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New LiU award for entrepreneurial thinking

A completely new LiU award in two classes has been awarded: Entrepreneurial Researcher and Entrepreneurial Student of the Year. The première winners were researcher Fredrik Gustafsson and student Daniel Marklund.

The award was established by InnovationskontorEtt (Innovation Office) at Linköping University and – besides the honour – gives the winner SEK 10,000 for professional development on entrepreneurial thinking.

“We want to promote a student and a researcher who, through their entrepreneurship, deep engagement and creativity, have created conditions for utilizing things, either for themselves or for others,” says Johan Lilliecreutz, CEO of InnovationskontorEtt.

Both winners were described as powerhouses who had made an impression on the University.

The justification for choosing Fredrik Gustafsson , Professor of Sensor Informatics, says it all:
“He has inexhaustible energy and a desire to make use of research results, as well as the ability to engage his colleagues and students. He has contributed to several successful research-based businesses at Linköping University that have dealt with safety systems for millions of cars, simulation of legendary tube amplifiers, and interaction tools of the future. Nothing is impossible for this year’s winner”.

“Entrepreneurship is essential to me and an important complement to basic research. It opens shortcuts to disseminating research results to industry and the public. This is an award I really appreciate; I’m very glad to be the first recipient,” Gustafsson says.

Daniel Marklund

Daniel Marklund is described with words like:
“Entrepreneurship permeates everything he does. His journey from Industrial Economy, an entrepreneurial degree project and a business start at LiU to a trip to the United States this autumn to gather capital for Omnicloud, is in itself an example for other students; however his single-mindedness, his critical thinking and an ability to not see to his own success without encouraging others”.

“I’m unbelievably thrilled and thankful that this award was established; that I was the first to receive it makes it even better. Sweden needs more entrepreneurs, and we need more examples. With this prize, we can recognize them and challenge them,” Marklund says.

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