“Imagine your goods getting delivered to you much faster and with practically zero carbon emissions.”
This is just what Marika Daleke and her team at Shippy, who are students from KTH are trying to achieve. As part of the Sustainability in focus – A KTH initiative to focus on sustainability activities on the campus, I am here to meet Marika Daleke, Cofounder of Shippy.
What do you do at KTH?
I am currently studying my fifth year in the program Design and Product Realization, and the master program Innovation Management. Last semester, I was in Singapore at NUS and took a minor in Technopreneurship, a good mix of technology and entrepreneurship. It was in relation to this course I got my first startup experience.
What’s the story behind Shippy?
Our business idea was born when our co-founder Tobias wasn’t able to buy a surfboard online from another city due to the extremely high costs of delivery. It was then we realized how outdated and resource inefficient today’s logistics is which hinders the second-hand market as well. Therefore we decided to do something about it and that is how Shippy was born.
“Shippy connects people who want something delivered, to people who are travelling.“
How is your company contributing to sustainability?
Our business model revolves around circular and sharing economy, aiming for a more sustainable delivery solution. Around 10 million delivery trucks on the road were empty last year, due to inadequate logistics planning. With a new business model, based on a C2C solution, we aim to cut CO2 emissions and to provide a more efficient delivery system.
Seeing people work on sustainability is truly impressing. So, what does sustainability personally mean to you?
I am highly concerned about the environment and our future on this planet. We need to change our behaviors drastically if we want to see any changes. Sustainability is highly important to me as an individual and one of the driving forces to why our startup was founded.
Your team is now part of KTH innovation pre-incubator program. How is it shaping you in realising the vision of your company?
We are in the pre-incubator program at KTH Innovation which is a program that aims to support early-stage, tech-based KTH projects with the potential of becoming viable companies. There we have our own office space and a business coach that guides us along the way. This is an opportunity that takes our startup to the next level. Without KTH and KTH Innovation, we would not have the support, benefits and connections which we are provided with today. This gives us a head start for the future months.
This is about Shippy. A small idea in the process of taking giant leaps.
You can check out more about Sustainability at KTH on the facebook page. There is a webinar tonight about Industrial Engineering and Management School at KTH ( which I and Elise belong to :P) wherein you guys have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights about the various program in the ITM schools.