Arne Hansson becomes new CEO of Ideon Open

April 25, 2018News

Arne Hansson becomes the new CEO of Ideon Open AB, starting May 1st. Arne has worked as Innovation Consultant at Ideon Open since 2015 with clients like Stora Enso, Bona, Sandvik, Perstorp and the Swedish Energy Agency. He has previously worked with companies such as Trelleborg AB, Mars Inc., Ericsson and Sony Ericsson. Arne has also started various companies, such as the WalkMeHome Personal Security Application, launched globally in 2012.

Arne Hansson, Ideon Open
Arne Hansson, Ideon Open

“The combined experience from both large companies and startups is an important foundation of our business and a prerequisite for being able to work effectively with open innovation and entrepreneurial methods in mature organizations,” says Arne Hansson and adds “I look forward to leading this amazing organization!”

Ideon Open’s clients concist to 80 percent from industry and 20 percent from public organizations. The company is a commission-funded, non-profit company. “Ideon Open has a mission to promote growth in business and society,” says Stephan Müchler, chairman of Ideon Open. “I look forward to working with Arne and to continue the development of this exciting and important business.”

Mats Dunmar, who started the business in 2011 and who has been instrumental in the creation of Ideon Open, will take up a new position with Skanska where he will work with the development of future homes and offices.

About Ideon Open AB

Ideon Open AB is part of Ideon Science Park and supports the Swedish industry with services and working methods based on open innovation and lean startup methods. The company is owned by Lund University, Lund Municipality and Wihlborgs AB. The chairman is Stephan Müchler, CEO of the South Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

Ideon Open offers three different concepts for business development;
– ASSIGNMENTS – Challenge-driven innovation assignments tailored for each client
– WIN – a model for open innovation in networks that accelerates development through active matchmaking between innovators and companies. WIN Water and WIN Guard are well established models and WIN Energy is under development.
– BEYOND – a collaborative corporate accelerator for companies that want to develop disruptive business ideas at a high pace. Inwido, Saint Gobain/Ecophon and Alfa Laval all have one or more team in place.

For more information, please contact

Arne Hansson, Ideon Open, +46 703 194 740
Stephan Müchler, Chairman of the Board, +46 40 690 24 05

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Behind the scenes with Ideon Open and WIN #instatakeover

January 24, 2018News, WeAreIdeon

Next week, Ideon Open and WIN will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk to Matilda Larnert-Gauger from Ideon Open and Alice Hedin from WIN.

Alice Hedin WIN 2
Alice Hedin, WIN
Matilda Larnert-Gauger Ideon Open 2
Matilda Larnert-Gauger, Ideon Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, Matilda and Alice, can you tell me about the teams working at WIN and Ideon Open?

“People at Ideon Open call themselves open innovation navigators. They all have in common a way of entrepreneurial thinking and a passion for innovation. They use their substantial experience in initiating and leading open innovation projects as well as their skills as entrepreneurs and business developers. They are working with the goal to add growth to existing businesses with lean start-up thinking and open innovation in large enterprises”, says Matilda.

“In the WIN team there are people with various backgrounds and competences, providing different input and solutions. For example they are engineers, experts within financing, marketing and communication, and business development, as well as researchers and experts within WIN’s focus areas”, Alice explains.

“The management team of Ideon Open, including WIN, consists of some true Ideon profiles. For instance, Mats Dunmar, Patrik Söderlund and Maria Sätherström Lantz have had important roles in shaping Ideon Science Park, Ideon Innovation and JOIN Business & Technology AB“, Matilda adds.

 

Organisation at Ideon Open
Organisation at Ideon Open

Can you tell me more about your companies and what you do?

“Ideon Open was started about five years ago and can be described as an open innovation agency. There are three parts of the organization: Ideon Open Assignments, WIN and Beyond. Ideon Open Assignments works mainly with large companies and organizations in the public sector. They assist companies in creating a team with internal developers and outside experts from around the world. This team collaborates to find optimized solutions for specific innovation challenges. This way they can reach beyond what they would achieve internally on their own”, Matilda explains.

“Beyond is an accelerator environment where multinational companies can run external innovation projects that are outside of their core business. They bring together a team with internal resources, consultants and other individuals selected for their specific project. This qualified mix of people work together in the Beyond environment, guided by the Ideon Open team. In team sessions they can also practice pitching their project to the decision makers in their companies. After three months the company can decide to either continue working with the project, or move on to a new project”, Matilda adds.

“The third part of Ideon Open is WIN, which started six years ago as “Water Innovation Accelerator” (WIN), now known as WIN Water. WIN Water is an open innovation marketplace and business network within the water sector. WIN Water helps new innovations get faster access to the water market. The network has now grown to more than 70 members, including small innovative companies as well as large corporations, universities, water utilities and more – including the whole chain of water-related industry” Alice says.

“The partners are represented by the private sector with companies and large corporations, the public sector with municipalities and public utilities and the academy with universities and research institutes. They all represent the market need for new solutions and innovations. The partners get a good view of trends and business intelligence; WIN can be an eye opener for what is possible and which technologies could replace the outdated ones. Partners contribute to WIN by providing support to innovation companies, facilitating market access and providing test beds, in addition to personal and  financial contributions as members” Alice explains.

