Introducing our New Ignite Corporate Members

Ten world-leading companies from Sweden, Germany and Brazil have recently joined Ignite Sweden to meet innovative startups to collaborate with. These are Dr. Oetker, Lfant, Liebherr, Miele, Mölnlycke Health Care, Novartis, Södra, WAGO, WEG and Wellspect.

“We look forward to working with all these strong, global brands, leading a wide range of industries including healthcare, IT, food, cranes, forestry, domestic appliances and energy. All these companies have shown a real interest in meeting and collaborating with innovative startups,” says Sara Hamlin, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Ignite Sweden. 

Among the new members we find not only companies established in Sweden but also in countries such as Germany and Brazil. “This is fantastic as it allows us to continue helping Swedish startups in the commercialization of their solutions to international markets,” she adds.

Sara Hamlin (Ignite Sweden)

As corporate members, the large companies will have the chance to participate and meet startups during the four members-only events that we hold per year. Before that their representatives will take part in an exclusive needs assessment where we will help them identify their business-critical innovation challenges in order to match them with startups around Sweden that have the potential to solve them.

They will also have the chance to share experiences and best practices with other Ignite corporate and public members.

“We decided to become a member of Ignite to learn about innovation and get connected to partners that can help drive new thinking and service development. Novartis is interested in collaborating with startups to work with talented, fast and nimble partners that can help us speed up innovation. Our goal with these partnerships is to build, test and learn, as well as to scale solutions that accelerate our business ambitions,” says Daniel Höglund, Patient Journey and Solutions Lead at Novartis.

Daniel Höglund (Novartis)

These are our new Ignite Corporate Members:

Dr. Oetker
Founded in 1891, the German corporation ranks today among the leading food manufacturers in Europe. The company produces baking powder, cake mixes, frozen pizza, pudding, cake decoration, cornflakes, party candles, and various other products. It has more than 40 subsidiaries and over 16,000 employees worldwide.

Lfant is an innovation company that works with customer-driven development to meet tomorrow’s needs. Owned by Länsförsäkringar Skåne, Länsförsäkringar Älvsborg, Länsförsäkringar Östgöta, Länsförsäkringar Halland, Länsförsäkringar Stockholm and Länsförsäkringar Göteborg and Bohuslän.

Liebherr is a German equipment manufacturer. It has a diversified product portfolio with 13 product segments including earthmoving, material handling technology, deep foundation machines, mining, mobile, crawler, tower and maritime cranes, concrete, gear technology, aerospace and transportation, refrigeration, components and hotels. It was the world’s largest crane company by 2007 and has the world’s most powerful and tallest crawler crane.

Miele is a German manufacturer of high-end domestic appliances and commercial equipment including laundry appliances, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, rotary irons, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, wine coolers, coffee systems, wet cleaning machines, lab glassware washers, dental disinfectors and medical equipment washers. The company exports products to global markets and is represented in 47 countries.

Mölnlycke Health Care
A world-leading company that designs and supplies medical solutions to enhance performance in healthcare – from the hospital to the home. The Swedish company manufactures and sells wound care and single-use surgical products. Customers use their solutions in almost 100 countries and the company owns operations in more than 40 of them.

Novartis is a global healthcare company providing solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and ranks among the top companies investing in research and development. Its products reach nearly 800 million people globally.

Södra is a large forest industry group. The Swedish company has control over the entire value chain, from seed to customer, and promotes sustainable development in all stages. It also focuses strategically on innovation, with the aim of developing new and sustainable climate-smart products based on renewable raw materials from the forest.

The WAGO Group is a German supplier of electrical interconnection, automation products and interface electronics. The company is the world market leader in spring pressure connection technology. Its products are used globally in power and process technology, building automation, machinery and equipment, as well as industrial and transportation applications.

WEG is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of energy-efficient electric motors, automation, power transmission, renewable resource technologies, solar, biomass and wind power generation, distribution equipment and industrial coatings and varnishes. With ​​commercial
operations in 36 countries and manufacturing plants in 12, the Brazilian company’s portfolio includes over 1500 product lines.

Wellspect develops innovative continence care solutions for making life better for people with bladder and bowel dysfunction. The Swedish company has been leading the industry for almost 40 years with its LoFric urinary catheters and the Navina bowel management system. It has operations in 18 countries and distributors around the world.

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