Ideon Takeoff has officially opened!

March 13, 2018News, Startups

Last week, we had a grand opening of Ideon Takeoff, a shared office space where startup companies leaving an incubator in Skåne can spend the next 1,5 years to grow their business with the support of Ideon Science Park. The rent is partly sponsored by the real estate owner Whilborgs and the benefit of sitting in a community with the same kind of challenges, becoming fully commercialized and a healthy growing company, is much appreciated.

“We want to make the transit from the Incubator to the Science Park easier for the companies. You will need to find new connections and new markets and that is what we at Ideon will help you with”, said Event and Delegations Manager Lotta Wessfeldt at the opening of Ideon Takeoff. “We listen to you to find out more about what your needs are so that we can help you grow. Ideon has 400 companies and over 9 000 people working here every day, so there are many useful contacts right here for you”.

“There are 400 companies here and a lot of interactions, but people don’t always see that. There are so many opportunities here and you can learn so much from other companies. At the moment we are three tech companies here at Ideon Takeoff” said Abtin Janinejad from Entowork.

”It is a better work environment. We have space to grow, and we work better here.” says Andy Trinh, programmer at Jibber, one of the companies at Ideon Takeoff

How it works

As a part of the support for SME companies in the park, Ideon Science Park offers a place to land when leaving an Incubator, which normally happens after 1,5 year. At this stage the company has probably found a working business concept and started to grow. Here, Ideon Takeoff offers a flexible office space, where startup companies leaving an incubator in Skåne can spend the next 1,5 years to grow up to maximum 6 persons.

”The companies here are pretty much in the same phase and that makes cooperation’s with each other easy, like finding finances or recruiting.” says Christian Ramel, one of the founders of Memlin.

”Yes, by sitting together like this, we are able to act as a bigger company than we really are” says Abtin Janinejad, founder of Entowork.

”We hope that some of the service and business providers that have supported these companies at the Incubator, want to continue the relationship and start to charge at a low, but growing scale.” says Lotta Wessfeldt.

”We are several organisations working hard to make this the best place to be if you want to change the world – and grow a company” Says Mia Rolf, CEO at Ideon Science Park. ”When we find such an obvious need, that could bridge the Valley of Death for SMEs, of course we need to act.”

Want to join Ideon Takeoff?

Then contact Lotta Wessfeldt and she will tell you more.


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.

Behind the scenes with Bylife #instatakeover

February 8, 2018News, Startups, WeAreIdeon

Next week Bylife, who was the winner at the VentureCup idea hunt 2017, will be taking over our Instagram account. So we took the opportunity to talk with Erik Wilson the CEO and Founder of Bylife.

Erik Wilson - Bylife
Erik Wilson – Bylife

Hi Erik, can you explain a bit more what your company does? What is unique in what you are providing? What inspired you to start your business?

In short – We ( are bringing nature indoors to improve peoples’ quality of life. This means we are developing what we call “a smart living wall” i.e. a bookshelf, covered with green indoor plants that make you feel great from simply being near it. Just like being outside.

What’s unique about our product is that the wall knows what type of plant sits where and how it should be taken care of. In that way you can sit back and enjoy the plants not caring about maintenance, and start thinking about who you are and how you would like to express yourself in life, by life.

What inspired me in creating it? The nature, seeing how good everyone feel in contact with it, and asking myself – how can nature be more accessible and with us in our day to day life. Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, this is where it must be.

Can you tell me more about the people working at Bylife? What backgrounds do you have and what inspires you while working?

Erik Wilson, CEO and founder. Responsible for customer relations, business development and research, while keeping the team together. Worked with light simulation and light design for 8-months during his graduation project in collaboration with Philips Lighting Research. Has also international research experience and a combined master’s in engineering nanoscience, from the engineering faculty, LTH, of Lund University.

Zacharias Holm, Software developer and system architect, co-founder. Responsible for developing software and homepage where the systems are monitored and managed from. Previously co-founded and run his own software consultancy firm. Background in ‘Design and Information systems’, from Lund University.

Markus Karlström, Mechatronic expert and robotic developer, co-founder. Responsible for development of the aeroponic spot irrigation and the robotic growth light. Background in mechatronic from LTH. Recently returned from a 6-month exchange program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Oscar Nilsson, Product developer and supply manager. Last year student. Product development, Engineering Mechanics LTH.

Luca Caruso, Business development. 1st  year exchange student from Brazil. Studying industrial engineering.

Petter Andersson, Full-stack developer. 4th year computer engineering student at LTH.

The feedback we get from both customers and potential customers inspires us to continue working and boosts our confidence that we are doing something that will have a large impact on society.

You are part of Venture Lab, what does that give you?

