In 2009, after participating in the Swedish TV-show Dragons Den, we launched the teaching tool “The Entrepreneurial Game” to stimulate entrepreneurship among youth. The Entrepreneurial Game is now used by hundreds of schools all over Sweden and we have arranged hundreds of case competitions where companies have engaged students in solving company challenges. In addition to writing sponsorship agreements for case competitions, customers asked if it was possible to use the product in-house. As a result, we created RIKA-workshop sessions for various companies, including Microsoft, Telenor, Podio, SIDA and The Swedish Trade Council. Additionally, several of the customers expressed interest in using a similar digital tool to be able to engage customers and employees in the development process; this was something that was particularly difficult to do when there were team members of different nationalities who were located in various, disparate countries worldwide. In May 2011 we started a development project at Stanford University with the objective of meeting this need, and we have now launched the first version of the RIKA Open Innovation Platform.
The Dragon Den investors Sven Hagströmer, Ljubo Mrnjavac and Mats Gabrielsson and the founders Julia Hamrin
and Lisa Renander.
The Solution Slam tournament with students from Stockholm School of Economics, Södertörn University, KTH
Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University where they provided the top management at Telenor
(Bredbandsbolaget) with branding and marketing solutions.
A workshop on product development with the top management at Microsoft Sweden. This was one of the first professional
RIKA-workshops ever held.
We even became Royal Warrants on workshops while holding a RIKA-workshop with the Crown Princess of Sweden
around the Swedish innovation system.
The first RIKA-export was a workshop in Botswana with the Swedish Trade Council and Sida, during a seminar
aimed at developing creative solutions for increasing entrepreneurship.
Engaging students from Stanford University in finding sharp solutions around how to get more student users for Podio.