The payment service company Klarna started in 2005 at the Stockholm School of Economics. Now Sebastian Siemiatkowski returns to the incubator SSE Business Lab as chairman of a new Advisory Board consisting of, among others, Cristina Stenbeck (Kinnevik), Katarina Martinson (Lundbergföretagen), Sebastian Knutsson (King.com) and Mikael Schiller (Acne Studios).
- Swedish competitiveness depends on innovative new businesses and Stockholm is now the leading growth engine, even internationally. It feels natural to support the Stockholm School of Economics - a key driver in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is an opportunity for us to help new entrepreneurs and companies make the same growth journey that we have made. For me it is also rewarding to come full circle and return to the environment from where we once started, says Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO and co-founder of Klarna.
SSE Business Lab was founded in 2001 at the Stockholm School of Economics to provide start-ups, with at least one current or former student, a platform to start and grow their companies. SSE Business Lab provides offices, counseling and support in raising capital through its network of partner companies and alumni. More than 100 businesses created there are still active today, with a total of about 1,500 employees and nearly SEK 2.5 billion in combined sales.
The new Advisory Board will give operational support to the SSE Business Lab for example through the adoption of new projects, as well as having a strategic role in strengthening the entrepreneurship profile of the Stockholm School of Economics.
- Entrepreneurship has long been a core subject at the Stockholm School of Economics, both in theory through research, and in practice through education and the SSE Business Lab. It is extremely gratifying to bring together some of Sweden's most prominent entrepreneur profiles in the younger generation, including several former students of the Stockholm School of Economics, in a world class Advisory Board, says Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics.
For further information, please contact:
Hanna Flodmark, Communication and Marketing Manager at Stockholm School of Economics
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