Mobile Heights Business Centre
Topic of the practice
Promoting commercial collaboration and enabling the transfer of an idea to a product through unexplored patents and business ideas from the industry
Good Practice Information
Mobile Heights is a centre for collaboration. Being a cluster organisation, networking is essential. On the knowledge side Mobile Heights works closely to universities in shaping education and attracting students to study and work within ICT. At the same time, there is ongoing work of expanding the cluster and to get more international companies established in the region. In concrete terms, promoting commercial collaboration and enabling the transfer of an idea to a product. To further develop cooperation between great ideas, entrepreneurs, private and public actors to accelerate the growth of mobile communication start-ups, Mobile Heights Business Centre was initiated as a project. Here, actors contribute with their specific resources at different stages of the business development process e.g. short way to financing, finding the right skills for the team and offering access to first customers as well as the knowhow and experience that industry researchers possess.
Telia Sonera, Ericsson and TAT provide MHBC with unexplored patents and ideas with entrepreneurs screened by us, to create viable spin-outs. Screened entrepreneurs bring their own ideas or choose from the list of unexploited patents offered by the telecom industries. The ambition is to create growth, employment and competence in the south of Sweden. Mobile Heights Business Centre (MHBC) was launched in 2009 as a cluster organisation linking business, academia and regional government. The vision was to establish Mobile Heights as the world’s first eco-system based on open innovation in mobile communications. MHBC is backed with financial support from Skåne and the neighbouring region of Blekinge, together with Innovationsbron and Teknopol, two state-funded organizations that provide funding and support to innovative business. The goal is to create 10 new viable companies with a longer term potential to employ at least 100 people and generate income of €10 million.
Evidence of success
By the end of 2010 there were 23 start-up members. Up to October 2010, the telecom industry had contributed over 400 patents and the project had created 67 new jobs in the region. The running costs are about € 650.000 per year. Factors contributing to the success:
- Thorough screening process to find ‘the right’ person and/or team
- Offers an opportunity to bring a new lease of light into patents and business ideas
- Linking entrepreneurial ideas to regional business knowledge and university research
- Fostering creativity and valuable sharing in open innovation ‘crash labs’
- Valuable time offered for free with specialists on financial, legal and HR aspects
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Annex completed on: 02-07-2011