News: e-school related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 01 Feb 2023 22:32:43 +0100 alumna in Forbes 30 under 30<p><b>​Each year, Forbes lists the world’s top young entrepreneurs under 30. This year, a Chalmers alumna who runs a promising start up has made the list.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Isabella Palmgren, 29, founded the company Mimbly with fellow  students in 2016, during her studies at Chalmers University of Technology. Five years later, she has been singled out as one of the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to Forbes 30 under 30 list">most promising young entrepreneurs in Europe by Forbes</a> in the social impact category. </span><div>“It means a lot to get the attention of such a large international player and be a part of their network. It is also valuable for the company now that we are planning to launch our product”.</div> <div>Furthermore, it is also proof that the product, which is now in the test stages, can have worldwide potential according to Isabella. </div> <div>“The fact that people seem to appreciate what we do, means that we have chosen the right product to move forward with.”</div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Saves water and removes microplastics</span><br /></div> <div>The company was founded during her studies at the <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Entrepreneurship-and-Business-Design.aspx" title="Link to master's programme">master’s programme Entrepreneurship and business design​</a> at Chalmers. In short, the innovation involves connecting a box to the washing machine to make it more environmentally friendly. Thanks to a built-in filter, users can wash with 70 percent less water consumption and save energy while removing dangerous microplastics.</div> <div>“We have developed a solution that makes it easier for people to be sustainable, without them even having to think about it”, she says.</div> <div>Isabella Palmgren and a team of other students at Chalmers came up with the idea by looking at different areas of use where humans consume a lot of water.</div> <div>“We saw many documentaries and lectures that highlighted the importance of the washing machine in society. When it was launched, it was a revolution for women who no longer needed to hand wash. It is an innovation that has meant a lot but has not developed much. From that angle, we started to take the concept around the box further and try out possible prototypes”.</div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Worked together with Ikea</span><br /></div> <div>At an early stage, the company was hand-picked as the only Swedish start up in Ikea's accelerator programme. They received SEK 200,000 in grants, personal coaching from their business area managers, as well as access to Ikea's test lab and prototype workshop.</div> <div>“We lived in Älmhult where Ikea has its headquarters for a few months and were in close contact with their innovation department. It was a useful experience, because we gained further insight into how to take a consumer product to a large market.”</div> <div>Other partners have been Swedish real estate companies that want to implement the innovation in their laundry rooms. Last year, the company received a total of SEK 30 million into the company after an investment round, of which SEK 19 million was a grant from the European Innovation Council's fund for green innovations.</div> <div>“It helped us to get the production started in our pilot project. We are testing out five boxes right now, with Stena Property and Bostadsbolaget in Gothenburg being some of our clients.”</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Scaling up production</h3> <div>Already, the pilot testers see clear benefits of energy-saving and the investment pays off because water costs are being reduced. More boxes are getting manufactured in the old Electrolux factory Prodma in Mariestad. The plan is to get another 50 boxes out in laundry rooms all around Sweden by the autumn and then go into full production in 2022.</div> <div>“In the long run, we see that our product could be used in the household as well, as an additional product or a new kind of washing machine.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Vedrana Sivac<br />Photo: Mimbly</div>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 questions to Johan - A Chalmers "Elumni"<p><b>​Meet Johan, alumni (or as we call it: elumni) from the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship</b></p><strong><br />At what company and in which position are you currently working?  </strong><br />I am CEO for 2 companies, Processkontroll Green Technology AB and Linder Medical AB. <br /><br /><strong>How much have you been in contact with (the topic) 'Entrepreneurship' since graduating from Chalmers </strong><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m"><strong>School of Entrepreneurship</strong></span></span><strong>?  </strong><br />Every day in my career, regardless of working with the future of a business strategy or following a well-defined process, the topic “Entrepreneurship” is always present. This as “connecting the dots” for me is linked to Entrepreneurship and it was a key ability that was often emphasized at <span><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m">Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span></span>. Further, it always pays off to take a step back, see the big picture, and find new possibilities or reconfirm that the current focus is still valid. <br /><br /><strong>How has studying at </strong><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m"><strong>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship</strong> </span></span><strong>influenced your career?  </strong><br /><div>I tend to end up in situations where skills within business, technology, and leadership are useful. Studying at the School, was the first context where this exact combination was emphasized, trained, and practiced. The career impact I see is that decision-making and communication skills become strong when adding the skills/techniques of simulating future business, by varying sales volume, product costs/prices, and investments. All in all, it has helped me to navigate through unclear situations, and for that, I thank <span><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql rrkovp55 jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v knj5qynh oo9gr5id hzawbc8m">Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span></span>. </div> <br /><strong>What has been the most valuable learning from your time at the School? </strong> <br /><div>Stay cool, discuss difficult situations, and take advice from experienced people, while being able to believe in yourself, based on your own analysis. </div> <br /><strong>What is your number one tip for aspiring entrepreneurs? </strong><br />When you are in front of a decision, separate facts from assumptions, and then validate the most critical assumptions of your future business. Based on this, the chances that you will make a better decision are higher. Finally, it is easy to over-estimate the potential in the short run and at the same time, under-estimate how good things can evolve in the long run, as changes normally take far more time than humans can accept.<br /><br /><br />Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 your skills to practice<p><b>​Meet Karl, Corporate Entrepreneurship Track </b></p>​&quot;I think I’m not the only one who has doubted the relevance of all the theories and frameworks you learn during your bachelor's. For my master's, I was looking for something different and that is the main reason why I knew that Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship was the best fit for me.  <br /><br />My name is Karl and I am a second-year corporate entrepreneurship student. Since September I am working on a one-year strategy-project at Göteborg Energi together with one of my peers, Sara Riad. We’ve gotten the objective to develop a framework for strategic partnerships. So far, what has struck me the most is the similarity between every-day work experiences at Göteborg Energi and the conceptual challenges that were discussed in my courses during the first year at Chalmers E-School. I especially remember the Knowledge-Based Business Development &amp; Management (KBBDM) course that was constructed as a real-life business simulation and taught me how to approach your colleagues depending on your objective, the importance of time management, and the ability to think one step ahead in order to get what you want. <br /><br />Another great example of how you will be able to put your skills to practice as a corporate entrepreneurship student is a collaboration with George Washington University. Last spring, me and Jacob Hellke got to work together with engineers from GWU to create a commercialization strategy for their capstone project. Besides improving your skills within business development, participating in this collaboration will expand your network and improve your technical skillset. Hopefully, we will develop the collaboration even further this year and as Covid-19 slowly fades away we hope to offer what was intended from the beginning, to pitch the project at the Swedish Embassy in Washington. <br /><br />Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is truly the education for you who’s looking for a challenge. The courses will be different from what you’ve previously experienced, regardless of your educational background. So, to everyone who’s reading this and is considering to apply, especially to the CORP-track, DO IT!&quot;<br />Thu, 14 Jan 2021 10:00:00 +0100 in the shoes of an entrepreneur<p><b>​Meet Zaid, Technology Venture Creation track</b></p><div>&quot;​Hello folks, Zaid here, a first-year student at the Technology Venture Creation track. Allow me to give you a brief insight on the start of my journey as an entrepreneur. </div> <br /><div>&quot;This is going to be easy&quot; is what I repeatedly kept telling myself as the start of the semester was approaching. &quot;How hard can it be to officially become an entrepreneur?&quot; I asked myself as I was looking for a part-time job next to my master studies, completely convinced that it was doable. Little did I know … </div> <br /><div>Coming from a background in mechanical engineering, I am more used to a systematic way of learning where we are introduced to new (often intricate) concepts and knowledge to eventually use those in a more theoretical context either through group projects or during the exam. I have spent almost 10 weeks onboard this programme and this way of learning has constantly been challenged. Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship has so far done a great job in counterbalancing the traditional way of teaching by trying to provide us with opportunities where we work hands-on with the models and theories that are introduced to us. This new knowledge is not necessarily difficult or intricate, the challenge resides in applying it in real-life scenarios – and that is exactly what we are promoted to do on a daily basis through team discussions and case work. My understanding is that being an entrepreneur is not about being a genius or the best at what you do, but rather about being okay in working with high levels of uncertainty as you don’t necessarily have complete control over all variables in the innovation process. You have to take a leap of faith every now and then to see whether a certain path is the right one, and this is part of the process to create new and uncharted value.</div> <br />While I still have the opportunity to put in some extra hours into a part-time job, it is becoming more evident to me that Chalmers E-School is all about value exchange. The amount of time and energy I invest into this learning process has a direct yield in a way, either through personal development or newfound knowledge. I am very excited to see what else I can gain from being part of this community. My aim is to be in the driver’s seat leading a business idea, that will hopefully contribute to solving the crucial climate issue we are facing, and I strongly believe that the Tech track provides me with a great opportunity to pursue this goal.&quot;<br /><br />Tue, 08 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0100 kickstart to the semester<p><b>​Meet the Svala team, Venture Creation Track </b></p>&quot;​Hi! How many times have you started the semester by pitching for investments and incorporating your co-founded startup?  For us at Svala Technologies this was a different start than what we are used to. No introduction lectures and theory, but actual hands-on entrepreneurship! Well, at least not as many introduction lectures as usual…<br /><br />So, what is it that we do at Svala Technologies, and why the rush to incorporate?<br /> <br />We are developing the next generation tool for analyzing how molecular structures behave in the development of complex liquids and materials. This could be for example batteries, specialty chemicals, or pharmaceuticals. The method and algorithms behind our innovation are novel enough to be patentable. To get a competitive advantage, we decided together with our idea partners to apply for a patent and incorporate as soon as possible. It has been very educational and rewarding to apply the knowledge we gained during the first year and get the opportunity to work with our venture.<br /><br />Our project is quite technical, and it is a fun challenge to dive into a new technology field and investigate which problems to solve and which market to target. At the stage we are currently at we do a lot of customer development by interviewing potential customers to verify our business assumptions and tweak our MVP (Minimum Viable Product). In addition, we have school assignments that will support the venture. The three modules ‘Entrepreneurial Strategy &amp; Sales Execution’, ‘Technology and Product Development’, and ‘Entrepreneurial Mindset &amp; Teamwork’ are all formed to be as valuable as possible for the venture. It is a great opportunity to get feedback from experienced entrepreneurs on specific venture related tasks.<br />  <br />To sum up, we are excited about our kickstart to the semester and are looking forward to the rest of the year and where this project will take us.&quot;<br />Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200 challenges<p><b>​Meet Jacob Hellke, Corporate Entrepreneurship Track</b></p>​&quot;Hi! My name is Jacob Hellke, and I’m a first-year (soon to be second-year!) student at the Corporate Entrepreneurship track. This week I'm going to tell you about my year at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, and some reflections on &quot;current events&quot;.<br /><br /><div>A year has gone by since I got my letter of acceptance to Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. It has been a year paved with uncertainty, learning, and new experiences. The cream of the crop, the final test, on how to bear the uncertainty so often facing an entrepreneur was a world scale pandemic.</div> <br />This text would probably look a lot different if everything went according to plan. Probably the best thing about this program is the unexpected journeys it will offer you. At this point in time, I would have completed a collaboration with students at George Washinton University in Washington together with a partner from the Corp track. We were supposed to pitch two life science projects at the Swedish embassy in Washington, but you know, a Zoom conference wasn't all too bad. At least my family and friends could join in!