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

Download from Google Play here

Ideon lunch app

Industry Frontiers advise companies on market opportunities in Africa

September 27, 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: Industry Frontiers

Who are you?

We are Prudence Persson, Founder and Managing Director and Peter Mafuta, Marketing Manager, based in Zambia.

What product or service do you offer?

We help get world-class products into African markets, supporting CEOs, management and sales teams with investment decisions. When it comes to winning in Africa, having the right information, contacts, connections and access to finances is key. Industry Frontiers facilitate partnerships with local partners and provides advice on funding sources for internationalization as well as providing full service marketing for high end products suitable for African markets.

How do you build the right networks?

Through meetings (conferences, seminars) and market investigations (case studies). Together with PMP Innovations, we host two annual live events – Branding Africa Conference held in Sweden and the Zambia Education Fair, a meeting point for industry leaders, academia and government keynotes including African Ambassadors accredited to the Nordic countries.

What benefits would I get from using your services?

Key contacts to buyers, suppliers and funders working with African markets.  Companies get access to a large network of government, industry and academia buyers, suppliers and other partners.

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

Marketing of our services within Ideon. If you are a company with a world-class product suitable for Africa, you are the kind of partner we are looking for!

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

Market information, contacts and marketing.

Contact Industry Frontiers

Key contact: Prudence Persson
Email: info@industry-frontiers.com
Phone: +46 703 607 623
Visit our website for more information

Storvix wants to redefine your data storage economics

September 13, 2017News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

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: Storvix

Who are you?

We are Maurizio Alpi (Managing Director), Luca Minoja (Chief Product Officer), Giuseppe Schifitto (Customer Success Manager), Sandro Mondini (Software Engineering) and Simone Salerni (Software Engineering).

What need or problem does your product or service solve?

We believe that people and organizations should focus more on what really matters to their business instead of spending precious time in the understanding and management of facilities equipment. IT devices, today, are a core aspect for all the companies, but IT managers and their team are always pressed for time. We know that the workload from Big Data and analytics are considered as primary production data and at the same time data footprints are getting larger. This scenario is posing a huge storage challenge that companies more often have to solve with an IT budget, which is always under pressure.

We can solve this issue by delivering an intelligent data management system that is optimized to manage all the data storage workload with a set-up time under 10 minutes.

What type of product do you offer?

We have designed and built an Intelligent Filer which is a storage-optimized server system empowered with an integrated and cloud-connected operating environment which uses A.I. capabilities to optimize  the management process from data protection to sharing and performance tuning.

What benefits do I get from using your product?

A superior efficiency with a very low TCO, especially compared to the traditional data storage solutions. Your IT team and supervisors will use their time in a much better way and your company will benefit from a modern approach to data storage management.

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

We are developing our new product line and any help with product and content marketing is always appreciated!

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

We can help with questions regarding computer data from management to archiving and we can also assist in almost every IT related matters and agile work process definition for tech-companies.

Contact Storvix

Luca Minoja, luca@storvix.eu, +46 739 705 050

Find out more about Storvix

Behind the scenes with VentureCup #instatakeover

September 13, 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. Next week, VentureCup will take over our account.

Hello Jonas Lundh, can you tell me a little about VentureCup?

Jonas Lundh
Jonas Lundh

Venture Cup is a non-profit organization that organizes a nationwide competition for startups and entreprepreneurs and a method of developing your business idea. The competition has two phases, during the fall we run “Idea” and during the spring “Startup”, where there are regional finals and the winners qualify to the national finals. The competition “Startup” is open for all startups that have not commercialized revenues exceeding SEK 500 000.

Tell us about the team at VentureCup South? What are your backgrounds?

-The team consists of me (Jonas Lundh), Hilde Zellman and a few student ambassadors. I have worked as an event coordinator and have arranged festivals, fairs and concerts, and used to run my own business as well. Hilde has an MBA and has a degree from the Lund School of Entrepreneurship. She has also worked as a business developer at VentureLab and is running her own business part time.

Can you tell us a little about the national finals?

-There are 15 teams from all over Sweden who are coming to Lund to compete in the national finals, on September 21st. They will be pitching to a national jury who are specially assembled for this event. During the gala in the University building, the winners will be presented and there are four categories; Student superstart, Impact maker, Game changer and Top tech. And of course, the total winner of VentureCup 2017, the Startup of the year.

-Throughout this process, the teams have been pitching before a jury, but they are also receiving training and support from VentureCup. But I want to point out that the jury focuses on the entire business idea, not just the pitch.

-The winners from the regional finals have already won SEK 50 000 each, and in the national finals, the winners of each category will receive SEK 50 000 as well. And the Startup of the year winner receives SEK 100 000. Added to that, some teams compete in more than one category, so there is a lot at stake here!

