The development of Ideon came as a result of the 1970s restructuring in the Skåne business community. Ideon was founded by a collaboration between Lund University, the then Malmöhus county, Lund municipality and the business community.
County Governor Nils Hörjel is one of Ideon’s central founders. He secured an investment of 110 million SEK from IKEA. Ikano’s CEO Ingemar Gustafsson was crucial in the implementation and Ikano became the dominant property owner of Ideon in the beginning.
Other important co-creators of Ideon are County Direct Lennart Linder-Aronsson and Sven-Thore Holm, the first CEO for Ideon Science Park.
Some of the first companies in the park were Ericsson, ABB and Axis Communications
In 1988, Ideon had 100 companies in the park.
In 1990, there are over 100 companies in the park and around 1000 people working here. Technologies like biotech and data dominate among the new companies.
In 1993, there was a report from the School of Economics at Växjö University that showed that Ideon Science Park had generated over 2000 new jobs. At this time, Ericsson has 250 employees and uses the entire Alfa-building.
Prominent companies in the 90’s were Probi, Qliktech, Ericsson (Bluetooth), Framfab (internet services) and Cellavision.
Gertrud Bolin has been CEO of Ideon from 1999 to 2003 and Hans Möller becomes new CEO in 2003.
On September 30th, 2004, the incubator Ideon Innovation is officially opened! The first registered company in the incubator was Mip Technologies.
In 2006, the Ideon foundation was founded, on initiative from Sven-Thore Holm, Hans Möller and Lennart Prytz. Among the 500 investors, you could find Ingvar Kamprad and Erik Penser.
In 2008, Ideon celebrates 25 years of innovations and invite crown princess Victoria, who visits Bonesupport as one of the Ideon companies.
In 2008, there are over 250 companies in the park with over 3000 employees in total.
In March 2011, Ideon Agora, the innovation house, is inaugurated. Here, all the innovation support for startups and scaleups are all togehter in one building.
2012, Ideon Open is started, an accelerator for large companies looking to discover new innovations or to get help in solving challenges in a new, entepreneurial way.
In 2013, Ideon Science Park celebrates 30 years and since the start, 10.000 jobs have been created at Ideon. Technology from Ideon is used by million of people every day. 2013 firar Ideon 30 år och sedan starten har det skapats 10.000 arbetstillfällen på Ideon. Teknologi från Ideon används av miljontals människor varje dag. Teknologi från Ideon räddar också liv. I ett nyhetsreportage från Australien i september 2013 berättas om tvåbarnsmamman Vanessa Tanasio som var kliniskt död i 42 minuter men som räddades till livet av HLR-maskinen LUCAS 2 från Physio Control (tidigare Jolife). Ideon concists of 350 companies with around 2.700 employees.
The same year, 2013, the new building Ideon Gateway is officially opened. At this time, there are four incubators working in the park; Ideon Innovation, The Creative Plot, LIFT and VentureLab.
Move to 2016 and we’ll see another expansion of the park, when Castellum and Vasakronan joins Wihlborgs as owners of the park, which now concist of 400 companies with around 9.000 co-workers. Mia Rolf becomes the new CEO of Ideon the same year.
In 2018, Ideon celebrated 35 years of innovations! The same year, it was announced that Ideon is an official partner of UNOPS.