AgVital wants to create a support for a healthier lifestyle

April 11, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: AgVital

Lars Norrman
Lars Norrman founder of AgVital

Hello Lars, can you tell us more about what inspired you to be an entrepreneur and a bit more about your background?

I have worked many years within large corporations like Alfa Laval and Tetra Pak, mostly as a General Director abroad. I helped companies in their change process, supporting them in mapping their challenges and turning them around.

The reason I decided to create AgVital is that when I saw the global food industry and talked with customers I noticed that there was a lot of sugar and starch involved in many foods. Hence, I started thinking about why we are not making better alternatives, but I realized that the market doesn’t have people’s health as their primary goal. Hence, I decided to try and change it on my own by starting AgVital.

Can you tell us a bit more about what AgVital is and does?

AgVital is a digital platform that will help individuals to unconsciously make the right food choices. The digital platform can help people that want to change their eating habits or those that just want to continue eating healthy and make the right food choices. The platform will be personalized to you and provide you with the best possible nutrition information and advice that applies to you. Moreover, AgVital are planning to make a direct connection between the farmers and the consumers at a later stage of our company’s development.

What have been your biggest struggles until now?

When I worked in General Management, everything was much easier and faster because I had a management team and good resources in the company. Together we could make things happen rather quickly, because they were experts in their field.  Now I do not have any of that, hence if I want to learn something I need to do my own research and find my own resources. Hence, it is taking much longer to build the foundation and knowledge of the company and only after those steps can I start to implement the business model and launch the product.

You are part of the incubator at Ideon Innovation; what has that given you?

I think it is a fantastic place, because of the network that it provides, which I think is very important. Pelle, Ola and Kristoffer are great and I get a lot of support from them and others with advice and connections to financial support in and around the park. Whatever kind of resources and network you need, you can find it here. For example, during the Tuesday breakfast I meet so many interesting people that are helping me to bring my business forward and I have even found future partners and customers. It is a great meeting place and a lot of knowledgeable and interesting people that like sharing ideas are here.

What is in the future for AgVital?

We will develop our value proposition and segment our market. After that we will have a beta version of our platform to test it out. Hopefully after that it should take off on a global scale, which has been my goal from the beginning.

In order to contact Lars Norrman you can email him at norrman.lars@gmail.com , call +46 709 361000 or visit him at Ideon Innovation

A passion for nature and sports brought the creators of Suntribe together

April 6, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

#INSTATAKEOVER Next week, VentureLab company Suntribe will be taking over our Instagram account, so we took the opportunity to talk to co-founder Julia Beyer to find out more about the company and what they will be sharing with us.

Suntribe team
The Suntribe team; Hampus, Karl and Julia

Hey Julia, can you tell us a bit more about who you are and what inspired you to create Suntribe? Who are the people behind Suntribe and your background?

Hi, I’m Julia and one of the co-founders of Suntribe. What inspired me to create Suntribe together with my friends Karl and Hampus was basically our shared passion for nature and sports. None of us was satisfied with the existing offer of sunscreen: more and more studies prove that they cause harm to coral reefs and disrupt our hormones among other side-effects, and neither did they did convince us when it came to water resistance for when we go surfing for example. We became friends during our master’s studies of entrepreneurship at Lund University and decided to take the matter into our own hands and create a sunscreen that we and others are happy with: sunscreen with only good stuff, completely without any dangerous chemicals.

So what makes your product unique?

What makes our sunscreens unique is that they offer insanely effective sun protection completely based on natural and organic ingredients. Our sunscreens block 97% of UVB rays and provide broad spectrum sun protection from UVA and UVB rays thanks to the mineral UV-filter we use, called zinc oxide. All our ingredients are scientifically validated to be safe for both the environment and our health.

You are a part of VentureLab, the student incubator. How long you have been there and what has it given you?

We have been a part of VentureLab since August 2017. What is has given us is a highly motivating and supportive working environment as well as access to a very valuable network spanning all of Ideon and beyond.

What’s in the future plans for Suntribe?

The future is looking very sunny for Suntribe. 🙂 We’re currently planning the launch of some new products and that will continue to be one of our focuses over the next years. We’re also constantly expanding into new markets to spread the word about sunscreens to markets in Europe and other parts of the world.

What are you going to show us during your Instagram takeover week?

I will take you with me on my sales trip by tuk-tuk here in Sri Lanka, you’ll get to see beaches where people surf wearing Suntribe sunscreen as well as what my life looks like at the moment, eating curry in the sweltering heat. It’ll be fun!

