Ideon is full of amazing people and companies, working hard everyday to create the future. There are also fantastic organisations here who work just as hard to support all 400 companies. Here are some of them, wishing you all a merry christmas!
Greetings from Castellum, EFL – Executive Education, Connect Sverige, Ideon Innovation, Ideon Open, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship at Lund University, Innovation Skåne AB, Wihlborgs Fastigheter AB, Vasakronan, WIN Water, VentureLab and VentureCup!!
Looking back at 2018, there are some moments I will keep in my heart for a long time…
Winning a prestigious award
The year started with Ideon Science Park receiving a special award from Region Skåne, for ” extraordinary efforts to develop the business environment in Skåne” in February! It was not the Ideon team alone that was awarded, but all the entrepreneurs from the past 35 years, all the innovation support organisations and our real estate partners. I really wish you all could have been there to share the moment with us!
Celebrating #Ideon35 years with 1 000 guests
We have spent this year celebrating our 35 years of innovation based on a truly public-private partnership. Thanks to our sponsors, sharp minds and partners we were able to announce a scaleup mentorship program and the connected Sharp Minds Sessions. During Skåne Innovation Week, we arranged Visioning the Future with five fantastic Ideon companies and in September we hosted a great celebration party! In total we have hosted almost 1 000 guests at the different #Ideon35 events this year! We could not have made it without you!
Talent attraction and matchmaking for jobs
In the spirit of public-private partnerships, we have run projects and events to attract or help the talents that are essential to the companies in and around Ideon Science Park. We arranged two IT job fairs together with Arbetsförmedlingen and Lund City, with almost 4 000 visitors in total. We also hosted a Talent Matchmaking conference with 200 international Master students together with Copenhagen Capacity, four students were hired at the meetup!
We were active in starting the project MatchIT, financed by the European Social Fund. Here, immigrant academics start a programming fast track training at Lund University that concludes in a 10-week internship, and hopefully jobs. Region Skåne and Arbetsförmedlingen are also important partners in this, and we are happy to report that one of the students was offered a job before the internship period started!
Our favourite event of the year took place in November, when we arranged the second Ideon Coder Kids! Here, we welcomed 80 kids of ages 8-12 to try out programming for a day. ARM, Axis Communications, Qlik, Sony and Volvo Cars offered different levels of challenges for our super kids. All we can say is, the future is bright!
Announcing the partnership with UN (UNOPS)
In late November, the UN announced that they will set up a Global Innovation Office here at Ideon! With the help of Ideon Science Park and the Swedish innovation ecosystem they will build a global infrastructure to support innovations that are addressing the real challenges of the world, so that we can meet the goals within Agenda 2030 as soon as possible.
In addition, Ideon Innovation, our fantastic incubator, have announced that from now on, they will only accept startups that are working with products or solutions within the Global Sustainability Goals.
Female founders, open innovation, energy innovations and smarter mobility
Ideon Innovation have managed to make a remarkable difference in the structures of the innovation system in a short time, and the project the Yes Way is a large part of the explanation. The focus of the project is to develop new methods, ways of working and support for female entrepreneurs. During this fall, the applications from women increased from 10 % to 70 %!
It has been a little over a year since Ideon Open launched the corporate accelerator Beyond. And since, many new projects have been started and completed. One of the coolest projects this year was the Extreme Co-Creation Lab at Dreamhack 2018. Here, Ideon Open, together with Mionix and CEVT, explored the future gaming and mobility solutions in a new way.
During the year, we have had a close collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering LTH at Lund University, Minc, E.ON Agile Nordic and WIN to find more energy related innovations. This project is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, who wants to see a shift towards sustainable energy solutions.
We were also happy to see that the November edition of the Good Morning Lund meeting focused on the fact that Lund is becoming the new centre for smarter mobility. There is an increasing need for embedded software, new energy solutions and IoT-solutions within the automotive industry, and the competence is right here in Lund!
A glimpse into 2019
This spring, we will launch a feedback platform for innovations called PEP (Prelaunch Evaluation Platform).
We will start the Global Innovation Office together with UNOPS.
The focus of the Innovation Week in June will be on Smarter Mobility, and we will continue the Energy collaboration.
We will work with IT job Fairs, Talent conferences and MatchIT internships.
In October we will welcome the innovation ecosystems of the world to a high level conference and the theme will be “Sustainable innovations in a world of data”.
You create the future, we take care of the rest
Many of the visionary sharp minds that have been successful here at Ideon have gone through some tough times, often being called crazy for believing in an “impossible” idea. Today, we are living in their visions of the future, using the technology they imagined decades ago!
The future has to be created by someone. Here at Ideon Science Park, we are several organisations in the innovation ecosystem that work hard together every day to help the visions of the future become reality. That someone could be you. And the year of your breakthrough can be 2019!
I am looking forward to cheering you on and working together with you for another great year!
Have great Christmas Holiday! Mia Rolf
CEO Ideon Science Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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:
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
This Wednesday, Edon Ramadani was appointed Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Forza of Sweden during HBG Talks at Helsingborg Arena.
Motivation by the jury:
“With his ambitious entrepreneurship, Edon Ramadani has contributed with important aspects of sustainability on an international scale. With Edon’s entrepreneurial drive, the company demonstrates how to introduce innovative products into a traditional market and make a difference for large and small customers. The jury are in agreement that Everyday Baby and winner Edon Ramadani are an important corporate force in our time!”
