Donnie SC Lygonis

Follow me on LinkedIn, new posts about innovation, entrepreneurship and startups every day as well as a weekly live show on new ideas!

I have been working with ideas and innovation since the mid 90’s, either starting my own projects or helping others start theirs.

For the past 14 years I have spend my days as an Innovation Strategist and Business Coach at the innovation office at KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where I have been a part of creating and running what is today considered to be one of the best innovation offices in the world.

That’s where I get to help students and researchers realize their ideas and bring them to society to create positive impact, which means that I’m in the epicenter of new tech development, everything from robotics and AI to food and digital health.

At KTH Innovation I have also been part of developing and spreading the word about our own framework for supporting early stage innovation; the KTH Innovation Readiness Level. Today it is used by 1000s of universities, institutions and organisations as a tool in early stage innovation support. If you want to know more about the tool, join the LinkedIn group or catch one of the open monthly webinars I hold, follow me on LinkedIn for those. 

2015-16 I spent in Silicon Valley on a Wallenberg Fellowship, helping start the Swedish part of the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto.

In addition to helping others, I have also started quite a few companies myself, some are featured here on the Constant Innovation website. Then in 2016 I started something I’d had on my mind a very long time; the foundation Entrepreneurs Without Borders, with a mission to help early stage founders start and grow sustainable companies. If you want to support EWB in any way, please get in touch.

I’m also an avid TEDxster, I was in the group that brought TEDx to Sweden and have arranged 15+ events as the licensee for TEDxKTH and have had the honor to speak at 6 TEDx events all over Europe, the latest one giving the opening keynote talk at TEDxROMA, one of the worlds largest TEDx events, on January 21st 2023.

My professional speaker career started back in 2003 and since then it has taken me all over the world, from Colombia and Brazil to China and Japan. And it has also got me on TV, I’ve been part of three separate TV shows on innovation; Idéfabriken on Swedish SVT, The Inventors on Swedish TV4 and Meallions on Estonian tv.

Get in touch and book me for talks on innovation, creativity, sustainability, tech trends, future outlooks and motivational leadership

tedxroma 2023

Here is my latest TEDx talk, from TEDxROMA on January 21st 2023


Lovisa Madås
    Lovisa Madås


    Are you looking for a keynote speaker who offers a lot of energy, sharp insights and who dares to challenge? Book Donnie! I have had the pleasure of moderating panel discussions with Donnie as a participant and he contributed knowledge, experience and pushed the discussion when needed.

    Emma Gabrielsson
      Emma Gabrielsson

      Race For The Baltic

      Donnie was an important part when Race For The Baltic started the Baltic Sea City Accelerator program in 2019. He gave the participants different ways of looking at problems and solutions and how to think during the process. Very positive and a good start for everyone during the program. Highly recommended!

      Disa Öhlander
        Disa Öhlander

        Keiretsu Forum

        Mind blowing speech that leaves no one untouched. Donnie makes you think about things in a different perspective and makes you laugh. You will leave filled with endorphins and positivity.

        Jakob Wikenstål
          Jakob Wikenstål

          Nordic Sports Tech

          A very engaging speaker, we really liked the research he had done and the inputs he shared. Great great presentation from Donnie! Informative, on-spot, engaging! But also prior to the presentation, he was very interested and showed good energy in planning and making the session great together with us.

          Camilla Lejon Alvfelt
            Camilla Lejon Alvfelt


            Donnie is warm, full of energy and incredibly inspiring! I have booked him for both lectures and workshops and had very satisfied participants both times. It’s easy to succeed with your bookings when you work with Donnie!


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