Whats cooking in Linköpings start-up scene?

SUP46 have three, very successful, member companies from Linköping; Spotscale, AMRA and XMReality. Microsoft has recently acquired a tech start-up from Linköping called Simplygon, AMRA won DI Digital Start-up Tour 2016 and XMReality just raised 20MSEK pre-IPO. What´s cooking in Linköping? We have asked Spotscale and XMReality from the city to answer some questions about Linköpings start-up scene.

 

Why do you think Linköping has so many successful tech start-ups?

Ludvig Emgård, CEO Spotscale

“Linköping is a city packed with good reliable engineers, that deliver on their commitments. There is enough deep tech talent to recruit to produce high-tech, sustainable companies that are in it for the long run. SAAB, Ericsson, NFC, FOI, Sectra and Autoliv, together employs thousands of engineers, where a few is willing to take a new direction. The University is also outstanding when it comes to foster the very best computer scientists and hackers. In addition, people are likely to stay in their workplace for several years, and are not likely to move, once they have found a good work-life balance”.

Niklas Rengfors, Head of Sales & Marketing XMReality

“There´s a good situation and support for start-ups in Linköping, we have Lead, Mjärdevi Science Park and other clusters helping new companies getting to the market in a structured way. Linköping has a tradition of being frontrunner within visualization. Also, there are many times business angels with a large experience of building companies involved in some of the companies that give an extra power is my feeling. Having a University close makes it a good situation to take ideas to something concrete and to recruit new employees”.

 

Why are tech start-ups successful right now?

Ludvig Emgård, CEO Spotscale

“People have started to realize that one big value in companies is unique and state-of-the-art deep tech that differentiates from competitors”.

Niklas Rengfors, Head of Sales & Marketing XMReality

I think the trend around AR, 3D and other visualization is here right now. Things like Pokemon Go has made AR something everyone knows, also the digitalization and Industry 4.0 projects in the industry have a great impact as of now.

 

Why do you think an SUP46 membership is good for startups outside Stockholm?

Ludvig Emgård, CEO Spotscale

“Stockholm hosts most of the best investors and advisors. Many are former entrepreneurs themselves. At SUP46, and the Stockholm ecosystem, there is a critical mass of activities to attract international interest. This is harder for a smaller city like Linköping”.

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