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companies since the start

Ideon has been home to over 1 200 companies through the years!

Ideon was started!

Ideon was the first Science Park in Sweden and we are forever changing and growing!

International delegations

We welcome over 50 delegations from all over the word every year

LUND INNOVATION DISTRICT

The city of Lund has a long history of being positive towards innovation. University and industry partnerships have led to a range of innovations being born here.

Lund has a strong base in science and innovation. It was chosen by 17 countries to be the home of the future European Spallation Source (ESS). This will revolutionise manufacturing by generating new and smarter materials.

The city is planning a new district (Lund Northeast) around ESS and the Max IV Laboratory, located close to Ideon Science Park. This district will be a test bed for sustainable living solutions and innovation. It will also be home to over 40,000 people, hopefully from all over the world.

Other planned building includes Science Village Scandinavia and a new tramway. The latter will connect the city centre, Ideon Science Park, Lund Northeast, Science Village Scandinavia, Max IV and ESS.

The city of Lund is constantly working towards its vision “creating the future – with knowledge, innovation and openness”. Ideon Science Park is proud to be part of the creation of an exciting future, both locally and internationally.

Together with our partners, we work hard every day to make this the best place to be if you want to change the world!

Curious about products and solutions have been invented at Ideon Science Park and in Lund? Take a peak at some great innovations from Lund here!

Our Focus areas

FUTURE TRANSPORTATION

Connectivity, Autonomous vehicles, electrification and car sharing, all major trends that are shaping the future of transportation. This will also have a major impact on city planning.

Volvo Cars, LOGE, TerraNet, Bosch and Sigma Connectivity are some companies working with solutions for Future Transportation here at Ideon.

Find more companies working with Future Transportation at our Company List »

SMART CITIES

The area of Smart Cities is wide and spans everything from sustainable solutions, lighting, sensors and big data to social entrepreneurship and behavioural studies.
At Ideon, we support our companies in their effort to grow their business in this area, but we are also trying to connect them with each other, key players and decision makers, and cluster organisations like WIN, Packbridge and Future by Lund.

Ericsson, Combain, Sensefarm, Sony and Bosch are some of the companies working with solutions for Smart Cities here at Ideon.

Find more companies working with Smart Cities in our Company List ».

Smart Materials

We have chosen a broader interpretation of Smart Materials, not only being material that changes properties as a result of external input, but also including new materials and new applications, as there is a need for materials that are lightweight, have certain functionalities, performances or easy maintenance as well. 3D-printing and prototyping are a major part of this focus area.

In this area we also include the research on how to use certain materials, such as the research conducted at MAX IV and in the future at ESS as well. Read more about these facilities at World Class Labs »

ESS, MAX IV, Lund University, Big Science Sweden, RISE, Dassault Systems, Serstech and Ideon Open are some of the companies working with Smart materials. We are also working closely with cluster organisations like Packbridge and IUC South.

Find more companies working with Smart materials here ».

HEALTHTECH

We focus on what Healthtech can do and how it can be used by healthcare system and patients. This area includes web based connections with doctors and pharmacists, smart watches to monitor your health, AI to spot potential risk groups, robots, 3D printed exoskeletons and much more.

We have 70 companies within life science and 30 of them focus on Healthtech. AppInMed, BoneSupport, Sigma Connectivity, Tendo and Exini are some of the companies working with Healthtech.

Find more companies working with Healthtech here ».

the success of a long term private-public partnership

Born in 1983, when the shipping industry crisis was paralysing the south of Sweden, Ideon Science Park made a huge difference in society´s faith in the future. Through science, innovation and commercialisation, the park would lift the labor market in southern Sweden to a whole new level and create job opportunities through supporting business growth.

In fact, the region including Malmö, Lund and especially Ideon Science Park, is now one of 13 brain belts where the smartest people in the world live and work, according to authors Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker in the book “The Smartest Places on Earth”. 

From the start, Ideon has been a result of a public-private partnership, including Lund University, the County Administrative Board Skåne, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden, the private industry and real estate owners. The diverse constellation was important and has been kept and developed ever since.

Our organization

Today, Ideon Science Park (Ideon AB) is owned by real estate owners Wihlborgs, and Castellum.

The board of directors include Lund University, Lund Municipality, Chamber of commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden, the County Administrative Board Skåne and the owners. The organisation report SUN, a trust created by the original founders, which is a non-profit organisation.

The Ideon Science Park brand contains a few supporting brands; Ideon Open, Ideon Innovation, Ideonfonden and Ideon Center, and we work closely together as a team to ensure the mission; helping companies grow and to and increase the employment in the Region.

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One of 13 brain belts 

Ideon and Lund have a long tradition of creating innovations within life science, software/IoT, telecommunications, energy and new materials. The establishment of neighbours like MAX IV, ESS and Science Village Scandinavia will contribute to secure the availability of experts even further.

If you are looking for talents that can take your business to the next level, you’ve come to the right place!

Ideon is mentioned as one of thirteen brain belts where the smartest people in the world work and live in the book “The Smartest Places on Earth” by authors Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker.

Best place to do business

Ideon Science Park is one of the reasons why Greater Copenhagen is a world class science and business region. The well established private-public partnerships is another. As well as fantastic Universities and research institutions. 

Great test beds and partners

In and around Ideon Science Park you will find opportunities to test your technology at top quality test beds. Lund City is positive to innovation testing and offer an IoT testbed with a LORA network, running through great parts of the city, including Ideon Science Park.

Recently Lund City put up a test bed together with ElonRoad to test charging of vehicles via an electricity rail in the road and they are working with ESA (European Space Agency) to become a Moon City, testing space technology before it is used in space, and if it could meet challenges here on earth.

Ericsson and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) are collaboration on testing 5G internet here, just to mention a few ongoing projects.

Solve challenges at fika distance!

There is a 30% greater chance to succeed if you sit in an environment of other innovative companies. At Ideon Science Park there are 400 companies and we practice an open culture where everyone may approach anyone to ask for help – and usually gets it. We call it the Ideon Way. Ideon Science Park, Medicon Village with additionally 120 companies, the world class labs and the University are all centered in Lund North East, at so called fika distance. Which means that you may solve a challenge by simply walking over to another team of sharp minds for a coffee break. Plenty of partnerships, mergers and acquisitions have taken place over the years, between different innovative companies in the park.

Talking about coffee and distance – there are 12 restaurants and cafés in the area and more nearby. Some offices even offer free bikes to borrow for meetings a bit further away. In 2020 the tramway will be open, with two stations within the park and linking Ideon Science Park to Lund City within 7 minutes.

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