UU Innovation for students
The future needs your ideas! Innovation capabilities and entrepreneurial skills are about being able to see opportunities, develop ideas, and move from thought to action. These skills are also in demand in the labour market. By working on your idea, you will build valuable experience and credentials for the future while helping to create it.
Together we can create the solutions of the future and contribute to a better society. Come and develop your idea with us at UU Innovation!
Develop your idea with UU Innovation
We are your sounding board during the first stage of your exciting journey, where you need information, funding, networks and strategies to fuel it. The sooner you get in touch with us at UU Innovation the better.
You do not need to apply to get our support, nor do you need to bring a prototype or business plan or have a prepared pitch. We specialise in the very early stages of development, so you do not need to worry that you are not far enough along. In addition, our support is specially developed so that you can continue studying while developing your idea.
Our support is open to all students at Uppsala University, Dalarna University and Gävle University. It does not matter what you are studying, what prior knowledge you have, or what your previous experience is. The support is free of charge and we take no ownership of your idea.
We can help you with the following
We start with an initial no-obligation meeting. What we discuss stays between us. Together, we will work step-by-step to explore the opportunities and challenges of your idea – and create the conditions for you to develop it further.
We ask of you is to describe your idea and your vision. Does your idea solve a problem in a new way? That is what we call an innovative idea. There is quite a lot that goes into it. For example, it could be a new service or physical product, but just as easily a new design, method or technology. The key point is that the idea offers a new, or much better, solution to an existing need, or creates a new niche altogether.
When your idea is in the early stages of development, there are often more questions than answers. We will help you so you can find the answers and focus on the right thing at the right time.
When we evaluate the potential of your idea together, many aspects are taken into account. These include what your ambition is for the idea, what the market looks like, how your idea compares to current solutions, and whether there are opportunities and reasons to protect the rights to it in some way. The focus will vary depending on what your particular idea needs. To test your idea, in some cases (and if needed), we can help you seek funding.
Once the basic questions have been answered and you have enough information to determine that the idea is viable for further development, it is time to develop strategies on how to develop the idea further to reach the market. Here, we delve deeper into the issues surrounding the value proposition and also look at funding opportunities, the need to supplement your team, help you find relevant contacts, and discuss sustainability issues.
Get a handle on agreements and ownership when collaborating
Right from the outset, it is important to have an agreement that clearly sets out the rights, obligations and expectations between the parties.
UU Innovation was with me all the way from the idea stage to building the first version of the product. I received guidance in all aspects of what I needed to analyse – including market analysis, research review, beta testing and contact with relevant people who could provide the necessary experience when I got stuck. I wouldn’t have progressed as quickly without all that help. I’m sure of that
Mamduh Halawa, student of the Psychology Programme and founder of Zeeds
UU Innovation has been there from the very beginning, providing support with contacts and advice for several meetings. We also received financial support, which has been very helpful and enabled us to move forward very quickly.
Fredrik Junerfält, alumnus of the Medicine Programme and founder of RoundBit.
Do you have an idea you would like to discuss? Or do you have questions about intellectual property rights and agreements? We can meet with you both physically and digitally. We look forward to hearing from you!
Network with several partners
We have a broad network and several partners, including Drivhuset Uppsala, the business incubator UIC and Uppsala University’s holding company UU Invest AB. We guide you through the network and help you with contacts, all based on your needs.