Lantmännen Greenhouse

Lantmännen Greenhouse is an educational program for those who have an innovative business idea. The program is free and open to anyone who wants to apply. During spring 2017 we will also run an extra program specially designed for Lantmännen’s owners. Read more about the programs below.

Lantmännen Greenhouse Owners

Are you an entrepreneur and one of Lantmännen’s 27 000 owners? Do you have a good idea that you want help to develop further?

Lantmännen’s Greenhouse Owners is a program where you get support in developing a business idea into a more advanced business model. At the same time, you get education in business development, sales and communication. Lantmännen Greenhouse Owners is free and open to all owners who want to apply.

Dragon’s den gives recommendations

The program is concluded with a presentation to a “dragon’s den” that gives advice and support in how the project can be taken forward. The best projects are offered support in the form of financing, business development and/or development of prototypes.

Short facts

When - 4 occations during 2017; Jan 26th, Feb 9th, Feb 23rd, Mar 7th.  

Where - Lantmännen's Headquarters in Stadshagen, Stockholm

Who - Lantmännen owner with an innovative idea. You may be several persons in one team.

How does it work?

The program is run in January and February 2017. It consists of three full days with workshops and a half day for presentations. All four parts of the program take place at the Lantmännen headquarter in Stockholm. The workshops will be held on January 26th, February 9th and February 23rd. Dragons den will be held March 7th. 

All participants sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the ideas are not spread outside the group. Of course all participants maintain all legal rights to their projects.

Why should I apply?

The program is a possibility for you as an owner or entrepreneur to get help with focusing on an idea and get support in taking it forward. It’s an opportunity to meet other innovative people and to be inspired by colleagues within the industry – both by Lantmännen and by other farmers. The program is also a business education that you can find useful in other contexts and situations. Above all, Lantmännen Greenhouse is a fun and intensive program that can give your innovation a push in the right direction.

Owner’s – apply today

Write an A4 with a description of the idea, your team and how you intend to make money off your idea.

Send in your application to vaxthus@lantmannen.com

Last application day is the 28th of November 2016


Lantmännen Greenhouse Startups

Are you an entrepreneur with a good idea that you want help to develop further? Lantmännen’s Greenhouse is an educational program where you get help from experienced entrepreneurs to develop and enhance your ideas so that you can move forward with them. The program is an intensive course in business development including sales training, business models, finance strategies and much more. Lantmännen Greenhouse is free and open to anyone who wants to apply – both entrepreneurs and employees at Lantmännen.

Dragon’s den gives recommendations

The program is concluded with participants pitching their projects to a dragon’s den that recommends how the project should be taken forward. The best projects are offered support in the form of financing, business development and/or development of prototypes.

How does it work?

The program starts in April and runs until June 2017. It consists of six afternoons with workshops and a half day of presentations. All six parts of the program takes place in Lund at Ideon. The specific dates for the workshops will be posted this autumn.

All participants sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the ideas are not spread outside the group. Of course, all entrepreneurs maintain all legal rights to their projects.

Short facts

When - 7 occasions in April to June 2017, specific dates to be posted later this autumn. The workshops take place afternoons once a week, 14h-18h, with home assignments between the workshops.   

Where - Ideon, Lund.

Who - Entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas with potential to grow. Each team should have 2-3 members.

What is a good idea?

A good idea is an idea that is unique and has a high commercial potential. The idea should be able to stand alone and be strong enough to become a profitable company in the future. Scale is an important factor.

Your business idea should be a food or agriculture innovation. Examples of interesting areas are food with added value for health, grain-based ingredients, analysis methods, process technology and packaging technology and projects that contribute to an increased production in the agriculture sector and a better use of production aids in the fields.

Why should I apply?

As an entrepreneur, you get to focus on an idea and get support in taking it forward. It’s an opportunity for you to meet and be inspired by other innovative people. At the same time you get a practical education in business development by focusing on a real case. Above all, Lantmännen Greenhouse is a fun and intensive program that can give your innovation a push in the right direction!

Startups – interested in participating

The next round of Lantmännen Greenhouse Startup will take place in April-June 2017. The application system opens later this autumn, more information will be provided. Welcome back later!


Previous projects

Digital consulting

During one of our Greenhouse programs, two of Lantmännen’s employees looked into the possibility of extending the consulting services that we provide for plant breeders. The project was approved and become an important part of Lantmännen’s development of digital services for Swedish farmers.

Lantmännen launched their first platform LM² in 2016. LM² further develops Lantmännen’s digital offering to farmers and coordinates all business using one platform.

Green protein

Lantmännen Agroetanol is the Nordic region’s largest producer of sustainable ethanol. To make the processing of ethanol more efficient, they looked at adding fungus in the process.

Besides being used for ethanol production, they discovered that the fungus could be refined into a tasty green protein. This was further examined in the Greenhouse by a group from Agroetanol. The project was approved and given resources for further development within Lantmännen.

The project has now been granted almost half a million SEK in funding to further develop climate-smart protein as an alternative to conventional meat production. 

”The best part of the Greenhouse was the high level of knowledge and expertise and that you were continuously challenged.” 

– Participant round 4

“In the Greenhouse I learned several new tools that can also be used in other situations.” 

– Participant round 4

“You got to challenge yourself and really think through all the steps in the process – from idea to customer.” 

– Participant round 2

“What I liked best was that all participants had completely different backgrounds and projects.” 

– Participant round 3

Contact us

If you want to know more about Lantmännen Greenhouse, feel free to contact Jakob or Emma who are program coordinators.

Jakob Söderström

Innovation and Business Development
Lantmännen R&D
Tel: + 46 10 556 10 59
jakob.soderstrom@lantmannen.com

Emma Nordell

Innovation and Business Development
Lantmännen R&D
Tel: + 46 10 556 10 13
emma.nordell@lantmannen.com

Sting

Sting is a recognized successful business incubator with extensive experience in developing business ideas and startups. Sting helps entrepreneurs with business development, financing, recruitment and networking and has supported over 150 startups. Sting and Lantmännen started their collaboration in 2011 with Sting selecting certain Lantmännen projects and providing them with business support. They are also responsible for the program Lantmännen Greenhouse.

Sting website

Ideon Agro Food

Ideon Agro Food is an operative foundation that conducts innovative projects within food and agriculture. The business is primarily based on collaborative projects between companies and universities. Over the years, more than 500 projects have been conducted with the participation of companies of all sizes. From idea to innovation, from research to finished product. Some examples are oat drink (Oatly) and Pro Viva. Lantmännen was one of the initiators of the foundation 30 years ago and since then Ideon Agro Food has contributed with their expertise in several of Lantmännen's projects.

Ideon Agro Food’s website