Startup Summer

Startup Summer is an idea development programme where we match passionate students with a new innovation or business idea from researchers who are world leaders in their field. In collaboration with your colleagues, you explore the business potential of cutting-edge research from Luleå University of Technology.

Your learning experience

In Startup Summer, you and your team work on an idea that originates from research at Luleå University of Technology. The university has about 70 exciting research and innovation areas, both technical and social sciences. The researchers who own the idea are your most important stakeholders and recipient of the result, while LTU Business acts as your coach.

In order to take the idea closer to a market introduction and commercialization during the summer, you’ll need to quickly get an understanding of the innovation at present. For example, identifying and analyzing the needs of customers, developing and researching the benefits of the innovation, understanding and building strategies for the idea’s path forward and presenting the business idea.

Access to expertise and financing idea development

At your side you have experienced business advisors from LTU Business and other players in the region. LTU Business also finances the costs for taking developing the idea. At the end of the summer, participants present their solutions to potential users, financiers and others interested in the business concept.

Who can enter?

All students at Luleå University of Technology can apply to Startup Summer. It doesn’t matter which program you are studying or which year you are studying. Your application is individual and you’ll be teamed up with others. LTU Business Summer is based in Luleå, but you are welcome to join the programme from whichever campus.


Startup Summer is a theme within LTU Business Summer. When you apply to LTU Business Summer, tick the box for Startup Summer as your prefered theme.

You will find all current information on dates and how to submit your application here .

Are you a researcher with an idea that you want to develop?

Get in touch with our innovation management team for more information about our free and confidential support.

Student summer work within idea development

LTU Business Summer

Startup is a theme within LTU Business Summer, summer work for students seeking to put their talent to use making a real impact.

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