Startup-programmet Uminova Innovation Mattias Holmlund
Mattias Holmlund, Startup participant spring batch 2017. Photographer: Malin Grönborg

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. - Apply to the Startup program


Hesitate no more. It’s time to make that idea happen. In February we’ll kick off the next round of our Startup program, a dream opportunity if you have a business idea that you want to test and develop. You can win a grant, up to 50 000 SEK in prizes are awarded. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to be one of the chosen few.

>> Apply to the Startup program 


What you’ll get:

Startup includes six four-hour meetings during which you develop your idea into a business. A crash course in the Lean Startup methodology* is combined with hands-on work to move your idea forward, as well as inspiring input from entrepreneurs that have “been there, done that”. You’ll be filled with knowledge, energy, experience, and feedback from the people involved in Startup: business coaches, guest speakers, and not least the other participants.

Who you are:

Startup is perfect for you if you’re ready to explore the potential of your business idea over a few intensive months.
- You have an innovative idea that solves a real problem
- You aim high and want to progress quickly
- You make things happen and can dedicate time and energy to the program

Our expectations:

Thanks to the support of our financers, you receive this entire package completely free. The only thing we expect in return is that you commit fully and give it your all.

Apply now:

Apply now and complete the information about yourself and your idea. The Startup program has spaces for a select few entrepreneurs and ideas. Any questions?

Contact Anders Blomberg, business coach at Uminova Innovation: 070-853 01 95,

Practical workshops that move your business idea forward

February 8, 12pm - evening
Workshop 1, Think big, test quickly
Why should you work lean and customer focused? We test out Lean Canvas and a few other invaluable tools. Evening: dinner and team building.

February 15, 01-04pm
Workshop 2, Who is the customer?
A full focus on the customer is essential from day one. Who are they? What are their needs? We lay the foundation for how you create unique value for your customers.

March 1, 1-5pm
Workshop 3, Get out of the building!
How you make sure your solution matches the customer’s needs step-by-step. Almost everything you need to know about the customer’s decision-making process and your sales process.
Presenter: our sales coach Christian Malmsten

March 14, 1-5pm
Workshop 4, How to make money?
How can you make money? What price should you set? We challenge you to rethink your business model.

April 19, 1-5pm
Workshop 5, Pitch perfect
The pitch, aka your short presentation, is the entrepreneur’s best friend. We give you tips and tricks for a pitch that really hits home with the audience.

May 9, 1-5pm
Workshop 6, Show me the Money
Find the right financing for your idea. We go through the basics for how to work with the various options.

May 29
Demo Day (to be confirmed)After a few month’s of hard work it’s time to present your business idea and compete for the chance to win up to 50 000 SEK. The winner can then pitch on stage at the packed out Umeå Tech Arena event.


>> Apply to the Startup program now

Last day to apply 2018-01-28