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Full house in the dragon´s den

Published: 16 March 2016

A popular feature of the course Lean Construction is "the dragon´s den" where students compete with innovative proposals for a professional jury. This year competed 80 students divided into 19 groups for fame and fortune with many creative concepts.

–  We have the same rules that are used in the Venture Cup, the best business idea and business plan wins. This year we award four prizes in various categories, says Lars Stehn, Professor of Timber and responsible for the course Lean construction at Luleå University of Technology.

The jury at work.
The jury at work. Larisa Pekka, Helena Lidelöw and Pär Johansson.

All those present had to sign a confidentiality agreement before the ideas were presented. It was an intensive afternoon when so many participants would present their ideas to streamline construction. The proposals were predominantly IT systems and applications with a focus on logistics, but there were also ideas of robots, increased safety on construction sites as well as some innovative inventions. Both sketches and physical models were used as visualization of business concepts.

One of the winning concepts were rewarded with a validation via LTU Business where savvy business development will help to take the first steps to start up a business.

–  This business concept is so close to a commercial market as you can get. It is definitely worth taking the concept further towards the market, says Pär Johansson.

The jury consisted of Pär Johansson from LTU Business AB, Helena Lidelöw from Lindbäcks Construction AB / Luleå University of Technology and Larisa Pekka, PEAB

Lars Stehn

Stehn, Lars - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491976