News about: Trade and industry group

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.

Foto: Paula Fröseth
Photo: Paula Fröseth

During the summer 2017, Göteborg & Co Trade and Industry Group contributed to the cultural life of Gothenburg in different ways. The Group supported the concert of the Lebanese artist Nawal El Zoghbi during Gothenburg Culture Festival, but was also involved in other cultural activities and performances in several districts of the city.

A recurring theme this year was “culture and youth”. The project Kultur 4ür Göteborg aims to work for a strong and fair cultural life in the city and fight youth segregation. Participants who were between 14 and 20 years old got the opportunity to perform on different stages. The festival was organized between June 14-21st and spread in seven districts of the city. In total, the festival gathered 5.000 people in the audience. ”The event has been very successful. The business evolved so much that similar projects started to grow in the region.” said Kalle Karlsson, the project leader for Kultur 4ür Göteborg.

As part of the project Creative Places in Biskopsgården, the organization MEETING PLAYS conducted the show “Summer Theater Biskopsgården”. 14 participants, all of them from the district Biskopsgården and who had just graduated from 9th grade, created and performed a theater performance with the help of professional artists. They wrote their own texts and music as they reflected on the theme “money”. Thanks to this project, most of the young participants got the chance to perform live for the first time.

A hiphop festival arranged by the association GBG HipHop took place on August 17th in Röda Sten. The festival invited the audience to experience hiphop culture as a whole with music, competitions, workshops, art and performances. 30 artists and about 500 visitors participated to this successful event. “We are very pleased with the event and with the fact that we managed to get many associations and organizations involved in the festival,” said Robinson Rivera, project manager for the GBG HipHop Festival.