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University of Gävle’s workshops are now open to alumni

2019-11-12 

In the pilot project OpenLab, four alumni are invited to use the University’s equipment and skills from workshops in building 45 and in our Digital Learning Lab to develop their ideas.

Chatrine Jonsson, former industrial design student, Richard Hainsworth, business coach at Movexum, Rickard Larsson, responsible for workshops in building 45, Lisa Teodorsson, former industrial design student and Lars Löfqvist, head of subject in design.

Chatrine Jonsson, former industrial design student, Richard Hainsworth, business coach at Movexum, Rickard Larsson, responsible for workshops in building 45, Lisa Teodorsson, former industrial design student and Lars Löfqvist, head of subject in design.

The University, together with Movexum, selected five alumni from the programmes in Industrial design and Building Engineering, who were invited to use our workshops to continue developing their prototypes and ideas. Each of them has started their own business and now continue their product development, concerning for example, construction, sustainability and material, at the University.

“We would like to gain more knowledge about how the University can create creative test environments to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as find new ways to cooperate with Movexum,” says Anna Bäcklund coordinator in innovation.

A new way of thinking

Movexum functions as an incubator, and all alumni have a business coach to assist them, but they also need a workshop and people who can provide suggestions concerning practical details.

“This is completely new and could be something truly great, but we need to develop regulations and establish a flexible structure,” Anna Bäcklund says.

Chatrine Jonsson, one of the alumni, underlines that it is invaluable to her and her project to gain the opportunity to access the University’s machinery and all skills in the building

Ulrika Malmqvist, CEO at Movexum, calls the OpenLab a key step forward in their work to develop innovative businesses in the region.

Contact

Anna Bäcklund, coordinator innovation
Phone: 026-64 86 02
E-mail: anna.backlund@hig.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2019-11-13
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