UNOPS opens global innovation centre in Sweden at Ideon Science Park

November 28, 2018News
Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director and Kjell Håkan Närfelt, Chief Strategy Officer at Vinnova
Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director och Kjell Håkan Närfelt, Chief Strategy Officer på Vinnova

UNOPS, the UN Office for Project Services have decided to open a global innovation centre in Sweden and Lund in collaboration with Ideon Science Park. The venture is funded by Vinnova. The new centre is the second science and innovation centre launched by UNOPS this year, following the launch of a similar initiative in Antigua and Barbuda. This is a part of their strategy to reach the global development goals within Agenda 2030.

“The 2030 Agenda aims to create a world that is sustainable, environmentally secure, economically prosperous and inclusive. To achieve the Global Goals we must work together – building new partnerships to innovate and deliver better value for money. The ideas of today are not enough,” said Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director.

“This new centre shows our commitment to innovation, and to help nurture better solutions for people in need across the world,” said Ms. Faremo.

Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director
Grete Faremo, Executive Director UNOPS

Ideon and UNOPS have been working over the past year to set up this collaboration and on November 27th 2018, an agreement was signed between UNOPS and Vinnova, where Vinnova will provide funding until 2022. There is a previous signed agreement between UNOPS and Ideon Science Park about the support of the establishment of the innovation centre.

“Vinnova welcomes this initiative. The mission of the centre is well aligned with Vinnova’s commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova.

Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova
Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova

This means that Swedish startups and innovation companies that are medium sized or already global will have access to a global innovation ecosystem for developing world-class innovations and at the same time connections to the UN purchasing channels.

Ideas that can change the world

UNOPS chose to establish an innovation centre at Ideon Science Park based on the park’s long tradition of developing cutting-edge innovations in Lund. Ideas that truly can and has changed the world. Ideon is also a prime example of private-public partnerships, which is how UNOPS operates and they mean is the best way to truly bring about changes in the society.

“We are incredibly proud of this mission,” says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon Science Park.

“It is a strong message that the UN has chosen our science park and Lund. Innovations from this region have already improved the world and this will give us further global leverage, knowledge and networks to help innovation companies, both within the park and nationally, to continue improving the world. I look forward to national and international collaborations through this ecosystem “, Mia Rolf concludes.

Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park

As a part of this process, Ideon Innovation, the incubator at Ideon, have decided to only accept companies who are working towards the global goals.

“For a long time, we have been alarmed by reports about climate change and how the inertia in our current systems makes it difficult to adapt to new conditions. Therefore, it is enormously gratifying that in this venture, there is a broad support for the importance of promptly changing the setup of innovation eco systems towards generating new solutions linked to the global goals,” says Anna Branten, CEO Ideon Innovation.

Anna Branten, VD Ideon Innovation
Anna Branten, CEO Ideon Innovation

How the innovation centre works

Located at Ideon Science Park in Lund, the centre’s focus area will be on cutting-edge and disruptive technology based on engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics and science, which can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and society.

UNOPS Global Innovation Centre will serve as a two-way channel between key innovation resources in Sweden, UN organizations, other UNOPS Global Innovation Centres and a global network of innovation partners.

Phase one in the establishment, which is managed by Ideon Science Park in collaboration with UNOPS, is funded by Vinnova and will include the development of a prototype for how the global innovation centre will work for the greater good of the UN and Sweden. This will be managed by local entrepreneur Jonas Michanek on assignment by Ideon Science Park.

About UNOPS

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the UN project office. UNOPS are focused on implementation, committed to UN values and private sector efficiency, and are the only part of the UN not receiving core funding from tax payers.

In total, UNOPS delivered around $1.8 billion in peace and security, humanitarian and development projects in 2017. In 2017, more than 11,000 people were working under UNOPS contracts.

Jibber wants to improve customer service online

November 21, 2018Startups, WeAreIdeon

We love to brag about our companies and show you what they offer and what they do. One way to do that is to take you behind the scenes of their every day life and to hand over our Instagram account. Next week, Jibber will be taking over, so we took the opportunity to have a chat with CEO Fredrik Broberg.

Hi Fredrik, what can you tell me about Jibber, what do you do?

Jibber is a customer chat that simplifies sales, marketing and customer service on your website and comes with several smart features.

Who’s working at Jibber, what’s your background? How did you meet?

We are currently seven people working at Jibber! The team consists of Fredrik Broberg (CEO), Tuan Nguyen (CTO), Andy Trinh (Developer), Christofer Huynh (Developer), Lovisa Nordström (Marketing), Wilhelm Ewe (Design) and our intern for the next four months – Dariola Pas (Sales).

We met each other through friends and recommendations!

How did you come up with the idea?

A few years ago I (Fredrik) was working with another startup. Soon though, I came to realize that there was a need for a user friendly and affordable chat service on the Swedish market for websites. I decided that I would give it a try and consequently started Jibber.

You were part of Ideon Innovation, what did it mean for you to be part of an incubator?

The incubator gave us the necessary tools and contacts we needed grow our team and consumer base.

What are the future plans for Jibber?

To grow our team!

We are also planning for new features and to improve our service so that we can take our service to other markets outside of Sweden.

What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?

Our daily life at Jibber with everything that it entails, our service that we are very proud of, a few new feature releases that our customers have been looking forward to, customer meetings and so on.

