An innovative communication tool aimed at saving lives, a platform that enables new discoveries beyond the obvious destinations, a scalable service that can help transform a digitally immature industry, a platform for new musical talents, and frozen meals made of salvaged foods – these are the innovations whose creators are now winners of the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship 2021.
The winners of the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship 2021 have now been chosen. A jury consisting of 30 experts from Stockholm’s business community and innovation systems has evaluated and sifted through hundreds of innovations and selected five – one for each scholarship category – that are considered to have the greatest potential for development. In addition to each receiving a scholarship of SEK 100,000, a free workplace at United Spaces for six months, and innovation advice provided via Almi, the innovators were celebrated digitally with a formal awards ceremony.
At the same time, the winners of the Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship were selected. The recipients, Anna Millan, 100 Point Challenge, and Dora Palfi, Imagilabs, two former finalists of the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship. They were each awarded with 250,000 SEK to further develop or scale-up their innovation.
– Stockholm is one of Europe’s most innovative regions, and in the wake of the pandemic, the city continues to be a place where creativity is encouraged and innovations are born. Once again, this year’s scholarship recipients have developed new or better ways to create value for society and individuals alike,” says Anna König Jerlmyr, the Mayor of Stockholm.
See the complete list of winners for the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship 2021 and the jury’s citation for each scholarship recipient here:
Simplify Everyday life
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Scholarship recipient: Gigja Gudjonsdottir with team
Jury citation: “The winning entry is a smart, scalable service that can help transform a digitally immature industry. The solution is based on a digital business system combined with a manual service that simplifies everyday life. It is a concept that shows great potential to contribute to all aspects of sustainability – social, ecological, and financial – within the industry.”
Scholarship recipient: Tony Malm with team
Jury citation: “With professional competence, a simple licensing model, and an inclusive approach with respect for copyrights, an innovative platform has been created that opens up opportunities for new creative talents. Now anyone who wants to can gain access to a music producer!”
Life Science and Health
Scholarship recipient: Michael Kaufmann
Jury citation: “An innovative communication tool aimed at saving lives. Doctors, researchers and specialists are quickly and safely brought together in a global flow of knowledge that can help address emergency situations in healthcare and research. New cutting-edge knowledge can be easily disseminated, allowing it to save lives”.
Travel and Tourism
Scholarship recipient: Stephanie Mazzotta with team
Jury citation: “The coronavirus pandemic gave rise to the idea of a platform that encourages the discovery of new destinations off the beaten path that are also capable of managing the flow of visitors. The jury would like to emphasize the potential in developing an offering aimed especially at target groups with special needs that also takes into account social inclusion and smart resource management”.
Social Impact and Sustainability
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Scholarship recipient: Filip Lundin with team
Jury citation: “This year’s scholarship goes to an innovative solution that combines ecological, social and financial sustainability. It reduces food waste by salvaging leftover ingredients from grocery stores and uses an untapped resource – people from all around the world, who have long been unemployed – to prepare delicious dishes from across the globe. The meals are distributed to the homeless, sold at restaurants, and can now even be found in the freezer section at grocery stores. This is the last piece of the puzzle: financial sustainability”.
About the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship
The Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is awarded in five categories: “Simplify Everyday Life,” “Creative Industries,” “Life Science and Health,” “Travel and Tourism,” and “Social Impact and Sustainability.” To be nominated, the competitor must be a resident of Stockholm County or work/study there. Each winner is awarded a scholarship of 100,000 SEK, marketing and networking opportunities, a free workplace at United Spaces for six months, and innovation advice from Almi. The scholarship is organized by Invest Stockholm with funds from the City of Stockholm and the Agne Johansson Memorial Fund.
About the Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship
The Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship aims to stimulate and encourage innovators to further develop or scale-up their products. The scholarship awards former finalists of the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship from the past five years, following an application process and jury assessment. The recipients are each awarded 250,000 SEK, a free workplace at United Spaces for six months, and tailored coaching from Almi. The scholarship is organized by Invest Stockholm with funds from the Agne Johansson Memorial Fund.
Kerstin von Bergen, Project Manager for the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship, Invest Stockholm, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 (0) 70 47 280 54
Invest Stockholm is the official investment promotion agency of Stockholm. We work with the marketing and development of the Stockholm region as a business destination under the brand Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia. Invest Stockholm is a subsidiary of Stockholm Business Region, owned by the city of Stockholm.