Incubator Stars Challenge

About the Challenge

We invite all incubators and science parks to nominate their 2 most promising entrepreneur-led companies to the Incubator Stars Challenge. Among all nominees 15 companies will be selected by a selection committee to attend and pitch at The Tech Arena Pitch Stage on February the 22nd 2024. Three finalists will move on to pitch on February the 23rd on The Tech Arena Main Stage and compete for the title The Incubator Star.


Exposure & Prizes

The 15 selected companies will be invited to pitch on stage in front of thousands of investors, executives and decision makers. They will receive 2 start up passes per company, a start up booth and an invitation to the Welcome Dinner on February 21st.

The winner of The Incubator Stars Challenge will:

  • Get exposure in The Techa Arena’s, and our partners, channels
  • Meetings with investors
  • Get to participate in Techarenan Challenge in Almedalen 2024
  • Get a spot in the Winner Delegation Trip which will go to Toronto and Montreal during 2024

The Tech Arena 2024 / Application



The jury assesses the companies and their business idea based on:

  • Scalability
  • Uniqueness
  • Sustainability
  • Market potential
  • Global applicability
  • Team skills/competency

The competition is open to all entrepreneur-led companies regardless of their area of business. The company must:

  • Be based on a unique technology/concept/business idea
  • Currently be tied to your incubator / science park
  • At least one of your two nominated companies must have a female founder


We will only accept nominations from incubators and science parks, no companies can apply to the competition separately. The companies that are nominated will be required to provide further information ahead of the competition by filling out an application form.


All nominations must be sent over no later than November 22nd.

Nominations need to include the following information:

  • Company name
  • Motivation to nominating that company
  • Contact information to the company (name, phone number and email address)

The 15 companies who are selected to participate in the pitch contest during February 22-23 will be notified and announced in Techarenans channels no later than December 12th.

By participating, participants will need to (i) agree to Techarenans terms and conditions for participation in competitions and (ii) confirm that the information they submit is truthful. Participants must ensure that they personally or their company owns all submitted photographs, text, and other material. All entries must be received no later than November 22nd.

Competition managers (and external experts, if necessary) review the nominations. All material that is submitted in connection with the competition will be treated as public information. If there are specific reasons why certain information must remain confidential during the initial selection process, then the companies are responsible for notifying the competition managers in the submission form field that asks for additional information.

Qualifying presentations occur on stage before the jury as well as on-site spectators. Competition management reserves the right (if deemed appropriate) to indefinitely use parts of the pitches and footage from the pitches for communication and marketing purposes.

Competition management reserves the right to terminate or modify The Incubator Stars Challenge without prior notification.

The jury’s decision in all phases of The Incubator Stars Challenge is final and cannot be appealed.

Competition management cannot be held liable for any losses or damages suffered by participating companies, as a consequence of participation in The Incubator Stars Challenge.

By participating in The Incubator Stars Challenge, participants agree that competition management may:

Publish and display footage for communication and marketing purposes before, during, and after the competition, where and when appropriate.

Use images, text, and materials that is shared and that is generated during the competition for communication and marketing purposes, for an unlimited period without remuneration.

Share contact details with partners of the Competition.