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Calling startups and established companies!

Innovation is crucial. Establishing tighter bonds between Sweden’s vibrant startup scene and the country’s thriving, established companies is necessary to increase the pace of innovation and economic growth.

The program is led by THINGSStingLEAD, MINC and UMINOVA in collaboration with SISP. Ignite Sweden is co-funded by Vinnova, Energimyndigheten and Tillväxtverket

Ignite Sweden is a national initiative. It’s always free for startups. The overall aim for the program is to help startups to find their first large customers. Along the way, we are curious to find out what collaboration models are the best in order to establish a prosperous collaboration.

Ignite Public is our new project that aims to initiate collaborations between startups and the public sector. We run this project together with Kista Science City and is funded by Tillväxtverket.

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The team


Stina Lantz

Program Manager Ignite Sweden

+46 73 532 38 80



Niklas Sikström

Business Developer



Fredrik Blomquist

Business Developer



Maite Bellón

Community & Communications Manager


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Katarina Fégeant

Team Member, Ignite Sweden

+46 76 633 73 13



Linda Krondahl

CEO & Co-Founder, THINGS



Maria Olofsson

Project Manager and Business developer, Uminova Innovation


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Martina Hegestig

Communications Manager, LEAD



Mikaela Färnqvist

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Olof Berglund

Business Developer, STING


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Karin Bengtsson

Project Manager, Kista Science City



Board of Directors

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Kajsa Hedberg

Chairman of the Board Ignite Sweden



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Stina Lantz

Program Manager Ignite Sweden

+46 73 532 38 80


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Linda Krondahl

CEO & Co-Founder, THINGS


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Pär Hedberg

CEO & Founder, STING

Co-founder and Chairman, THINGS


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Catharina Sandberg



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Jeanette Andersson

Interim CEO, MINC


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Maria Olofsson

Project Manager and Business developer, Uminova Innovation



Ignite ambassadors

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Elisabeth Gustavsson

Business Developer, GU Ventures


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Magnus Bergendahl

Head of Development, Sahlgrenska Science Park


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Jennie Ekbeck

CEO, Umeå Biotech Incubator


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Monica Hedberg

Project Manager, Uppsala Innovation Centre


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Ebba Fåhreus

CEO, SmiLe




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Christian Malmsten

Uminova Innovation

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Ulf Brandels

Sales training, Sting

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Agneta Jacobson


Innovation Essentials Workshops

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Sting is the leading accelerator in the Nordics. Based in Stockholm, we provide comprehensive growth support for startups, which includes: coaching from Sweden’s top entrepreneurs and previous venture capitalists, investment from Propel Capital, coworking spaces like SUP46 and THINGS, Sweden’s most advanced startup recruitment service and a vast international network of investors and business partners. Since 2002, we have worked with more than 200 startups in a range of industries, of which 72 percent are still active and growing. Among them are Yubico, Videoplaza, Volumental, Watty, Dreams and Sellpy. Together, all Sting companies have a revenue of 122 million euro, of which 90 percent comes from export, and they have created more than 1200 jobs.

LEAD is the best business incubators in Sweden. Based in East Sweden since 2002, we back up startups with high-growth potential in any vertical. We offer world class business coaching, networks of capital and expertise and a quality assured process to build tomorrows companies and management teams. We push our companies to create enthusiastic customers and prepare companies for sustainable growth, where success is created through reaching milestones. Over and over again… We have worked with over 150 startups in Linköping and Norrköping over the years, for example Kreatel, Neo Technology to mention a few.

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THINGS is Sweden’s only co-working hub focusing on hardware related companies. It is initiated by STING and the 2.000 sqm’s serves as a base for 30+ startups on KTH-Campus in Stockholm. With focus areas such as IoT, Wearables, Sensors, 3D Scanning/Printing, Automation and Robotics, main partners include some of the leading Swedish export companies such as ABB, Assa Abloy, NCC, Husqvarna, but also KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Akademiska Hus, SEB, SP and STING. 

THINGS focus their efforts on learning how to transform innovation in small, fast paced companies to value creation in large established corporations in mutually beneficial ways. THINGS have successfully expanded their community outside the physical hub to include some 100+ companies, building a THINGS community of hardware related enterprises to further increase innovation and international competitiveness for involved parties.

Minc was set up by the City of Malmö in 2002 as one of Scandinavia’s first startup incubator programs. Since then, southern Sweden has been turned into a firmly established hotbed for innovation.
Minc does not just host an incubator program, but also a game incubator, the award winning accelerator Fast Track Malmö, and Startup Labs.
Hundreds of startups have gone through the Minc incubator program. The startups that have set out in the Minc house have done everything from developing facial recognition technology for Apple to using their technology to uncover the Panama Papers.

Uminova Innovation is one of Sweden’s top business incubators and selected for Vinnova’s Program of Excellence. Since the start in 2003 we have supported more than 150 companies, with more than 600 employees in total and a combined turnover of close to 850 million SEK, in developing their businesses and business ideas. While doing this we have helped reinforce and boost Umeå, Västerbotten and Northern Sweden as a strong place for growth and development.

Swedish Incubators & Science Parks is developing the world’s most efficient innovation ecosystem by adding connectivity between our members and Sweden’s leading universities, corporations, public organizations, customer and exit markets.

Being the home of more than 5000 innovative companies and the local hotspots for entrepreneurs, academia and industry, our members accelerate economic and societal growth in Sweden through world-class business development and networks.