Together with some of our South-American clients we experienced a fantastic week long deep-dive into the Scandinavian Innovation Ecosystem. The tour focused on some big innovation star-organizations, the public innovation system as well as the startup community. The goal was to understand how these players live and breathe innovation.
“I knew since day one of the Innovation Tour, that this opportunity, would be a milestone in my career. My experience in Scandinavia was magical and completely changed the way I see the world. Every single day was packed with invaluable lessons and a spectacular atmosphere that transported me into the future.
Andréas and Jonas, I have no words to thank you for all your dedication in the planning of this trip.”
Carolina Uribe, USM
“Thank you for such an incredible week and the impeccable planning you did.”
Eduardo Quiroz, Ruta N
To try and convey all the leanings from this trip would take a long time but here are some of the highlights:
From Novozymes in Copenhagen we learned about biotech innovation, and the fact that building strong global innovation partnerships with clients can be greatly successful. They have received the external partner of the year award from P&G five years in a row!
From Minc – Malmö Incubator and Media evolution city we learned that culture, transparency and cooperation is key. Another thing is that the rapid “hockey stick” startup growth usually comes between year three and four.
From IKEA in Älmhult we learned that CSR is not a buzzword, it can also be used to do collaborative innovation. They are doing fantastic work with emerging markets and partnering with local startup businesses for limited editions of their product lines.
From Spotify in Stockholm we learned that its possible to change the world and the importance of thinking ahead to a world where smartphones and tablets are a thing of the past.
From the Danish office for Innovation Policies, Vinnova – The Swedish Innovation agency and Tekes – The Finnish counterpart we learned that there are some major differences in the setup and the responsibilities of the public innovation systems even if the main goal is the same. We also learned the importance of measuring everything all the time otherwise your efforts are just a big guessing game.
From Ericsson in Stockholm we got a sneak peak of the future where everything that can be connected is connected, even you. A human can transmit 10Mbit/s without any implants and that will be very useful in the networked society.
From Rovio in Helsinki we learned that innovation can come in many shapes and forms and that you need to hang in there. They also showed us some prime examples of how to successfully branch out into many industries and different product offerings.
From the program “Innovation in Sweden” by the Embassy of Colombia in Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Colombia we learned the importance of working together across academia, public and private sectors to achieve great innovation work.
A big thank you to all the organizations we visited and the people helping out in making this happen! When can we come again?
All images courtesy of Yan Camilo Vergara Gallo (@yancamilo on instagram)