Get access to a robust network of experts and coaching. We empower climate-focused startups to drive innovation and create sustainable solutions for a greener future.

Sting brings together Sweden’s most experienced coaches, successful entrepreneurs and dedicated investors within the climate and energy sectors.

  • ClimateTech
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Food and Agriculture
  • New Materials
  • Circular Solutions and Bioeconomy

With the ever so present health issues we face today, it truly sheds light on the urgent need for innovative health tech solutions. Sting brings together some of Sweden’s most experienced coaches, successful entrepreneurs and dedicated investors within the HealthTech sector.

We support forward-thinking entrepreneurs to revolutionize the healthcare landscape. With a dedicated focus on cutting-edge technologies and impactful solutions, Sting provides unparalleled support to drive the growth and success of HealthTech startups.

Society is about supporting startups that reshape how we live, lead, and interact. Get access to coaches, experts and a network that supports your growth. We help startups committed to improving our communities and societies.

We support founders dedicated to creating societal and profitable impact through innovation in areas which include:

  • Fintech and Regtech
  • Proptech and Security
  • Blockchain, web3 and AI
  • Edtech & Creator Economy

With a steadfast commitment to DeepTech, Sting acknowledges its transformative potential that often demands a longer path to success. As a trusted long-term partner, we offer DeepTech startups unwavering support, fully recognizing the time-intensive nature of their breakthrough innovations.

Through our dedicated resources, extensive network, and patient approach, we empower these visionary ventures to navigate complexities, overcome hurdles, and ultimately realize their profound, industry-shaping impact.

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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.

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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We are looking for big ideas with potential to solve real problems. In return, you’ll get access to a lifelong community that delivers more value and opens more doors than any other.

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