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The first CapitalOnBoard one-day event was held in March. CapitalOnBoard provides an arena for forging connections between West Swedish start-ups and national investors on a return trip to Fredrikshamn on the Stena Danica ferry. A successful event with 150 participants and over 300 pre-booked meetings.

Lectures on the Stena Danica. Photo: CapitalOnBoard

On the morning of 12 March, 150 expectant participants gathered in the departure lounge for breakfast and registration before boarding the Stena Danica ferry. During the trip, they had the opportunity to network with West Swedish and national investors. The day also offered inspiring lectures, panel debates, business pitches and over 300 pre-booked one-to-one meetings.

“Our vision was to create a new networking arena for start-ups, investors and industry stakeholders. We knew the demand was there, and after carrying out the first CapitalOnBoard event, we have received highly positive feedback and immediate requests for the next event. The participants were partially isolated from the outside world during the day. This encouraged them to focus completely on each other, which we believe resulted in even more new meetings and future relations. We now have clear proof that there is a need for this type of arena. We look forward to developing the concept and following up on the effects of the first event,” says Alexandra Björk, organiser of CapitalOnBoard.

The event was organised by Peter Kurzwelly and Alexandra Björk, who both have extensive experience of start-ups and the innovation system. They wanted to avoid the classic conference venue scenario where participants can come and go as they please. This lead to the idea of holding the event at sea, in true Gothenburg spirit.

“We have plenty of excellent businesses in West Sweden, but there is a lack of capital. In light of this, we wanted to connect capital with start-ups and promote future relations with investors,” explains Peter Kurzwelly, organiser of CapitalOnBoard.

CapitalOnBoard is organised in partnership with Region Västra Götaland, Venture Cup, Business Region Göteborg, Chalmers Ventures, GU Ventures, Delphi, Fabbelito and Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group.

For more information on CapitalOnBoard: https://capitalonboard.confetti.events/

The Knowledge and Enlightenment focus year is part of Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary celebrations. During the year, central focus will be given to education, research and skills provision, providing a common platform for stakeholders to work from. We met Eva Henricsson from Göteborg & Co’s Trade & Industry Group, process leader for the focus year.

Eva Henricsson Photo: Peter Kvarnström, Göteborg & Co

Hello Eva. Tell us about yourself.

I am the process leader for the Knowledge and Enlightenment focus year as part of Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary, and have long experience of working for Gothenburg, a City of Knowledge. I work in Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group, a platform for collaboration between trade & industry, organisations, municipal and regional administrations and academia, which is aimed at making Gothenburg even more competitive and attractive.

I was born and grew up in Gothenburg. I have always been strongly involved in the city’s development and see great opportunities in the coming year.

The big kick-off meeting for Knowledge and Enlightenment was held on 22 January. How did the meeting go and did it meet your expectations?

The ambition for 2019 is to utilise experiences from previous focus years while continuing to involve the whole city in the anniversary celebrations. Approximately 70 people from administrations, businesses, academia, regional bodies, Science Parks, companies, foundations and associations attended the kick-off meeting to gain inspiration and find out how their organisations can participate in the focus theme.

Also attending the meeting was the youth reference group, which was formed to bring a young perspective to Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary celebrations. With such a large number and variety of participants, the meeting provided excellent opportunities for networking and exchange. Another purpose of the meeting was to offer inspiration by presenting various activities planned for 2019. I hope that even more people will get involved and carry out concrete activities during the year.

What will happen during the year and what milestones can we look forward to?

A large number of events will take place during the year. It all kicked off with International Mother Language Day on 25 February, organised by the City of Gothenburg’s Language Centre. Next in line is the Gothenburg International Science Festival on 1–12 April with the theme “Astonishing thought”, followed by Future Skills, the region’s largest vocational meeting place for high school students, on 8–10 October. Several historical events will also be highlighted during 2019. The Space Week on 14–22 September will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, which means that children will be an important target group. Our ambition is for the initiatives to continue after 2019, so 2021 will be an important milestone for showcasing the work carried out.

