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143 young people from Gothenburg were given jobs during the three-hour Skarpt Läge jobs fair that took place on 23 February 2018. The budget for this year’s fair was 200.000 SEK, which works out at 1400 SEK per job.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge

The fair attracted a total of 1,146 visitors in the 18 to 30 age group. The jobs fair continues to grow each year and the value of having a physical place to meet was proven once again. The concept is simple: the 48 employers who exhibited at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel all had something to offer in the shape of jobs, training courses or internships.

“We focus on entry jobs. We want to provide a meeting place in Gothenburg that offers young people the quickest route into working life,” says Lotta Forsberg, who has been a project manager since the fair began in 2014.

“The unique appeal of the Skarpt Läge fair is its simplicity. It’s easy for companies to take part. And it’s easy for job seekers to meet employers who have recruitment needs, but above all there is reassuring guidance and follow-up for participants and for exhibitors,” says Fredrik Karlsson, Chairman of Skarpt Läge.

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.

Start cultivating an interest in natural sciences from an early age, provide more role models, encourage lifelong learning and work together to strengthen influence. These were some of the ideas discussed during the round table discussion with politicians, business leaders and academics.

Photo: Göteborg & Co

Just over an hour before the opening ceremony of the International Science Festival Gothenburg at the Draken cinema in Gothenburg, Heléne Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, met representatives of trade & industry and academia at a round table meeting. The group discussed the collective steps that can be taken to support people and meeting places against growing disinformation and resistance to facts. This is a question that everyone present felt was important.

During the hour-long conversation they discussed the importance of fostering an interest in science at an early age and giving everyone opportunities to choose science later in life, regardless of where they live, their family background, financial opportunities, gender, etc. It was also stressed that those who do not choose science should have easy access to academic knowledge. Having good role models in science is also important, and one suggestion was to set up a prize in the name of a prominent scientist such as Hans Rosling. The group also agreed on the need for collaboration and a shared vision.

The round table discussion was held for the first time during the International Science Festival as a follow-up to March for Science 2017, with the goal of developing new platforms for collaboration between business, academia and politics.


Heléne Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research

Jan-Olof Jacke, CEO, AstraZeneca Sweden

Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Maria Knutsson Wedel, Vice President of Education and Lifelong Learning at Chalmers University of Technology

Mattias Goksör, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg

Göran Blomqvist, CEO, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

Carl Johan Sundberg, professor and chairman of the science council of the International Science Festival

About the International Science Festival

Attracting around 70,000 visits each year, the International Science Festival in Gothenburg is one of Europe’s leading popular science events, and the largest knowledge festival held in Sweden. Since 1997 the International Science Festival has provided a meeting place for sharing knowledge, inspiration and new perspectives. Each year the festival offers three programmes: one for academia, one for industry and one for the public that is accessible and free to all.

International Science Festival in Gothenburg is a sustainable festival that focuses on environmental, social and economic issues.

Sponsors: Chalmers University of Technology, the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, the City of Gothenburg, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Swedish Research Council and Vinnova.

Jibril Jallow, Malin Engelbrecht and Lennart Johansson. Photo: Göteborg & Co/ Pauline Pontois

After five years as chairman of the Trade & Industry Group, Malin Engelbrecht is handing over the baton to Jibril Jallow, Regional Director at SEB, one of Sweden’s largest banks. Hello Jibril!

Hello Jibril! Tell us about yourself

I am Deputy Regional Director of SEB, and after moving to Gothenburg two years ago I already feel at home in the city. I’m an inquisitive person who is thirsty for insight and is constantly learning from fresh encounters and people.

What are your aims in this role?

First, I want to build on the unique and very special tradition of collaboration between trade & industry, academia and the city.

Second, I want to build on the strength that exists in the Trade & Industry Group and combine this with the individual strengths and unique skills of our members.

It is also important to further develop what we can contribute as a group, aside from monetary support. There is so much expertise within each organisation that we can use even more effectively to make an even bigger difference in the Gothenburg region together.

What do you think should be the main focus of development in Gothenburg right now?

The most important thing is to make the city even more attractive as a place to live, work, study, visit and develop in. This is the absolute priority; people need to feel a sense of belonging and community as residents, in just the same way as our companies do in the Trade & Industry Group.

This year’s Junior Achievement fair took place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre on 5 March, where the theme was Entrepreneurship for Real. Junior Achievement gives high-school students the opportunity to set up, run and wind down companies within an academic year. The JA fair brings together 1,200 young people from 44 schools in the Gothenburg region to exhibit, display and sell their products and services. This year’s fair was a big success, drawing a record number of exhibitors.

