The Internet Foundation in Sweden, IIS, is investing heavily in starting an open meeting place for internet innovation. A long-term investment that is estimated at 5 – 10 million SEK per year. The goal is to develop a creative meeting place where new ideas can be developed, tested and allowed to grow at an early stage.
For many years, IIS has promoted internet-based innovation, including events with an entrepreneur focus and research collaborations with the Stockholm School of Economics. The investment in the new meeting place is the next step in this long-term work and one of the largest in the Foundation’s history.
Many people sit on great ideas that have the potential to be developed into successful products and services – entrepreneurs, developers, “makers”, researchers and amateurs. But until now, Stockholm has been lacking an open place for all of these groups to meet and develop.
An inclusive and free meeting place
The goal is that the new meeting place should be an area for creating networks, testing ideas, working on new projects and products, and arranging events and training. The ideas need not have a clear commercial potential. Creativity and curiosity can go a long way, as many great innovations are born through playing around with ideas.
The meeting place will be open for all and membership will be free of charge. IIS will open its doors for the meeting place in April of 2017. It will be located in the new premises adjacent to the new IIS office in Hammarby Sjöstad, just a stone’s throw from Skanstull.
In addition to the open meeting place, the premises will contain an incubator for entrepreneurs who have come a bit farther and started their own business. A number of companies that IIS believes has the potential to improve the internet and its use will be offered access to office spaces and an expanded network. The focus will initially be on data-driven innovation, meaning companies that create new services with the help of open data.