Sweden-Japan enhancing Innovation Collaboration

The Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Japan Innovation Network (JIN) now have signed an agreement on collaboration in the field of innovation. In this agreement, RISE and JIN agreed to join forces towards innovative solutions to address...

The Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Japan Innovation Network (JIN) now have signed an agreement on collaboration in the field of innovation. In this agreement, RISE and JIN agreed to join forces towards innovative solutions to address societal and industrial challenges through collaboration within innovation management and connecting innovation ecosystems in Sweden and Japan.

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RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is Sweden’s largest industrially oriented research institute, fully owned under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, with around 2800 employees, a multitude of research facilities in many different fields, and highly experienced researchers working in close collaboration with academia, industry and the public sector, promoting innovation.

JIN was established in July 2013 based on the Frontier HR Research Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to strengthen Japan as an Innovation Nation, promoting creation and strengthening of innovate companies, and are focusing on disseminating and promoting organizational innovation activities based on innovation management. Specifically, they conduct innovation activities both in Japan and overseas, focusing on the design and operation of in-house acceleration programs, human resource development programs, and external collaboration programs. The activities are based on open innovation, and are coordinated with external organizations specializing in innovation education, platforms for innovation, innovation hubs around the world, and UN organizations. The activity menu includes:

1.         Advocation of innovation management including hosting Innovation 100 Committee

2.         Innovation Management System Acceleration Program (IMSAP)

3.         Innovation acceleration including order-made acceleration support for individual companies

4.         Operation of innovation platforms including SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP)

The agreement between RISE and JIN includes professionalisation of Innovation Management for a structured approach for innovation processes, and connecting the Swedish and Japanese innovation systems, engaging academia, research institutes and industry in addressing challenges for society and industry, and bringing forward innovative solutions.

©Hanna Brasar

The signing ceremony connected Sweden and Japan online, and Ambassador Pereric Högberg and JIN’s CEO Hiro Nishiguchi gathered at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence, with OSI Tokyo (who organised the event) and the Head of Business Sweden Tokyo. From Sweden, RISE’s CEO Pia Sandvik attended, along with several RISE officials and the Science Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in Stockholm. After the signing of the agreement, all participants who were connected online continued to discuss expectations and implementation of the agreement with the physical attendees in the Residence. This agreement will increase the possibility of further deepening the relationship between our two countries in actual innovation partnerships.

We look forward to the future results of these new partnerships and innovation through collaboration between Sweden and Japan for achieving the SDGs and contributing to solving societal challenges!