<br /><br />I would also probably write this post on an airport heading to California to work there for the summer with intellectual property and business development. I'll leave it to you to figure out what happened. This got me to realize the best thing about this program, except friends and teachers. Managing changes, obstacles, and uncertainties. Managing is perhaps a bad word, embracing is more to the point. Jacob one year ago would be devastated, sad, and disappointed by now. Well, I still am, a bit, but I stand humble for the challenge of going into this ever-changing climate and do the best I can with what I've learned so far.<br /><br /><div>&quot;Never let a good crisis go to waste&quot; said Winston Churchill. And although it Is a tragedy, and always will be, it shows that entrepreneurship can be found anywhere and within anyone. People are gathering online, creating wonderful things across the globe to fight the pandemic, the infodemic, and other challenges that we've created for ourselves. You don't have to be a Jobs, Musk or Kamprad. You can just be you. That's one of my key takeaways from this program.</div> <br />In the end, I can't complain. I'm sitting on the west coast much closer to home, reading one of my favorite books. I wish you all an exciting and uncertain summer, keep your distance and use sun-screen!&quot;Mon, 01 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200 track insights<p><b>​Meet Leon, Corporate Entrepreneurship Track</b></p>​&quot;Hello, my name is Leon and I’m currently in the final study period of my first year of the corporate entrepreneurship track. I have a very technical background but realised during my side activities and gap years that what I found to be the biggest problem and also the most fun was dealing with the human aspects in projects and organisations. This education aims to combine different disciplines and the combination of technology and other aspects is something that has really stood out during my time at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.<br /><br />During the first semester we had a project called the Business Creation Lab which consisted of a large project that spun over three different courses. The most prominent example is when we were given 5 biotechnological patents to commercialise. I could understand the technology aspects and the law student in my group could understand what the text actually meant. It’s a silly example but from this it really stood out how quickly it became valuable to have different backgrounds. I have probably learnt more from my various group mates than from the lectures themselves. 

<br /><br />In the current study period, I am taking a course that simulates a company where spontaneous problems occur. In this course we have to manage both the company's projects but also the various people within the company. I feel like this really prepares us for the main point in the introduction of this text, namely how management of people in organisations is a main challenge. One can look at numerous models, but at the end of the day you need to work with the people behind each role within a project. So far, I have been very impressed by this education. I'm really looking forward to the second year where I will get to work with a change management project within a company.&quot;<br />Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200 year of the venture track: Vividye<p><b>Meet Gustav Larsson-Utas, Venture Creation Track (Tech Track)</b></p><div>​&quot;Hi! My name is Gustav Larsson-Utas and I am currently studying my second year in the Venture Creation Track (Tech Track) at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. During my second year, two of my classmates and I have had the opportunity to work with two researchers from Chalmers and with their new and sustainable technology for coloring and decoloring textiles. The researches came to us with the technology and now me and my two classmates had to come up with how we could get this technology to the market. One of the first thing we needed was a name for the technology, and that became “Vividye”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>During the first semester of my second year, we have been setting up strategies on how to move forward, which have included a lot of meetings with people and companies in the textile and fashion industry. After a few months of work, we applied for the H&amp;M and Elle’s Conscious Award with the idea that Vividye could be used in retail stores by fashion consumers to update their already existing wardrobe. One month later in December, H&amp;M’s sustainability manager called us and told us that we had won and asked if we wanted to come to the Elle-gala, and we answered with an exciting “Yes, of course!”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>It is fun to see that you can use your theoretical knowledge, put it into practice at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship and get these kinds of results.</div> <br />The H&amp;M and Elle’s Conscious Award is one thing, but all the people you get to meet through Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is a price itself. We may only be a few people in the Vividye team, but the people around us have always been giving their support through this whole process.&quot;Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:00:00 +0100 in the healthcare sector<p><b>​Meet Erik Dahl, Intellectual Capital Management Track</b></p>​&quot;Hi! My name is Erik Dahl and I am currently doing my second year at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, in the ICM-track. During the autumn we have applied the frameworks we have learned during the education in three separate projects with customers from the industry. It has been a great to understand what we can bring to the table in a project outside the school environment and experience that we make a valuable contribution.