Today we are officially celebrating three years since our first event in Sweden! It feels surreal to think about all of the amazing events that I've had the honour of attending over the past years. I also feel proud of all that I have achieved with this small business. Our first event was a Movember party on November 30, 2011. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the past three years:
I want to thank the following clients, partners and supporters of Boothie:
My family and Juho-Atte Riikonen, Sara Vataja, Eero Riikonen, Mikaela Färnqvist, Christian Tellin, Hilde Zellman Frandsen, Niklas Lindblad, Oscar Lundgren, Brandon Till, Erik Syrén, Jenny Sandberg, Julia Henriksson, Julia Selander, Nicklas Nygren, Mattias Nordström, Kelly Darby, and Tien Pham
Lunds universitet, Lunds kommun, Lundalogik, Scania, STUDIO, Anagram Live, IDEON Meeting, IDEON Innovation, IDEON, Bromolla Kommun, Sofie and Stefan, Venture Cup, Lizzie and Pelle, Flickor På Teknis, Lund Translation Team, STPLN, Stiftsgården Åkersberg, Studentlund, Lunds Nation, and Radio AF
My absolute favourite memory is when I was doing an event in partnership with Anagram Live at Medicon Village in Lund. The CEO of Medicon Village, Mats Leifland, and Mats Lindroos, Head of Accelerator Divison at the European Spallation Source (ESS) happened to bump into each other right outside of Boothie. They decided they would take a picture together and each of them chose a prop (sunglasses) that matched their brand's colours (and coincidentally their shirts!) In that moment I really understood the power of Boothie to bring people together and build bridges. These two high profile people each got a photo to take back to their offices to remind them that they're neighbours here in innovative Lund.
I would like to leave you all with the words of Mr. Kanye West: "Believe in your flyness, conquer your shyness"!
Here's to another three years!
~Rachelle Lacharité, Owner, Boothie Sweden
As I was organizing all the photos from the events I've been at from the past three years I decided to count how many people who have been photographed by and got a print out from the boothie photo booth. To my delight we have had the honour of photographing over 5000 people!
What an honour to wake up and see that I was on the front page of Southern Sweden's most distributed newspaper, City. I was profiled as a young entrepreneur. Read the article (in Swedish) here: http://www.city.se/nyheter/selfies-med-chefen-ar-uppskattade-bilder/
The best part about having an office in Ideon Science Park is that there are always fun and interesting things happening. Today Innocarnival (an initiative of The Municipality of Lund) was in the building and we got to play with these odd recycled plastic pieces to make a temporary installation. Everyone was invited to participate and it was a fun way to use the foyer.
The Swedish television channel, SVT, was there and got some footage which you can check out at http://www.svtplay.se/video/1922636/25-3-19-15 at 9:55. The plastic pieces are a part of the Bloom Urban game which you can read more about here.
Today I am interviewed in City Newspaper in Malmö and Lund! It feels really cool that they have chosen to write about small business owners and that they chose me as an example! A Swedish Lobby organisation, Foretagarna, recently released a barometer reading of small businesses in Scania and according to them the future looks bright, especially within the service sector.
I agreed with this and said that in Lund I think there is a lot of support for small businesses and a lot of organisations encouraging people to start their own businesses. Unfortunately there is a disconnect with the government because there are some structural problems that can discourage and make it difficult for small business owners.
For example, in Sweden, taxes are very high and it is very expensive to hire staff as a small business with low turn-over. Also, there is very little focus on entrepreneurship in university, especially in the non-traditional subjects.
I told them about what advantages I see in running my own business, like the fact that everything I do, is for myself; I get to choose the strategic direction of my business, and learn a lot about things I didn't learn in school like book keeping and how to be a salesperson. You can also choose when and where you want to work and that is an advantage as a student or if you have a family!
Some interesting statistics are that less that 1% of companies in Sweden have more than 50 people employed, and that 4 of 5 new jobs created in Sweden are by small businesses. I think that those two things are great reasons for the government to focus on making it easier to start and run a business. It's a fact that small businesses pay taxes and hire people, which is needed, and very positive for Sweden.
In mid-October Boothie moved in to VentureLab's incubator. VentureLab is Lund University's platform for students who are considering starting or want to start their own business. We have our own little fishbowl office where we keep our backgrounds and props. It's a really inspiring environment with all the other businesses (there are 20 total).
Check out VentureLab on facebook at www.facebook.com/venturelabilund! You can also follow VentureLab (and me!) on instagram!
Check out this article that Lund University Innovation Systems (LUIS) wrote about me and Boothie with regards to the LeapFrogs grant I received this summer for my business idea!
Yesterday we were in the little city of Bromölla in Skåne. Boothie was at an event arranged by the cultural department at the municipality for youngsters and their lovely library. Boothie was a huge hit amongst the youth (and the staff) and we managed to get (more than 1!) pic of everyone that was there!
I don't know what it is but it seems like there is Photo Booth Fever in Sweden. Recently I've been getting A LOT of people contacting me about having Boothie at their weddings, Christmas Parties, Moving In Parties, Job Fairs, you name it! I've been working with Boothie now for 2 years and wonder if it has something to do with Photo Booths making cameo appearances on some popular TV-series. For example, New Girl and Gossip Girl? Well whatever it is, it's awesome, because the more Photo Booths at parties, the happier people are (it's scientifically proven!) Photo Booths are really popular in North America and the Philippines so perhaps globalization is also at play.
Yesterday we were at the opening party of FBRK @ STPLN.
There were plenty of guests and I was in charge of their instagram account for the evening taking pics of all the makers.
Check them out here: http://instagram.com/fbrkn_stpln
This is a great place for all you entrepreneurs out there, you can build your own things with their workshop, 3D printers and cutters and other fun resources they have.
Check it out if you ever want to do some prototypes or DYI projects: http://stpln.se/
Hey I'm Rachelle and I'm the owner of Boothie Sweden! I'm from Canada and came to Lund 5 years ago. I'm really excited to be in Skåne and appreciate all of your comments and suggestions!