Short history of Startup with IBM Accelerator Sweden

The beginnings

In 2017 a team of IBMers passionate about entrepreneurship thought it was time IBM contributed to the growing startup tech sector in Sweden. They began with a hypothesis on key problems founders faced that IBM could be uniquely positioned to help solve. With help from a veteran serial entrepreneur they got out of the building met with more than a hundred founders during the year to iterate.

Eventually market fit was found in helping B2B entrepreneurs in major industry verticals with a number of key business- and tech challenges. IBM’s capabilities in selling to corporates, value based pricing, access to market and establishing sales channels was validated as common problems. In tech, open architectures, security by design and service availability was identified areas in addition to advise on use of the latest technologies.

The startup with IBM Sweden program was officially launched in 2018 and have since then continuously collaborated with startup teams.

Paying it forward

IBM’s startup collaborations are today part of the innovation contributions we bring to our corporate clients. We find pride in paying it forward and helping the next generation Swedish companies succeed like we have contributed to corporations and society for the last 90+ years in Sweden. Find some glimpses of IBM in Sweden here.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form to tell us about your solution, your team and the market you are in.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet.


We continuously assess and accept teams. Let’s collaborate!

The team

Meet the team

An experienced team with technical and B2B business skills and with great networks inside IBM and in the IBM ecosystem.

Jan Braf

Business Development

Martin Eriksson

IBM Public Cloud Marketing Leader,

Frode Langmoen

Technology Executive, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM Nordic

Urban Roth

Head of Startup with IBM accelerator Sweden

Stefan Terelius

IBM Squad - Cloud - Startups and Entrepreneurs

Important read

Sweden follows the Startup with IBM

The Startup with IBM Accelerator Sweden program is based on top of IBM’s cloud program for Startups. The Cloud Program is offered independently and is available to all startups meeting the basic criteria. Check it out and apply here.

IBM has similar programs in other countries and cities, some of them are listed below:

  • Paris/France
  • Tel Aviv/Israel
  • Toronto/Canada.

Quick contact details

Do you have any questions? Please, see the About Startup with IBM Accelerator Sweden page or contact us by e-mail for more information.