Volvo Cars are expanding at Ideon to develop cars for the future

December 21, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

In the fall of 2016, Volvo Cars established a research and development center at Ideon, and since then its business has grown gradually. On January 1, 2020, Volvo will take over the Delta 3 house in order to continue its development, including a test garage.

“We work towards the heart, how to build cars and the core of the systems. Volvo needs to see how the skills in Lund help to pivot towards software and now we have received a confirmation for the value of what we do,” says Volvo’s site manager Henrik Svensson to 8to5.

With Volvo at Ideon, the cars of the future are being developed, which will be connected and self-driving. Technical skills that are closer to the knowledge of neighboring companies such as Ericsson, Sony and Axis are also needed, rather than traditional vehicle clusters like Gothenburg.

There is really only one thing that could have made the conditions even better, Henrik thinks: that a competitor to Volvo established themselves in Lund, to strengthen the region’s potential as a vehicle cluster. At Ideon, there are already actors like ARM, Bosch, Continental and Terranet, as well as the cluster Smarter Mobility.

“In Lund, you have access to attractive skills that several companies demand. The proximity and good cooperation with the university is a foundation for Ideon and an exciting development is coming as a result of the major investments made in Lund. Investments in infrastructure and in world-class materials research facilities like Max IV and ESS create unique opportunities for the future,” says Ulrika Hallengren, CEO of real estate company Wihlborgs, who owns the Delta building (among others).

 

From all of us, to all of you – a very, merry christmas! 

December 14, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

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!!

 

Opening hours for the restaurants during the holidays

December 13, 2018WeAreIdeon

Planning to get some work done during the holidays? Make sure to keep the energy going! Here are the opening hours to the restaurants in the park.

Barista will be closed from December 22nd and open again on January 7th.

Bricks will be closed December 27-28 and open for lunch January 2-4 as usual.

Restaurant Edison will be closed December 27-28/12 and opens again for regular schedule on January 2nd.

Restaurant Hilda will be closed from December 22nd and open again January 7th.

Restaurant Paolo’s will be closed from December 22nd and open again January 7th.

Restaurant NorthEast will be open during the holidays from  17:00-22:00 on weekdays, later on weekends.

Scotland Yard restaurant and café will be closed December 27-28. The café will be open between 7:30-15:30 January 2-4.

Happy holidays!

What a year! A Christmas Greeting from our CEO Mia Rolf

December 12, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

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

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

 

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

Finding effective solutions to meet future challenges facing the water industry – meet Sweden Water Research

October 18, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

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! 🙂

Find out more about Sweden Water Research

Follow along on Instagram here

How to create an engaging mobile guest experience – behind the scenes with Zaplox

October 5, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

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?

Pernilla Brodd, CMO, Zaplox
Pernilla Brodd, CMO, Zaplox

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.

Find out more about Zaplox

Follow along on Instagram

Follow Memlin behind the scenes on Instagram takeover

October 1, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

This week, Memlin will be taking over our Instagram account. We took the opportunity to ask co-founder Christian Ramel some questions about the company and the team.

Can you tell me a bit about Memlin, who are you, who’s working in the team?

Memlin is a platform for corporate event planning that turns anyone in the company into a professional event planner and puts event administration on autopilot. You can manage trainings, courses, events and seminars without excel and personal email addresses as senders.

We are 9 people working with the service; Christian Ramel, CEO, Gustav Olsson, COO, Eric Andersson, CFO, Jens Agerberg, CTO, Alexandra Wingstrand, Marketing manager, Damien Jaillot, Design and frontend, Anas KM, web development, Mickey Ngo, web development and Saurabh Naik, web development. Damien is located in France, Mickey in Vietnam and Anas and Saurabh in India.

How did you come up with the idea of Memlin? Had any of you run a company before?

It started out as a simple service for sending invitations, accepting signups and an app for fast check in of the participants with QR-codes. The name was Digiviter at first. Two years ago we decided to use the knowledge from that system and the feedback we got from early customers and build a new service from scratch, that better targets the need and newer technologies.

You are a part of Ideon Takeoff, for companies leaving the incubator. What does it mean for you to sit with other scaleup companies?