Photo: Pauline Pontois/Göteborg & Co

There was non-stop activity at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre on this Monday afternoon. The students, who have spent the past year developing their companies, are very enthusiastic about selling their products. Some use flyers or attractive stands to grab attention, while others stand in the aisles and try to entice potential customers. Among the 323 exhibitors we meet high-school students Ella Landqvist, Karin Nilsson and Cornelia Hernheimer from Mikael Elias Gymnasium. They are behind the company Green Taste, which offers an environmentally inspired tea kit. Their kit includes a mug with a pattern they designed themselves, a selection of organic teas and home-made chocolate truffles. The fair has been a success for them, they explain with big smiles.

“It’s actually a lot of fun standing here. I thought it would be quite hard work standing here for seven hours, but it’s great fun meeting new people. We’ve sold more than we expected, which is a bonus!” says Ella Landqvist, webmaster at Green Taste UF, Junior Achievement.

“Lots of people want to get in touch and talk – you can discuss your product or stand, get new perspectives on them and learn how to evaluate your product. It’s very rewarding,” adds Karin Nilsson, who is CEO of the JA company.

Karin Nilsson and Ella Landqvist from Green Taste UF. Photo: Göteborg Co/Pauline Pontois

The Trade & Industry Group is a partner to Junior Achievement, as well as hosting the big JA Company of the Year competition, in which the Safe Steps JA company from Engströms Gymnasium won the gold medal. Safe Steps manufactures a training vest with reflectors and an embedded panic alarm. The company wants to draw attention to violence against women and influence attitudes in society. The prize was awarded by Christian Westerberg from the Trade & Industry Group, who explained the choice as follows:

“By creating a solution to a clear problem the company has shown impressive entrepreneurship. They have laid the foundations for their success with a thorough market survey. They have completed the Junior Achievement year with style, from start to finish. Above all, they let everyone feel they are on a safe track, for as long as is needed. The track now leads straight to the Swedish championships!”

Photo: Ung Företagsamhet

More than 1,100 people came to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Gothenburg to visit the Skarpt Läge jobs fair. For the fifth year in a row young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 are matched with companies that can offer them a job on the spot.

Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/Skarpt Läge.

“Visitors bring their CVs, come to the fair and get to meet 51 exhibitors who all have something to offer. This year there were around 850 jobs available and we had a wide range of businesses represented,” said Fredrik Karlsson Project Manager for Skarpt Läge.

There was a lot of interest in Skarpt Läge 2018, and during the three-hour fair 1,146 people visited the fair, which is a slight rise on last year.

“The level of interest is high and considerably more young people came on their own this year. It’s clear that we have reached a bigger audience than before,” says Lotta Forsberg, who set up Skarpt Läge together with Fredrik Karlsson.

“Last year over 200 of the visitors got jobs, and six months later just over 120 of them still had those jobs. We will find out what the figure is for this year on 12 April. But I do know that one of the visitors was given a job trial as a chef two hours after visiting Skarpt Läge. If everything goes well that will lead to a permanent job.”

The exhibitors this year included Telia, The City of Gothenburg, Friskis & Svettis and Jollyrum.

Skarpt Läge is a joint initiative between Team Göteborg and the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co, Radisson Blu Scandinavia, the Swedish Public Employment Service and Visita, with the goal of becoming the best job event for young people in Sweden.

On 7–8 February, this year’s Connect2Capital event was held at the Clarion Post Hotel, where investors and growth companies meet to match up ideas with capital. Drawing around 450 participants from 14 countries, the event continues to generate valuable meetings with companies that are seeking capital and investors.

Photo: Cim Ek

For two days each year, local, national and international entrepreneurs and investors take over the Clarion Post Hotel. The Connect2Capital event enables companies that are seeking capital to meet investors and business angels at a single venue.

“It can sometimes be difficult to reach out with your product, so this is a great opportunity to meet everyone at the same time,” said Marlene Sjöberg, founder and CEO of the IT company RaceOne, which is developing an app for monitoring competitors in various sporting events.  “This is the first time I’ve taken part at Connect2Capital, and I think it’s a great idea and a natural meeting place for networking.”

In addition to a stage programme with keynote speeches and pitches by companies, the entrepreneurs have an opportunity to pre-book individual meetings with investors to sell their ideas as effectively as possible.

“It’s important for the participants to prepare in order to make good deals. Companies that are seeking capital need to practise their pitches and business angels need to do their research. One development opportunity could be to arrange a number of smaller meetings during the year as practise sessions,” says Stina Jernhed, Business Developer at Connect Väst and Project Manager for Connect2Capital.

The Trade & Industry Group has been co-arranger of Connec2Capital since 2014.

Electric bike company EcoRide and IT company Pilotfish Networks are the winners of the Gothenburg Company Prize 2017. The prize was awarded by the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co and the Chairman of Gothenburg City Executive Board, Ann-Sofie Hermansson, on 5 February, 2018.

