Innovation Skåne

Innovation areas

The work of Innovation Skåne is carried out in five innovation areas: HealthMobilityMaterialsLighting and Foodtech. Within these areas, Innovation Skåne leads or participates in the following projects, often with several external partners:



Cross4Health unlocks the collaborative potential of Aerospace and Energy SMEs leveraged on Biotechnology, ICT and Medical Devices sectors for the generation of innovative solutions that enhance patient-centred personalized care. Cross4Health will select more than 70 innovative project ideas to accelerate and further support monetarily and with innovation services. Magnus Wallengren leads Innovation Skånes participation.


The goal of the eHealth Innovation project is to create growth in the region’s small and medium-sized companies, in the area of eHealth, by increasing the innovation capacity of public actors in seven pilot projects. The innovation climate in the region is strengthened by increased collaboration in public sector challenges, between the public and private sectors. The project is a collaboration between Blue Science Park and Innovation Skåne.


EIT Health

Together for healthy lives in Europe. EIT Health is a high-quality European network with approximately 140 members from industry, academia, and payers/providers of health care in Europe. The goal of EIT Health is to strengthen the healthcare systems in Europe, promote the health of citizens and contribute to a sustainable health economy in Europe. Region Skåne is a Core Partner since 2018, which gives companies with a relation to the Skåne innovation system an opportunity to seek funding for international growth. Bengt Stavenow, Innovation Skåne is responsible for the program’s coordination in Skåne and validates the companies’ applications.

EIT Health

HealthTech Nordic

HealthTech Nordic accelerates and unite pioneers in the field of HealthTech. Startups, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts in HealthTech are welcome to join the HealthTech Nordic Community. Membership grants access to gatherings and seminars on relevant topics as well as interaction with interested peers, top-level experts, industry leaders, and potential customers. Startups and entrepreneurs based in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak area with ambitions to grow internationally can also qualify for the HealthTech Nordic Fast Tracks. HealthTech Nordic is run by Innovation Skåne along with Noway Health Tech; COBIS in Denmark; and Sahlgrenska Science Park, Smile Incubator, and Invest in Skåne in Sweden. The project is partially financed by Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, European Regional Development Fund. The goal is to help 100 startups grow and create 700 new jobs. Marianne Larsson is the Director.


Product Validation in Health, ProVaHealth, is an Interreg Baltic Sea Region-project which facilitates access to health infrastructures for startups and SMEs. It promotes commercialization based on excellent client validation opportunities, hands-on feedback and input for product development. ProVaHealth involves 14 health Living Labs from the Baltic Sea region and works together with ScanBalt and the European Network of Living Labs. Fred Kjelsson leads Innovation Skånes participation.

The stroke journey

Together with Region Skåne and Blue Science Park, Region Blekinge and Karlskrona Municipality, and with the support of Upphandlingsmyndigheten and funding from Vinnova, we are conducting a feasibility study aiming to radically improve stroke emergency care through a way of procurement called innovation partnership.
The innovation procurement may cover municipalities and regions in southern Sweden. The goal is to increase the quality of life for stroke patients and at the same time reduce the costs for society. Emmy Bertholdsson is Innovation Skåne’s contact for the project.

Innovation and change management in healthcare

Innovation Skåne is involved in supporting projects, which are owned and financed by the healthcare services. The projects include systematic projects, digitization projects in primary care and innovation and change management in healthcare. Bengt Stavenow is the main contact for the activities and projects. Find out more about the work here.

Digitizing of the pregnancy process
Distans support for patients with Heart Failure and COPD
Digital support from doctors at a distance
Preventive measures for reduced mental illness


EVolution Road

The consortia EVolution Road – former Elväg Syd – project led by Innovation Skåne, has been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration to establish a demonstration of electric road technology. The test will take place in an urban environment, a stretch of the road Getingevägen in Lund. The site will be covered with two different versions of the same electric road technology and the tests will primarily be conducted with an electric city bus. The electric road will be built in the first quarter of 2020 and the entire project will last for three years. The EVolution Road consortium consists of Innovation Skåne AB (project manager), Elonroad AB, Lund University of Technology, Kraftringen Energi AB, Lund Municipality / Future by Lund, Ramboll AB, Skånetrafiken, Solaris Sverige AB and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute VTI.


Materials Business Center

The project constitutes a framework for connecting market and industrial needs with entrepreneurs who are willing and able to adopt technical or scientific solutions to industrial problems and create innovations and commercially viable enterprises. The project is supported by European Regional Development Fund. Carl Malm is the Director for Materials Business Center.


Finished project: Baltic TRAM

The international project Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) seeked to strengthen the relationship between analytical research institutions and business, and link expertise to concrete industrial needs. The overall objective was to boost innovation, secure the implementation of smart specialization strategies, and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting small and medium size enterprise – thus contributing to the regional effort of making the Baltic Sea Region innovative, sustainable and competitive. Baltic TRAM was led by DESY, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in dialogue with 14 project partners and 5 associated organisations from across the Baltic Sea Region. The project was partly funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), via Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.


Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy

A new lighting project in Greater Copenhagen with the goal of saving energy by increasing the investment in intelligent energy-efficient LED lighting of good quality in public buildings and public roads. The project aims to both maintain and strengthen Greater Copenhagen’s position as a leading global demonstration area (Living labs) for energy-efficient and innovative LED lighting solutions and at the same time lead to energy savings of at least 7,200,000 kWh yearly. The project partners include six municipalities in Skåne, eight Danish municipalities, Region Skåne and three universities. All partners actively participate in the development and acceleration of energy-efficient lighting, creating new products and services in the lighting industry. The project runs for three years (2019 – 2022). Maria Edgren is the the Director for Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy.



Collaboration for new business models and innovations in a circular bioeconomy

The purpose of the project is to help secure Sweden’s food system, by contributing to new knowledge and new industrial solutions with a special focus on fruits and vegetables. The project consists of gathering companies and other players in the food chain, to identify gaps and opportunities for circular bioeconomy. The project also consists of arranging workshops and seminars, as well as establishing structures for continued collaboration. The project owner is Foodhills with Innovation Skåne, Livsmedelsakademin and LRF Trädgård as collaborative partners.

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