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’s your chance to get to know one of our fantastic mentors, Charlotta Falvin!
I’ve worked with so many great entrepreneurs and seen fantastic companies grow. Being a mentor at Ideon gives me the opportunity to meet and inspire a new bunch of great people.
Charlotta Falvin has a Master’s degree in Business administration and economics from Lund University. After she graduated she has had many positions as consultant and manager at various companies, one of them being Axis Communications. She has been the CEO of Zi Corporation, Decuma AB and TAT AB, a company that started at Ideon.
She has been part of the Board of Directors of more than ten companies, like MultiQ International, Axis Communications and INVISIO Communications and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of seven companies like Barista Fair Trade Coffee, Ideon Open and Teknopol AB. Currently she is Board Member of companies like Net Insigt, CLX Communications and Bure Equity.
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 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!
“I am happy I didn’t know about all the hard work it would take, even if I am glad for the results today”. This was said by Jon Hauksson at our Sharp Minds Session last week. During this breakfast, we met with Jon Hauksson, co-founder of Storytel and Anders Bengtsson, one of the investors in the company. The conversation focused on the ups and downs of Storytel, the relationship between the founders and the investors and what attracts an investor to a company.
“This image is from 2005, very early in our journey. We borrowed a corner at the Storyside stand to showcase our product, then called Bokilur. You can see me and Jonas Tellander, co-founder and CEO of Storytel. We later bought Storyside in 2013.”
Storytel was founded in 2005 by Jonas Tellander and Jon Hauksson, but the company was called Bokilur back then. Jon explained that they had plans to work together with Audible as a partner in the Nordic countries, but the deal was cancelled at the last minute. “We were sad about it for a while, like four hours, and then decided to start our own company”, Jon said with a laugh. “Jonas was working from Switzerland and me from a basement in Staffanstorp and I was getting bored so I went to Ideon Innovation to join the incubator and get an office”, Jon explained how the company ended up at Ideon. “We have our head office in Stockholm today, but some development is still done here in Lund”, he commented.
How did Anders and Jon meet?
“Jonas Sjögren believed in us and invested in our company for many years, but finally he asked us to find other investors and that is how we met Anders,” Jon explained.
“I met Jonas Tellander and Jon at a meeting with Connect Syd. They were on time, which is a very good start,” Anders said. He went on to explain that even though he didn’t know much about streaming services, he was familiar with the publishing industry and he saw that digitalization was coming. This, combined with the opportunity to invest together with two other angel investors from Connect, made him decide to invest in Storytel. Another important aspect for Anders was that he believed in Jonas and Jon and that they were well prepared and had a balanced forecast.
What is a good investor like?
Today, Jon does not have an active role in Storytel, he has instead moved forward as an angel investor himself. Anders still has interests in Storytel and comments that he enjoys the service very much and listens to quite a few audiobooks, especially thrillers. Does Jon have any advice on what to focus on when looking for investors?
If you are looking for an investor, make sure that they believe in you, was the message. “You don’t want investors who only see you as a money maker, you want people who believe in your company and idea,” Jon said.
What do the investors look for?
“I am interested in a long-term relationship when I invest, but I also look at the management and the forecast of the company” Anders explained.
He also said that if you can, you should invest in 8-10 companies to spread the risks, otherwise venture capital funds might be a better option. He too, focused very much on the person behind the company before he made a decision to invest.
“If I like the idea, then I start to look at the person or the team in the company. They have to have endurance, that is the most important factor for me”, Jon said.
Do you want Jon as a mentor?
If you want more business advice from Jon, apply to the Ideon Mentorship Program! He and four other Sharp Minds will meet with five lucky entrepreneurs in 1-1 sessions and the program is open for applications for all Ideon companies with the mindset to grow. Apply here!
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.