What is the most exciting aspect of Knowledge and Enlightenment, and what challenges do you expect it to pose?

What’s most exciting is the large number of people who regard the theme and the focus year as highly relevant and want to contribute to making Gothenburg an even better city. My challenge will be finding the time to gather together everyone’s excellent ideas. I see great opportunities in the year ahead!

 

The fair Skarpt Läge set a new visitor record with 1831 participants attending the job fair at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center. The purpose of the fair is to create work opportunities for young adults.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge

– We can only say that it was a success with the 1831 visitors, Fredrik Karlsson Chairman of the association Skarpt Läge says.

On Friday February 22, Skarpt Läge set a record in the number of participants who attended the job fair at the Swedish Exhibition Center in Gothenburg. The previous record was 1147 visitors. For the sixth year in a row, young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 were matched with companies that were able to offer jobs on site. There were 46 exhibitors who represented 64 different workplaces and approximately 1100 work opportunities were available.

– It was magic! Says Eva Dunér, owner operator at four Mc Donald’s restaurants in Gothenburg.

Last year, 143 young adults from Gothenburg, were employed during the three-hour job fair. During the coming weeks, a follow-up will be done with all exhibitors to find out how many jobs were created at the fair, but it has been confirmed that at least one person was offered a job at site. Among the exhibitors were major companies like Mc Donald’s, Gothia Towers and the Swedish Tax Agency.

The fair is built on a partnership between the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Team Göteborg, Gothia Towers / Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Visita and the association Skarpt Läge.

This year’s Junior Achievement fair was held at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg on 11 March, with the theme Entrepreneurship for Real. Young Enterprise offers high school students the opportunity to start and run an enterprise over an academic year. High engagement and commitment marked this year’s fair, where the trend for social and sustainable enterprise was strongly in evidence. The winner of JA Company of the Year 2019 was announced at the end of the awards ceremony in the big congress hall.

Worth UF – Winner of JA Company of the Year 2019 Photo: Junior Achievement Gothenburg

1,300 high school students from 340 JA companies exhibited and marketed their products and services at the Junior Achievement fair.

“It’s wonderful that 1,300 students took the opportunity to exhibit at this year’s JA fair. This year it was particularly exciting to note an increase in students’ awareness and knowledge about sustainable enterprise, which was clearly evident in their business ideas. General interest in young enterprise continues to increase. The number of students running JA companies in the region rose again this year, and it is wonderful to see the strong encouragement given to young enterprise in schools,” comments Johan Sandahl, Regional Manager, Junior Achievement Gothenburg.

Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group is a partner of Junior Achievement and also hosts the prestigious JA Company of the Year competition. The gold medal was awarded to Worth UF from NTI Gymnasiet Kronhusgatan high school, for creating a mindfulness colouring book on the theme of body positivity. The award was presented by Kristin Mari Riera, project leader, Göteborg & Co’s Trade & Industry Group. The Jury Statement was as follows:

“The winner has come up with a creative and innovative solution to a current social problem. These young entrepreneurs have pooled their resources to make a difference to others and challenge unhealthy norms. Their drive and business competence show strong potential for future success, both in Sweden and internationally. We are all impressed by your shared courage, and consider you a highly WORTHY winner of the JA Company of the Year competition.”

“It’s absolute magic to feel the infectious energy and innovative spirit of the 1,300 young exhibitors at the fair. In addition to presenting creative and sustainable business ideas, this year’s Junior Achievement fair also plays a key role in promoting present and future enterprise. It’s an honour to congratulate Worth UF, the worthy winner of JA Company of the Year 2019, for addressing an important social problem and contributing to a healthier approach to body positivity in society,” comments Kristin Mari Riera, project manager, Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group.

Young Enterprise (Ung Företagsamhet) is a non-profit, apolitical education organisation which has been teaching entrepreneurial and business skills to high school students since 1980 through JA programmes.

