A unique accelerator programme for start-ups in energy technology


During the autumn of 2020, a pilot of the program Accelerate Skellefteå was carried out. The concept has been developed and implemented in collaboration between Skellefteå Kraft, EIT InnoEnergy and Skellefteå Science City. Accelerate Skellefteå offers startups with ideas in energy storage, mobility and electrification to participate in a development program.

The call for the program generated a total of 42 applications from over 20 countries. The five companies that were selected during the autumn of 2020 went trough a twelve-week program. With coaching from Skellefteå Kraft they have had the chance to develop their ideas.

As the pandemic prevented physical encounters, the program took place completely digitally. Despite these challenges, the pilot was a success. So now we are in full swing to further develop the program. In 2021, we will open up new opportunities to apply for future programs.

Let your company thrive and develop in
a Scandinavian hotspot of energy, innovation and growth.

Accelerate Skellefteå is an accelerator programme operated jointly by EIT InnoEnergy, Skellefteå Kraft and Skellefteå Science City.


It’s a three-month focused effort aimed at long-term collaboration with established actors. The programme allows your ideas to be brought to life with the support of a broad competence base and financially strong partners.


Are you ready to take on the challenge? If you have an innovative concept, a product or a service in the field of clean and sustainable energy, this programme could be your launch pad. Apply today!


/ what's In iT FOR you?


We recognize the value in each project and develop tailored programmes for individual businesses. We co-develop selected start-ups as hands-on partners. You get direct input from our technology experts, business coaches and supply chain experts, as well as access to the expertise of our entire ecosystem of partners.


Benefits leading to a business boost through:

  • Prospects of collaboration and financing

  • Business development in close contact with demanding customers

  • Added competence

  • Accelerated time-to-market

  • Expanded network and access to a rapidly growing energy cluster

/ Who can apply? 


Sustainable mobility​

Energy Storage Systems

Flexibility in electricity systems

Smart energy solutions

Sustainable industry

Anyone with a great idea, a drive to carry it forward and a will to collaborate with a leading energy company in a booming region. We’d love to hear from you if you’re an established start-up, or if you’re ready to get going.


We are looking for applications within any of – but not limited to – the following areas:

Have a proven prototype or proof of concept for an innovative product in the areas mentioned above.


Have a maximum time to market – and first revenues – of two to five years.


Be collaboration-minded and willing to commit to a stable, long-term business relationship.

In addition, to be eligible to join the accelerator programme, your start-up should ideally:


/ the accelerator programme

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The purpose of the accelerator programme is for you to create business opportunities with any of the partners or stakeholders involved in the programme.


Since there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all, the three-month programme is tailor-made to provide access to a broad range of support and services such as:

  • Individual coaching

  • Tailored workshops

  • Market analysis

  • Business and pricing models

  • Supply chain development

  • Definition of value propositions

  • Team assessment and partnership models

  • Industrialisation support

  • IP rights protection and certification

/ timeline 2020

Jun 17 

Applications open

aug 23

Applications closed

AUg 24-sept 04

Selection process

sept 21-dec 16

Accelerator programme

Dates may be subject to changes in agreement with selected start-ups.


Sweden has been one of the highest ranked countries in the EU Innovation Index for several years. Northern Sweden plays a huge role in this success. Not only can we offer the most affordable renewable clean energy in Europe, we’re also world leaders in the mining and recycling of metals.


Skellefteå is a rapidly expanding city and has become a focal centre for innovations in electrification and energy technology. This was proven by the location here of Northvolt’s large-scale battery production plant – the largest single-site investment in Europe. The city now aims to become a word-class cluster for battery manufacture and recycling. Investment plans to 2030 total €6 billion for housing, infrastructure and industrial development. 

"Not only can we offer the most affordable renewable clean energy in Europe, we’re also world leaders in the mining and recycling of metals."


The region is now taking the lead as the European educational hub for upskilling future competencies for large-scale industrial transformation. We have high levels of competence in bio-based energy technology, including research and innovation. The region also hosts two renowned universities, Umeå and Luleå.


Skellefteå is a southern entry point into Swedish Lapland, a region of contrasts with stunning northern light scenery and bright midnight sun. Intense seasonal variations and challenging geography make it an ideal real-life experimental test site for the production and distribution of renewable energy.


Overall, Accelerate Skellefteå is the perfect time and place to establish relationships with industry in the region.

/ why skellefteå?


/ THE partners 

Accelerate Skellefteå is an initiative in collaboration between EIT InnoEnergy, Skellefteå Kraft and Skellefteå Science City. Combining a European network with a strong innovation and energy focused home base will set you up for boosting your business. 

Skellefteå Kraft was founded in 1906 and is one of Sweden’s five largest electricity producers and the largest of Sweden’s municipality-owned power companies.

3 772 GWh of electricity was produced in 2019, with a major part coming from northern hydropower and wind power as well as from renewable sources.

Skellefteå Kraft is fully owned by the municipality of Skellefteå and is living proof of the importance of endurance when growing a renewing society.



EIT InnoEnergy is a trusted partner and investor for launching innovations throughout the energy sector. We have backed more than 330 start-ups since 2010, 90% of which have partnered with corporations. We’ve invested 275.5 million euros in more than 480 products, with forecast sales totalling 5.3 billion euros. We also bring together 500+ key players from across the energy value chain, from 18 different countries, who have indirect access to 150 million energy consumers.


Skellefteå Science City offers a favourable environment with already established ecosystems fostering innovation and start-ups. The mission is to develop the regional innovation system. This includes attracting new organisations to Skellefteå, such as established institutions and innovation support, along with incubators and investors. 

Skellefteå Science City also stimulates and creates channels for collaboration with other regions, both nationally and internationally



/ contact 

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