Follow along on Instagram

Find out more about Suntribe

See Suntribe’s latest press release

Park and share everywhere with ApParkingSpot

March 1, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: ApParkingSpot

Sasa Farkas
Sasa Farkas – ApParkingSpot

Hey, Sasa Farkas, can you explain more about your app? What it does, how does it work?

ApParkingSpot allows everyone to easily rent their parking space when it’s not in use. It can be private individuals, companies or organizations. There are a lot of parking spaces that are empty while at the same time it is impossible to find a vacant parking place. We’ve solved this with our app, which is completely developed. In addition to this obvious idea, we have developed a sensor solution, we call it ASDS, Autosence Detection System, that automates the process of renting out parking spaces.

Can you tell me what inspired you to create it? What problem you wanted to fix?

When looking for parking, often you can see that there are a lot of empty parking spaces (reserved ones). So we wanted to make it possible for people to rent out their spaces during certain hours or days when they are not being used. This way, people can save money, make money and save time trying to find a parking while driving.

Can you tell us more about the team, who you are, what your background is?

I am the CEO and have a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and a master’s degree in Human Resources at Lund University. I started my own media agency, Creatify Media, with a new idea for outdoor marketing, bicycle basket covers, which has led to major marketing campaigns for Haribo, Momondo, Länsförsäkringar, Uber and Netto across the Nordic region. Erik Glitterstam is our sales person. He has a degree in computer science at Luleå University of Technology and initiator of ApParkingSpot. Staffan Wogenius is our CFO. He has a long experience from entrepreneurship and development projects. He has been the CEO of several public companies, including several with complex development projects. He has mostly worked as a financial consultant in the last 10 years in a listed company in the energy sector.

What benefits will I as a user get from using your product?

Rentiers decide themselves the price and get financial benefit when other people can utilize their parking spaces that normally would be empty. Renters can pre-book and get navigated to the parking space within our app without the hassle of losing time to find one, while saving money as private spaces are usually cheaper than the public ones.

As you know the number of companies in Ideon is huge and they all can help and collaborate with each other. What kind of help or collaboration would you like to have with other Ideon companies?

We are already working together with Sensative and Ideon organizations like Cleantech Scandinavia and Future By Lund. Regarding collaboration with other companies one idea could be to help each other with online marketing. We think that many startups are in need of good marketing and there is a space for improvement regarding better collaborations, referrals to each other and maybe joint campaigns.

Then, on the other hand, in what way and with what you can help other Ideon companies?

We are very open to help out both with our contacts, experience regarding funding and collaborations both regarding technology, AI and marketing efforts.

Behind the scenes with Jonas Michanek and ROAR incubator #instatakeover

February 15, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

Next week Jonas Michanek and the Nigerian incubator ROAR will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk with Jonas Michanek the current incubator manager for ROAR incubator.

Jonas Michanek and ROAR Incubator
Jonas Michanek and ROAR Incubator

Hey, Jonas Michanek, can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

I am a serial entrepreneur and writer, that’s how I usually introduce myself in short. I started several companies, couple of NGOs and one foundation. Some of those companies are Idélaboratoriet, Food to happen and NEW, all of them have an innovation consultancy angle. One of the things that I have started that I am most proud of is a NGO called Social Entrepreneurship Forum (SE Forum). By now SE Forum is 15 years old and it’s headquarter is in Stockholm, but it works all over the world with social entrepreneurship. I have also written couple of books. One of them is the Idea Agent, which is a handbook of creative processes, which has been translated into 4-5 languages and is course literature all around Scandinavia. I have written books about entrepreneurship, about creative industry and how to develop creative industry on a regional level in Sweden and Europe.

If we are talking about my background I have a bachelor degree in Film and Literature, but I also have a master in Business Administration. I love sports, culture and business – I eat it all!

What is your assignment in Nigeria?

I am an Incubator Manager and I am going to help to develop the incubator ROAR Nigeria Hub. It has already started, but it is still in a very early phase. I am going to help with the creation of program, process, the organizational structure and make it an integral part of the Nigerian innovation eco system. It already has a great start because it is based in the great university University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).

Can you tell me more about the people that you are working with and about the incubator?

