IVA and the King visit Gotland

Wednesday 14 September 2016

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IVA is arranging a Royal Technology Mission on the island of Gotland on 12–13 October. The mission will be headed by IVA Chairman Leif Johansson under the patronage of H.M. the King. IVA’s Royal Technology Mission consists of around 20 delegates from academia and the business community. It provides an opportunity to gain an insight into local businesses and industries and to visit the regional university. The Royal Technology Mission has visited cities such as Umeå, Västerås and Ludvika.

IVA is arranging the Royal Technology Mission to take place on the island of Gotland on 12–13 October. There will be a packed programme for the delegates, with visits to Campus Gotland and to both small start-ups and established companies.

The mission will be headed by IVA’s Chairman Leif Johansson under the patronage of H.M. the King. IVA’s President Björn O. Nilsson will also be among the 20 delegates from academia and the business community.

“Gotland is an exciting region that has developed from having little new enterprise to being at the top among Sweden’s counties. I look forward to an instructional trip,” says IVA’s President Björn O. Nilsson.

Among the delegates will also be IVA member Peter Larsson who earlier this year, at the request of the Government, prepared proposals for measures to promote sustainable business development in Gotland. 

Brief background

The purpose of IVA’s Royal Technology Mission, which was originally initiated by H.M. the King, is to show examples of how the innovation climate and the spirit of enterprise in different industries can generate new business, growth and jobs. The delegates visit large, medium and small enterprises that are developing and marketing successful products. The intention of the mission is to provide examples of how to develop Sweden through successful enterprise and how a region can develop a culture of innovation. 

Photo: Johan Gunséus

Author: Samira Zayane