<br /><br />My highlight has been working with design thinking in the healthcare sector, where we tried to find ways to improve the ambulance helicopter function. It was inspiring to work at a place where decisions could actually make difference between life and death, and that our work could potentially contribute to save lives. Our project resulted in an educational package that aims to increase the awareness in the organization of what information was necessary in order to make the correct decision on whether to send the helicopter or not. Hopefully the solution will be implemented in the upcoming year.<br /><br />On a more personal note, I really enjoyed spending time with my team, the people from the helicopter function and visiting their base to see the helicopter. Nowadays I always stop whatever I am doing as soon as I hear the helicopter sound, to check if it is our friends from Sahlgrenska that are out saving lives.&quot;Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100 through hands-on practice<p><b>​Meet Yuejun Sun, Intellectual Capital Management Track</b></p>​&quot;Hi! My name is Yuejun Sun, and I am studying in my first year in the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) Track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. I am happy to share with you the enjoyable learning experience I have had during this fall.<br /><br /><div>Before applying for the Entrepreneurship and Business Design program, I was an electrical engineer who was interested in learning about the sustainable developing strategy of technology-based business. I indeed feel I have come to the right program. This program gives insights about creating, protecting, and developing technology-based innovation and start-ups.Furthermore, the ICM track is about learning methods and tools for evaluating and controlling intellectual assets in various contexts.</div> <br />The hands-on practice we got was through the BCL project, which many of my classmates have already told. We got leading-edge technology to create our business idea, and we could adapt our learning directly into the project, which made it extra challenging. Through the process, we probed group collaboration, peer learning, business creation, and much more. For instance, as in the IPS (Intellectual Property Strategy) course, we learned and applied methods to design and control the intellectual assets in the business. The main toolsets were to combine Technology Innovation, Business Strategy and Intellectual Property Law as three main “Arenas”, and use “Degunkification” to breakdown and analyze the situation.<br /><br />In the DTIM course (Design of Technological Innovations and Markets), we went more in-depth with our BCL project to the business level, by creating Technology-Economic Value Analysis, business model and future cashflows prediction. We learned to use the hypotheses to allocate the risks and uncertainties. Innovation and firm strategy were introduced in the case studies by analyzing real companies such as Google, Tesla and Apple. In the end, it got even more interesting when we practiced real negotiation with idea providers and venture capital investors.<br /><br />Besides all, there is also a bonus because of all the talent classmates you will get! You will feel engaged, motivated and understood. Time flies when you never feel bored in the study! I am looking forward to the next semester already!&quot;Mon, 23 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100 by doing with real innovation projects<p><b>​​Meet Sophia Smail, Intellectual Capital Management Track</b></p><div>&quot;Hi! My name is Sophia Smail and I am currently in my second year at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) Track. I’m going to share a little bit about the Applied ICM course, which all Chalmers ICM students take in the fall semester along with students from Sahlgrenska School of Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For the Applied ICM course, we get to work on real innovation projects across a range of different settings. We started with the &quot;Healthcare Inc.&quot; project, which focused on applying the design thinking methodology to several different challenges within the Swedish healthcare system. In the &quot;Research Inc.&quot; project, each group was paired with a research project in order to evaluate their intellectual assets and develop possible ways to utilize the research going forward. We also had the chance to participate in a workshop for the &quot;Difference Inc.&quot; project, which focused on social entrepreneurship at the Innovation and Business Centre in Biskopsgården.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>We are now a couple weeks into the last project, &quot;Venture Inc.