Foto: Marie Ullnert

“This year’s winners are two companies that have both demonstrated impressive entrepreneurship and innovation. Through their innovative work they have changed their respective industries and are now at the cutting edge of development,” said Lennart Johansson, Director of the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co. He awarded the prizes together with Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Chairman of Gothenburg City Executive Board.

Since its foundation in 1994 the Gothenburg Company Prize has been received by around 60 successful companies that are run and developed in the Gothenburg region. The prize consists of SEK 25,000 and a silver statue.


EcoRide was formed in 2007 by the young brothers Martin and Christian Walleräng who, taking inspiration from China, wanted to bring electric bikes to Sweden and give everyone a chance to cycle more and reduce climate impact. EcoRide is now the leading electric bike company in the Nordic region and sells around 10,000 bikes each year.

“The Walleräng brothers, who created EcoRide, timed the launch of their electric bikes very well and the company has had a fantastic journey. EcoRide is now almost synonymous with electric bikes. For the bike industry it is important to continue developing urban infrastructure to reduce environmental impact and find good transport solutions. We are still in the early stages of sustainable development. It’s naturally a great pleasure to receive the Gothenburg Company Prize and it’s something that everyone in the company should be proud of,” commented Mårten Nydahl, CEO of EcoRide.

Pilotfish Networks

Pilotfish Networks, which was formed in 2000, was originally a spin-off from Ericsson. The company has brought the Internet of Things to public transport and made it both smarter and more eco-friendly by developing systems that optimise and manage complex wireless data communications to and from mobile devices. Their product is currently installed in around 5,000 vehicles in several countries.

“This is the first time we have won a prize and it feels amazing. Getting this recognition in our own city makes it extra special! Digitalisation and public transport are in a period of growth, and between 2016 and 2017 we doubled our business. There is strong demand in our industry and we will continue to improve our product and business,” said Tomas Gabinus, CEO of Pilotfish Networks.

Photo: Maja Kristin Nylander

Göteborg Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Nordic countries. It was launched in 1979 and offers every year 450 movies for more than 160 000 participants. Göteborg & Co and The Trade and Industry Group support Göteborg Film Festival in its journey toward an even larger international status by the 400th anniversary of Gothenburg in 2021. The artistic director Jonas Holmberg gives us more information about this year’s festival.

Hi Jonas! Who are you?

I am the artistic director of Göteborg Film Festival, meaning that I supervise the work of putting together the program. We travel around the world every year and watch thousands of movies to be able to choose the best for the festival. It’s a very fun job!

Göteborg Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Nordic region and you are now aiming to get an even more international status. How?

It’s been a long time since the Göteborg Film Festival became an international festival. A lot of people from all over the world travel to Gothenburg to watch new Nordic movies. We are now aiming to raise the international reputation of the festival. The key is to create unique content. It is important, for example, to have world premieres on high quality films, but also to have special programs and exciting guests. In Gothenburg it is much easier to meet the actors and directors compared to bigger festivals. Anyone here can listen to world names in our seminar program, and you’re welcome to meet big stars in bars.

What are your three “do not miss” tips for this year’s festival?

One should not miss any of the films in our main competition, Nordic Competition, where Nordic movies compete for the world’s biggest film prize. There are always amazing premiere shows at the Dragon movie theater. One of the nominated films this year is Lisa Langseth’s Euphoria. Alicia Vikander has the leading role, and she will be in participating at the premiere.

I also think you should not miss the Bergman program. There will be some of Sweden’s leading directors; Tomas Alfredson, Lisa Aschan, Pernilla August and others, who have interpreted the legacy of Bergman in new short films that will have their world premiere at the festival.

Finally, take a chance to visit our festival arena in the district of Andra Långgatan. This is where you can meet film profiles from around the world, attend seminars and perhaps most importantly – take a glass of wine with a friend and discuss what you have seen during the day.

Göteborg Film Festival will take place January 26 – February 5, 2018. More information here.

Photo: Ung Företagsamhet Göteborg
Photo: Ung Företagsamhet Göteborg

Göteborg & Co, Trade and Industry Group supports Junior Achievement Sweden which creates exchanges between schools and businesses, by providing educational programs in entrepreneurship for high school students. This year’s Junior Achievement has just begun and the regional manager in Gothenburg tells us more. Hi there Johan Sandahl!

Hi there Johan! Who are you?

A sports-interested West coast guy who works as regional manager at Junior Achievement Gothenburg. Previously, I worked as a project manager for high school issues. I have been at Junior Achievement Sweden for six years.

Have you planned something special for this year’s Junior Achievement? Something extra that students should think about?

