Innovative Cleantech Companies Eager to Grow – Check Nordic Cleantech Accelerator

June 12, 2017Offer, Startups

Are you an innovative cleantech entrepreneur with one of the following goals:

  • Attract investments
  • Expand globally or
  • Enter into strategic industrial partnerships?

If you answered yes to at least one of the goals, then sign up for the Nordic Cleantech Accelerator.

Cleantech Scandinavia runs an internationally established network of investors, industrials and public actors, all with an interest in Nordic Cleantech. In the Accelerator, we open you possibilities through this network in the forms of a global growth plan, lead generation, exclusive meetings, showcases in global cleantech hotspots and training on specific country markets, such as China.

Who can apply?

  • Your company should work within the cleantech sector, more specifically in one of the four areas: 1) Advanced & Sustainable Materials, 2) Smart Industry & Energy, 3) Real Estate & Construction, or 4) Smart City Solutions
  • You product/service should be ready to sell

We take interests by the end of June so make sure you act fast. Email Magnus at magnus@cleantechscandinavia.com or Fredrik at fredrik@cleantechscandinavia.com if you wish to get more details or book a meeting.

About Cleantech Scandinavia

Cleantech Scandinavia offers services in a range of areas for cleantech companies, international investors, industries, cities, state agencies and service providers. They offer investors, industries and cities to become members, providing access to some 1000 Nordic cleantech companies, business intelligence, visibility and much more.

Does your company have the right insurance coverage? Use this checklist to find out

May 11, 2017News, Offer

Annette Gustafsson is an Insurance Broker at AssuransSelector. They offer professionally negotiated insurance solutions, often in collaboration with London underwriters, based on global reinsurance plans that Swedish insurers usually cannot offer.

Annette Gustafsson, AssuransSelector
Annette Gustafsson, AssuransSelector

 “I think development companies should review these three key points in terms of insurance,” Annette says. She is the company’s representative at Ideon, where she has helped many companies to limit their risks within IT, med tech, drug development and clinical studies.

1 – Budget to enforce your patents

Comment from Annette: To get a patent in ten countries costs over one million SEK. It is easy to forget that it costs about the same amount to maintain the patent for ten years. A patent process in Sweden costs SEK 3-4 million or more. In the US, it costs at least SEK  6-10 million. So when you budget for patents, remember to review if you can afford to stop an infringement of your patent? Or if you can protect yourself, if you happen to infringe someone else’s patent? Get help to negotiate the right insurance solutions that cover this as well.

2 – With IPO, risk exposure also increases

Comment from Annette: It is easy to forget that with a board assignment follows personal responsibility for the company’s commitments. We see in our work how the ownership after a stock market introduction increases from a small number of people to a large number, and thus increases the risk exposure. Do not forget to get an insurance cover for the CEO and the board. Sometimes young companies find it difficult to get insurance because they cannot show enough positive financial statements, but there are opportunities for them too.

3 – We have signed an agreement, but does the insurance cover the commitments we make?

Comment from Annette: Signing agreements can be complicated in itself. But if you do notexplore the risks that the agreement can entail, the consequences can be really unpleasant.Therefore, it is important that you always look over the liability insurance before signing major business deals.

We’ll guide you through the jungle

Assurans Insurance can help you negotiate the best insurance solution for your business, whether you are a startup, medium-sized or large company, whether you have customers in Skåne or globally. Our focus is always on our customers, as well as continuously offering competitive solutions for high-tech companies in new areas. Understanding our customers’ operations is a vital part of our business and a necessity for providing optimal insurance solutions. Contact Annette Gustafsson, who is at Ideon in Beta 5 to hear more about what services they can offer your company: phone + 46 76 102 25 53 or by mail at annette@assuransselector.se. Find out more at http://assuransselector.se/

 

Join Medicon Valley Alliance with a special Ideon discount

May 10, 2017News, Offer

Medicon Valley Alliance (MVA) is a non-profit membership organization in the Danish-Swedish life science cluster Medicon Valley, which is a part of Greater Copenhagen. Their 240+ members employ approximately 160.000 people and include the region’s leading universities, hospitals, and private sector life science industry. MVA serve as the regional life science professional “market place” for the exchange of knowledge, networks and contacts and they create value for their members by hosting, promoting and facilitating meetings, networks, seminars, conferences and projects, that serve to strengthen professional collaboration in the regions life science eco-system.

Ideon discount on the membership

Some Ideon companies are already full, upgraded members and can enjoy all the benefits of membership, including free access to all MVA events, discount on registration for selected life science conferences, access to the discounts in the MVA Member Benefit program and the ability to participate in networks such as MVA Executive Club and Medicon Valley Alliance Oncology Network free of charge.