It’s a super dynamic environment and we have close collaborations with the other companies in the office. As we run very similar services and are basically in the same phase, we can use each others knowledge and get inspiration from each other.

What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?

We will show you a week in the early days of a growing SaaS company. We are still developing a lot, but are in the process of shifting focus to a more sales and market driven company.

Follow along on Instagram

Find out more about Memlin here

Behind the scenes with Everyday Baby!

September 14, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

With 400 companies in the park, it can be a bit hard to know what everybody’s doing. That’s why we ask some companies to take over our Instagram account and show us more about who they are and what they do. Next week, Everyday Baby will be taking over and because of that, we took the opportunity to ask Edon Ramadani from the team some questions!

Fredrik Persson, Edon Ramadani and Andreas Bengtsson at Everyday Baby
Fredrik Persson, Edon Ramadani and Andreas Bengtsson at Everyday Baby

What can you tell me about the team at Everyday Baby? Who are you?

Everyday Baby was founded by Edon Ramadani, Andreas Bengtsson and Fredrik Persson. We met each other while studying International Marketing and Sales back in 2008 and we quickly became friends. All the three of us shared the same love and passion for Business and Entrepreneurship. A funny fact is that none of us was a parent when we founded Everyday Baby, and today we have two children each!

How did you come up with your idea?

Me, Andreas and Fredrik, all have a few things in common: an active lifestyle, a great interest in family life and the love of trips to beautiful places. On a lovely sandy beach, we sat in our sun chairs enjoying our trip. We observed a family of two children who had just come down to the beach. We saw the dad heating a baby bottle at the beach bar, but patiently had to wait with his sad baby because the bottle had become too hot. The father tried to both taste and feel the bottle, but could not really tell if the temperature was right. The mother was chasing the oldest child who just wanted to play and swim in the ocean. It was a struggle for her to put on the sunscreen. We discussed how life would change if we became parents ourselves. This became the seed that made Everyday Baby, and the idea that we would work with products that reduce as much stress as possible for families.

We think that if possible, we should focus on what brings joy and love and continue to live a wonderful active lifestyle. Moving forward a few years and we are all dads and still live an active life with our families and our company baby. At this time, we had launched several products that facilitate everyday life for families; SunHero makes the beach days easy when you know that the children will not get burnt in the sun. Feeding bottles and temperature bands in safe materials that keep track of the temperature of the milk. Bath mats that show the right temperature in the bathtub and make sure the children do not slip – everything is perfectly designed to take with you on trips or to friends. Everyday Baby is not the solution to everything, but it’s an important step closer for parents to continue living their active lives with the extra love and joy that children give. That’s what Everyday Babe strives for!

What types of products do you make and sell?

Our mission is to create innovative and safe products for the conscious parents who value safe materials, new thinking, design and functionality.

Some of our products:

  • Temperature Sensing Glass Baby Bottles – The bottles are the lightest glass bottles on the market, they are protected with an Innovative Thin Silicone Coating that prevents the bottle to splinter and also indicates by changing colour when the formula is too hot to drink.
  • Sunscreen Indicators – Small, Round and very Thin plasters that you put on your skin and that shows when to re-apply a new layer of sunscreen by changing colour.
  • Anti-slip Bathmats – Indicates by changing colour when the bathwater is too hot for your baby and they also prevent your baby from slipping in the tub.
  • Feeding line (Silicone Suction Plate, Silicone Suction Bowl, Silicone Spoon, Stainless Steel Cutlery, Silicone Bib and more…) based on good materials, beautiful design and functionality. We say NO to Plastics!

What will you be showing us next week on Instagram?

We will be showing our preparations for the Kind+Jugend Fair in Cologne, which by the way is one of the worlds biggest fair for baby products. We will load the truck on Monday with our products and marketing materials and leave Lund for Cologne.

Then, from Thursday to Sunday we will be standing in our booth and meeting distributors, partners and retailers from all over the world, and we’ll take you along on Instagram!

More about Everyday Baby

Everyday Baby is one of the five companies nominated for the Ideon Stipend 2018 and the winner will be announced on our celebration on September 28th.

You can find out more about Everyday Baby on their website

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