&quot;, which brings together everything that we’ve learned up until now. Each team is paired with a venture and takes on the role of business developers. My team is currently working with a start-up at the AstraZeneca BioVenture Hub focused on imaging analysis for drug development and it’s been really interesting to learn about a new technology and all the potential that it has. Throughout our entire education, we have learned a lot of theory, but always with a practical focus in mind. Now with Venture Inc., we can apply the concepts we’ve learned as we work to help create value for real ventures. Learning by doing is at the heart of this education and Venture Inc. is one of the best examples of this!&quot;<br /></div>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100 took the bus to Portugal<p><b>​Meet Selma Björklund, Venture Creation Track</b></p><div>​&quot;Hello! My name is Selma Björklund and I’m currently writing my master’s thesis at the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in the Venture Creation track. This summer I packed my bags and went on a very long bus ride to spend two sunny months in Portugal, working with business development and research within marine technology at <a href="">Peniche Ocean Watch</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project gave me the opportunity to work in a true startup environment, with lots of unknowns and own responsibility. The team consisted of me and two friends from Chalmers, as well as our supervisor on site. I’ve previously heard that one should not run a business with one’s best friends, but our work this summer taught me otherwise. I’ve never laughed as much as I did in our warehouse co-working space, but I’ve also never gotten as much work done.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>This experience has motivated me to stay on my grind and keep working with environmental sustainability. Being surrounded by visionaries, hustlers and scientists, all working towards the same goal, has rubbed off on me and I’m more confident than ever that I can be a part of the change that helps the world become a better place.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>All in all, this summer has not only given me valuable insights on circular economy and ocean wellbeing, but also dear memories and friends for life. I’m more inspired than ever to get out and tackle the challenges of our time, and now I know that I have the network and capabilities to do so.&quot;</div>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100 in Silicon Valley<p><b>​Meet Frida Femling, Venture Creation Track</b></p><div>​“Hi! My name is Frida Femling and I am enrolled in the Venture Creation Track. This week I would like to share with you my summer as an intern at Richardson Oliver Insights. This is a data driven firm based in Silicon Valley. They help enable patent transactions and the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers and decision makers. A key element of these services is helping participants find the most valuable patents. How they do this? I’ll explain:</div> <br /><div>They use a patent ranking system they developed in-house, established 2015. The ranking system is built on a couple of metrics functioning as value indicators for patents. An example of a metric commonly used when ranking patents is the number of forward references from later patents. If a patent has a greater number of forward references compared to similar patents within the same technology field, that patent is likely to be of higher importance. My main task this summer was to develop this ranking system further by validating or invalidating the metrics for the existing ranking system and finding additional potential metrics to implement to improve the ranking system. This project included collecting data, sorting it, extracting the key data, visualizing it through Python and developing the updated ranking algorithms.</div> <br /><div>During this summer I realized how important the Intellectual Property Strategies course I took was. I worked with patents for 2,5 months on this project and the knowledge I needed about intellectual property that I had gained from the course was invaluable.</div> <br />But, enough of IP! On top of patents, programming and math, I did a lot of other things. I climbed mountains in Yosemite, visited Facebook's headquarters, cruised down Highway 1, celebrated 4th of July, tried freshly baked donuts, hiked in Muir Woods and explored San Francisco (almost every weekend). The Bay Area is amazing and I can definitely recommend applying for an internship here. I had the opportunity to combine IP with programming, data analysis, math and statistics with the most talented patent crew in Silicon Valley. And I want to take the opportunity to encourage you all to be brave and apply for an internship even though you might believe you don’t have all the qualifications. The willingness to learn and a positive mindset is the way to get there.”<br />Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200 app to help the Gothenburg people reduce air pollution<p><b>​An app that will get residents of Gothenburg to help improve the city's air quality. That's what two master’s students at Chalmers have developed in collaboration with Parkeringsbolaget Göteborg.“We want to give people information and knowledge so that they can make wise choices themselves”, says Chalmers student Dilan Ustunyagiz who is one of the developers of the new eco-layer in the app.