Ecophon, together with Inwido AB,  joined the accelerator BEYOND, according to a press release issued by IDEON.

BEYOND is a corporate accelerator, where major companies share the same environment and apply lean startup methods to find new business models and products. It 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.We will have the opportunity to accelerate our pace of innovation and work with skilled people who have extensive entrepreneurial experience and widespread networks, with the aim of making a difference and improving lives,” says Francois Michel, President, Ecophon Group.

On the hand, Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation at RISE, said that he is looking forward to a close collaboration with Saint-Gobain Ecophon in BEYOND.

“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.”, he added.

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.

“We stand for the open entrepreneurial thinking,” says Mats Dunmar, Head Coach for BEYOND and Manager at Ideon Open. “Large companies, unlike micro companies, tend to primarily think internally.”

Read more at: IDEON