SOINK – Swedish Open Innovation Network
SOINK is a Vinnova project that aims to raise the awareness about entrepreneurship and startups in Sweden. They will act as a guide to various events and resources that are suitable for startups and entrepreneurs. SOINK themselves will also arrange seminars for new startups.
We contacted SOINK’s Niklas Rudemo to find out a little bit more about SOINK and the Stockholm startup scene.
What’s SOINK and who are you?
SOINK is a collaboration between SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) and SU Innovation, sponsored by VINNOVA. The work is led by Niklas Rudemo at SICS and Ulf Eriksson at SU Innovation. Tommy Bergkvist and Sebastian Fuchs are also working with the project.
What can SOINK contribute to the startup scene in Stockholm?
What we mainly add is the ability to help startups quickly get further through counseling, for example, to find financing or partners. In many cases we act as a sounding board for contractors during a longer period.
What do you think about the Stockholm startup scene?
The startup scene creates a lot of great ideas in science and other areas, and there is a great deal of technical expertise. The challenge is to match up the right idea with the right person to realize it.
Three must-attend events this fall?
My absolute favorite is Steve Blanks “Lean LaunchPad” given free as an online course. That one I will attend myself, and I think most people who are or want to become entrepreneurs can benefit from it. Good Morning 2012, I will also visit. Then it depends on what’s your focus and interest. I look forward to Multicore Day at SICS September 12th, where several thought leaders in the multicore field will attend, among others, ARM’s Krisztian Flautner. If you are generally interested in entrepreneurship, I recommend KTH Student Inc., which each month organizes an event with different themes and presentations by some of their startups.