Niklas Eklund - Trampolinen Junior Consultancy
Niklas Eklund - Trampolinen Junior Consultancy #1
Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
I’m a Swedish-Finnish guy from Stockholm who just graduated from a Master program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. During this program we had a course where we worked closely with a company to create a strategic plan towards sustainability. This was a great experience and it showed both the need for sustainability support from a company perspective and the potential value that students and recent graduates could bring when they applied their knowledge in practice.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
I am a curious and creative doer who likes to explore different paths in life. Previously I have volunteered/worked in NGO’s in various ranging from project manager, facilitator to being part of leadership teams responsible 100+ volunteers. I also worked abroad in Prague in a corporate setting in finance and procurement before coming to Karlskrona.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
We will primarily focus on developing a business model and administrative structure around our organisation, establish strategic guidelines for internal operations as well as define the vision and strategic goals for the next 2 years. Also we will conduct local market research and start iterative prototyping of the service that we want to offer. Besides we will build the network in the region & reach out for potential collaborators to exchange knowledge and establish relationships.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
We expect to have a pilot product to offer to potential clients and 1-2 organizations who would be interested in buying and testing it. We want to achieve clarity around organizational structure & business model and have an advisors and supporters, especially for the administrative issues as well as clarify the roles of Trampolinen team members. We expect to be clear about the next steps for the project. Finally, we expect to enjoy the process!
Niklas Eklund - Trampolinen Junior Consultancy #2
Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
First, we held a teambuilding session to know more about each other’s workstyles and the reasons why we are part of the project. Second, we ran a multiday strategic planning process to: create the vision, determine values, principles, stretch goals; make an initial market, stakeholder and SWOT analysis; brainstorm actions, prioritize them and create a strategic action plan for the next two months. Furthermore, we identified key people to reach out for market research and support as well as started to work on business model, product development and administrative tasks.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
We have accomplished or started working with everything that we planned to address, however underestimated the amount of workload in June from previous commitments as well as logistical issues (lack of housing) which took away time from our project, which means that we have to work more now. Having free access to university classroom and office in July made it a lot easier to work. Our teamwork went also pleasantly easy. For Niklas it was also a bit harder then expected to re-charge after graduation. Otherwise, everything feels fine.
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
During the remaining time we will focus on developing a business model, product prototypes, reaching out to key stakeholders & potential clients, doing market research, continuing to set-up organisation’s administration structure & do another strategic planning iteration in the end of August based on the findings from the outreach and market research. Overall, we will follow our original plan as we have done so far as it was flexible and focused on iterations and prototyping which has worked well so far.