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Future by Lund operates in the organisational space between the municipality, business, civic society and university – but what does this actually mean? In total Future by Lund consists of more than seventy organisations and 300 people that collaborate in various ways. How this is done is best described as a working model with a blue, green and yellow zone. Join Future by Lund’s project manager Peter Kisch as he explains!
As part of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Powwow arranged by Skånemotor, Future by Lund was proud to sponsor the program segment Big Data. Björn Lovén from the National Space Agency spoke about how AI can be used to extract essential data – now a workshop on space technology is planned, which amongst other things aims to see what data is valuable to Lund.
This August marked a point of both culmination and rejuvenation for Future by Lund at its Kick-On event attended by approximately sixty pre-registered participants from businesses, municipal organisations, innovation systems, academia and politics. The participants gained an insight into everything that the partnership has achieved so far, then subsequently discussed together eight challenges and opened up new interesting possibilities into the next phase.
Drawing on a total of 250 years of experience in life sciences, access to advanced laboratories and good contacts with both industry and investors, the SmiLe Incubator at Medicon Village in Lund supports start-up companies in life sciences. There is no question that it is showing excellent results – as can be seen both in the amount of recognition it has received as well as in the companies' ability to attract capital.
The city of Lund has a long history of work within life sciences. Recently, Lund has been influenced by the global trend of development and innovation happening in smaller companies with unique expertise. The premises that once hosted the large and successful AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company now house more than 150 organizations within life sciences. At Medicon Village, researchers’ ideas are transformed into companies that deliver products and services.
Ideon Science Park has been helping to create job opportunities and businesses in research and innovation in Lund since 1983. During that time, Ideon has created well over 10,000 jobs and housed 1,200 companies in northeastern Lund. This fall the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is moving into Ideon to establish a global innovation center in order to more quickly match Swedish innovations with international needs, among other things.
In the village of Torna Hällestad more than a hundred local residents went in together as shareholders in a venture to bring back a local grocery store. That store is now thriving and has expanded beyond groceries to also include freshly baked bread, an award-winning brunch, a dinner restaurant, and even takeaway. In addition, with support from the EU, the store is planning to arrange tourism activities in collaboration with local businesses and people.
How are the smallest structures in dough affected when a croissant is baked? What minerals are stored within a single seed? How do medications bind to the proteins they then influence? The MAX IV Laboratory in Lund enables us to look at extremely small parts of materials such as these. The benefits of this facility go beyond academic research; companies too are now able to make groundbreaking discoveries using the beamline portfolio at the world-class synchrotron research facility in Lund’s newest district.
During the spring of 2016, Barcamper toured around Scania in southern Sweden on a mission to scout the region for brilliant business ideas which for some reason hadn’t entered the startup scene. Over 80 meetings were booked during the tour and 40 entrepreneurs receiving guidance from the Barcamper crew to realize their business dreams.
Do you know what’s 535 pages long and worth 250 million SEK? The application for the Lighthouse-project Galaxity that revolves around the plus-energy field. Together with several European cities, Lund has petitioned for the major EU-application.
Might it be that one of the solutions to make Swedish transports fossil free is already in Lund? Inventor Dan Zethraeus together with LTH have devised an idea to charge electric vehicles while driving and their solution with short electric rails attached to the roads works especially well in urban traffic.
Medicon Village becoming an international demonstration area for E.ON's new energy system - and it was in Future by Lund that the collaboration began. Here is the story of how Sonny Strömberg from E.ON and Erik Jagesten from Medicon Village discovered the companies’ common interest, which has resulted in launching a new sustainable energy solution.
Kirill Noskov left a well-paid job to develop a product that gives people more time to work out. With his ergonomic backpack "IAMRUNBOX" it is possible to jog to work with both laptop and a change of clothes. Now, the next innovation - an easy-to-wear and technology-enabled backpack that would help make the school day easier for children.
Schneider Electric is one of the world's leading energy management and automation companies, with operations in more than 100 countries. In 2017 the company chose to establish an important innovation center in Lund to develop future solutions for building automation and connectivity.
Among the large robots at Odense Robotics is a group of innovators who are aiming for the opposite - to make a robot as small as possible. The idea of a robotic glove comes from Sofie Woge, who was raised and educated in Lund. After working in innovation systems in Lund, she is now taking the steps toward developing the finished product in Denmark.
Founded in 1984 with the idea of connecting printers to networks, Axis Communications was one of the first companies located at Ideon. In 1996 Axis created the world’s first network camera and soon the small Lund company was an international success.