The Executive Innovation Team (EIT) was created in 2019 on the initiative of Vinnova and industry representatives. The team consists of Swedish Industry in Brazil and Team Sweden (Embassy, Consulate of Sao Paulo, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Business Sweden and CISB). The purpose is to identify common challenges and technology areas and manage activities in both countries for international co-creation based on critical shared technologies. Since 1900, Swedish industry has established more than 200 companies in Brazil. São Paulo is, indeed, Sweden’s second largest industrial city, after Gothenburg.
Vinnova, CISB and the Science and Innovation Office (OSI-Brazil) are responsible for organizing the meetings and are also contact points for the industries. OSI-Brazil director, Jacob Paulsen, is the chair of EIT. In 2019 we had four EIT meetings, all in São Paulo. The participating companies are: AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Saab, Sandvik, Scania, SKF, Volvo and Epiroc, but others interested in innovation collaborations are welcome to join.
Each meeting has a defined agenda, and sometimes invited guest to present interesting topics of relevance for the bilateral cooperation between Brazil and Sweden. We have, for example, had presentations from Vinnova and OSI about our bilateral partnership and cooperation government to government and how we work with the triple Helix model. Also, Embrapii has been invited to present their expertise in funding triple helix cooperation in Brazil.
The main idea of this gatherings is to find possibilities for cooperation in research and innovation inside the EIT and between Brazil and Sweden. One positive result is that due to the information about the yearly innovation weeks arranged by Team Sweden, several companies actively participated in various events this year (2019), from meetings at ministries on 5G technology, Tekla festival (woman in science) , medical record digitization, professor chairs etc.
In 2020 EIT will continue to arrange meeting and gather information about what are the interests of the industry in the bilateral cooperation.
Last meeting of 2019
On Tuesday, 3 December, the last EIT meeting of the year was held in São Paulo. The current cooperation strategy between Brazil and Sweden was presented by Regina Summer from Vinnova and Jacob Paulsen from OSI-Brazil.
To improve communication and reach academia, research institutes and especially companies, Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) was initiated by Vinnova. As collaborating partners RISE and CISB will be responsible for operationalizing the activities in Brazil. The initiative is supported by the Office of Science and Innovation (OSI-Brazil) of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.
In addition, Jonas Lindström of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce reported on the new Business Climate Survey publication.
Another good strategic partnership was presented by Andreas Rentner from Business Sweden, the Smart Industry School. This initiative was a proposal of the Business Leader Forum (Sweden and Brazil), with the operation responsibility of Senai (National Industrial Learning Service). It will be a center of excellence for all Senai´s School. The courses would probably initially focus on shorter upskills and qualification courses but even with the possibility of more extensive graduation course further on. Suggested areas of focus are for example; Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence, automation and cybersecurity. The launch is preliminary planned to be in November 2020, preferably during Innovation Weeks 2020.
The last part of the meeting was a roundtable to understand what the main interesting areas for cooperation in innovation are from the perspective of the companies. Those inputs will help OSI and Vinnova to plan future actions. Finally, the last point addressed was the dissemination of innovation events. All scheduled events will be published on the new Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) hotsite page. This will be a useful tool to seek synergy effects for the involved parties.
Ana Carolina & Jacob Paulsen