Saint-Gobain Ecophon accelerates innovation in partnership with corporate accelerator BEYOND

Ecophon is a new member of BEYOND - a corporate accelerator, where several major companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products.

27/10/2017

Ecophon is a new member of BEYOND - a corporate accelerator, where several major companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products.

BEYOND is a collaboration between RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Ideon Open. The goal is to help companies develop their business beyond the company’s existing business structures.

- I am thrilled and very proud that Saint-Gobain Ecophon joins BEYOND at Ideon Science Park in Lund from mid-October as part of our Sound Pilots initiative which approaches innovation from a wider perspective, says Francois Michel, President, Ecophon Group. - The origins of groundbreaking innovations are never just in the technology itself and within BEYOND we will have the opportunity to accelerate our pace of innovation and work with skilled people who have extensive entrepreneurial experience and widespread networks. Together, we will form an exciting environment for agile development, entrepreneurship and new business opportunities. All with the aim of making a difference and improving lives, Francois concludes.

- I’m really looking forward for the collaboration with Saint-Gobain Ecophon in BEYOND, says Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE. - It will be a success story to combine the lean startup methodology in an agile environment as 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 innovation.

Companies can place one or more development projects in BEYOND for up to twelve months. The teams collaborate together at Ideon Science Park in Lund, where they work with innovation specialists from RISE and Ideon Open. They also get tailor-made support for each team and can participate in joint activities and workshops such as IPR Strategy Flyover, Challenge Dojo, Customer Hearing and Tech Wiz Day as well as verifications such as Innovation Due Diligence and Translucent Innovation.