Saint-Gobain Ecophon accelerates innovation in partnership with corporate accelerator BEYOND

October 26, 2017News
@Ecophon, photographer: Teddy Strandqvist/Studio-e.se
@Ecophon, photographer: Teddy Strandqvist/Studio-e.se

BEYOND is a unique corporate accelerator, where several major companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products. Ecophon is a new member of the accelerator together with Inwido AB. 

BEYOND is a collaboration between RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Ideon Open. The goal is to help companies develop their business beyond the company’s existing business structures.

“I am thrilled and very proud that Saint-Gobain Ecophon joins BEYOND at Ideon Science Park in Lund from mid-October as part of our Sound Pilots initiative which approaches innovation from a wider perspective,” says Francois Michel, President, Ecophon Group.  “The origins of groundbreaking innovations are never just in the technology itself and within BEYOND we will have the opportunity to accelerate our pace of innovation and work with skilled people who have extensive entrepreneurial experience and widespread networks. Together, we will form an exciting environment for agile development, entrepreneurship and new business opportunities. All with the aim of making a difference and improving lives,” Francois concludes.

“I’m really looking forward for the collaboration with Saint-Gobain Ecophon in BEYOND,” says Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE. “It will be a success story to combine the lean startup methodology in an agile environment as Ideon Open with the power of a large technical institute as RISE. Together we will cut lead times in the innovation process and contribute to more radical innovation.”

Companies can place one or more development projects in BEYOND for up to twelve months. The teams collaborate together at Ideon Science Park in Lund, where they work with innovation specialists from RISE and Ideon Open. They also get tailor-made support for each team and can participate in joint activities and workshops such as IPR Strategy Flyover, Challenge Dojo, Customer Hearing and Tech Wiz Day as well as verifications such as Innovation Due Diligence and Translucent Innovation.

“We stand for the open entrepreneurial thinking,” says Mats Dunmar, Head Coach for BEYOND and Manager at Ideon Open. “Large companies, unlike micro companies, tend to primarily think internally. We at Ideon Open work as an intermediary for companies by getting them to seek solutions and partners externally.”

Find out more about BEYOND here

About Ecophon and the Saint-Gobain Group

Ecophon is the leading supplier of acoustic solutions, contributing to healthier indoor environments, improving quality of life, wellbeing and working performance. Today we spend 90% of our time indoors but our senses are adapted to outdoor life. Ecophon focus on bringing the ideal acoustic environments of nature into our modern indoor spaces – having a sound effect on people. The head office is located in Hyllinge, just outside Helsingborg, Sweden.

Ecophon is part of the Saint-Gobain Group, a world leader in sustainable habitat solutions. This is also one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world, constantly innovating to make living spaces more comfortable and cost-efficient. Saint-Gobain offer solutions to the major challenges of energy efficiency and environmental protection. No matter what new needs emerge in the habitat and construction markets, the future is made of Saint-Gobain.

For further questions, please contact:

At Ideon Open
Mats Dunmar, Manager Ideon Open
Phone: +46 735 120 422
Email: mats.dunmar@ideonopen.com

At RISE
Erik Ronne, RISE, Vice President Innovation at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Phone: +46 10 561 60 50
Email: erik.ronne@ri.se

At Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, CEO
Phone: +46 708 110 111
Email: mia.rolf@ideon.se

EngageSales are using gamification to increase employee engagement and motivation

October 25, 2017News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of  startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: EngageSales AB

Who are you?

My name is Senol Efendi and I am the founder of EngageSales.

What can you tell me about your service?

Businesses lose billions per year due to employee disengagement, which manifests itself in high employee turnover rates, poor productivity, low team morale, inconsistent performance, loss of focus and below average work. On the other hand sales employees feel they are not recognized and rewarded for their performance, there is no visibility and transparency in their efforts as well that short and long term business goals are not set properly.

Our platform enables companies to implement advanced gaming concepts in order to increase employee engagement and motivation.

EngageSales software provides the ability to take the fun and addicting elements of games and apply them to real-world activities. It also helps to reward and recognize employees for different activities or achievements using different methods.

What benefits would I get from using your product?

EngageSales is a global provider of sales performance management and gamification software helping companies with:

  • Competition – Raise the stakes by showing users how they compare to their peers in real time.
  • Collaboration – Create energy by connecting players to complete tasks and share their achievements.
  • Recognition – Recognize accomplishments and give the feeling that performance is noticed and appreciated.
  • Motivate – Provide the perfect encouragement your reps need by rewarding strength and providing constructive feedback.
  • Reward – Motivate players to catch up and outperform their peers by publicly rewarding performance.
  • Coach – Get your sales reps focused on the right KPI’s and open multiple communication channels for your teams.