ROAR has 16 teams working in the incubator. Great guys, everything from agricultural tech (how to make the processing of cassava more efficient), to social media apps (like hairstyles swapping apps), to more socially based tickets sales for events, they also have a team with a drone idea. It’s a bit of a mixture, but most of them are concentrated around high tech.

What are you going to show us next week on the Instatakeover?

I think we will show off the teams and they are going to share what they are doing. If they have some questions about Sweden, we can get an exchange and a conversation going. There is a big conference next week IDEON Science Park: Lunda Vision 1st International Workshop, so we will show some short videos from it as well.

Can you tell us a bit more about the conference and its focus?

It is going to be an innovation conference and it’s the first big conference about innovation and science park development in Nigeria. The Lion Science Park (that ROAR is a part of) will be the university based science park in Nigeria. There is going to be a big Swedish-Nigerian knowledge exchange, because there is about 200-300 people coming.

Do you think it’s important and useful to connect the entrepreneurs from Ideon Science Park and Lion Science Park?

I think that from the Nigerian side there is already a lot of interest to connect, but I also think that there are some companies at Ideon that would be interested in such collaboration. The Nigerian companies want to get more knowledge and understanding about tech and for the Swedish companies I think it’s useful to understand the Nigerian and in parts the African market. So, I think there can be great opportunities and exchanges with such collaboration.

Follow Jonas and ROAR on Instagram next week (link)

About ROAR incubator

More about Ideon Science Park and UNN here

 

Xenergic – innovative memory for a connected world

February 14, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: Xenergic

Xenergic team
Xenergic team

Hey, Babak Mohammadi, can you tell us more about the team, who you are and what your background is?

The team at Xenergic, known also as XENTEAM, is an international team of ambitious engineers who share their passion for energy-efficient circuit design for a greener connected society. Our members are Berta, Caty, Julian, Kevin, Lucas, Roshan and Xiao which proudly all together bring together eight nationalities from different parts of World. All of them have a specialization in integrated circuit design.

The SRAM memory developed by Xenergic AB is the result of many years of research and expertise from Lund University in combination with many years of industrial experience. The company is co-founded by me, Joachim Rodrigues, Anders Berglund and Lund University. I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Lund University and have more than ten years of industrial experience. Joachim is Assc. Professor in circuit design at Lund University and has several years of industrial experience. Anders Berglund has a background as a serial tech. entrepreneur.

Can you explain more about your product?

Xenergic AB develops a new IP for on-chip memories, known as SRAM which is a widely used component in integrated digital circuits such as mobile phones’ processors. The developed IP drastically reduces the power consumption and brings down the area footprint and thus production cost, making it very attractive to low power applications such as battery powered devices. Higher energy efficiency is also necessary for the deployment of a sustainable internet of things (IoT), where low-power and low-cost devices are of vital importance. Memories are area and power bottlenecks in most of the digital designs, and nowadays, roughly 70% of a typical digital chip is accounted for memories.

Can you tell me what inspired you to create it? What problem you wanted to fix if any?

We like to compete and to push ourselves to the best of our ability, so our product was developed from a passion to create the best memory. We wanted to achieve something extraordinary, a memory design that would drastically decrease the power and area cost while at the same time delivers a high performance. After many years of hard work we achieved what we were looking for and designed a memory that not only reduced the size but at the same time reduced the power consumption by more than 90%.

Our memory will be crucial for battery powered mobile devices and the deployment of internet of things, where we will enable more functionality and longer battery life time in mobile phones and Internet of Things devices. Today the memory can make up as much as 70% of the surface area and energy cost of the digital designs. We will change this!

What benefits will I as a user get from using your product?

Our IP will extend the battery longevity of mobile devices and enable the development of new low-power devices. Smaller area footprint of IP comes with the advantage of more functions and lower product cost for the end user.

In what way could help other Ideon companies?

We can help high-tech companies to improve the performance of their application, and we are already collaborating with some global players.

Accumbo wants to empower patients with chronic diseases

January 29, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

STARTUP NEWS We continue our series of startup companies who are working at Ideon Innovation. The purpose of this series is to introduce the startups to the other companies at Ideon to see if there is a possibility of working together and doing business with each other. Kind of an electronic networking.

Company name: Accumbo

Accumbo photo
Accumbo team

Hello Samuel Börjesson, can you tell me more about who are you and what inspired your team to create Accumbo?

