Bicky Chakraborty Entrepreneur Program selects 7 start-ups

Breakit reports that seven Swedish start-ups have been elected to take part in a new entrepreneurial program at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The program was founded after Bicky Chakraborty, founder of hotel chain Elite Hotel, donated SEK 5 million to the university. The aim of the program is to promote KTH students and researchers who develop innovations specifically aimed at creating growth in Sweden. Over the next five years, the plan is for 5-7 projects per year to qualify for the program, which offers funding, coaching, tailored courses and mentorship to accepted entrepreneurs for one year.  The first seven start-ups elected to the Bicky Chakraborty Entrepreneur Program are:

  • Capitainer: a technique in which patients take blood tests themselves at home
  • Cling: connects lenders with investors to provide favourable loans
  • Vellby: an app that helps elderly and their families to find reliable caregivers
  • Finecell: a new process for the production of nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC)
  • Maqab: offers different solutions to cut metals. Target groups include Scania and Saab
  • Cheffle: makes recruitment in healthcare easier
  • Playitfair: uses games as a tool for recruitment and training in businesses and organisations

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television. Jessica is a Member of the Board of the Swedish Cricket Federation.