Follow along on Instagram here

More about Jibber here

 

Ideon and Lund will host the High Level Forum for Leading Innovation Ecosystems in 2019

November 14, 2018News

The High Level Forum (HLF) is an international Forum devoted to  “Leading Innovation Ecosystems” and  managed by the Grenoble Innovation Campus GIANT. This annual event is attended by an international community of High Level Executives – Decision and Policy makers, all deeply engaged in the management or promotion of Innovation, from the worlds of  education, research, industry, business and public authorities.

Since its birth, the High Level Forum has got the participation of 32 ecosystems from around the world which are internationally recognized as leaders in Innovation; it has now earned an increasing recognition as a truly remarkable international event devoted to Innovation.

In October 2019, Lund will host this Forum and the event will be a collaboration between Ideon Science Park, Medicon Village, Science Village, Lund City, Lund University and Sony. The theme will be “Sustainable innovations in a world of data”.

The meeting in 2019 will focus on new sustainable strategies and perspectives that innovations related to Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cybersecurity offer us, in areas such as future cities, social sciences and humanities – a smarter connected society.

The High Level Forum 2017 in Longueuil-Montréal

AURIX – young lawyers thinking outside the box

November 9, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

INSTATAKEOVER |One way to show off our fantastic companies is to hand over our Instagram account to them. Next week, you get to follow AURIX as they take over our Instagram and show you behind the scenes. We took the opportunity to talk to Oliver Titikic, CEO and Founder, to find out more about who they are! 

Hi Oliver, who are you in the team? What’s your background?

We are Oliver Titikic and Jennifer Abdulahad and we are the founders of AURIX. We also have two interns, soon to be employees. AURIX is short for Aurora from the roman mythology. We are still students at Lund university.

How did you come up with the idea of founding AURIX?

Today, small companies and individuals can find it hard to afford lawyers because of the prices. We saw a need within these groups where they are often asked to sign agreements they have not read or understood. Justice should never be a question of social class or situation. We also believe that law school is too theoretical and we would like to give ambitious students an opportunity to grow while studying.

What types of services do you offer? When can an Ideon company come to you?

We offer help to construct agreements, file trade mark applications, represent you in court, negotiate with contract parties etc.

What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?

Next week we are going to show you our days as entrepreneurs and lawyers. We will be visiting Stockholms court house to represent a client there. And, we will keep working on our cases here in Lund and of course you will be updated. Stay tuned!

Find out more about AURIX here

Follow along on Instagram here

Climathon in Lund 2018

November 7, 2018News

“Solutions to limit the climate impact of plastics” was the topic of this years Climathon in Lund. The 24 hour hackathon gathered 54 participants and was thereby one of the larger among the 113 Climathons held simultaneous all around the world.

By Olof Blomqvist, Project Coordinator – Climate-KIC, Lund University

Climathon in Lund was held at Ideon Science Park and organised by Climate-KIC, Lund University, Lund Municipality, Sysav, Ideon Innovation and Lunds Renhållningsverk. In addition to the organisers, a number of other organisations, supplying anything from speakers and experts to marketing, also supported the event. This variety of the supporters made it possible to supply the event and the teams with all imaginable help during the development of their ideas. Lund was the only City in Sweden hosting a Climathon this year.

Organisers did their best to ensure that Climathon in Lund 2018 was not just 24 hours of hard work and no sleep but also a memorable and event with nice food and engaging activities.

As for the solutions. There were eight teams presenting a great variety of solutions. Starting with the winning team the solutions presented were:

Pow(d)erfull

Powderfull team
The Powderfull team

Every year 552 million shampoo bottles are thrown away only in the US. Pow(d)erfull presents a solution to this problem that also includes large savings in transports to stores and great marketing and visibility possibility’s for existing brands. The team also made a kickass presentation!

Circle Center

Cicle Center team
Cicle Center team

As a student, and especially as an exchange student, you do not own very much stuff. However, you may sometimes want to use special items that you do not need every day, for example a baking form some camping gear or an extra madras. This team presented a solution of a Circle Center where students would get access to a large number of such items, all high quality, checked and cleaned, for a subscription fee.

GoodPack

Presenting the Goodpack solution
Presenting the Goodpack solution

Ordering takeaway food means a loot of plastic waste. GoodPack introduce a circular solution with reusable food containers. The solution includes a distribution, collection and cleaning system that makes single use plastics history.

Plastitude

The Plastitude team
The Plastitude team

Making bricks out of plastic waste is not a new idea. Plastitudes system on how to manage the process of gathering waste, providing machinery for manufacturing and using the bricks for the common good of local island communities is brand new.

Hooke´d

Hooked team
The Hooked team

Hooke´d is the sustainable shopping app that gets you hooked by providing awards for sustainable consumption choices. Creating incentives for consumers to choose more sustainable products.

Smart Plastic

Smart plastic team
The Smart plastic team

When plastic waste arrives, at a recycling centre it is all mixed and no one really knows what materials it contains. Smart Plastic changes this by applying a barcode to all plastic items. At the waist site, automatic sorters can then identify the different materials and separate them.

Textile Certification

Textile Certification team
Textile Certification team

We all want high quality textile products produced in a sustainable way. Today you may pay a lot more for a product but often find out that the quality is as low as the cheaper alternatives. What if all textiles products were by law required to go through a Life Cycle Assessment and the products not living up to standards were not allowed to be sold?

Environmental Education

Environmental Education team
Environmental Education team

The current education systems do not live up to the requirements when it comes to environmental education. The worlds over 2 billion children deserves better. The Environmental Education team came up with a master plan on how to change the education system, and thereby the future.