Ideon launches mentorship program for entrepreneurs

April 12, 2018Ideon35, News, WeAreIdeon


Ideon, Sweden’s first Science Park, celebrates 35 years during 2018 and in order to celebrate the Ideon spirit, where we all help and support each other in the park, we are now launching a mentorship program where successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders will offer advice and connections to selected entrepreneurs.

The program will be open for everyone who has a business at Ideon today and they can sign up to be a mentor or a mentee. To kick-start the program and celebrate a bit extra during the anniversary, Ideon has enlisted prominent Ideon figures to be the first mentors; Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communications, Jon Hauksson, co-founder of Storytel, Charlotta Falvin, experienced CEO and experienced board member, Pierre Elzouki, co-founder of Scalado and Staffan Gestrelius, co-founder of QlikTech.

”With the Ideon mentorship program, we want to connect the experienced leaders in the park with entrepreneurs who want to learn more about how they can grow their business. The mentors, the experienced leaders, have great knowledge to share and a large network that they can offer the mentees. By helping each other, they both grow and who knows, this could be the start of something amazing!” says Mia Rolf, CEO of Ideon Science Park.

The mentorship program with the five mentors starts in September and the program will then continue after the turn of the year, and then all Ideon employees will have the opportunity to sign up as a mentor or mentee to exchange experiences and ideas.

”Ideon has meant a lot for me on my entrepreneurial journey and now I look forward to sharing my learnings to hungry Ideon entrepreneurs asking me wise questions”, says Martin Gren.

Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs who have companies at Ideon Science Park can apply for the program, and in the application, they will write down information about their growth goals, backgrounds and reasons as to why they should win a place in the program.

Announcement of winners

Five mentees will be selected by the mentors and the winners will be presented during the Ideon anniversary party on September 28th.

Read press relase here

Find more information and apply for the program here!


Christmas greetings from our CEO Mia Rolf

December 20, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

Thank you all for a fantastic 2017 at Ideon Science Park!

At Ideon Science Park we are several organisations working hard every day to make this the best place to be if you want to change the world. As we are coming to the end of the year, it is good to look back at what has happened to make sure that we are on the right track.

Mia Rolf outside Ideon Agora
Mia Rolf

During 2017, new large corporations have moved in, like TÜV Rheinland, Schneider Electric, Volvo Cars and Continental Automotive AB. Startups like Sensative, Vultus and Tendo been awarded and garnered interest from the media. Long time Ideon companies like BoneSupport and Terranet have been listed on the stock market. And the first company to be listed on First North outside of Stockholm, was Acconeer at a meeting in Malmö!

Beyond, the unique corporate accelerator run by Ideon Open and RISE, and Ideon Takeoff; the co-working space for Ideon Innovation alumni companies, have been opened. As have the new networks Ideon Marketing and Sales and the Medicon Valley Alliance Medtech.

Beyond Opening, Ecophon
Beyond Opening

In May, Ideon Innovation organized the event Yes Day, a day focused on female entrepreneurship. Ideon Innovation is also making waves with the Yes Way, a ground-breaking initiative for creating new platforms for female ideas, networks and business building.

Audience at the Yes Day
Audience at the Yes Day

But most heart-warming this year was the event Ideon Coder Kids, where ARM, Sony, Axis and Volvo Cars together helped 80 kids between 7 and 12 years to try their hand at programming! The joy and pride of the children showing their self-made games was priceless, and the co-operation between the companies in the park was fantastic!

Ideon Coder kids 2017
Ideon Coder kids 2017

What happens next year

Looking into 2018 we have new exciting things to look forward to.

Ideon will be helping University of Nigeria, Nsukka to set up a science park with Ideon as a model and we hope to open up a market for our companies. Special interests to Nigeria are off grid power solutions including solar panels. Other international relations with possible new markets are Colombia, Indonesia and Spain. Let us know if you have any interest here.

Closer relationships will be tied with the Swedish Energy Agency, through organisations here at Ideon who are collaborating with the agency, and by a venture called Energy Innovation Node South lead by us, to increase the number of energy related innovations in the region.

Next year we are also looking forward to celebrating 35 years of innovation and entrepreneurship here at Ideon! We hope you will join us in the celebrations and in creating the solutions for the next 35 years!

Spadtaget för Ideon 1983
The groundbreaking on 9th of June 1983, with Gun Hellsvik, Nils Hörjel and Nils Stjernquist 

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May the Christmas holidays be full of family, friends and relaxed private time, you have earned it. And please come back in January with the aim of creating the best year ever!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

All the best,

Mia Rolf, CEO Ideon Science Park