Who are previous participants of VentureCup?

-We are very proud of all of our teams. Since the start in 1998, over 27 000 entrepreneurs have competed. Some of our previous participants are Raysearch, Hövding, Najell, Scalado, Parkster and Lensway.

What will you be showing us on Instagram next week?

-We will take you behind the scenes, you’ll get to see how we are preparing for the national finals. You might get to meet some of the teams and members of the jury. Don’t miss it, it will be an intense and exciting week!

Find out more

Check out the finalists here

Don’t forget to cheer for Ideon company Vultus who are nominated in the category Student Superstart!

Follow VentureCup at our Instagram here

Students will develop methodology for early B2B and consumer tests

September 11, 2017News
Cecilia Bisgaard, Emma Bodin and Alexander Juul Størner
Cecilia Bisgaard, Emma Bodin and Alexander Juul Størner

This fall, three students from Behavioural Science and Social Anthropology at Lund University will work on finding a way of helping small and large companies approach consumers, users and markets early in the innovation process, based on behavioural studies.

-Our vision is to reduce the gap between innovator and user through early market tests, explains Cecilia Bisgaard. We are looking forward to assisting Ideon companies with our behavioral knowledge, as well as introducing and developing this new perspective on product use. Our task is to set up a service where companies can turn if they want to evaluate the consumer market in order to find out if their product or idea meet the market needs.

-This is to help our companies and other innovative organisations understand the customers better before making a big market launch, says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon. In short it is what Apple, Google and Massive Entertainment are doing; releasing early prototypes to collect quick feedback from their markets. This project is supported by professor Ulf Johansson, professor at the School of Economics and Management at Lund University, to make sure the method is scientifically sound and grounded in marketing best practices. We hope this will become one important ingredient in our future offerings here at Ideon, Mia says.

Interviews before the pilot project

To learn more about business needs, the three students will contact Ideon companies and see if there is an interest in joining a pilot project on new perspectives on product development.

-We are setting up 30 minute meetings where we are assessing companies needs and how they are working today. After that, we will start the pilot project, and this will require a bit more time from the participants, but it is free, says Alexander with a smile. The goal is to have a process that the companies can test and quickly get results back.

-If this is something you want to be a part of, please feel free to contact us for a coffee and a chat, says Emma Bodin.

The goal is to have a method developed at the turn of the year, which can then be offered to Ideon companies who want to make early user tests.

-The goal is to offer different types of consumer and user tests, says Cecilia. It may be about functionality, but also packaging, price and marketing. We will base everything on the customer’s needs and see if the offer meets them in the right way.

Contact

If you want to know more, please contact:

Emma Bodin

Cecilia Bisgaard

Alexander Juul Størner

Worried about GDPR? We have a checklist for you

August 24, 2017Guides and tips, News, Offer

In May 2018, the new general data protection regulation (GDPR) will enter into force. This might make you worried about what to do and where to start, but don’t worry, Laurita Krisciunaite from Sällberg & Co has put together a checklist that you can follow to get an overview of the work you have in front of you. So let’s get started!

The GDPR largely resembles the current personal data act, but it will also bring some changes. Even though we have had the personal data act for a long time, the management of personal data has not been ideal. This becomes quite obvious when considering that the most commonly used paragraph is called “the abuse rule”. This means that most Swedish companies, authorities and organizations now face a major change in their management of personal data.

By now you should be reviewing what actions you need to take in your organization, in order to cost-effectively and efficiently adapt your business to the new general data protection regulation. The majority of the changes that have to take place should be done before the regulation is in play (and in some cases even before additional Swedish legislation is added). Some organizations will have a lot to do, others less. For this reason, we have created a checklist that you can follow to get an overview of the work you have before you.

1. Prepare and inform the organization

A thorough analysis of the current situation is an important success factor for each GDPR customization project. Personal data management rarely belongs to the core business of a company or organization, but as it is normally done in various parts of the organization, it is simplest if the project is led by the senior executive body. The reason for this is that they have an overview of the business and can easily determine what special needs you have, what resources are available and who will take the main responsibility for the remaining work. Next, you have to make sure to inform, and to different degrees educate, the co-workers in your company.

2. Take stock and document

The next step is to review what personal data you manage in your organization. Sensitive personal data requires you to be extra meticulous in your work. Examine any personal data that adds value or is critical to your business – and that you are entitled to retain – and delete everything else. You must ensure that you are fulfilling the requirements set up in the regulation for each set of information that you wish to keep and make sure that you have a clear purpose for why the data is kept.