What kind of partners or help do you possibly need from other Ideon companies?

We finished our MVP / first version and would be happy to get our first trial customers.

Any Ideon company having a sales team is welcome to use and try our platform for free as trial customers.

What kind of support or help could you offer other Ideon companies?

We can help with product trials and participate in conferences or seminars related to sales enablement, gamification and employee recognition.

Contact Engage Sales

Email: senol.efendi@engagesales.com

Phone number: 0761860206

Visit engagesales.com

It’s as important to listen as to not listen – founder of Najell talks about their first five years

October 18, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

Next week, Najell takes over our Instagram account. Since they also celebrate five years this fall, we took the opportunity to have a chat with one of the founders, Niklas Najafi.

Niklas-Najafi-Najell
Niklas Najafi

You celebrate 5 years, how did you get started?

– My brother had gotten his first child and one night, my wife and I were trying to put their girl to sleep for the night. She could only fall asleep if we carried her, but every time tried to put her down in her bed, she woke up. Me and my wife started talking with other parents and realized that many had the same challenge, we saw an opportunity to solve this problem. From this, SleepCarrier was born, which is still our most popular product. In connection with that, I began to look around for support on how to start a company and got in touch with Ideon Innovation, where I joined the incubator program in in 2013.

– During the first year I focused on product development and started selling in the summer of 2014. It took a lot of time to build a network and find suppliers and manufacturers. The good thing about Ideon Innovation was that there were many entrepreneurs who were very active and dedicated, we supported each other.

SleepCarrier
SleepCarrier

Who else is working in the company?

– We are two full-time employees, myself and Anna Lagesson. We also have a trainee and we are looking to hire a resource to work with our marketing and communication.

What does the process look like when you are developing your products?

– Our product development is an open process. We include industry designers and architects, but also ask families as early as possible to test our ideas. At this point it is good to listen and to not listen, as we have to make the final decision ourselves about what will be a good product.

– One example is how we worked with our Baby Carrier that was released this spring. The process was quite similar to that when we developed SleepCarrier, we talked to parents to understand their challenges in carrying their child. Most responded that carriers were difficult to use and did not provide sufficient weight distribution. We started to look at what we could improve, and from there came our Baby Carrier. Our goal is to create things that are decidedly better than what is available on the market.

What have these past five years been like?

– The biggest challenge is to be able to manage a big and complex business with few resources. We sell to 18 markets and to be able to do it all with a small team is tough. The rewards come when we meet our customers and hear that they love our products!

Do you have any advice for those who are considering starting a business of their own?

– My advice is to focus on the calculation. If the business does not look great in your simplest calculations, find something else to focus on. Everything will take longer than you think, so unless the deal looks good from the start, it will be difficult. But if the forecast looks good, well then you’re well on your way.

– Zlatan has said; you should listen and not listen at the same time. You will meet many people who will tell you what to do, so pick and choose what you take to heart. You have to listen to yourself and find your own way, it is after all your business.

– Don’t forget to have fun while you work! This important, because it’s tough and will take time, so make sure that you are having fun in the meantime.

What does the future look like?

– Our main focus is on expanding our market, we want Najell to become a well-known brand among parents. This will allow us to grow and create more products.

What will you show us next week at Instagram?

– We will show a fairly typical week at Najell. We exhibit at a fair, have a photo session and of course work with sales and marketing. Welcome to follow us next week!

Find out more about Najell here

Follow Najell on our Instagram Account

Soreco wants to make it easier for companies to understand and fulfill all types of rules and regulations

October 11, 2017Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of  startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: Soreco AB

Who are you?

We are Ingemar Thulin and John Berntsen, co-founders of Soreco.

What product or service do you offer?

Our cloud based tool creates full awareness and status regarding product compliance. To simplify, we are keeping track of our customer’s regulatory product requirements (Declaration of Conformities) and if any legal rule and/or requirement is updated, the registered user for that product will get a notification.

The system we are currently working on is a requirement tracker tool. Here you can keep track of all your products that are being sold within different markets. You can get a notification 6-12 months before some regulatory requirement is released. Another benefit of our system is that it includes 100% free to searches in our regulative database and users will get the latest info without any cost.

This means that if you are a startup company you will have the possibility to create a compliant and CE marked product through the Soreco search tool. Soreco AB’s vision is to make it easier for companies to understand and fulfill all types of rules and regulations, help to make the products they deliver be better and healthier for both users and environment, all for the greater good.

What benefits would I get from using your product?

You can sleep well and be know that all products sold under your responsibility are fully compliant towards the latest set of rules and standards. We map product requirements towards our own developed and continuously updated database, making sure that you can focus on your core business.

