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Collaborations & initiatives

In order to strengthen innovation capacity and better harness research-based ideas, LU Innovation continuously initiate and actively participate in different projects. Many of the projects have been carried out in collabooration with other higher education institutions and partners, while some are organised by LU Innovation independently.

Science for Society

Interreg-funded Science for society developed learning- and networking platform for PhD students and postdocs, focusing on academic value creation, entrepreneurship and employability. The project ran at Lund University, University of Oslo in Norway and University of Aarhus and Aalborg University in Denmark until the end of 2018. The follow-up project, Science for Society 2.0, is a continuation, further development and scaling aiming to cultivate and facilitate a strong innovation ecosystem between the business community, research and educational institutions in order to train researchers in entrepreneurship and to form the basis for a research incubation environment. Contact sophie [dot] hyden_picasso [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se (Sophie Hydén Picasso) for more information.

Nordic Entrepreneurship Hubs

Nordic Entrepreneurship Hub is a three-year Interreg-supported project aiming to increase the collaboration between the universities involved to extend the support offered to the students who are interested in starting up, or are already running, their own business. The project aims to offer the students support, office spaces and other facilities. KEA, Lund University (through Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, LU Innovation and VentureLab) and DTU are partners in the project. 

Innovationskontor Syd

Innovationskontor Syd (IKS) was established in spring 2010 as a collaboration between Blekinge Institute of Technology, Kristianstad University, Lund University, Malmö University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. The collaboration is intended to promote academic entrepreneurship and facilitate knowledge transfer between the institutions and other actors in the region. More information can be found at our Swedish website.


Leapfrogs was launched in November 2011 to provide students with better opportunities to develop their business ideas. ‘Frog cheques’ give students who have good business ideas but lack the means or the time to develop them more time and energy for their ideas. For more information go to Leapfrogs website.


The Swedish Innovation Programme for Life Science against widespread diseases (folksjukdomar) will stimulate a new kind of generic model for innovation. Swelife will address the entire value chain from prevention and diagnosis to treatment through the stimulation of interdisciplinary, cross-sectional collaborations that will accelerate knowledge and competence sharing throughout the innovation process from idea to patient and society benefit. Hence, all stakeholders aiming to develop new ways to prevent, diagnose, monitor, manage or treat patients with non-communicable diseases will benefit from the programme.

Actors in Swelife include the Life Science industry in Sweden (biotech, MedTech, pharmaceutical and related industries), the health care system, academic research institutions and patients in collaboration with other stakeholders in the value chain, including innovation systems, incubators, biobanks, investment entities and venture capitalists.

Swelife is part of the national initiative strategic innovation areas and the Programme Office runs from LU Innovation, Lund University.

Visit Swelife's website

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