Sweden is leapfrogging forward through co-creation for a sustainable future

The Swedish government connects and coordinates public, civil and private sector initiatives through the innovation partnership programmes (IPP). The aim of these programmes are to find innovative solutions to a number of major challenges facing...

The Swedish government connects and coordinates public, civil and private sector initiatives through the innovation partnership programmes (IPP). The aim of these programmes are to find innovative solutions to a number of major challenges facing society today. These challenges are complex and multi-sectoral, requiring collaboration across traditional industry and sector boundaries.

Prime minister Stefan Löfven at the launch of the Innovation partnership programmes, February 10. Photo: Ninni Andersson (Government Offices of Sweden).

Collaborating at the highest level, on the 10th of February, prime minister of Sweden Stefan Löven, together with Anna Ekström, Minister for Education; Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research; Eva Nordmark, Minister for Employment; Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation and Anders Ygeman, Minister for Energy and Digital Development initiated the work in the updated four innovation partnership programmes:

  • Digital transformation of industry
  • Skills supply and lifelong learning
  • Climate neutral industry
  • Health and life science

Each programme is supported by key players from enterprises, public agencies, civil society and academia that will work together to set goals and priorities for the programmes. The members are carefully selected with a wide representation across industry and academia. The programmes truly embody the collaborative innovation approach. During the launch all ministers stressed the need for new ideas and boldness to solve our challenges. We need new innovative ways, jointly developed by all sectors of society, to face the major societal challenges and turn them into possibilities for sustainable growth. It is important to motivate people from all parts of society to come together.

Camilla Gratorp behind the scenes. Photo: Secretariat for Sweden’s Offices of Science and Innovation.

The Offices of Science and Innovation will help the programmes in finding global connections to enhance the work further – so please stay in touch through twitter or email if you have a solution to explore.

Read more about the Innovation partnership programmes here.