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What can Sweden learn from California's innovation system?

California is one of the world's leading regions for innovation and entrepreneurship and has contributed to many of the world's most successful technology companies in recent decades. What makes California's innovation system successful, and how can Sweden learn from their innovation system?

Event information


IVA Conference Center, Stockholm

The event is also streamed online


Online: Free

On Location: Free

Welcome to IVA's breakfast seminar where Mary Walshok, IVA-fellow and Professor at the University of California, will share her insights from the innovation ecosystems in California and how to adapt the knowledge and insights to the Swedish Innovation System.The presentation will be followed by Maria Rankka, IVA-fellow and entrepreneur, who will reflect on how we in Sweden can be inspired to create real benefits from more Swedish innovations.

Finally, Catarina Berglund and Magnus Bårdén, Directors of the national system innovation platform, iHubs Sweden, will talk about how we can strengthen Sweden as an innovation country. A concept based on mobilizing regional strengths and strongholds for innovation to succeed in the global marketplace.

The seminar is the first in a series of activities organized by iHubs Sweden and IVA's Entrepreneurship Academy to improve the Swedish innovation system.


Mary Walshok

IVA-fellow and Professor at the University of California

Catarina Berglund

Director of iHubs Sweden

Magnus Bårdén

Director iHubs Sweden

Maria Rankka (moderator)

IVA-fellow and entrepreneur


Helene Thorgrimsson



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