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The air in Gothenburg city does not always meet the environmental quality standards. Some of the air pollution is caused by emissions from industries and shipping, but the biggest emission comes from road traffic. In short, the people of Gothenburg choose the car too often, leaving the air pollution in the city too high. Chalmers students Dilan Ustunyagiz and Jackson Malcolm believe that one should be able to deal with the car use through nudging. Nudging is a branch of behavioral economics and surrounds influencing people's behavior, often by arranging a choice situation. In their master's project, the Chalmers students have designed a new function in the app Parking Gothenburg, where air pollution is shown in real time as a cloud over the city. The grayer clouds, the more air pollution.</span><div>“We have done surveys and interviews with about 400 Gothenburgers and they show that people want to be environmentally friendly, but they do not always know how”, says Dilan Ustunyagiz.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Tested </strong><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">time and price </span><strong style="background-color:initial">difference</strong></div> <div>The idea is that someone who, for example, wants to travel from his home in Mölnlycke to his workplace at Järntorget, checks the app and, based on what the cloud of air pollution looks like right then, can decide not to contribute to more emissions, but instead choose another form of transport than driving his own car.</div> <div>“Our studies also show that time and cost are often the two most important factors when it comes to a choice of transport. So, we have tested how big the price and time difference can be travelling by different transport types from A to B. Many times, a combination of driving your own car to a commuter parking and from there travel with public transport wins, because you get to go past the traffic jams and also avoid the expensive parking fees in the city center. In addition, you are now able to buy your bus ticket in the parking app, says Dilan Ustunyagiz.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Updates in real time</strong></div> <div>The idea for an app was a combination of Parkingsbolaget's positive attitude towards working with visionary projects, their own interest to work with environmental issues, and the fact that Jackson Malcolm had previously been involved with an air quality collaboration from Gothenburg before. Now the master’s project is finished, and Jackson is working in a start up, but Dilan is still working at Parkeringsbolaget to further develop the app.</div> <div>“One thing we are investigating is how we can increase the number of sensors in the city so that the cloud can be updated in real time. In the blue machines where you buy your parking ticket, there is already room for sensors, so now we are investigating to buy more and cheaper air measurement sensors”, says Dilan Ustunyagiz. “Then I will continue to develop the project, think about a possible reward system for those who travel environmentally friendly frequently. And by December 2019 we hope to test the project via a pilot study”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Helena Österling by Wåhlberg</div> <div>Photo: Carina Gran</div>Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0200 Beginning of a Journey<p><b>Meet Cecilia Ågren, Corporate Entrepreneurship 2019</b></p><div>​My name is Cecilia and I started Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in the autumn of 2017. Me and my classmates had some really exciting first weeks, starting with something called The Start-up challenge. We were divided into teams of 4-5 students, each team were lent 100 SEK, and the task was to come up with an idea on how to turn it into as much money as possible within 7 days. My team and I ended up being this year’s winning team, also breaking the school’s record. We made over 30.000 SEK! Together with the rest of our class, we brought in nearly 100.000 SEK!</div> <br />So why and what can one learn from a task like this? First of all, my team had backgrounds in software engineering, law, marine science and industrial engineering and management and this task forced us to directly brainstorm and share skills, contacts and knowledge with each other. During our first 2 hours together, we filled a white board with ideas and created our first prototype. The limited amount of time got us to think and act quickly. We also agreed on three things: no pressure, have fun and being open to each other!<br /><div><br /></div> <div>Speaking from my point of view, this is a perfect example and introduction to the “learning by doing” approach. We learned from each other’s experiences and we went into the task with open minds. Not with a single thought about that we could win - the focus was on the task itself and not in the competition. We were amazed by the feeling of creating something in such a short amount of time and making money while doing it. <br /></div> <div><br />Already from the beginning I felt grateful for starting this master’s programme with this group of people. I remember being super excited for our upcoming 2 years together. Again, the Start-up challenge teams were outstanding and I’m convinced the class has something awesome going on. <br /></div> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0100