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Innovative environments

Lund has a long tradition of innovation and the networks between the University, the public sector, industry and society in general are strong. The surrounding region is dynamic and there are strong innovative environments in the immediate vicinity of the University.

The Ideon facade against a blue sky. Photo.

Ideon Science Park

Ideon Science Park, Sweden's first research park, is a testimony to Lund University's innovative strength.

Ideon was founded in 1983, right next to the University, through a collaboration between

  • Lund University
  • the former Malmöhus County
  • Lund Municipality and
  • the business community.

The aim was to link research to innovation and entrepreneurs.

Of the approximately 1 200 companies that have been active here since the start, a significant number have originated in research at Lund University.

Ideon and its immediate surroundings have a long tradition of creating innovations within: 

  • life science
  • software
  • Internet of Things – IoT
  • telecommunications
  • energy and
  • new materials.

Ideon Science Park website

Ideon Innovation 

At Ideon Science Park, there are both large, well-known innovative companies as well as small start-ups, conference facilities, lab environments and test beds.

Ideon Innovation, an incubator that helps start-ups develop their ideas and grow, is also located here.

Ideon Innovation website

Medicon Village

Just south of Ideon, Medicon Village was launched in 2012, as the basis for a broad regional collaborative initiative in the life sciences.

The initiative was backed by

  • Lund University
  • Region Skåne
  • Lund Municipality and
  • Malmö City,

as well as a generous contribution from businessman Mats Paulsson.

Medicon Village offers a unique environment for life science by integrating research, innovation and business to create value for people's health and better lives.

It is home to over 170 member organisations with more than 2 600 employees. Medicon Village also employs several of Lund University's researchers, including more than 200 cancer researchers.

Medicon Village website

SmiLe Incubator

SmiLe Incubator is a business incubator specialised in life science. It is located at Medicon Village and is partly funded by Lund University. SmiLe Incubator offers an incubator environment with well-equipped wet labs and cell culture labs, as well as offices and meeting spaces for life science entrepreneurs.

SmiLe Incubator website

Contact information

LU Innovation
Lotte Larsen
Communications Manager
Tel: +46 46 222 12 84
Email: 
lotte [dot] larsen [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se
LU Innovation website

Postal adress:
LU Innovation
Lunds universitet
Box 117
221 00 Lund

Visiting address:
Medicon Village, The Spark, Scheeletorget 1

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Researcher or student with an innovative idea?

Get access to free guidance and funding opportunities through the University's innovation support services. 

Innovation support services