The winner of the 2018 Prize is I-Tech, a biotech company that has developed a sustainable method for preventing barnacles from settling on vessel hulls. The Prize will be presented by Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group and the Chair of Gothenburg City Executive Board, Axel Josefson, on 2 April during the meeting of Börssällskapet.

Management team, I-Tech. Photo: Anders Bryngel

– This year’s winner is a company that has demonstrated impressive entrepreneurship and innovation. Through innovative research it has changed its industry and is now at the cutting edge of development. I-Tech has a unique, sustainable and world-leading product, says Kristin Mari Riera, project manager, Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group.

I-Tech was founded in 2000 and is a spin-off from research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. It is a research-intensive company that applies biotechnology to one of the maritime industry’s major problems, barnacle settlement. I-Tech’s product Selektope is a substance that is added to marine coatings to prevent barnacles from fouling vessel hulls. Selektope is unique in being the world’s only marine anti-fouling agent that does not kill barnacles.

– In a country with so many exciting and promising companies, we feel very humbled to be winner of the Gothenburg Company Prize. I-Tech, a company born out of local academic research and largely backed by local financiers, is at the centre of a global expansion of the marine sector which is so important to Gothenburg. We share this honour with everyone who has been part of our almost 20-year journey, says Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.

AstraZeneca works proactively with Göteborg & Co to recruit large, international medical congresses to Gothenburg. This unique partnership began a couple of years ago and has already generated good results.

AstraZeneca research centre in Mölndal, south of Gothenburg.

“Congresses boost Gothenburg’s image as a regional centre for research and help to attract the skills that will continue building excellence,” says Matti Ahlqvist, Site Director at AstraZeneca.

At AstraZeneca’s research centre in Mölndal, south of Gothenburg, only about 50 per cent of newly recruited researchers come from Sweden. The other half come from abroad, and their skills are in demand in many parts of the world. This is one reason why it is so important that the Gothenburg region remains competitive.

Matti Ahlqvist, Site Director at AstraZeneca in Gothenburg

“People don’t just come here to work for us, but also because Gothenburg is a place where they want to live. The city’s image is therefore important to us, and international congresses are one way to showcase the region and increase the exchange of knowledge, says Matti Ahlqvist.”

In 2016, plans were drawn up to enable AstraZeneca and the City of Gothenburg to work together to attract international medical congresses. A close partnership was established, together with Gothenburg Convention Bureau at Göteborg & Co, with the aim of identifying potential congresses.

This is a long-term process. Convincing an international organiser to hold a congress in Gothenburg can take several years. But the partnership has already delivered results, not just by attracting new congresses.

“The way we work together creates added value within our organisations. It motivates colleagues, raises the scientific profile of Gothenburg and the surrounding region, and gives us a unique appeal. It also underlines the reason why AstraZeneca chose this region.”

Meetings are vitally important for Gothenburg, and in 2018 the municipal council set Göteborg & Co the task of developing a strategic plan to support city-wide efforts to attract scientific congresses. The aim is to further enhance Gothenburg’s reputation as a city for meetings and create better opportunities for local research, entrepreneurship and sustainable growth.

The plan was agreed last autumn and one of the factors for success that was identified is closer collaboration with business and academia. Several of the global companies in the region have therefore been involved in the process of identifying and attracting meetings.

AstraZeneca has made an exceptional contribution to this process. This may be linked to the fact that the company has also developed innovative new ways of working at its research facility, including the widely publicised BioVentureHub. But there are also other advantages to hosting more medical meetings in Gothenburg

“As well as promoting the image of Gothenburg as a high-tech region, bringing people together like this encourages innovation. Our experts get to meet other experts and we have an opportunity to showcase our business in a way that would not be possible otherwise.”

There are 2.000 researchers from 50 countries working at AstraZeneca. Only half of them from Sweden.

Collaboration with Göteborg & Co has been rewarding for everyone involved, says Matti Ahlqvist – for the city, the region and the company.

“There are no downsides at all. There is broad support from Gothenburg to promote the hospitality industry in the region – and for us to contribute to the region’s scientific status and our company’s role in growth and development. It’s a clear win-win for us and the city.”

