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!
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.