The company was founded by a doctor in Kalmar and he had this idea that you can transform the way traditional healthcare works. Especially when it comes to chronic diseases that are really common nowadays, there is a lot that can be done to treat these patients more efficiently. So, we formed our team last summer and we are now developing our product. Our team is divided into two groups where the medical team is situated in Kalmar and I, together with the development team, are situated in Lund. I work as a product owner/marketing person and I try to make sure we develop a product that fits the customer’s needs. In Kalmar we also have a person focusing on the whole health perspective of our product. She is dealing with how our product can help and inspire our users to live a healthier life.

Can you tell us a bit more about your product? What was the inspiration behind creating it?

Our product consists of connected medical devices that will synchronize data with our app, which we of course are trying to make as user friendly as possible. Our founder wanted to have an easier and better solution for people living with chronic diseases. He was looking at it from a broader perspective and saw that a lot of patients do not get the best possible treatment and that this can be done much more efficiently. By letting patients do their own measurements at home with continuous feedback from the doctor, instead of the traditional way which meant that they will go to their doctor once a year for a checkup, the patients will get a better and more precise treatment. He saw a big potential as the healthcare for these patients were not working in the best way possible, and that there were a lot of benefits from digitizing this process. We are focusing on the patients experience and ability to follow up their condition.

What benefits can I, as a user, get from using your product?

We are helping to empower the people with chronic diseases. We are providing them with the right tools to treat their conditions and to be able to follow it up more efficiently. And with the help of our product, users will have a closer connection to their doctor and will be able to get feedback much faster. Instead of going to the hospital or your caretaker once a year you can do it at home and reach your doctor whenever you want to. One of the biggest benefits with this is the ability for both doctor and patient to look at the development of the disease rather than single measurement values.
In this way our users will save time, have higher convenience as well as getting a better treatment. Moreover, we are not only giving the patients the tools, but also the knowledge to better understand their disease and how they can control it.

What kind of help might you need from other Ideon companies or possible collaborations?

Well right now we are hiring and we are looking for Android, iOS and backend developers that will help us with our app and want to be a part of this journey. We have global ambitions and we want to be a part of transforming the healthcare industry. The whole transformation is happening now and it’s not just a trend in Sweden, but it is a global phenomenon.  The European Union has stated that all member states need to focus on the digitization of healthcare as the costs are increasing, the population is getting older and the percentage of chronic diseases is increasing.

We are also interested in collaborations in regards to working with connected devices as this is one of the major aspects in our product.

What can you provide to the Ideon companies?

In the long term, I think that there are a lot on interesting companies at Ideon that are working within healthcare, so I can see a lot of potential collaborations that can emerge from that in making the whole healthcare more digital. Before this stage though we still need to develop and grow more.

To learn more about Accumbo visit http://accumbo.se/  or email them at info@accumbo.se

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 

Connect with us

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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

Behind the scenes with VentureLab #instatakeover

November 2, 2017News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

Next week, VentureLab will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk to Patricia Szolnoki, Communications Manager at VentureLab.

Hi Patricia, can you tell me a bit about VentureLab?

– VentureLab is part of Lund University and we empower students to create the future! Our office is at Ideon Agora where we have between 30-50 companies in our incubator each year. VentureLab is a free service any student at Lund University can use in the form of business advice meetings, workshops and networking events and can even apply to access our incubator. The latter is practically work-space for those entrepreneurial ideas that have a high potential and need more concentrated help, business coaching and the benefit of being in the Ideon-network every day. We have intake to our incubator 4 times a year and companies can stay up to one year.

Who are working at VentureLab? What are your backgrounds?

– We are currently three working full-time at VentureLab in Lund, one at Campus Helsingborg, three junior business advisors from LU Innovation, and we even have an affiliate in Alnarp at SLU. The three of us sitting at Ideon all have backgrounds at studying at Lund University, social sciences, communication and developmental studies with the occasional adventurous courses in geography, religion, linguistics and everything in between. Some of us have been part of startups and some are fascinated by them. Our common interest is to see a new generation of students succeed with their aspirations in creating their own opportunities and bring their amazing ideas to the public. We have all seen what encouragement for highly educated and ambitious students can do: John Henric, Tamam, Lunicore, Animus Home, IV-bracelet, Tendo and Vevios are just a few examples. We are working to support these ideas become reality and help these entrepreneurs start on their journey.

How many companies are with you right now?

– Currently, we have 26 companies sitting in the incubator. They exemplify the great diversity that Lund University stands for with entrepreneurial minds from all backgrounds and study disciplines. Some are starting online services, some are creating the next generation of smart living solutions, some are interested in the consumer market. What all have in common is a great drive and love of coffee!

