Hong Kong believes in Umeå company LunaLEC
- It is a great chance for us, says Patric Stafshede, CEO at LunaLEC
LunaLEC has been offered the possibility to participate in a governmentally financed soft landing program that is a part of Hong Kong’s business and science park. In short, the soft-landing program is an effort to help companies get established, without having to start from scratch as a startup company.
Since 2013, when the soft-landing program was launched, it has had 450 applications from nine different countries, and 114 have made it thus far. Recently LunaLEC received the good news that Hong Kong’s believe in their technique.
A great opportunity
- We applied because we have good contacts and connections in Europe and in the US, while Asia is a white spot for us. It is difficult and hard to get a good network without a local connection or context and someone that knows the continent. This is a great opportunity and a door opener for us. I am really excited, but at the same time I do not want to expect or hope too much.
- We will get closer to potential customers and suppliers that could manufacture our products on a license, but we are also interested in specific applications and in manufacturing products for their specific needs, says Patric Stafshede.
The first step in the soft-landing program is an introduction to the business park, followed by seminars, matchmaking, visits to productions sites and networking.
A printed plastic light source
LunaLEC has developed a unique technology that makes it possible to produce thin and flexible light sources that are powered by a small battery. Using LunaLEC’s technology, treatment of, for instance, newborn jaundice can be made much easier. And there are other application alternatives and opportunities. A milk carton that start to shine once the expiry date has passed, and artificial sky in your ceiling at home, instead of hanging lamps. And these are just a few out of many possible applications.
-This process has been going on since November 2016. During this time we have had ongoing discussions with Hong Kong, to provide relevant information about our region, our companies and LunaLEC. It is so nice that they managed to get a foot in. We have other companies with great potential in the region that we also are working with, says Susanne W Lindström, Director, International Business at North Sweden Cleantech, who has been involved in the process.
Being selected is an honor
-We have to get to the stage that we know what we need, and what they can offer, before we make the decision to go. If these match, this can become something really great. We are, as yet, a small business and have to be resourceful with our time. It is very humbling to become chosen and being chosen highlights that we have a product that many believe in, says Patric Stafshede.
Text and photo: Mikael Hansson, translated by Karin Borge Renberg