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

To the Ideon Instagram account

 

Follow Renjer behind the scenes – Instagram takeover

September 7, 2018Startups, WeAreIdeon

#INSTATAKEOVER │ Next week, the startup Renjer will take us behind the scenes when they take over our Instagram account. We talked to co-founder Alex Kirchmaier to find out more about who they are and what they will be showing us.

What can you tell me about Renjer? Who are you?

We are Alex Kirchmaier, Tim Schulz and Anton Vänskä, three former students of Lund University who are now running the startup Renjer at VentureLab. We have developed wild jerky snacks from reindeer, elk and deer and we recently signed a contract with a private investor from Germany, which will help us scale up our production.

How did you come up with your idea?

Tim came to Lund to study Entrepreneurship, and initially thought he would end up in a team developing an application or a website, as most entrepreneurs do nowadays. When he had to come up with a list of business ideas, a phone call with his father reminded him of a previous holiday in northern Sweden where he had tried some fantastic dried reindeer. Without taking this idea too serious however, he put it on his list and a few days later pitched it to his peers in class. Right afterwards, Anton and Alex approached him, since they found this idea interesting, even though it seemed a bit quirky at first. The three of them made a few experiments with reindeer meat and soon decided that reindeer jerky is a unique product and so delicious that it should not be kept from the market. And so the story of Renjer began…

You are a part of the student incubator VentureLab here at Ideon,what’s it like?

It’s great, we can share ideas and get feedback from others. We love the spirit and energy here!

What will you be showing us on Instagram next week? 

We will show you more of what we do, how we work and maybe even take you along on a tasting as well!

Find out more about Renjer

Follow Renjer on our Instagram here

Sweden is hot right now! A summer greeting from our CEO Mia Rolf

June 28, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

The weather in May was extraordinary. Sunny and hot, giving us the feeling that there are no cares in the world. The same goes for the business climate in Sweden. Swedish export companies are working on high steam and in the development sector, our pool of software and IoT competences has never been hotter or more sought after. Yes – there might be a risk the well is drying out, but right now we are all feeling pretty good!

Mia Rolf och Yasemin Arhan Modéer
Mia Rolf and Yasemin Arhan Modéer at the Yes Day 2018

In fact, one factor that can stop our companies at Ideon Science Park from growing is the lack of senior software developers. This is one of the few clouds in the sky moving into the summer vacation time. This is why we are so proud of the cooperation with Lund University, Region Skåne, Arbetsförmedlingen, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and Region Blekinge, where we attract incoming academics and give them a University level fast track education within different areas of programming, project and job culture skills and some Swedish/English skills, and then put them into internship in the companies in and around the park. If you are interested in these internships candidates, just let us know.

Many international delegations – a chance at new partnerships and markets

I am happy to receive lots of interest from international delegations, looking to Sweden and Ideon Science Park for the best innovations and innovation ecosystem in the world. We try to match make with as many of you as possible, I hope you notice our efforts to help you find international partnerships and markets.

From startups to gigants – they are all here

I am also happy to see the increase in female entrepreneurs in the park, due to the thorough work from Ideon Innovation on inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship. I am just as proud to see that creative connections between startups and large corporations are becoming a standard when reaching for innovation success though the method open innovation. Something that Ideon Open, including the WIN organisation, is working hard with every day. Together, we have an assignment from the Swedish Energy Agency to find and push for more energy related innovations, so if you are developing one of those, you might be hotter than ever right now! Please contact Olof Blomqvist to make sure you are on the hot list!

To conquer the future you need partnerships

At the end of May we had a crowded event called Visioning the Future, where some of our larger companies in the park shared their visions of the future. Karin Stigbahr, our Communications Manager, made an excellent reflection over this day, that was published with IASP, the global association of Science Parks, you can read it here – You can’t survive tomorrow without partnerships.