What will you be showing us next week?

We’ll show you more of what it’s like here at the incubator, but we’ll also show you what’s happening at Lund Innovation Challenge, a three day innovation challenge where students from LTH and EHL will work together in teams to develop data-driven business ideas and prototypes aided by data from Bisnode. Join us!

Ideas, discussions and robots during Innovation Week at Ideon

June 9, 2017News

Between May 29 and June 2, southern Sweden was buzzing with seminars, events, meetings and exhibitions about innovations. The week is organized by Region Skåne, and there were 140 activities taking place during the week. At Ideon, we hosted two whole day events, as well as a pitching contest within Health Tech. Here is a few highlights from the events.

The overall feeling that we felt during the days was hope. There are many great challenges going forward, but there are also many amazing entrepreneurs and innovators who want to make a difference, who want to contribute to a better world. And we want to be a part of that, together we can create a great future!

Smart Cities

Mats Pettersson, Sensative
Mats Pettersson, Sensative

Per Persson, Director of the Department of Innovation & Economic Development at Lund Municipality started by saying that the municipality can’t do this on their own, collaboration is key in order to succeed with creating a truly smart city.

Eva Dalman, Project Manager for Lund Northeast/Brunnshög continued by saying that when creating this new part of Lund, they focus on finding innovative solutions.

“In order to achieve this, the developers need to collaborate with each other in order to get really innovative in order for us to give them the contracts”, Eva said.

Follow the development of Brunnshög

Mats Pettersson from Sensative, talked about unleashing the power of open IoT.

“The horizontal business model from mobile phone development has not happened yet within IoT, but we are sure that there will be a transformation and we are going to be a part of this”, he said.

Sensative also had their O.I.L = Open IT Lab of 600 m2 open during the day for those who were interested in getting a tour.

“We’ll only use 1/4 of the area and the rest will be open for others to rent with flex or permanent seats” Mats finished by saying.

Get in touch with Sensative here

FutureByLund followed by talking more about the open LORA network that has been established in Lund.

We want to be a meeting place for innovation for all players. It is when different actors come together that new and interesting ideas and collaborations can take flight

Find out more about the LORA network here

Future Transportation

Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon
Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg and Mia Rolf, Ideon

Mats Larsson from IUC Syd started by describing the complex challenges that we are facing within the transportation system.

“This is a systemic challenge so we need system solutions for transportation, fuel and energy”, Mats finished.

There was also a long discussion afterwards where the audience talked about the benefits of different fuels, materials for batteries and the need for global strategies.

 

Nathalie Kinell from Clever talked about the need to support the resellers as the buyers of electric cars make many more trips to the car dealership before making a purchase.

She also talked about the many possibilities with IoT and big data, like being able to charge the car at home when there is the most energy in the system.

“The questions is, who should develop these solutions? The house developer, the energy supplier or the car manufacturer? There are many possibilities for collaboration”, Nathalie said.

 

Johan Bjurmar from Koenigsegg talked about the innovations needed to build the fastest car in the world.

This started as an idea 23 years ago, now it is reality. A focus on challenges and innovation is key

 

51 % of transports in cities are light enough and short enough to move by bike. With this statement, Staffan Solve from MOVEBYBiKE changed the focus from cars to bikes.

“One of the main advantages with using bikes for transporting goods is that they are not stationary in the city, they can move around everywhere and do not take up as much parking space as trucks and vans”, Staffan said.

Health Tech

Bonesupport, Eva Liden
Bonesupport, Eva Liden

Marianne Larsson from Innovation Skåne talked about how we can combine life science and connectivity, in order to can claim the area of Health tech in the Nordics. One of the ways to achieve this is by building a Nordic tech and test bed.

 

Eva Lidén from Bonesupport talked about the development of this company from research at Lund University to a now international health tech company. This is an area that will affect many people; 1/3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their life. One of the challenges is breaking in with a new product in a traditional market:

“It can be difficult to overcome tradition, what people are used to use. You need to have people who know how the market works, because every market is different”, Eva said.

How the Bonesupport products work: https://www.bonesupport.com/en-eu/
BrainLit treated us to a live demonstration of their intelligent lighting system, by taking the audience to their showroom that was set up at Mobile Heights Center. The light mimics the natural daylight and changes over the day. You can find out more about the daylightindoors from BrainLit here.

