WHY A NATIONAL INNOVATORS COUNCIL?
There is nowadays broad consensus that Sweden's
welfare, growth and jobs depends on innovation. New products, services,
processes and systems are what creates and expands Swedish companies and thereby
largely retains our nations relatively high welfare. In both the public and the
business world, innovation is a top priority.
Several stakeholders have in recent years focused
particularly on raising Sweden's innovative capacity. The research clusters
Cesis, CIIR, CIND and Circle have since 2004 done specialized research on
innovation. RISE has recently also become more clearly focused on innovation.
SISP - Swedish Incubators and Science Parks organizes the institutions that have
as function to support start-ups, often spin-offs from universities.
To the government R&D bill, specific innovative
motions have come from the Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Energy
Agency, Formas, Forte Research Council and VINNOVA. The Swedish Government has
formed a National Innovation Council, an advisory body to serve the government.
THE INNOVATORS COUNCIL BACKGROUND
Nine prominent Swedish innovators communicated
in 2016, independently of each other, the Industry Ministry on matters of
weaknesses in the innovation system concerning individual inventors and
innovators. In agreement with these and Marie Wall, Örjan Strandberg accepted in
June 2016 to represent said innovators in relationship with the Industry
The questions in the form of a list of nine points
was presented to Marie Wall and Annna Ax at a meeting September 9th, 2016. The
issues are common for Swedish innovators and inventors. The nine innovators were
joined by an additional five and these 14 prominent individuals decided to form
said innovators council, based on the common issues. The council has in 2018
expanded by two prominent Swedish innovators and now consists of 16 members.
THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL INNOVATORS COUNCIL
The council sees as its function to contribute to developing Sweden as an
innovation nation, thereby strengthen Sweden's competitiveness. As nationally
and internationally active, the Council members possess an indisputable first
insight and experience of the innovation process in all its steps.
In collaboration with industry, labor
organizations, public authorities and policy makers, the Innovators Council
intends to contribute with solutions to society's challenges. As a source of
information, referral organization and a network hub, the Innovators Council
will, as professionally active innovators/entrepreneurs, contribute to other
institutions engaged in developing an efficient Swedish innovation policy.