What kind of partners or help do you possibly need from other Ideon companies?

UI/web/cloud design, database management and legal requirements within MedTech.

What kind of support can you offer to other Ideon companies?

Type approval knowledge and CE marking support, in other words: SOcial and REgulatory COmpliance.

Contact Soreco

Email: info@soreco.se

Phone number: +46 703 192 531

Website: www.soreco.se

A unique corporate accelerator for large companies is started by Ideon Open and RISE – BEYOND

October 6, 2017News

BEYOND is a unique corporate accelerator where several major companies share the same environment and are coached in working with lean startup methods to find new business models and products. The initiative is a collaboration between RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Ideon Open, the Open Innovation experts at Ideon Science Park. The goal is to help companies develop their business beyond the company’s walls and existing business structures. BEYOND starts in mid-October and at the start there are teams from three companies on site, one of which is Inwido AB.

– We are in the middle of a transformation at Inwido, where we go from a traditional industry to being part of the digital era with new demands and needs from the end-user. We see how important it is for us to be in the creative environment at Ideon, where we can develop our resources and meet other skills and ideas that can cross-fertilize our team and qualify us for new business, says Johan Ambuhm, VP Business Development and Digital Solutions, Inwido AB.

The accelerator is specifically designed to help companies develop their ideas into sustainable new business models by working on entrepreneurial methods challenging the company’s existing structures and business models. After an evaluation of the maturity level of the project, clear goals are set for the team to work towards.

– Many big companies are starting their own accelerators because they realize that they need to develop their existing business models or find brand new ones. The big difference with BEYOND is that we are experienced in lean the startup methodology and know how to run projects involving multiple players through open innovation to achieve brand new results, explains Mats Dunmar, Head Coach for BEYOND and Manager at Ideon Open. The teams are coached by us and RISE, but can also exchange ideas and be inspired by what the teams from other companies are working on, “Mats continues.

Companies can place one or more development projects in BEYOND for up to twelve months. The teams sit together at Ideon Science Park in Lund, where they get coaching from RISE and Ideon Open. They also get tailor-made efforts for each team and can participate in joint activities and workshops such as IPR Strategy Flyover, Challenge Dojo, Customer Hearing and Tech Wiz Day as well as verifications such as Innovation Due Diligence and Translucent Innovation.

– RISE contributes to BEYOND with a significant part of the joint innovation infrastructure in Sweden, says Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE. With more than 2,000 researchers within almost all technical areas, RISE can help the project teams with technical adaptations. With 130 test beds, RISE can test new products and as a leading player in certification, standardization and validation, RISE can help understand the requirements that must be fulfilled to reach out with a product globally. Combining an agile startup environment such as Ideon Open with a wide polytechnic institute offers the best opportunities in BEYOND.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ideon Open
Mats Dunmar, Manager Ideon Open
Phone: +46 735 120 422
Email: mats.dunmar@ideonopen.com

RISE
Erik Ronne, RISE, Vice President Innovation at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Phone: +46 10 561 60 50
Email: erik.ronne@ri.se

Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, VD
Phone: +46 708 110 111
Email: mia.rolf@ideon.se

Links

More information about BEYOND: http://BEYONDcorporatelimits.com/

More information about Ideon Open: http://www.ideonopen.com/

More information about RISE: https://www.ri.se/

How smart can smart living be?

October 4, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

Reflections after meeting the leading innovation ecosystems of the world

By Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

At the High-Level Forum for Innovation Ecosystems, #HLF_2017, delegations from 23 countries from all over the world met around the theme “Innovation and smart living”. Prominent guest speakers were Yoriko Kishimoto, former Mayer of Palo Alto and Professor Paul Lewis, professor of Urban Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at Université de Montréal – Québec – Canada. The delegation from Lund-Sweden included, apart from Ideon Science Park, leaders from Lund University, Lund Municipality, Innovation Skåne, Science Village, Medicon Village, Kraftringen, Siemens and Skanska.

Being a strong group from Lund amongst the 120 delegates, we were able to follow several panel discussions as well as joined activities staged for networking during three days.

Lund Delegation HLF
Lund Delegation, HLF

First of all, I have to reflect on the fact that the definition of a smart city or smart living is different depending on where you come from. In Lund, it may be a connected test arena for applications and services, or reusing waste energy from a neutron lab (ESS) to heat a part of the city, as presented by Sylvia Michel, CEO Kraftringen.  While in Taiwan, the main focus of the smart city was providing fossil free transportation for citizens, in a business model combining public transportation, biking and a commercial loyalty program, as presented by Hau Chen Mike Lee, Tainan, Taiwan. For Montreal, it also included controlling the city bridge lightning with data from the weather and the flow of the Montreal hashtag tweets on Twitter. Infrastructure for transportation, connected data and energy flows seem to be common themes, but where do the limits go for calling something smart living or a smart city? And are we all not just trying to drive a change into a new more digital and environmentally friendly paradigm? So, in the future, will all cities be smart? If so, what do we call them?

