Standing on the shoulders of giants

Since 1999, the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible the establishment and continued developments of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), a unique collaboration between the leading universities of Stockholm, KI, KTH, Konstfack, SSE and SU. Since its inception, more than 15,000 students have participated in the interdisciplinary programs offered by SSES and the community of enterprising individuals exists across the academic, public and private sectors, in Sweden and abroad. More than 40% of SSES alumni create their own companies, and today this network of entrepreneurs run more than 1,500 self-founded organisations around the globe, employing more than 10,000 people.

At heart, SSES is designed to offer students and researchers a sandbox to explore and realize their imagination with people from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and industries. Thanks to its impact on individuals and the economy, several countries and universities have emulated the SSES model to replicate what the Erling Persson Family Foundation has made possible in Stockholm over the past two decades.

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is one of Europe’s most renowned medical universities. It is also Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research, accounting for 30 percent of medical training and 40 percent of medical academic research conducted nationwide. Its mission is to improve the health of mankind through research, education and information.

KI was founded in 1810 on the initiative of King Karl XIII. Confirmation of the standing of KI in the natural scientific field came in 1895, when Alfred Nobel appointed the Institute to decide who was to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This work has since afforded KI a broad contact network within the medical scientific community.

Aside from research opportunities, Karolinska Institutet currently offers 19 training programs and numerous further education and independent courses in the field of medicine. It also houses Sweden’s largest medical library and the country’s national resource library for medicine, odontology and care sciences.


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Unit for Bioentrepreneurship