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Diploma Ceremony for the recipients of Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship 2018


A total of 43 students from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology received the Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship 2018. A Diploma Ceremony was held for the students on 16 January at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg.

Group picture of all the Stena ScholarsCarl-Eric Hagentoft and Margita Björklund from the Sten A Olsson Foundation together with 28 of the 43 students, who received the scholarship during 2018
Photo: Magnus Gotander

A total of 6 students from the Master’s programme in Innovation and Industrial Management and the Master’s programme in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law received the Sten A Olsson Foundation scholarship. Ida Lönnfält, Josefine Sandqvist and Levi Östling who got their Master of Science Degree in Innovation and Industrial Management in June 2018 had the possibility to present their area of research during the Diploma Ceremony.

Ida Lönnfält and Josefine SandqvistIda Lönnfält and Josefine Sandqvist
Photo: Magnus Gotander

Ida Lönnfält and Josefine Sandqvist spent two weeks in London to collect data towards their thesis about blockchain technology. The focus in the thesis was the use of blockchains within supply chain management in the fashion industry. By visiting blockchain-events, conducting interviews with a large British fashion company and several experts and start-ups within blockchain technology, they investigated how compatible different kinds of blockchains are with supply chain management within the fashion industry.

Levi ÖstlingLevi Östling
Photo: Magnus Gotander

Levi Östling and Vincent Thermaenius (not present at the ceremony) spent six weeks in Bangalore, India, where they conducted interviews with 10 FinTech-companies. They investigated how new financial technology – or so called ”FinTech” – can contribute to increase the accessibility of basic financial services, such as open a bank account, get a loan, or easily transfer money to friends and family. Many individuals and small companies in India have a very limited access to these kinds of services.

The Sten A Olsson Foundation

The Sten A Olsson Foundation yearly assigns two millions SEK towards scholarships to master’s students during their thesis writing. During 2018 the Sten A Olsson foundation gave out 43 scholarships of 25 000 SEK each. The scholarship allows students to visit international universities and to create their own international network whilst working on a research based master thesis. The recipients of the scholarship should operate within the foundations prioritized research areas, Culture and Health as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Find out more about the Stena A Olsson Foundation here.