2016-10-04 11:51Press release

​The 2016 Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship is awarded to Buildsafe


The winner of the 2016 Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship is Leo Sydow, for the Buildsafe innovation. A stipend of SEK 225,000 is awarded to one of the last three years’ Stockholm Innovation Scholarship winners who managed to further develop and expand upon his/her innovation.

Buildsafe, which won the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship in 2015, is a cloud-based service designed to improve the health and safety of those working in the construction industry. The mobile application and web platform helps both construction companies and property developers to increase worker safety and reduce on-the-job accidents. The jury’s statement regarding its decision reads:

"The recipient of the 2016 Acceleration Scholarship has achieved commercial success in a very short period of time, both in Sweden and in the United Kingdom. By employing a skilled team with relevant background in the industry, the company has managed to obtain contracts with major construction firms. Buildsafe, whose vision is to create a global industry standard for workplace safety, is poised to provide a major and important service through its innovation, which enhances safety and reduces accidents in the construction industry.”

- This grant is an excellent way for the city of Stockholm to recognize and reward new innovations. This year's winner has shown that it can adapt quickly to transform a good idea into a commercial success. Stockholm needs more successful businesses that create jobs and growth," said Mayor of Stockholm Karin Wanngård (S). 

The application deadline for the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is October 10, 2016. The grant is awarded annually to six innovators whose projects focus on one or more of the following categories that are relevant to the city of Stockholm: general technology, environmental technology, cultural and creative industries, everyday products, the tourism industry, and life science. The primary goal is to motivate and encourage people to develop their innovations. The grants are to be awarded by the Mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård, at a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall on December 6th.

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To get in touch with the Mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngård, please contact Ömer Oguz, the press officer for the office of the Social Democratic Party by email omer.oguz@stockholm.se or by phone 076-122 92 34.

About the Stockholm Acceleration Scholarship

The Acceleration Scholarship is made possible by a donation from the Agne Johansson Memorial Fund and is awarded with the aim of encouraging people to develop their innovations. A stipend of SEK 225,000 is awarded to one of the last three years’ Stockholm Innovation Scholarship winners, following an application process and jury assessment. The jury members are: Jessica Nilsson (Northzone), Jan Lundqvist (Start-Up Stockholm and Innovation Nation), and Ylva Ryngebo (the Agne Johansson Memorial Fund and Medical Innovation Design MID AB).

Stockholm Business Region, with its subsidiaries Invest Stockholm and Visit Stockholm, is the official investment and tourism promotion agency for the Stockholm region. Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic sustainable regions. Stockholm Business Region is fully owned by the City of Stockholm. Our common brand is Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.


About Invest Stockholm

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. www.investstockholm.com www.visitstockholm.com www.stockholmbusinessregion.com


Anna Gissler
CEO, Invest Stockholm
Anna Gissler