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!


How can we use technology developed for space to develop smart cities here on earth?

April 5, 2018News

How can we bring space technology to Swedish industry and create new innovations? How can Ideon companies benefit from new solutions developed for space? That was the theme for our latest Innovation Square, this time with Per Persson, Director of the Department of Innovation & Economic Development at Lund Municipality.

The minimalist principles of designing technology for space is something that Per Persson wants to make use of when developing smart cities here on earth. It can be to use smart materials for insulations that are very thin, but still insulating enough to work during cold winters, how to use residual head from buildings or how to create circular systems for water and waste.

“We want to make use of space technology when we are planning solutions for smart cities here on earth”, said Per. “One goal is to help companies Lund to become suppliers to ESA and NASA”, he said. “Lund is unique with ESS, MAX IV and the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics at Lund University, which is one of the leading departments in the world in their field. And ESA has seen that”, he continued. That was one of the reasons that ESA placed their Space Impact workshop in Lund last year. (See a clip about the event below)

Plans to create Space Node South and a Space Incubator in Lund

“We have space nodes in the North, East and West of Sweden and we want to create Space Node South here in Lund. We also want to create a space incubator and it could be placed at Ideon, as there is a working innovation support system here”, Per explained.

As the innovation square is a platform for discussions and not just a seminar, there were a lot of questions, suggestions and input from the audience. One question was regarding the competences needed to create a space node in Lund, at which Per replied that all fields of knowledge will be needed, not just engineers and programmers. One suggestion from the audience was to promote innovations that promote a better health for the astronauts, such as intelligent indoor lighting and living plant walls, something that Ideon companies could supply to ESA and NASA.

Lund is a hotspot for entrepreneurship

In March 2017, ESA held their Space Impact Workshop in Lund together with Lund Municipality and Umbilical design. One of the innovation workshops was organized by FutureByLund and they asked the Frank M. Saizgeber from ESA on why they placed the conference in Lund:

“We always go to hotspots in Europe and when we were looking for hotspots for entrepreneurship we found Barcelona, Berlin and Lund. I think Lund is a fantastic case where you bring research, education and also the essence of entrepreneurship together. I have seen only a few locations and few universities that have made that connection as excellent as Lund” he said.

“We are recycling innovations. Innovations means not to create new technology but to reapply it and bring it to the market. At the moment we support around 140 new startups at ESA”, he continues. You can see more from the workshop here:

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