Innovation competition

Our Innovation competition, with a total prize sum of SEK 600,000, is over for this time!

The competition is a great opportunity to commercialize your sustainable innovation where 2D materials is essential.

The final was held at Aros Congress Center in Västerås on September 29. Two winners were selected and shared a prize of SEK 600,000 to further develop their innovation. The price also included support for a mentor.

Important dates

29 September: Finals and pitch event for selected applicants in Västerås

18 October: The winners will be announced  at Swedish Graphene Forum

18 October: Read about the winners in the Press Release

Who can participate?

The innovation competition is open to anyone registered at a Swedish university, company or organization operating in Sweden who wants to develop their 2D innovation.


The jury who assesses the competition entries consists of:

  • Charlotte Emlind Vahul, Chalmers Ventures
  • Elisabeth Sagström-Bäck, SIO Grafen
  • Mamoun Taher, Graphmatech
  • Michail Pagounis, Business Sweden

Assessment criteria

In its assessment, the jury will take the following criteria into account.

  • The idea’s contribution to the SIO Grafen’s vision
  • Potential for development towards a commercial product containing graphene or 2D material
  • Novelty and value-creating potential
  • The potential of the solution to contribute to a sustainable society

Information about winning

  • One or more innovations may be named winners.
  • The winner/winners selected are entitled to funding if they meet Vinnova’s requirements for financing. Innovation ideas that have already received support from Vinnova are not eligible for funding.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to explain in detail via the application / project plan how they will use the funding, and what activities they plan to take when bringing their idea to the next development stage.

All entries will be considered

All entries that have been submitted to the competition will be offered a follow-up meeting with SIO Grafen’s program office to jointly find new opportunities for development, collaborations and financing.

How much support can be given to an organization?

The maximum allowable aid of minor importance is EUR 200,000 per beneficiary during the last three tax years. In order to calculate the maximum allowable aid, all grants granted under the Minority Aid Regulation must be aggregated. In this calculation, contributions to other parts of the Group should also be taken into account. More information is available here.

Travel grants for those who advance to the final

Do you need a travel grant for your trip to the finals? Contact Jon Wingborg at for more information. Please note that it is not possible to apply for travel grants afterwards or against payment of receipts.