At least we agreed on one thing. The users, the citizens, are the centre of the solutions. They are the ones to use them, and many times are expected to change their behaviour in doing so. The citizens thus need to be more involved in the planning, creation and implementation of a Smart city. This was stated several times during the meetup. Looking around me, I saw representatives from the innovation ecosystem in the shape of leaders of Universities, Science Parks, City government, large corporations, Regions and Incubators. Missing from this think tank – as so often when we discuss science –  was the user herself. Perhaps it would be impossible to add a regular man or woman from the street, but there are scientists that do nothing else but to study people – the behavioural scientists and the social anthropologists. My suggestion to the next High-Level Forum was to invite them to the meeting. In fact, that is exactly what is needed in our own Science Park and we have started by bringing in behavioural science students to help our engineers find the best way to test their ideas in the development process. Smart living – no matter how sophisticated – will not happen without the people willing to be living smart.

Finally, I want to emphasize the feeling of hope that was conveyed during these days. The entire world is trying to change to the better. We are all very aware of the climate challenges, the health challenges and the UN goals for humanity, and all ecosystems of the world are trying to create a better tomorrow. The unifying force in this leaves me with hope and a feeling that if we wanted we could even reach world peace through the friendships we create.

 

Why EVERYONE needs to learn about pitching

October 4, 2017News

Need – You have a great idea, product, service or want to get ahead in your career. How do you do it? Pitching, of course! Pitching is NOT only about asking investors for money. This is a bad myth and it will be proven wrong during this series!

Approach – The Ideon Innovation Pitch Series is 4, one hour long lessons/workshops held during normal lunch time. You will learn exactly what a pitch is, how to use it to achieve your goal, practice and get comfortable with creating and delivering an effective pitch.

Benefits:

  • Move an idea forward
  • Increase sales or get started selling
  • Gain confidence in communicating and achieving your goal (it can be different for each pitch)
  • Learn how the process of what you will learn about pitching can help you in many other areas
  • Get out of the pitch only for investment mindset
  • Lunch! Yes, lunch is included in the price!

Here are the important details:

  • When: November 7th, 14th, 21stand 28th, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Where: Ideon Agora in The Square
  • Price: 495kr ex moms, including lunch!

This Ideon Innovation Pitch Series benefits entrepreneurs, employees, founders, students, teachers, CEO’s, well, EVERYONE can benefit from this. Don’t miss out!

Sign up here

Behind the scenes with Malmö Yrkeshögskola #instatakeover

October 2, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

With 400 companies and organisations at Ideon, it is difficult to keep track of what everyone is doing. We want to make it easier for all of us to get to know one another by inviting you behind the scenes. Every other week, one company will take over our Instagram account and share their working life with you. This week, Malmö Yrkeshögskola and their program Advanced Programming for iPhone and Android, will be taking over our Instagram.

Hello Claes Magnusson, Principal, can you tell me a little bit about Malmö Yrkeshögskola and the course you have at Ideon?

– Malmö Yrkeshögskola is an advanced vocational college with education at post upper secondary levels, approved and financed by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education and approved by the Swedish Board of Study Support (CSN) for loans and grants.

– In Lund we provide a 1,5 year programme in Advanced Programming iPhone and Android, next class starts in January 2018. We also have several programmes in Malmö and in Helsingborg including Content Manager (2 year) also starting in January, and Mobile Commerce (1.5 year), Content Producer (1.5 year) and Programmer iPhone and Android (1 year) starting in August 2018.

Who are the students that attend the course?

– Students are usually 25-35 year olds, often with a previous academic degree or real skills earned through work.

Can the Ideon companies use the students for smaller projects?

– Absolutely. The students are there for the companies to use, engage and hire. They are allowed to work commercially from day one, but there is also a 20 week LIA-course, Learning in a work environment, where the learning should take place at a company or in an organisation. Please feel free to send us an email 5-10 lines (WITHOUT any business secrets), and we will forward it to our students.

What will you be showing us on Instagram next week?

– We will show what our students are working with and also some reflections from the school about how fast the digital transition is moving. There are a good reason for Learn or die® to be a registered trade mark för Malmö Yrkeshögskola.

Follow Malmö Yrkeshögskola at our Instagram

Find out more about Malmö Yrkeshögskola here

Lunch ideas from the Ideon Restaurant app

Did you know that students from the program have created an app that shows you the way to the restaurants at Ideon.

Download from App Store here

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Ideon lunch app