The 2017/18 academic year is full of exciting news that takes our business to a new level. We have launched a digital advisory bank – It simplifies the process for students to find the right adviser to their company. We have also initiated cooperation with SDSN Youth. They support our activities with twelve coaches specialized in sustainability. The coaches visit the classrooms and teach students on how to be more sustainable in their business, both economically and socially.

On October 2nd, Junior Achievement Gothenburg had its kickoff with the theme “Welcome to the corporate jungle”. How did it go?

We had a great day at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, where nearly 2.200 students participated! Among our guest speakers, Charles Sinclair, CEO of Oddwork, spoke about sales and the importance of working closely with an advisor. Jarno Vanhatapio, founder of and NA-KD, told us about his personal trip and how to build a company. The couple Andreas Hellmers and Alexandra ”Kissie” Nilsson was also part of the kickoff to give inspiring speeches. Andreas runs a unique sustainability business and Alexandra is one of Sweden’s largest bloggers with over 120,000 readers daily. During the kickoff, three prizes were awarded. The most prestigious award for the day was given by our partner JCE Group. The winner of this year, New Buddies UF from the high school Angeredsgymnasiet, won a total of 50.000 SEK!

Photo: Pauline Pontois  /Göteborg & Co
Photo: Pauline Pontois /Göteborg & Co

The activities organized by Go Science have started for this semester. Go Science is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg & Co, Trade and Industry Group.

In order to welcome the newly arrived international researchers to Gothenburg, Go Science organizes every semester different activities where everyone gets the chance to discover the city and meet other fellow researchers.

On October 3rd the fall activities started with a city tour to discover Gothenburg. The international researchers were given the opportunity to learn more about the history of the city and where Gothenburg is heading for its major urban development and 400th Anniversary in 2021. The trip took the researchers to central Gothenburg as well as outside the city center, including Linnéstaden, Masthugget, Klippan and Hisingen with a stop at Ramberget to get a view of the whole city.

The activities will continue throughout the fall semester with museum and company visits as well as a traditional Lucia celebration in December. See all activities here.

Photo: Linnéa Simonsson (EuroSkills 2016)
Photo: Linnéa Simonsson (EuroSkills 2016)

On December 2016 Gothenburg was welcoming the European Championship in vocational skills EuroSkills. The event supported by Göteborg & Co, Trade and Industry Group attracted over 65 000 visitors. Just over a year later, the legacy of EuroSkills, Future Skills, will be held on October 10th-12th at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre during the yearly event for elementary school students, High School Days Fair (Gymnasiedagarna).

Future Skills is the new meeting place of High School Days Fair. It is organized by the region of Gothenburg GR Utbildning in cooperation with Göteborg & Co Trade and Industry Group, Business Region Göteborg, Västra Götalandsregionen, and the Swedish Employment Agency Arbetsförmedlingen.

The goal of the event is to create a new arena where young students get the chance to talk directly to companies and organizations, as well as professionals in the business they’re interested in.

Future Skills is primarily aimed at elementary school students from grades 8th and 9th, but jobseekers and adults students at SFI are also welcome. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet representatives of colleges, academy, foreign studies, as well as try different professions and learn more about the industries.

“Future Skills is a lot about gaining inspirational knowledge on which skills will be demanded from specific business. Make sure to discover your talent at Future Skills!” says Lena Sjöstrand, project manager at Göteborgsregionen kommunalförbund for Future Skills.


Photo: Rebecka Bjurmell
Photo: Rebecka Bjurmell

On Thursday 14th September, Gothenburg welcomed approximately 800 new students during a welcoming ceremony at the Museum of World Culture organized by Student Göteborg.

Student Göteborg arranged a fully-packed evening where new students got the chance to participate to many activities. Live music with the band Slowgold and DJ Lovefuck gave tempo to the evening. Student could even attend a dance performance from The Göteborg Opera, screenings, workshops, exhibitions, and much more. All in all, it was a successful event.

“We are proud and extremely pleased to present such a wide and interesting range of content on our welcoming ceremony. We had new activities this year with screenings from Draken Film, Ted Talks, popup store from Emmaus and many exhibitors as well as two conference delegates. It almost felt like Student Göteborg had its own festival!” said Nathalie Bödtker-Lund, project manager at Göteborg & Co for Student Göteborg.

Gothenburg welcomes around 13.000 new students each semester. Student Göteborg has organized welcoming activities and created meeting places among national and international students since 2006. Student Göteborg is a campaign from Göteborg & Co Trade and Industry Group in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and the student unions.

“The students have to feel welcome, included, safe and inspired to come to Gothenburg,” said Nathalie Bödtker-Lund.

Many activities are organized during the semester. See the entire program here.