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Akademiska Hus expands co-working initiative in Stockholm

Monday, 20 September 2021

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It has now been decided that the THINGS co-working environment on the KTH Campus will become part of the Akademiska Hus co-working initiative A Working Lab. Together, the parties offer a flexible meeting place in the heart of the campus for academia and the business community.

The collaboration between THINGS and Akademiska Hus will develop the concept A Working Lab – THINGS, which from 1 January 2022 will reopen on Drottning Kristinas väg at KTH in Stockholm. The environment is primarily aimed at businesses and startups within the deep techsector. The premises consist of approximately 1,500 m2 for co-working, workshop, event space and lounge, as well as an additional 400 m2 of makerspace. 

“We believe in collaboration and that meetings create conditions that promote innovation and development, which is why it is especially exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate with an organisation like THINGS. We are convinced that together, we will develop environments for both current and new members into an important innovation hub for deep tech companies and startups, where it will be easy for students, researchers and the business community to meet,” says Ulf Däversjö, Head of Innovation and Sustainable Development at Akademiska Hus. 

A Working Lab x 4

A Working Lab is Akademiska Hus’ nationwide concept for co-working, makerspace, short contracts, learning lab and other flexible meeting places. With its inception in 2019, this unique environment can now be found on the Solna Campus, Umeå Campus and by the Chalmers Johanneberg campus in Gothenburg. The most recent establishment at KTH will be the company’s fourth location. The collaboration with THINGS will enable both current and new THINGS members to become a part of A Working Lab’s nationwide community, including access to all A Working Labs environments in Sweden.

“The pandemic has created a new paradigm with new opportunities for many, and we at THINGS are no exception, where we have a growing number of international startups as members. We are now an established participator driving both community and co-working within our niche. Thanks to the collaboration with A Working Lab, we will be able to continue to accelerate the development of our common community for deep tech companies with the entire world as our playing field,” says Linda Krondahl, CEO of THINGS.

 

About A Working Lab – a nationwide concept

A Working Lab is Akademiska Hus’ nationwide co-working concept. The service offering creates a setting in which completely new ways of working, studying and conducting research can thrive in the property company’s campus-based premises. In the autumn of 2019, A Working Lab – Johanneberg Science Park opened at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, followed by A Working Lab Universum in Umeå and A Working Lab Innomedicum on the Solna Campus in the spring of 2020.

Membership provides access to all A Working Lab sites around the country. Together the different environments form a nationwide network that opens and binds together Sweden’s campuses, where everything from expertise and experience to appointment systems and development costs are shared. For example, members can easily work at A Working Lab in Umeå one day, even if their usual workplace is in Stockholm.

About THINGS

THINGS was established 2014 to learn how to transform innovation in small innovative tech companies to value creation in large companies through collaboration. With the mantra ”hands on and business first” THINGS has developed a community of some 100 member companies, 50/50 tech companies and corporates from Tokyo to Silicon Valley. The objective to enable sustainable business relationships for our members focus on Deep tech in Industry, Infrastructure, Utilities and Mobility. THINGS partners in key domains and geographies enable THINGS to deliver high quality cross-boarder services to our members. THINGS members include Assa Abloy, Husqvarna, Akademiska Hus, SAAB, Scania, Mavenir Networks, IHI Corporation, Hitachi Power Grid, Flir Systems and Vantiq.