Young people, regardless of the circumstances, got work opportunities. The result of the fair Skarpt Läge shows that 76 of the 143 jobs that were generated still have their jobs. And 32 young people left the industry fair “At your service” with a job in their hands.

Foto: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge

– Through hard work and good collaborations, Skarpt Läge has generated and matched a great number of job opportunities for young adults, both during autumn and earlier years. Skapt Läge is inclusivity and long-term provision of skills at its best, says Christian Westerberg, Project manager at Göteborg & Co Trade and Industry Group.

The association Skarpt Läge, organized the “Job Fair Skarpt Läge” in February and the industry fair “At your service” in September and both presented great results. The target audience, young people between the ages of 18 and 30, was given the opportunity to meet major companies like Liseberg, Gothia Towers and Mac Donalds. A total of 44 percent still have their jobs, generated from the fair in February and 32 people, were employed during the only 3-hour long industry fair “At your service” in September.

The association looks bright on the future, focusing on young people getting jobs, regardless of their backgrounds. Their function is to act as a bridge between organizations and young people, increase networks, and work together to guide young adults finding the right employment.

The fair is built on a partnership between the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Team Göteborg, Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotels, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Visita and the association Skarpt Läge. Despite the fantastic results this is just the start. It is hoped that Skarpt Läge will not only be the best jobs fair for young people in Gothenburg, but that it will become the best platform for young people to gain entry to the employment market in Sweden.

 

 

Gothenburg Design Festival starts today and will carry on until the 27th of October. It is organized by HDK – the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. The theme “openness” in design, form, architecture and arts and crafts will be discussed and analyzed trough exhibitions, shows and events arranged by teachers, researchers, students and design and crafts practitioners all around the city.

Photo: HDK – the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg Design Festival is an open platform for collaborative learning that uses artistic processes to reflect upon and experiment with design as an agent of change in the creation of socially sustainable futures. It explores new ideas for learning, work and social equality.

Participants are welcome to listen, talk to and conduct experiments with students, teachers as well as national and international practitioners to see how design can be essential in creating a socially sustainable future.

The festival organizes different workshops and seminars during the entire week in several places in Gothenburg. The audience can for example create physical representations of the internet or build models in small scales. The cultural center Blå Stället will reflect upon how textiles can be perceived and used in architecture. The need to reintroduce the human perspective in public discussions, as well as diversity in artistic education will also be discussed during the week. Everyone can even discover the graduation work of HDK’s master’s students or artworks created by newly graduated creators that are auctioned at Göteborgs Auktionsverk.

All the activities under the Gothenburg Design Festival are free of charges. See the full program at: https://gothenburgdesignfestival.se

The festival is organized by HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg – in collaboration with, among others, the cultural center Blå Stället, Kultur i Väst, Chalmers Architecture, Röhsska museum for Design and Crafts, Lindholmen Science Park, ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art, IASPIS, Public Art Agency Sweden, City of Gothenburg among others. The festival is carried out with the economic support of the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.

Program Gothenburg Design Festival 2018

On October 11th, for the first time during the High School Days (Gymnasiedagarna) and Future Skills, a parent meeting was held in Arabic. The Trade and Industry Group that works with inclusion supported this pilot initiative.

Photo: Frida Rudebo/Göteborgsregionen

During three full days, 9th to 11th of October, more than 33 000 visitors gathered at the High School Days (Gymnasiedagarna) and Future Skills at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. This is an annual information and guidance fair organized by the region of Gothenburg, and the main meeting place for future high school students, education organizers and representatives of working.

In addition to lectures and activities, five information meetings for parents were held, among which one in Arabic. On the 11th of October, participants gathered around the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre’s main stage for more information about various school programs in the region of Gothenburg as well as a picture of the Swedish labor market, all in Arabic. Many questions were asked to the speakers Mohammed Megdad from the Swedish Public Employment Service and Maha Hannouneh, Student Supervisor from Mölndal City. This initiative aims to reach an important target group that has not previously taken part in the High School Day because of the language barrier.

