The Smart City Track

Öresundskraft, Helsingborgs Stad and THINK Accelerate are collaborating to provide a dedicated ‘Smart City’ track for smart, home, city and energy related startups.

Calling all smart city startups!

Helsingborg is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. The city has a good business environment, and the number of start-ups is higher than the average for the country. Good living environments, a wide range of schools, a renowned Campus Helsingborg, part of Lund University and good communications are some of the reasons for people searching for Helsingborg. Add also city pulse, Scania wonders and spectacular nature experiences.

 

By the year 2035, Helsingborg will grow with about 40,000 new inhabitants. To meet future needs, the city is growing annually with 1000 new homes. Several major urban renewal projects with exciting architecture and new creative venues will inspire more people to develop their ideas. In other words; We know what we want, what we aim for: an exciting, attractive and sustainable place – a magnet for creativity and competence.
By 2035 Helsingborg will be the creative, vibrant, common, global and balancing city. The city for those who want something.

 

The project aims to be a model for future urban development and will radically transform the southern parts of Helsingborg.

 

We are eager to find startups with solutions around urban planning, waste management, smart building, smart home, smart mobility, smart grid, smart energy, smart production, smart government and open data. Are you the one we are looking for?

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Tools of the trade

You’ll get access to the tools you need to reach your max potential. Workshops, meetings and services.

Test and evaluate

Test, evaluate and develop your startup with a strong focus on customer need and sustainability.

Mentoring and support

Mentors from the Öresundskraft will help and guide you to reach your goals, with the H+ project as the main focus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an accelerator and an incubator?

Startup accelerators are cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day. While traditional business incubators are often government-funded, generally take no equity. Unlike business incubators, the application process for startup accelerators is open to anyone but highly competitive.

 

Incubator programs can be up to 3 years, while accelerators are more likely to fit in everything to 3-5 months. Making it a more fast-paced environment and the perfect opportunity to accelerate your business if you are more early-stage.

How do I apply to your program?

The applications for Spring Batch 2018 will open soon. So stay tuned and sign up to our mailing list!

Do I have to be in the THINK location during the whole 3 months?

You’ll get more out of the program if you have a high attendance and we do recommend being active throughout the three months. We have workshops, mentoring and meetings every week. We give you all the tools you’ll need to take the next step – What you do with it and with your time, is up to you.

What are to costs to relocate to THINK for 3-months?

Cost really depends on how you want to live while you are here.
You can rent a room for 3,000 to 6,000 SEK or an apartment 8,000 – 14,000 SEK
Eating out
Lunch – 40 – 100 SEK
Dinner – 80 – 150 SEK
Travel pass for the city 450 kr (also easy to walk or bike most places)

Do you accept international companies?

Yes, of course! We accept companies from all around the world. We highly believe that diversity and equality makes a better team and business.

My team outsources software development, are we still qualified to apply?

Yes, it’s not a problem.

I've sent in my application, when do I hear back from you?

If you’ve made it to Phase 2 in the application process, we will get back to you in 2-3 weeks. For international companies, we will get back to you sooner.

When does the Fall program begin?

We are happy to announce that our Fall program will start on September 18th.

Requirements to apply

  • At least two founders in the company with a balance between tech and business skills
  • You also need to have a solid idea or in a MVP prototype stage and understand where you want to take your company and what goals you want to achieve.
  • Scalable business model.
  • Be able to be in or within commute distance to Helsingborg during the program.