Let’s keep the heat going

All in all, the sun is shining on us, let’s make the most of it! We all deserve a nice break now, with friends and families. But in August, when we meet again, let’s all keep this heat going! In order to stay hot you need to keep the energy level up. We hope you feel that there is no better place to be than right here, if you want to change the world.

Have a great summer! Stay hot!

Mia

35 years since the start of Sweden’s first science park

June 11, 2018Ideon35, News, WeAreIdeon

On June 9th, 1983, the groundbreaking for Sweden’s first Science Park – Ideon – took place! The area, Pålsjö meadows, looked very different then, as the name hints, it was mostly meadows and farmland.

The groundbreaking was made by Gun Hellsvik, chairman of Lund Municipality, Nils Hörjel, Governor of the County Administrative Board of Skåne and Nils Stjernquist, principal of Lund University.

Since then, the park has grown and today we are 400 companies and 9000 sharp minds working on creating the future, together!

Meet our Mentors – Staffan Gestrelius, co-founder of Qliktech

June 4, 2018Ideon35, News, WeAreIdeon

Ideon Science Park has been mentioned as one out of 13 brain belts where the smartest people in the world live and work. Let´s make even more use of that! With the Ideon Mentorship Program we want to connect the experienced leaders in the park with entrepreneurs who want to learn how to grow their business. The mentors, the experienced leaders, have serious scale-up skills to teach and important connections to offer to the right mentee. By helping each other they can both grow and who knows – it could be the start of something fantastic! Here is your chance to get to know one of our amazing mentors – Staffan Gestrelius – a bit better.

Staffan Gestrelius
Staffan Gestrelius

Staffan Gestrelius has a Master of Science degree in Technical Physics and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Lund. After 10 years at the university and another 10 years at big companies Gestrelius co-invented the interactive graphical interface QlikView, which led to the creation of QlikTech International AB, where he also worked as CEO for the first six years.

Staffan Gestrelius was IT Manager at Astra Draco when he founded QlikTech in 1993 with Björn Berg.
“We did a consultancy work for Astra Draco. It became such an exciting product that we could apply for a patent, “says Staffan Gestrelius to Sydsvenskan in an article from 2010.

Qliktech expanded, but much of the revenue came from consulting work.
“The most critical point was the mid 1990s. For many years, when we carried out the balance between developing and providing us with consultancy work, Staffan Gestrelius says in the article.

In 2001, Staffan founded the company Capish and now serves as Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board. Capish is a software company developing innovative products for data integration and data exploration. He is also involved in various degree in several other companies in the region.

How it works

Each mentor will offer a total of ten hours of mentoring during 2018 and to win the award – two hours in a one on one meeting with each mentor – you need to compete with the winning argument of why it should be you!

You as a mentee will be responsible for booking the meetings and prepare scaleup related questions to discuss. At the end of the year, the mentee will provide Ideon with feedback about what they learned, you will also be featured in social media stories during the year.

Five lucky winners will be awarded the 35th Anniversary Mentorship Award on the evening of September 28, when we celebrate 35 years of innovations in the park.

Who can apply?

The mentorship program is open for applications for entrepreneurs who are currently at Ideon Science Park.

So what are you waiting for, apply today for the chance to a one-on-one conversation with Staffan!

Apply to the Ideon Mentorship Program

Have you tried the outdoor office at MHC?

May 29, 2018WeAreIdeon

The sun is shining, the air is warm, and you are sitting inside at an office. Why not take the next meeting outside instead? There are many cafés and inner gardens at Ideon where you can sit and enjoy the weather. One of these places is the outdoor office at MHC where they have solar panels generating electricity for your laptop (and some needed shade as well).

Grab a coffee at the café and give yourself some needed air and Vitamin D!

Utekontor MHC
The outdoor office

 

Solar panels power the electricity oulets

How to get there?

MHC is located at Mobilvägen 10 in Lund and the building is managed by Vasakronan.

The easiest way is to use the walkway/bike lane below the E22 or get of the bus at the stop Höjdpunkten.

Want to know more? Contact the team at Vasakronan!