Prince Daniel with Martin Lorentzon from Spotify and Lina Gebäck from Linas Matkasse during the visit to Chalmers University of Technology. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT
On Monday 18 November, Prince Daniel and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences visited Polhem Upper Secondary School and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg to talk about Prince Daniel's Fellowship and its entrepreneurial programme.
The day began at Polhem Upper Secondary School with a talk for pupils studying economics and technology. Prince Daniel and four of the project's experts — Alessandro Catenacci, CEO of Nobis AB, Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of Spotify, Lina Gebäck, founder of Linas Matkasse, and David Kristensson, CEO and founder of Northern Offshore Services AB — spoke about their experiences of entrepreneurship. John Cederquist, Regional Manager of the Swedish Young Enterprise Association Gothenburg, then spoke about how the association helps young people to try their hand at enterprise. After the talk, the students held on-stage round-table discussions with the Prince and the experts. During the afternoon, a talk was held for students at Chalmers University of Technology. Prince Daniel explained about the Prince Daniel's Fellowship project, and spoke together with the experts about entrepreneurship. Sara West then spoke about Wavetube, an invention that generates energy from sea waves. She started by trying out the idea in a bathtub, and tests have now been carried out in the water off the coast of Denmark. The aim is to have a working prototype in the sea within two years. Mats Lundqvist from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship spoke about the help available to entrepreneurs.
About Prince Daniel's Fellowship
The aim of Prince Daniel's Fellowship and its entrepreneurial programme is to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs, and to support a number of companies through mentoring. The project is a partnership between Prince Daniel and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Prince Daniel's Fellowship has brought together a group of successful entrepreneurs and managers to form a council of experts who visit upper secondary schools, universities and university colleges in Sweden to inspire young people and to talk about their experiences as entrepreneurs.