“In October 2016 WIN had the opportunity to start a new innovation platform within the area of civil security together with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and this is called WIN Guard. Recently WIN started a collaboration with the Swedish Energy Agency to create a new network platform for innovation within the energy area. The three networks share several challenges and potentially also solutions” Alice concludes.

The goal of WIN is to increase the speed of change within all these areas.

What are you going to show us next week?

“Follow the Instagram feed next week to explore the environment at our office and a get glimpse of a regular week at Ideon Open – some days the office is crowded, some days it is very quiet. On Monday we will show Ideon Open Assignments, on Tuesday and Wednesday Beyond will be in focus, and on Thursday and Friday the turn comes to WIN. The WIN days will include a few snap shots from WIN partner meetings” Matilda finishes.

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Building a bridge between old and new business models with Beyond

November 15, 2017News

The collaborative corporate accelerator Beyond was officially opened on November 9. Mats Dunmar, Manager at Ideon Open, emphasized the importance of Beyond in terms of creating a critical mass to keep up the quality of innovation in his opening speech. Gabriel Grelte, Vice President R&D at Inwido AB,talked about their challenges in generating new ideas and finding new innovations. “Being able to have dedicated teams working at one project during a certain time will help us drive innovation with speed. It is also a great opportunity to collaborate with other companies and generate new ideas”, Gabriel said.

 

The most important part of Beyond will be to build a bridge between our existing business, merge it with news ideas and bring them to the market faster. Gabriel Grelte, Inwido AB

Erik Ronne from RISE(Research Institutes of Sweden) talked about how RISE will contribute to Beyond and the collaboration with Ideon Open. “It will be a success story to combine the lean startup methodology in an agile environment at Ideon Open with the power of a large technical institute as RISE. Together we will cut lead times in the innovation process and contribute to more radical innovations.”

Carl-Magnus Svenningsson, Marketing Director at Ecophon Saint-Gobain, stated how Beyond is important to complete their company's vision in terms of innovation with these words: “Our vision is to become market leader and innovation leader in our business field. We hope our ventures will take us to a better market position and when we saw that the possibilities to join Beyond, we felt that this fits perfectly well with our strategy.”

We hope to challenge not only our own expectations but to go Beyond our customers’ expectations as well. Carl-Magnus Svenningsson, Ecophon Saint-Gobain

Stephan Müchler, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden, talked about the importance of companies to admit that they don’t know everything in the context of innovation and that they should be open-minded to new ways of working. That is why Beyond is important, to give inspiration to companies and to create an innovative environment for them to improve their vision and ideas. He then opened the door (from Inwido) with his fingerprint and Beyond was officially opened!

About Beyond

Beyond is a corporate accelerator, where several large companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products. It’s unique in the sense that it is tailor-made for large corporations, while other accelerators focus on startups. The aim is to provide a disruptive environment with coaching from both the program and the fellow member companies.

Find out more about Beyond

Saint-Gobain Ecophon accelerates innovation in partnership with corporate accelerator BEYOND

October 26, 2017News
@Ecophon, photographer: Teddy Strandqvist/Studio-e.se
@Ecophon, photographer: Teddy Strandqvist/Studio-e.se

BEYOND is a unique corporate accelerator, where several major companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products. Ecophon is a new member of the accelerator together with Inwido AB. 

BEYOND is a collaboration between RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Ideon Open. The goal is to help companies develop their business beyond the company’s existing business structures.

“I am thrilled and very proud that Saint-Gobain Ecophon joins BEYOND at Ideon Science Park in Lund from mid-October as part of our Sound Pilots initiative which approaches innovation from a wider perspective,” says Francois Michel, President, Ecophon Group.  “The origins of groundbreaking innovations are never just in the technology itself and within BEYOND we will have the opportunity to accelerate our pace of innovation and work with skilled people who have extensive entrepreneurial experience and widespread networks. Together, we will form an exciting environment for agile development, entrepreneurship and new business opportunities. All with the aim of making a difference and improving lives,” Francois concludes.

“I’m really looking forward for the collaboration with Saint-Gobain Ecophon in BEYOND,” says Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE. “It will be a success story to combine the lean startup methodology in an agile environment as Ideon Open with the power of a large technical institute as RISE. Together we will cut lead times in the innovation process and contribute to more radical innovation.”

Companies can place one or more development projects in BEYOND for up to twelve months. The teams collaborate together at Ideon Science Park in Lund, where they work with innovation specialists from RISE and Ideon Open. They also get tailor-made support for each team and can participate in joint activities and workshops such as IPR Strategy Flyover, Challenge Dojo, Customer Hearing and Tech Wiz Day as well as verifications such as Innovation Due Diligence and Translucent Innovation.

“We stand for the open entrepreneurial thinking,” says Mats Dunmar, Head Coach for BEYOND and Manager at Ideon Open. “Large companies, unlike micro companies, tend to primarily think internally. We at Ideon Open work as an intermediary for companies by getting them to seek solutions and partners externally.”