Henrik Dahlin from IBM talked about Watson in healthcare. One of the main advantages in using Watson for diagnosis is that the computer can process huge amounts of data:

“A doctor needs to spend 29 hours each work day to absorb latest medical literature, compared to 3 seconds for Watson”, Henrik explained.

Biohacked CEO

Our CEO Mia Rolf got a chip implanted in her hand by Biohax International at their NFC Implant Party. Hannes Sjöblad from BioNyfiken and Jowan Österlund from Biohax also talked about what you can do with a chip implanted in your hand. Mia wants to open doors without keys or tags with her chip, what would you like to do?

Disruptive Morning

The Thursday started of with disruptive morning, with two speakers who are in the middle of disrupting their business area.

Before that, we got an introduction from Richard Dasher from Stanford University who gave his thoughts on what disruptive businesses will look like going forward.

Daniel Persson from Min Doktor talked about the journey that they are on and how digital solutions can support the doctors in their work.

Min Doktor was founded in 2013 by a doctor who saw the need for a new way of working and who saw that digitalization provided an opportunity to improve the situation for both patients and health professionals. Together with expertise in development and IT security, they have built up Min Doktor to become Sweden’s leading digital healthcare provider.

He had some advice as well for those who are thinking about starting a disruptive business:

Don’t be afraid, go for your dream!

Next, an old friend returned to Ideon, Jon Hauksson from Storytel, and he talked about their early days when the company was called “Bokilur”. One of the big game changers for Storytel was when Netflix and Spotify started to grow, then customers got used to subscribing to streaming services. From the start in 2005, Storytel have grown to an international company that have bought other publishing houses. And now they are even producing their own content; “Storytel Original stories”.

How technology saves the planet

William Håkansson, Vultus
William Håkansson, Vultus

Maria Sätherström-Lantz from WIN Water presented some interesting companies with great visions for the future.

Mats Eliasson from ReGen Villages talked about how they want to create a new version of a traditional village, an eco-community that is self-sufficient in terms of energy, waste and food production but highly connected in every way. There are plans for building in Lund as well, and we are looking forward to see those plans moving forward.

William Håkansson from Vultus descibed how they are using weather data, drones and machine learning to reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides wihtin agriculture.

Today, 90 % of pesticides are wasted, William Håkansson

“This year, even we in Sweden will learn why we need to save water, we need a paradigm shift”, this was said by Sara Sterner from Orbital Systems. Based on founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi’s work with the NASA Mars missions, Orbital Systems technology has a focus of reducing the waste of water.

Living and Working with Robots

Panel discussion on robotics
Panel discussion on robotics with Johan Wester, Per Sikö (Jayway), Klas Nilsson (Cognibotics), Mattias Fras (Nordea) and Frida Tibblin Citron (IUC Syd)

With this session we wanted to have a conversation about what robotics, AI and Machine Learning is and how it will impact us going forward.

Klas Nilsson and Maj Stenmark from Cognibotics talked about what robots can and can not do and we learned that robots will take over some of our jobs in the future, but not always the ones we think.

“Simple jobs for a human, like cleaning, is not easy for a robot, because it requires adapting to new situations”, Maj Stenmark explained.

Per Sikö and Martin Gunnarsson from Jayway talked about how Artificial Intelligence is changing our world today, and gave a few predictions about the development in the future as well. Per also pointed out that it is easy to focus on the technology, when it is important to think about what the tech can do for the customer.

Mattias Fras from Nordea talked about the big changes that are happening within the financing sector.

“45 % of work in the global economy can be automated, but less than 5% of all jobs can be fully automated”, Mattias Fras said.

Mattias also offered some tips on finding success in this digital era:

  • Have guts, dare to try
  • Have an open mindset
  • Remove conventional waterfall development

Johan Wester hosted a panel discussion with representatives from Jayway, Cognibotics, Nordea and IUC Syd where the focus was on the opportunities, challenges and implications with robotics and AI. The panel didn’t always agree on what robots will be able to do in the future, and how creative jobs they can actually perform. But they all agreed on that the changes are here and that we as humans must change with it. Klas Nilsson summed it up quite well:

This discussion about loosing jobs to robots is wrong, changes like this have always occurred, Klas Nilsson

More material

We will add presentations from the events on the event page.

Article by SISP: Creating the future, robot celebration at Ideon Science Park

Article by Innovation Skåne: Kommer robotarna att ta över världen? Experterna svarar och förklarar