Sweden’s third biggest city Malmö is often overlooked in favour of the better-known tech hubs of Stockholm and Copenhagen, which is less than half an hour away by train. But the diverse city, which has more affordable housing than Copenhagen and is closer geographically to the rest of Europe than Stockholm, has its own growing startup scene.
Malmö has great gender equality. In comparison to Berlin or London, we have had 50/50 women and men at our startup events for a long time, both when it comes to speakers and audience. And if we look at the latest batch of a local accelerator called Fast Track, 80% of companies have a female founder and 40% have a female chief executive. It also looks good when we look at the angel investors in the region. Apart from that, we are also really good at new creative hardware products and the new generation of health tech.
There are far too few funds and angel investors that invest in pre-seed in Malmö, and few angels that themselves have built and scaled international tech companies. In comparison to hubs like Berlin, Stockholm and London, there are almost none. When you reach the maturity to do your A round it is not a problem, but to get investment up to €500,000 is difficult.
It has changed greatly: five years ago there were so few players; angel investors, hubs, and connectors. Now there are some investors that themselves built companies, such as Jeanette Andersson (stand-in CEO at the startup incubator Minc) and Carl Silbersky (BIMObjects), as well as programmes that really make a difference. One example is the accelerator Fast Track Malmö that has done miracles to the startup scene in Malmö.
It is unexpectedly easy. Like Berlin, Malmö has a good vibe and it is easy to settle down and find somewhere to live. Companies here obviously complain about the lack of available developers, but it is easier here than in a lot of other places. However, there is a lack of people who have experience of scaling a company. The entrepreneurs of Malmö may have worked for a company that has scaled quickly, however they haven’t usually had a role where they have been facing the problems that a fast-growing company experiences. Lately though, we have seen a lot of people moving to Malmö with that and other kinds of experience.
We are missing meetups. We have enough events but there are not enough focused meetups, such as lunch meetups for developers in different fields, people within cybersecurity, virtual engineering, and so on. That we could have 10 times more of. But, on the other hand, it is easy to get around and it is really flat. Malmö is small; you can get to anywhere within seven minutes by bike or by using an electric scooter.
Lund University has a lot of great innovation going on and has the possibility to come up with things that will change the world. Malmö University is not really about deep tech but is still useful. If Lund University is the casserole dish with lab-grown meat, Malmö University will provide the spices that make it taste good.
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Linus Wiebe, innovation director
As Innovation Director at Lund University, I have overall responsibility for the entire innovation activity at the university. As head of the LU Innovation and CEO of the holding company, I run the business’s primary task to evaluate and commercialize new projects and ideas. I am also involved in the development of future innovation strategies and is responsible for LU Innovation’s collaboration with stakeholders within and outside the university.
My background: President of ARM Sweden 2008-2011, President Logipard 2007-2008, Ericsson Mobile Platforms (product) from 2004 to 2007, Anoto (Business Development) from 2000 to 2004, Precise Biometrics (software development), 1997-2000. I have a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Lund Institute of Technology (LTH), 1998.