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Swelife’s Hands-on model:

Coaching for your innovation project

Swelife’s Hands-on model is a customised coaching process, offered to all projects involved in Swelife’s call for applications. It optimises the conditions for the project to become suitable for investment and commercialisation.

The applicants are matched with a business advisor who provides step-by-step feedback on the project team’s application, business concept, presentation and continued business development.

Through the Hands-on model, Swelife improves the flow from idea to innovation by, in addition to financing, offering projects with major innovation potential our experience, expertise and network in business development. The model optimises the conditions for the project to become suitable for investment and commercialisation, thereby benefiting the individual project, the Life Science market and the end user/patient.

For all applicants

Coaching, in accordance with our Hands-on model, is offered to all Swelife applicants, regardless of whether you are part of academia, industry or healthcare.

A customised offer

Through Swelife’s Hands-on model, you and your project will be coached by business advisors and experts that offer you personalised feedback on

  • your idea – does it match the call for applications?
  • your application – will it hold up in a review?
  • your pitch – is it strong enough for a presentation and interview?
  • your continued work – what’s the next step?
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The Hands-on model step by step

  • Application period

In connection with writing your application, you are offered support and advice from a business advisor from a local network of innovation actors. The goal is that your submitted application will be suited for the current call for applications, and of as high a quality as possible to optimise your opportunity to receive funding. Applications will not be rejected on account of formalities errors.

  • Assessment period

Vinnova performs the selection in two stages. All projects are assessed and ranked by independent experts representing healthcare, industry and academia. At an assessment meeting, the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova selects the projects which will advance to the interview stage. Swelife’s coordinators participate as observers at the meeting and can thereby provide relevant feedback on your project and business idea, your team and application, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. The goal is to make sure you have every opportunity to succeed in the interview.

After the interviews, the experts rank the projects again and Vinnova decides which projects will be awarded funding. If your project does not receive funding, Swelife will offer you final feedback. The goal is for you to understand what the assessment panel found missing from your project proposal and how you can strengthen your project to be more successful in your next application, or attract other funding and develop to finally reach the market.

  • Project period

Your project is offered regular contact with a hand-selected panel of experts, whose members represent healthcare, academia, industry and venture capital companies. They offer advice and support, and provide valuable feedback to promote your business development for the duration of the project.


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