We have been with VentureLab for almost a year now and it is an amazing place to start. Firstly, you realize that you are not on your own and your confidence is boosted by others. You receive valuable tips and contacts from more mature entrepreneurs who usually have a head start compared to you.

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

You will get an insight in our daily work-life, hopefully learn something about plants and what easy steps you can take to improve your indoor environment. Also, I will be revealing why we have been working so hard for the past weeks.

If you want to learn more about Bylife visit

If you want to know more about Eric you can read his latest blog post here

Follow Bylife next week on our Instagram

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  or email them at

It’s as important to listen as to not listen – founder of Najell talks about their first five years

October 18, 2017News, WeAreIdeon

Next week, Najell takes over our Instagram account. Since they also celebrate five years this fall, we took the opportunity to have a chat with one of the founders, Niklas Najafi.

Niklas Najafi

You celebrate 5 years, how did you get started?

– My brother had gotten his first child and one night, my wife and I were trying to put their girl to sleep for the night. She could only fall asleep if we carried her, but every time tried to put her down in her bed, she woke up. Me and my wife started talking with other parents and realized that many had the same challenge, we saw an opportunity to solve this problem. From this, SleepCarrier was born, which is still our most popular product. In connection with that, I began to look around for support on how to start a company and got in touch with Ideon Innovation, where I joined the incubator program in in 2013.

– During the first year I focused on product development and started selling in the summer of 2014. It took a lot of time to build a network and find suppliers and manufacturers. The good thing about Ideon Innovation was that there were many entrepreneurs who were very active and dedicated, we supported each other.


Who else is working in the company?

– We are two full-time employees, myself and Anna Lagesson. We also have a trainee and we are looking to hire a resource to work with our marketing and communication.

What does the process look like when you are developing your products?

– Our product development is an open process. We include industry designers and architects, but also ask families as early as possible to test our ideas. At this point it is good to listen and to not listen, as we have to make the final decision ourselves about what will be a good product.

– One example is how we worked with our Baby Carrier that was released this spring. The process was quite similar to that when we developed SleepCarrier, we talked to parents to understand their challenges in carrying their child. Most responded that carriers were difficult to use and did not provide sufficient weight distribution. We started to look at what we could improve, and from there came our Baby Carrier. Our goal is to create things that are decidedly better than what is available on the market.

What have these past five years been like?

– The biggest challenge is to be able to manage a big and complex business with few resources. We sell to 18 markets and to be able to do it all with a small team is tough. The rewards come when we meet our customers and hear that they love our products!

Do you have any advice for those who are considering starting a business of their own?

– My advice is to focus on the calculation. If the business does not look great in your simplest calculations, find something else to focus on. Everything will take longer than you think, so unless the deal looks good from the start, it will be difficult. But if the forecast looks good, well then you’re well on your way.

– Zlatan has said; you should listen and not listen at the same time. You will meet many people who will tell you what to do, so pick and choose what you take to heart. You have to listen to yourself and find your own way, it is after all your business.

– Don’t forget to have fun while you work! This important, because it’s tough and will take time, so make sure that you are having fun in the meantime.

What does the future look like?

– Our main focus is on expanding our market, we want Najell to become a well-known brand among parents. This will allow us to grow and create more products.

What will you show us next week at Instagram?

– We will show a fairly typical week at Najell. We exhibit at a fair, have a photo session and of course work with sales and marketing. Welcome to follow us next week!

Find out more about Najell here

Follow Najell on our Instagram Account

Industry Frontiers advise companies on market opportunities in Africa

September 27, 2017News, 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: Industry Frontiers

Who are you?

We are Prudence Persson, Founder and Managing Director and Peter Mafuta, Marketing Manager, based in Zambia.

What product or service do you offer?

We help get world-class products into African markets, supporting CEOs, management and sales teams with investment decisions. When it comes to winning in Africa, having the right information, contacts, connections and access to finances is key. Industry Frontiers facilitate partnerships with local partners and provides advice on funding sources for internationalization as well as providing full service marketing for high end products suitable for African markets.

How do you build the right networks?

Through meetings (conferences, seminars) and market investigations (case studies). Together with PMP Innovations, we host two annual live events – Branding Africa Conference held in Sweden and the Zambia Education Fair, a meeting point for industry leaders, academia and government keynotes including African Ambassadors accredited to the Nordic countries.

What benefits would I get from using your services?

Key contacts to buyers, suppliers and funders working with African markets.  Companies get access to a large network of government, industry and academia buyers, suppliers and other partners.

What kind of partners or help do you possibly need from other Ideon companies?

Marketing of our services within Ideon. If you are a company with a world-class product suitable for Africa, you are the kind of partner we are looking for!

What kind of support can you offer to other Ideon companies?

Market information, contacts and marketing.

Contact Industry Frontiers

Key contact: Prudence Persson
Phone: +46 703 607 623
Visit our website for more information