To be or not to be - Frontrunners for sustainable innovation

Our job is to ensure that SMEs can commercialize innovative products and services faster! What challenges will companies face? We innovations are out there? What do the companies need from us? Share your best ideas and give feedback on other people's ideas!

How can we become frontrunners for sustainable innovation?

Frontrunners for sustainable innovation - we are! Now we need to gather energy to increase the pace and help more innovations reach the market! During the trip to Copenhagen we want to know what you are inspired by. Formulate ideas in one of 4 categories:

1. Social challenges that need to be addressed
2. Innovations that solve the problem
3. Business needs in development
4. Promoting strategies that work

Write short headlines and descriptions, footage and then publish your ideas here on the platform. Together we can like, comment and develop the ideas further. All contributions are made anonymously.

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New ideas are born every day - but it is only when they are tested, challenged and put to the test that innovation really takes place. The Stockholm region is Sweden's innovation center with a leading position in Europe. Frontrunners for Sustainable Innovation is a joint EU-funded project between three of the Stockholm region's strongest innovation clusters: Kista Science City, Södertälje Science Park, Openlab and KTH. Together, we help SMEs develop their ideas faster and take their innovations to market.

The Stockholm region has a great variety of industries and high competence, which contributes to good conditions for developing innovative companies that are at the forefront. Through the Frontrunners for sustainable innovation project, we contribute to the development of companies through:

Innovating together is one of the most important factors for success. Thanks to a large network and broad expertise, we create the arena for meetings between companies and the public sector that contribute to new contacts and new insights.

Developed working methods and processes are important to enable more SMEs to participate in public procurement. We guide and support the public sector to get innovative solutions to the market faster.

We give SMEs the opportunity to develop their services and products in smart city and production - all with a strong focus on sustainability. The project's test and development environments are located in Kista and Södertälje. The focus in Kista is on a sustainable and smart city and in Södertälje sustainable production.

Through Frontrunners we help more small and medium-sized companies find new skills in the academy. It can be about finding key skills for recruitment or a new approach to a problem. Maybe theses or courses may be an opportunity to gain new cutting-edge skills and develop your business.

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How can we become frontrunners for sustainable innovation?

Frontrunners for sustainable innovation - det är vi! Nu behöver vi kraftsamla för att öka takten och bidra till att fler innovationer når marknaden! Under resan till Köpenhamn vill vi veta vad du inspireras av. Formulera idéer inom en av 4 kategorier:

1. Samhällsutmaningar som behöver lösas
2. Innovationer som löser problemet
3. Företagens behov i utvecklingen
4. Främjande strategier som funkar

Författa korta rubriker och beskrivningar, fota och publicera sedan dina idéer här på plattformen. Tillsammans kan vi gilla, kommentera och utveckla idéerna vidare. Alla bidrag sker anonymt.

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Nya idéer föds varje dag – men det är först när de testas, utmanas och sätts på prov som innovation sker på riktigt. Stockholmregionen är Sveriges innovationscentrum med en ledande position i Europa. Frontrunners for Sustainable Innovation är ett gemensamt EU-finansierat projekt mellan tre av Stockholmsregionens starkaste innovationskluster: Kista Science City, Södertälje Science Park, Openlab och KTH. Tillsammans hjälper vi små och medelstora företag att utveckla sina idéer snabbare och ta sina innovationer till marknaden.

Stockholmsregionen har stor variation av branscher och hög kompetens vilket bidrar till goda förutsättningar att utveckla innovativa företag som ligger i framkant. Genom projektet Frontrunners for sustainable innovation bidrar vi till företagens utveckling genom:

Att innovera tillsammans är en av de viktigaste faktorerna för framgång. Tack vare ett stort nätverk och bred kompetens skapar vi arenan för möten mellan företag och offentlig sektor som bidrar till nya kontakter och nya insikter.

Utvecklade arbetsmetoder och processer är viktigt för att ge fler små och medelstora företag möjlighet att delta i offentlig upphandling. Vi vägleder och ger stöd till offentlig sektor för att snabbare få innovativa lösningar på marknaden.

Vi ger små och medelstora företag möjlighet att utveckla sina tjänster och produkter inom smart stad och produktion – allt med starkt fokus på hållbarhet. Projektets test- och utvecklingsmiljöer finns i Kista och Södertälje. Fokus i Kista är på en hållbar och smart stad och i Södertälje hållbar produktion.

Genom Frontrunners hjälper vi fler små och medelstora företag att hitta ny kompetens inom akademin. Det kan handla om att hitta nyckelkompetens för rekrytering eller ny infallsvinkel på ett problem. Kanske kan exjobb eller kurser vara en möjlighet att få in ny spetskompetens och utveckla ditt företag.

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Go on an inspirational trip to Copenhagen

By seeing and being inspired by how others do, we can develop together and get ideas that make our work both more fun and more efficient!

Screen corporate needs

To support them further in the innovation ecosystem.

Having fun !!

It's fun when you have fun! : D


360 seger screening of public sector actors

2. Develop a similar tool as the 360° screening but for public sector actors



Brinn för Frontrunners

Visit the test bed before procurement

Collaborate with tests and demo facilities for knowledge-building visits with contractors and public sector pls.


Choose what needs we will solve

Choosing challenges to match against companies:




Främjande strategi:
Vara medveten om de olika ’språk’ inom multi-stakeholder processer och försöka att synkron-tolka så att alla kan och vill förstå, delta och dra nyttan av det som ske.


Let’s get SMEs access to real LIFE

Technology owners/developers need to better understand what problem they are solving for potential customers. And customers need to learn more about available technology.


Is good enough enough?

How can we shorten time to market through implementation of early stage technologies?


1. Challenge: Build infrastructure of charging posts

Fossil-free car traffic requires green electricity in a charging pole near you, anywhere. We need to expand the network of charging poles for everyone, everywhere. Now!


Privacy by design

Societal challenge: Synchronize the pace of ethical innovation, e.g. i privacy questions, in relation to technological innovation.



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