Students develop business ideas during summer
For the fourth consecutive year, Umeå University Holding offers students the opportunity to develop their business ideas in the summer. The Summer Authentication project includes 15 students from Umeå University and two business associates from university incubators, Uminova eXpression and Uminova Innovation with the aim of developing student business ideas and entrepreneurship with the goal of becoming a company.
There is also a wide range of business areas this year. Everything from cutting boards, jewelry, recruitment tools to a computer gaming betting service.
– During Summer Authentication 2018, we will develop a prototype that will show the main features of the service such as random matchmaking. In addition, we will investigate laws that may affect the service, including GDPR, Lottery Days and Competition Acts, “says Jonas Gustafsson, one of four contractors in the betting service.
During the four-week project, participating students are given the opportunity to verify and develop their business ideas, as well as being given the opportunity to take advantage of the digital manufacturing and prototyping facilities available in Sliperiet. The objective is to take business ideas to actual companies.
“Having time and coaching gives me an opportunity to develop the company that I had not had otherwise. Having an office space and being part of a group of other entrepreneurs who can help each other and discuss solutions is also very valuable, says Celine Strömbäck, founder of Celine Strömbäck Design.
It is incredibly exciting to follow the contractors’ trip during these weeks. Although the business ideas are of different types and in different stages of their development, they have a big exchange between each other and lift each other out of adversity, telling Oskar Riby, business coach at Uminova eXpression and responsible for the Summer Verification Project.
Our hope is that the business concepts continue to develop after the program and become successful companies originating from Umeå University.
The following companies participate in the Summer Verification 2018.
Brawl Gaming Jonas Gustafson, Fredrik Johansson, Emil Ottosson & Martin Villman
Celine Strömbäck Design Celine Strömbäck
Felicia Hjelmqvist Felicia Hjelmqvist
Hiva Design Marzie Tangestani
Ida Björses Ida Björses
JEB – Design Johan Björn
John Andersson – Do not Touch John Andersson
Qlubbing Ricardo Russ & Manuel Hauch
Weight Sense Niclas Carlén & Jesper Svensson
Young Unicorns (Formerly Match My Skills) Viyan Ateaa