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San Francisco, CA. April 28th, 2015 -, the global investor in student entrepreneurs and company building program, will be presenting its future leading innovators at The 2015 World Founder Forum, which will take place at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden on June 14th-17th.

The World Founder Forum is an international event bringing together student founders and young entrepreneurs from top universities around the world. Future innovators focused on solving big problems will be joined by mentors, press, alumni and early stage investors and hosted by KTH Innovation, the centre of student and faculty innovation and entrepreneurship at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The event kicks off the annual 8D© Company Building Program for the incoming Class of 2016 teams and marks the completion of the program for the Class of 2015 taking part this year. 8D is the first of its kind, holistic company building program focused on the critical eight dimensions for building a successful high growth venture.

Class of 2016
The teams to join the program this year are selected from applications received from the 50 Partner Schools across the US and Europe. Each of the incoming teams will be awarded grants ranging from $10K to $100K. These grants enable teams to kick-off their projects and finance the year in the program which includes weekly office hours with a dedicated executive mentor, quarterly 3-day forums and an intense 12-month hands-on curriculum.

Student entrepreneurs from partner schools have until May 15th, 2015 to apply to the Class of 2016, where they will develop their big ideas with the help of serial Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Michael Baum, six time founder and founding CEO of big data company Splunk (SPLK).

“The selection process for the Class of 2016 is super exciting. We have received applications across a wide range of problems to be solved from all over the world. Hosting The 2015 World Founder Forum in Stockholm, the city of the Nobel Prize, is a humbling experience. Its only natural that these young world innovators of tomorrow gather at Sweden’s first Polytechnic School, KTH - the Royal Institute of Technology,” explains Michael Baum, Founder and CEO o

“KTH is very proud to host The 2015 World Founder Forum. Its a great opportunity not only for the university but for all of Stockholm to show our achievements in innovation and entrepreneurship. The startup community at KTH and Stockholm is very strong and The World Founder Forum helps us raise the international focus,” explains Lisa Ericcson, Head of Department, KTH Innovation team. “The 8D Company Building Program in combination with the quarterly meetups and a highly reputed network gives our startups the opportunity to connect, collaborate and develop in an international context raising their chances of succeeding on worldwide. In our global world, an international focus from day one is critical to success, and is what makes extremely valuable for these young teams.” Alumni counts among its graduates Award Winning startups already changing the world including:

Volumental: Their globally praised 3D scanning software is paving the way to mass personalisation. Multi award-winner, it received additional Series A funding from and has launched a POC with Intel.

Konux is a Munich based sensor company with the vision to accelerate the next industrial revolution. Winners of EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge and awarded the highest grant by at last year’s World Founder Forum.

Unu: Class of 2014, its smart electric scooter is the future of transport. Continuously working on getting closer to the perfect mobility situation, they recently opened a Berlin office are preparing to expand to more european countries.

“We've been inspired by the possibility to share experiences with and learn from the many passionate entrepreneurs in the program, and of course the very helpful and knowledgeable people working with The other entrepreneurs in the program have been great for bouncing ideas with and especially for opening doors to customers and partners in new markets. Having access to a global network of entrepreneurs has been amazing and is something we will continue leveraging for a long time.” Explains Caroline Walerud, Co-Founder and CEO at Volumental.

The World Founder Forum is by invitation only, and the event is free of charge.

The World Founder Forum 2015 will be held at KTH: Brinellvägen 8, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden June 14-17, 2015.

For more information and for a sneak peek at the agenda:

To apply for the Class of 2016:

About KTH

The Royal Institute of Technology (Swedish: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, abbreviated KTH) was founded in 1827 as Sweden’s first polytechnic and is one of Scandinavia’s largest institutions of higher education in technology. KTH accounts for one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level. KTH offers programmes leading to a Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, licentiate or doctoral degree. The university also offers a technical preparatory programme for non-scientists and further education. There are a total of just over 14 000 full-year equivalent undergraduate students, more than 1700 active postgraduate students and 4600 full-time-equivalent employees. KTH is one of the leading technical universities in Europe and highly respected worldwide, especially in the domains of technology and natural sciences.

About is an investor and company building program for student entrepreneurs solving big problems. The intense 8D© company building program fast tracks these courageous innovators through the challenges of building a high impact company. The hands-on transformative experience is designed to increase the odds of survival and to help young entrepreneurs grow their companies faster and take them further. provides the capital teams need to get started, investing directly in student startups from 36 partner schools in nine different countries. was founded by a team of serial Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who have built billion dollar companies and are now working with the next generation of creative, audacious student founders to positively transform the world.

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