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Sting Accelerate Climate Action

For the first time ever, Sting is running a thematic accelerator program focusing on one of the greatest challenges our planet is facing – Climate Change.

In the brand-new Sting Accelerate Climate Action, we combine Sting’s award-winning accelerator program, the successful Startup Climate Action initiative, and our industry knowledge and network. Six carefully selected climate startups will get the best imaginable support to turn their vision into reality and increase their chances of success manifold.

In the program, we will be working with startups that are addressing SDG 13 Climate Action with ground-breaking technologies and scalable solutions within energy, carbon capture, circular economy, reduced waste, transport, food, AI and more. We are looking for companies who are combining business and climate action, and who are ready to rapidly scale-up their growth.

Previously, we have accelerated companies such as Karma, Midsummer, Surfcleaner, Ignitia, Worldfavor, Beleco and Sellpy.

What others say about us

    Sting helped us get pre-seed capital and connect us with investors. It was definitely an important period for us of intense and focused work that made us learn at a rapid pace.

    Elsa Bernadotte, Karma

    It’s super important to have people who can vouch for you, especially in the early stages. Having the backing of Sting made it easier to attract both capital and new team members.

    Michael Arnör, Sellpy

    The coaches guide and help you find the way forward, they don’t tell you what to do. In the end, I’m the one who makes the decisions.

    Christina Lundbäck, Surfcleaner

What you get

Sting offers the most extensive startup support ecosystem in the Nordics. If you become one of the chosen few you will get the best imaginable support to turn your vision into reality and manifold increase your chances of success.

In Sting Accelerate Climate Action you will get access to everything we offer in our award-winning Accelerate program, such as tailored business coaching, a potential Propel Capital investment of 500,000 SEK, recruitment and team development coaching, free office space at A house, Sting’s community and extensive partner network, and access to Europe’s broadest network of early-stage investors. We also offer pitch training, sales training, exclusive workshops and meet-ups, Investor-of-the-Weeks, events and much more.

On top of that, you will get a number of climate action specific activities and resources, including:

• Sector-specific business coaches
• Access to Sting’s vast network of sustaintech focused investors and invitation to a specific climate action investor meetup
• Tailored customer matchmaking through Ignite Sweden
• Impact assessment resources
• Grant application support
• A network of Climate Action mentors
• Peer-to-peer exchange with other Climate Action startup founders
• A large pool of talents mobilized in Startup Climate Action

Expect a high-paced program with 2-week sprints and a lot of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and learning. Your individual coach has entrepreneurial experience and a network from your field and will challenge you to aim higher and reach further. Together with our partners, we provide you with the right people and resources to grow your business. If you get in, you will have resources like a corporate and the knowledge of a serial entrepreneur at your fingertips.

Here is what you also get

Meet the Climate Action team

These are the coaches you’ll spend the most time with, but you will get strong support from the whole Sting team.

Karin, Henna and Magnus are part of the Startup Climate Action core team. Jonas now joins the Climate Action coaching team, adding expertise in deeptech and gamification.

Karin Ruiz Sting

Karin Ruiz

Karin coaches ClimateTech and DeepTech startups.
070-645 78 04

Magnus Rehn

Magnus coaches ClimateTech startups.
070-512 05 48

Jonas Lindqvist

Jonas coaches Gaming, Climate- and DeepTech companies.
070-350 49 69

Henna Keränen (on maternity leave)

Henna is our head of strategic partnerships and community.
070-233 37 53

Accelerating Climate Action

We know that innovation and technology combined with entrepreneurship have an incredible power to create rapidly scalable businesses that bring new solutions to some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Sting has extensive experience from coaching sustaintech and climate impact startups, many of which have become household names in Sweden and beyond. You’ll be in good company!

Hard facts

Length: 5 months, February to June 2021

Admission: 6 startups/batch

Cost: 2% option

Investment: Potential SEK 500 000 from Propel Capital, decided at intake.

Requirement: Launched MVP. Team with minimum 2 co-founders.

What challenges are we looking to solve?

Inspired by SDG 13, Sting and Norrsken launched Startup Climate Action in June 2020, where 13 heavy-weight Swedish Climate Champions presented 13 Climate Challenges that urgently need solutions.

Sting Accelerate Climate Action is the last phase of the Startup Climate Action initiative and we are looking for startups with rapidly scalable solutions to these 13 Climate Challenges:

1 – Clean & Green Transport
Maria Wetterstrand
2 – AI for the Planet
Dr. Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Center
3 – Sustainable Materials
Prof. Ulrica Edlund, KTH
4 – Energy Efficiency
Gunilla Elsässer, WWF
5 – Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy
Anders Wijkman
6 – Recycling & Reduced Waste
Marie Fossum Strannegård, IVL
7 – Reduced Carbon Emissions
Markus Hökfelt, Almi Invest Greentech
8 – Energy Storage & Integrated Energy Systems
Prof. Viktoria Martin, KTH
9 – Carbon Capture & Storage
Jane Walerud
10 – The Human Ocean
Prof. Henrik Österblom, Stockholm Resilience Center
11 – Renewable & Clean Energy
Dr. Frauke Urban, KTH
12 – Green Buildings & Sustainable Cities
Stefan Henningsson
13 – The Future of Food
Dr. Line Gordon, Stockholm Resilience Center

Partners and Supporting Partners in Startup Climate Action are:

Norrsken, KTH, SRC, Vinnova, Swedish Energy Agency, IVL, Almi Invest, Ignite Sweden, RISE, Lead, Dalarna Science Park, We Don’t Have Time.


Got questions?

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out the FAQ or reach out to Karin, Magnus, Henna or Jonas in the Climate Action team.

Ready to take action with us?

  1. Application deadline: December 1, 2020

  2. Decision: December 8, 2020

    We will let you know if you have been selected for the pitch final

  3. Pitch final: December 16, 2020

    Over two days, we invite selected startups to present and pitch their companies to us and meet our team development coach for a team evaluation

  4. Pitch final: December 17, 2020

  5. Second pitch: January 14, 2021

    If needed, follow up meetings with selected startups

  6. Final descision:

    Week 52 and week 4

  7. Program start: February 8, 2021

  8. Demo Day: June 2021