The purpose of the award is to recognize entrepreneurs who have shown success on a personal and business-related level and have the ability to inspire other young entrepreneurs. All candidates have been observed by a jury group consisting of business executives who selected the finalists who truly distinguished themselves.
It’s an indescribable, magical feeling! The award is a receipt showing that you are doing the right things and that you are on the right track! I am very grateful and happy to receive the title of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018! Edon says.
Everyday Baby was founded in 2013 with the aim of making parenting easier and a bit smarter, by developing innovative and safe products in good materials such as glass, metal and silicone. Two examples of their products are a temperature-indicating glass bottle and a sunblock indicator that tells you when it’s time to reapply sunscreen. In 2017, sales were tripled and the forecast shows that sales will double in 2018. Today, the company has partners in 22 countries, such as South Korea, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, England, France, Italy, the Balkans, Scandinavia and many others.
Next week, Sweden Water Research will be taking over our Instagram account, so we took this opportunity to have a chat with Malin Nydesjö to find out more about who they are and what they do.
Hi Malin, what can you tell me about Sweden Water Research?
We’re a research company working with one of the most important things on earth: water. We started in 2014, when the municipal organisations NSVA, Sydvatten and VA SYD decided to merge their research and development activities into one research organisation. Our research focus is new, effective solutions to meet the future challenges facing the water services industry.
Can you give me an example of a typical project of yours?
Our projects are connected to the challenges and goals of our mother organizations. Some examples are securing the drinking water in a changing climate, reducing micropollutants in wastewater, and blue-green storm water solutions in the cities. Collaboration is a very important part of our work – we work with industry, municipalities, academia, cities and others.
Who are the people working at Sweden Water Research?
Today we have 15 PhD students, as well as senior researchers, project managers and administration staff.
What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?
We’ll give you a glimpse of our work, who we are and what we do. Hopefully you’ll learn a little bit more about water, what it is like being a PhD Student and all the nerdy (exciting and super interesting!) details within this field! 🙂
We love showing off our amazing companies, and next week, Zaplox will take over our Instagram account to showcase who they are and what they do. We took the opportunity to talk with Pernilla Brodd, CMO at Zaplox to find out more!
Who are you in the team at Zaplox? Are you all located here at Ideon?
My name is Pernilla Brodd and I´m the CMO at Zaplox. The amazing Zaplox team is located at Beta 5 at Ideon. We also have an sales office in New York, US.
Can you tell me a bit about your Zaplox solutions?
Zaplox offer a mobile guest journey to the hospitality industry in Europe and North America, that includes mobile check in, mobile keys, mobile check out with payment and promotions.
How did you come up with your idea? Have you worked in the hotel industry before?
Zaplox was established in 2010 and offered mobile keys to many types of facilities from the start, over time the offering has evolved into a complete mobile guest journey for hotels. Several of our employees have experience from the hospitality industry.
What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?
A lot is happening at Zaplox every week, and we will feature some of our great team members daily happenings.
During Ideon’s 35th anniversary celebration on 28 September, prizes were awarded to promising growth companies in two categories, the Ideon Stipend and Ideon’s Mentorship Program. The winner of the Ideon Stipend, Bjorkstrom Robotics, received 25,000 SEK with the motivation “The company is awarded for having developed an exciting solution, with the help of VR and AR, that may revolutionize a complete industry. Although being in its early phase the company already has strategic customers/partners and great potential. The Ideon Stipend is given to support an increased market contact.”
In addition to the prize money, Bjorkstrom Robotics also won a Changeware workshop at Rouk AB to find processes to speed up time to market.
Five winners of the Ideon Mentorship Program
The five winners of the Mentorship Program are:
Magnus Lindström, founder and CEO, Tempiro
Ofelia Madsen, CEO, BrainLit
Johan Ranefors, CEO/CTO, Glimworks
Lennart Bergström, co-founder, Sib Solutions
Anders Arkenstedt, founder and CEO, Dimon systems
The five mentors to help the growth companies scale up are Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis, Jon Hauksson, co-founder of Storytel, Charlotta Falvin, senior vice president and chairman, Pierre Elzouki, co-founder of Scalado and Staffan Gestrelius, co-founder of QlikTech. Together, they have chosen five adepts among the applicants who have stated in their application information about their growth goals, their backgrounds and arguments as to why they should win a place in the program. Each mentor will offer a total of 10 hours of mentorship in 2018 and the five adepts will receive two hours with each mentor.
“Ideon has meant a lot during my entrepreneurial journey and now I look forward to sharing my learnings through smart questions from hungry Ideon entrepreneurs,” says Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis.
“This will be an ongoing process where we match mentors with adepts and after the first five we will not have a limit on the number of adepts and mentors, but rather the interest will control the supply, “says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon Science Park.
Sharp Minds Sessions with the mentors gives everyone a chance to learn from the best
During the year, Ideon have hosted the “Sharp Minds Sessions” where mentors talk about their journey, important lessons they have taken and what they would like to share with new entrepreneurs. The next meeting will be held on November 20th where Martin Gren and Pierre Elzouki will take center stage to talk about the journey from an idea to a growing startup.
About the Ideon Stipend and Mentorship Program
The Ideon Society has stipulated the following criteria for a nomination and awards from the Ideon Stipend. The company should:
be an Ideon company (be located at Ideon Science Park)
have great growth potential
have an innovation that has a foundation in research
are in the Startup category, ie few employees, at a startup stage, no older than 5 years
show good entrepreneurship
The Mentorship Program with the five mentors starts in October and the program will continue after the turn of the year.