GROWING COMPANIES ARE GOOD FOR STOCKHOLM
Frontrunners for Sustainable Innovation will make it easier for SMEs to benefit from the specialized testing and demonstration environments in the Stockholm region. The project will deliver an innovation ecosystem that is more coherent, easier to reach and brings more innovations to market. This will contribute to the global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The renewal of the public sector is a key component for a more sustainable Stockholm. Kista Science City, Södertälje Science Park and Openlab are well-positioned to contribute to the development of procurement competencies in municipalities and county councils through the combination of digitalization, lean management and iterative ways of working in line with design thinking.
The project aims to promote more innovation-oriented procurement processes in Stockholm where even small companies can win contracts. Close collaboration will be established with the 26 municipalities of Stockholm and the Stockholm County Council, and the Open Data project in the Stockholm region, which is run by Greater Stockholm and the City of Stockholm, is playing a key part in this.
The project’s ways of working are developed and iterated with the needs of the companies and in close dialogue between the three testing and demonstration environments, which will be part of the project’s strength. The fact that KTH has campuses in all three environments creates the conditions for increased collaboration in research and education.
HOW IS THE PROJECT FUNDED?
The European Regional Development Fund provides half of the funding (SEK 25 million) over three years. The remaining funding comes from the partners of the project. The project caters to SMEs in sustainable production, life sciences and environmental technology in relation to digitalization. Companies that want to work on solving the overall challenges of the Stockholm region and those in sustainable urban development.
Who is involved in the project?
Johan Schuber, project leader
Staffan Bjurulf, coordinator, Openlab,
Petra Dalunde, coordinator, Urban ICT Arena
Conny Lemon, coordinator, Södertälje Science Park