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Lisa Ericsson is both the head of KTH Innovation and chief executive of KTH Holding, the respective innovation department and investment arm of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, which she joined in 2002 after having spun out business plan competition Venture Cup from McKinsey.
Apart from telling us why KTH Innovation targets both students and faculty, Lisa also ponders the pitfalls of professor’s privilege in Sweden, and reflects why the two university venture funds launched by KTH in the 2000s were not the success they might be today.
She also tells us why KTH takes early-stage portfolio companies to overseas markets and reveals how an Imperial College London programme inspired one of the institute’s most successful initiatives.
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