3. Keep you customers informed

Once you have decided what personal data you want to keep, you should inform the physical persons whose information you have stored and inform them about:

  • What rights they have
  • How you manage their data
  • Why the data is stored
  • On what legal basis you are doing this
  • How long the data will be stored

You must also inform the data subjects, whose personal information you received from someone else (for example, purchased customer lists) or if you start using information that you collected for another, prior purpose.

This may seem a bit overwhelming, but it is better to be on the safe side, since the penalty fees can reach up to 4 % of your annual turnover. If you start early, you will on addition be able keep good relations with your customers by showing them that you take responsibility for their personal information.

4. Review you collaborations

You need to review collaborations you have with other parties where you share personal data. Do you have subcontractors or do you act as a subcontractor? Make sure that you have data processing agreements in place that regulate your obligations and rights (and appropriately regulate the risks since, according to GDPR, you are jointly responsible for many incidents).

5. Set up processes for the future

The regulation places high demands on organizational and technical safety proceedings. You need to review your systems and what additional actions that will be needed to ensure compliance with the regulation. Be sure to educate your staff, create processes and internal policies on how to handle personal information within your organization, ranging from how to obtain consent to how to delete personal data.

Don’t be afraid, get ahead

Initially, the regulation may seem overwhelming, but do not be afraid of it. The most important thing is to get started early and to take action. Ultimately, it will be a battle for the customer’s trust, as much of the data management in the future will be done based on consent. By doing this job early, you can win big market shares and create much closer relationships with your customers.

Want to know more? Contact Sällberg & Co!

Sällberg & Co is an entrepreneurial business law firm. At the moment, we are focusing on helping companies, authorities and organizations to adapt their business to the new general data protection regulation. We offer courses, consulting services and a proprietary IT solution, we help you to write and review your agreements, perform GAP-analyzes and data protection impact assessments, and much more.

Together with the IT company OMMH Scandinavia and external investors, we have developed GDPR Hero. It is a cloud-based tool that will help both small and large companies, but also authorities to comply with the regulation. GDPR Hero helps you to keep records of your personal data management. You also get access to checklists, standard agreements, news coverage and much more.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more or are interested in our tool and services!

laurita.krisciunaite@sallbergco.se

daniel@sallbergco.se

Phone: +46 46 273 17 17

www.sallbergco.se

www.gdprhero.se

A quick introduction to GDPR Hero

TÜV Rheinland opens wireless lab at Ideon

June 22, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

The leading test provider, TÜV Rheinland, has expanded its global commitment to wireless communication technology by acquiring a laboratory at Ideon. The acquisition of the laboratory at Ideon also forms the basis for TÜV Rheinland’s newly established national subsidiary in Sweden. By acquiring the laboratory, TÜV Rheinland has expanded its European wireless network into four locations. In addition to the lab in Sweden, TÜV Rheinland also runs the corresponding facilities in Cologne, Nuremberg and Leek (Netherlands).

– We are pleased that the laboratory is being utilized in a global network through TÜV Rheinland, and in addition, our focus areas Future Transportation and Smart Cities gain an important boost through TÜV’s cutting edge competence. It is also an important signal that German companies monitor our Science Park and want to be present here. We further strengthen the ties to our neighboring markets, says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon Science Park.

TÜV Rheinland’s Center of Excellence

As a member of the rapidly growing LoRa Alliance, TÜV Rheinland also supports the standardization process as well as testing and certification of products before being launched on the market. To this end, the experts work with specialized laboratories for wireless communication technology and IoT products in Europe and the United States, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. This way, the test provider is always close to manufacturers and users worldwide and can offer their skills in wireless communication standards. The same applies to Silicon Valley in the United States where the test provider opened the first wireless communications technology laboratory in 1986. Together with the newly opened laboratory in Fremont, California, the facility “TÜV Rheinland’s Center of Excellence Wireless / IoT” forms the hub that performs wireless communication tests throughout North America. Like cyber security and autonomous driving, the expansion of wireless communication technology testing facilities is an example of the future digitization topics that test provider TÜV Rheinland will focus more on in the future.

About the service and the company

TÜV Rheinland is one of the leading tests and pioneers in the entire area of ​​wireless communication technology. TÜV Rheinland, for example, created the world’s first WiFi lab. The experts from TÜV Rheinland were also involved in Bluetooth technology right from the start. In addition, TÜV Rheinland is also the world leader in WiFi, Bluetooth and/or ZigBee for smart home applications, where it checks whether the corresponding devices are in accordance with the wireless communication protocols. TÜV Rheinland tests many different types of appliances and products in its laboratories in Japan and China, where most of these devices are manufactured. Further information is available at www.tuv.com and on the TÜV Rheinland platform “Connected to the Future” on the company’s future-oriented topics, Find out more here.