Meet Linus, our Innovation Process Leader

Linus Arnold is an innovation expert that will be responsible for refining our innovation processes to strengthen Ignite Sweden’s value proposition to corporate customers.

“My main focus will be to assess and refine our innovation processes to strengthen our value proposition, from the very first meeting with a corporation or an organization until they sign commercial agreements with startups. I will also be responsible for building and nourishing the relationship with some corporate members,” explains Linus.

Linus says that it feels fantastic to be part of a truly purpose-driven initiative. “I have been working with supporting startups and SMEs in the past but to do this at Ignite without any ifs and buts feels very inspiring.”

Before joining Ignite Sweden this month, Linus worked at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden for 7 years as a project leader with focus on innovation and business development. “The role evolved throughout the years from supporting regional food-related SMEs to designing and executing tech-driven open innovation processes for multinational enterprises.”

During his time at RISE, he had taken part in discussions and even projects together with Ignite on how to combine the strengths of both organizations to better serve the needs of our innovation ecosystem. 

One of these projects was the L’Oréal’s Sweden Innovation Week, a virtual discovery tour especially designed for the cosmetics multinational corporation containing digital presentations from selected startups, innovation clusters, research centers and incubators from across our country. No less than 15 handpicked startups and 11 innovation environments were introduced to stakeholders from across L’Oréal’s organization during three days in September 2020.

“The Sweden Innovation Week was a great example of how RISE and Ignite could serve as the entry point to the Swedish innovation ecosystem. This way of working generated a lot of value for all parties. L’Oreal got a great introduction to our ecosystem for further exploration and the participating startups knew that they had been assessed and selected by a multinational enterprise prior to their meeting,” explains Linus.

Linus Arnold

This concept will soon be presented as a joint service for international corporations who would like to access our innovation ecosystem in a similar way. Read more about it here.

It was through this project that Linus got the chance to meet some people from the Ignite team before. “I have always appreciated our previous interactions. It feels inspiring to now be part of an amazing team with a fantastic track record and still continuously improving,” he concludes.

Welcome to the team, Linus!

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