Find out more about BEYOND here

About Ecophon and the Saint-Gobain Group

Ecophon is the leading supplier of acoustic solutions, contributing to healthier indoor environments, improving quality of life, wellbeing and working performance. Today we spend 90% of our time indoors but our senses are adapted to outdoor life. Ecophon focus on bringing the ideal acoustic environments of nature into our modern indoor spaces – having a sound effect on people. The head office is located in Hyllinge, just outside Helsingborg, Sweden.

Ecophon is part of the Saint-Gobain Group, a world leader in sustainable habitat solutions. This is also one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world, constantly innovating to make living spaces more comfortable and cost-efficient. Saint-Gobain offer solutions to the major challenges of energy efficiency and environmental protection. No matter what new needs emerge in the habitat and construction markets, the future is made of Saint-Gobain.

For further questions, please contact:

At Ideon Open
Mats Dunmar, Manager Ideon Open
Phone: +46 735 120 422
Email: mats.dunmar@ideonopen.com

At RISE
Erik Ronne, RISE, Vice President Innovation at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Phone: +46 10 561 60 50
Email: erik.ronne@ri.se

At Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, CEO
Phone: +46 708 110 111
Email: mia.rolf@ideon.se

A unique corporate accelerator for large companies is started by Ideon Open and RISE – BEYOND

October 6, 2017News

BEYOND is a unique corporate accelerator where several major companies share the same environment and are coached in working with lean startup methods to find new business models and products. The initiative is a collaboration between RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Ideon Open, the Open Innovation experts at Ideon Science Park. The goal is to help companies develop their business beyond the company’s walls and existing business structures. BEYOND starts in mid-October and at the start there are teams from three companies on site, one of which is Inwido AB.

– We are in the middle of a transformation at Inwido, where we go from a traditional industry to being part of the digital era with new demands and needs from the end-user. We see how important it is for us to be in the creative environment at Ideon, where we can develop our resources and meet other skills and ideas that can cross-fertilize our team and qualify us for new business, says Johan Ambuhm, VP Business Development and Digital Solutions, Inwido AB.

The accelerator is specifically designed to help companies develop their ideas into sustainable new business models by working on entrepreneurial methods challenging the company’s existing structures and business models. After an evaluation of the maturity level of the project, clear goals are set for the team to work towards.

– Many big companies are starting their own accelerators because they realize that they need to develop their existing business models or find brand new ones. The big difference with BEYOND is that we are experienced in lean the startup methodology and know how to run projects involving multiple players through open innovation to achieve brand new results, explains Mats Dunmar, Head Coach for BEYOND and Manager at Ideon Open. The teams are coached by us and RISE, but can also exchange ideas and be inspired by what the teams from other companies are working on, “Mats continues.

Companies can place one or more development projects in BEYOND for up to twelve months. The teams sit together at Ideon Science Park in Lund, where they get coaching from RISE and Ideon Open. They also get tailor-made efforts for each team and can participate in joint activities and workshops such as IPR Strategy Flyover, Challenge Dojo, Customer Hearing and Tech Wiz Day as well as verifications such as Innovation Due Diligence and Translucent Innovation.

– RISE contributes to BEYOND with a significant part of the joint innovation infrastructure in Sweden, says Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE. With more than 2,000 researchers within almost all technical areas, RISE can help the project teams with technical adaptations. With 130 test beds, RISE can test new products and as a leading player in certification, standardization and validation, RISE can help understand the requirements that must be fulfilled to reach out with a product globally. Combining an agile startup environment such as Ideon Open with a wide polytechnic institute offers the best opportunities in BEYOND.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ideon Open
Mats Dunmar, Manager Ideon Open
Phone: +46 735 120 422
Email: mats.dunmar@ideonopen.com

RISE
Erik Ronne, RISE, Vice President Innovation at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Phone: +46 10 561 60 50
Email: erik.ronne@ri.se

Ideon Science Park
Mia Rolf, VD
Phone: +46 708 110 111
Email: mia.rolf@ideon.se

Links

More information about BEYOND: http://BEYONDcorporatelimits.com/

More information about Ideon Open: http://www.ideonopen.com/

More information about RISE: https://www.ri.se/

WIN Guard are looking for innovations within Rescure Services

March 22, 2017News

Do you have an innovative solution that contributes to less accidents in our society? Then we would like to get in contact with you!

We will connect you with decision makers within Rescue Services, Municipalities and private companies – focusing on safety and security. You get to:

  • Pitch your solution
  • Get feedback from relevant companies and organizations
  • Access to test bed environments
  • Find new markets
  • Do business

At the same time as we give you support and coaching in how to grow your company. Are you interested and would like to know more? Please contact us. You can also participate at our first network meeting in Lund on the 6th of April.

About WIN Guard

The business network WIN Guard was founded in autumn 2016 on the initiative of MSB, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and Ideon Science Park. The background of the initiative is a need for innovations within Rescue Services in our changing society and the rapid development of the world. This creates needs for new ways of solving things related to security and safety and how we best protect people, resources and environment. Find out more about us at winguard.se.