MVA considers the Danish and Swedish Science park based companies an important part of the regional life science eco-system, and in 2017 further activities will be directed at or initiated in cooperation with Ideon. Consequently, they now offer existing as well as new life science based companies a 20 % discount on the 2017-basis membership fee, which is 6600 DKK annually.

Upcoming events with MVA

  • Nordic Life Science Days September 12-14th: The largest Nordic partnering conference dedicated to the life science industry, this year in Malmö. MVA members is offered a 20% discount on all registration fees, company presentations and innovation posters.
  • Medical Device Regulation 2017 September 19-20th: The annual forum for the medical device industry focusing on current and future regulation of medical devices, and the practical challenges compliance with the legislation gives companies in the medical device industry. MVA members is offered a 20% discount on the registration fee.
  • MVA Microbiome Summit 2017 October 4-5th: Brings together microbiome scientists and companies to define the state of microbiome research in life science and provides opportunities for collaborations in this emerging multidisciplinary field of science.

Visit the webpage to learn more about how you can benefit from a membership of Medicon Valley Alliance.

 

 

Welcome to the Yes Day

March 8, 2017News, Offer

Today, on International Women’s Day, we invite you to the Yes Day. Ideon Innovation and Ideon Science Park are arranging a day that celebrates entrepreneurship in a broader perspective, and most of the participating contractors as well as the speakers are women.

The reason is that only 10% of venture capital goes to women and only three of the VCs on AllBrights list (total 92 companies) have female partners.

The speakers include Jan Sook Lotta Brattin, founder of Acne Jeans, Eva Ekedahl, founder of Karriärpodden and Women for Leaders and Elisabeth Brevenson, founder Beepsend. Karriärpodden with thousands of listeners will send live from the event. The goal is that everyone who comes – men and women – will be inspired and say Yes to entrepreneurship.

Sign up here!

Looking for a new challenge? Join us at the ICT Job Fair

February 24, 2017News, Offer

On March 30th the Employment Agency, Lund Municipality and Ideon Science Park are hosting their tenth ICT Job Fair.

Do you need new competences to your company? We invite you to an event where you can easily and smoothly find new employees!

Time: Thursday 30th of March 10:00 – 13:00, be there at 09.00 if you are a recruiter.

Location: Ideon Agora, Scheelevägen 15, Lund

This is a free of charge event for everyone hunting for a new job. So bring your CV and join us!

See who is hiring at the ICT Fair

How Volvo Cars are working to face the challenges in the auto industry

January 28, 2017News, Offer

Henrik Svensson from Volvo Cars was the first presenter at Future Transportation Square here at Ideon Science Park. Volvo Cars are going through a major transformation in how they are developing products, and a lot of that concerns software. That is one of the reasons why Volvo Cars chose to open an office in Lund, there is a lot of competence within software and connectivity here.

“There is a major transformation in the auto industry right now and the four big trends that are shaping our future are connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification and sharing” says Henrik.

The customer experience is everything

One of the challenges today is that the software and services sets the tone for the customer experience.

“We need to rethink the way we are working with our suppliers going forward. Gone are the days when an order is placed with lots of specifications and then delivered and installed. There needs to be a close collaboration in order for us to develop great software with quick updates, they are key in giving the customer a great experience”.

Henrik talked about an early venture of adding software solutions to their cars, but having minor success, until it was possible to connect them with smartphones, like starting the heater with an app on cold days. “The service was there, but there were no tools to utilize them in the right way”. Now the tools are there and there are many possible applications, like route prediction and crowdsourcing of maps to alert other drivers of accidents, roadworks and so on. But in order for these services to really take off, a standard API for cars is needed.

There were several questions in the meeting, here are a few

In order to develop new software with open source, is there a need for standards in order to make it work?

“Open source is a collective standardization project, but there is definitely a need for standards. It would make it possible for all suppliers to build great, connected solutions for our customers.”

What is the biggest bottleneck when it comes to connectivity?

”The problem is standardization, as there is no one standard today that the authorities or the industry has agreed on. We would prefer the car-to-car communication to be cloud based in order for us to build smart solutions. In the US there is a proposal on legislating the car-to-car sharing and wifi standard. If introduced, that would have a major impact on the industry.”

What opportunities are you looking for in Lund and Skåne?

”Solutions for driver identification and sensors, both within and outside the car.  We need solutions to identify the different drivers so that it is possible to predict and plot a route adapted for that person. The goal is for the car to learn the patterns of the different drivers, so that they don’t have to change the settings every time. Machine learning is important for the experience.”

Join us at the next Future Transportation Square

The last Tuesday of the month we gather at Business Lounge in Beta House, Scheelevägen at 08:30. See all details here.