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Programme: Elevate – Get ready to raise capital in three months

Many innovators need capital to realise their vision. Elevate helps early-stage startups from Lund University prepare for their first investment. Expect a high-paced programme with frequent meetings, and shared learning.


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During Elevate, you will:

  • Meet investors during our "Guest and Pitch" sessions.
  • Have regular meetings with our innovation coaches
  • Access our co-working space at Venturelab
  • Participate in a bootcamp to build your 5-minute investor pitch deck and develop your pitch and content through feedback and peer-to-peer learning throughout the programme.
  • Pitch at Demo Day, our final event where you have the chance to showcase your vision in a room full of ecosystem actors, other startups, and investors.
  • Become part of a community of other founders and receive ongoing support

After Elevate, you will:

  • Have a finished pitch deck
  • Have pitched to investors
  • Have increased knowledge about what it takes to secure an investment and what investors are looking for.
  • Have increased understanding of which financial resources are relevant to you.
  • Have an extended network of investors, business angels, and incubators

What our startups say:  

“Elevate gave me confidence in how to develop a good pitch and a network of colleagues and friends.”

 Tania Ramos-Moreno, Strominnate Therapeutics

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Since its launch in 2020:

> 50% received investment during or after the programme
 > 90% have raised soft funding
9 out of 10 participating startups are still active

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Do you want to accelerate your startup?

The application for the fall intake is now closed.
Notification will be given on 1 September.
Questions? Email annika [dot] lindstrom [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se



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3 months

Next programme starts:

6 September, 2023


1 intake per term

3-6 startups per intake


  • Validated customer need and business concept
  • Has a student or researcher from Lund University in the team
  • Can attend the majority of programme meetings

Autumn programme:

6 September - Introduction (12:00-14:00)

19-21 September - Kickoff (14:00-17:30)

Lunch Meetings - Wednesdays (12:00-13:30)

4 October - Pitch Workshop (12:00-15:00)

7 December - Demo Day (full day)