Other activities were also organized on this same day, mostly for adult sfi-students and newly arrived in Sweden. In addition, anyone who needed a language support could get help from a guide during their visit.

“Such meetings are important,” says Bouchra Hamdi. She attends the fair with the sfi-student Ahmed Alaa.

“I was interested in the presentation of the Swedish Public Employment Service and I am very pleased with the information I received. I think more meetings should be arranged in Arabic.” She adds.

The High School Days (Gymnasiedagarna) fair is organized by the region of Gothenburg (GR). Future Skills is a collaboration between GR, Business Region Gothenburg, Västra Götaland Region, The Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co and the Swedish Public Employment Services. More information at www.gymnasiedagarna.se

The association Skarpt Läge organized the job fair “At your service” on Friday 28th of September; a meeting place for jobseekers and employers within the tourism industry. During three hours, 754 job seekers came to the hotel Scandic Crown to meet with employers such as Liseberg, Scandic hotel, Casino Cosmopol.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Association Skarpt Läge

The concept is simple: the 20 employers who exhibit at Scandic Crown are all connected to the tourism industry and offer over 150 jobs in hotels, restaurants, tourism and trade. Everyone has something to offer in terms of work, study or internship.

“What’s unique with Skarpt Läge is the simplicity. It is easy for companies to participate and for job seekers to meet employers with different recruitment needs all in the same place. But above all, a thorough follow-up and supervision of both participants and exhibitors is made and reported six weeks later” says Lotta Forsberg, one of the project leaders since Skarpt Läge started in 2014.

In 2018 the job fair Skarpt Läge resulted in 143 jobs. The follow-up that was done six months later showed that 60% of those who got a job were still working. The previous job fairs that the association Skarpt Läge organized over the past three years have resulted in 3 000 visitors and over 600 jobs.

At your Service job fair is based on a collaboration between the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Visita, Scandic, the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) and the association Skarpt Läge.

After three years of successful integration work at Kista square in Stockholm, the summer project Bonnier Hoops was exported to Gothenburg. Throughout the summer holidays, free activities were arranged for young people living in Biskopsgården area in collaboration with associations, the city of Gothenburg and blue light and emergency organisations. Bonnier Hoops project will round up and finish at the Göteborg Book Fair 27th-30th of September.

Photo: Hisingen by Day

A street basket court, a library tent and a reading corner were mounted in Svarte Mossen, Biskopsgården, in early June, and remained there throughout the whole summer vacation. Bonnier Hoops welcomed every day between 80 and 150 young people to many activities that featured both basketball and reading.

Basketball tournaments, rap workshop, grilling and reading were part of the program offered to the kids and teenagers. The area was manned from Monday to Saturday throughout the entire summer (17th of June-12nd of August) thanks to a collaboration between the publisher Bonnier, various associations, blue light and emergency organisations, and the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.

Bonnier Hoops will round up and finish for 2018 at the Göteborg Book Fair on 27th-30th of September, where a big street basket court and book lounge will take place in the middle of the fair. A variety of events will also be organised such as basketball tournaments, workshops and final round of this year’s poetry slam.

Magasin Göteborg was distributed for the seventh time in a row as a supplement to the trade journal Dagens Industri on the 16th of May 2018. The magazine reached about 210,000 readers this year and has had very good results in the reading survey. It is one of Dagens Industri’s most read supplements.

“Stories from the City with Attitude” was the theme of this year’s magazine. Brave and innovative entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators who truly believe in their project and in their city are lifted in the magazine, showing the diversity of companies located in Gothenburg and its region.

A reading survey based on 300 interviews with different age groups shows that Magasin Göteborg has a long reading time, over nine minutes, evenly distributed throughout the magazine. It is a popular product with satisfied readers who appreciate the news value. This year, the magazine has also reached a younger group up to 34 years. Compared with similar products, the reading value is high for Magasin Göteborg, which is still one of Dagens Industri’s most read supplements.

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Magasin Göteborg 2018