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/