The project is geared to develop the ability of innovation environments throughout Sweden to provide incubation and innovation support to companies within the entire food supply chain. Preferably in a cross-sectoral co-operation with other industries and areas of competencies complementing the food niche. The project’s target group is innovation environments but requires close collaboration and knowledge of needs and challenges within the community of food related companies. Foodinova is part of realizing the goals of Sweden’s National Food Strategy and aims to bring actors within the food industry together for increased co-operation, growth and innovation. Together we are developing the innovation ecosystem for food start-ups and innovations.READ MORE
Goal: Digital platform
A virtual incubation and innovation arena - essential part of Foodinova. Provides access to and the sharing of experience, knowledge, processes, methods and tools between incubators, science parks and other innovation arenas to increase the competitiveness and innovation skills of companies and other actors within the food supply chain.
Emphasis is on sharing and co-learning. The platform has two main frames:
- An educational platform for the dissemination of tools and methods on incubation and innovation. Developed and managed by Krinova in co-operation with SISP.
- A tool that shows direct and related innovation resources based on visitors’ profiles and needs, managed by Inkubera in co-operation with RISE & SAMLA.
Goal: 3-5 new innovation nodes
Innovation nodes to capacitate the set-up of regional food-related innovation environments in Sweden. Support growth and competitiveness of companies and organisations within the entire food value chain. A more coherent innovation eco-system with an increased capacity for incubation and innovation.
- Model #1 Dalarna
- Model #2 Life Science
Goal: Digitalization and enabling of the food community
Connecting the established networks for companies within the food chain by creating a national, digitalized, more connected and enabled food community amongst SMEs within the food chain. A national virtual platform that creates proximity to the many companies that are all fundamental for the existence and development of innovation environments/eco-systems.
#1 The Dalarna Food innovation node, a regional collaboration model
Dalarna Science Park/incubator is a regionally appointed actor for strengthening business as well as increasing the innovation capacity in Dalarna. Important tasks are business development for start-ups and efforts aimed at established companies with a growth potential. The park acts as a node for cooperation between companies and other actors in the region and is a facilitator for collaborations, nationally and internationally.
The companies and innovations supported have a broad spectrum and have until now included a few food companies. Within the Foodinova collaboration Dalarna Science Park/Incubator will strengthen its offer too food related companies.
Krinova and Dalarna will develop a collaboration model in which the mother science park /incubator selects the entrepreneurs and companies it will support in accordance to its normal processes and in addition to this, food entrepreneurs will access specific food related support from KrinovaFOOD.
Partners: Dalarna Science Park
#2 The Life Science and Food Innovation node
Identifying and working with incubation and innovation cases in the interface of food and life science has great potential.
There is however a challenge for incubators to passively have, or lack, a steady inflow of cases from a cross-sectorial area. The life science incubators will within the Foodinova collaboration, work together with Krinova to develop a model where the incubators work together proactively by using tools to identify and define challenges that need both areas of expertise to be solved. These challenges can in a next step, be initiated as new incubator cases with entrepreneurs.
Partners: Smile, Medeon, GU-Venture.
Projects as an inflow ↓
Inflow: Projects as an inflow to the food-related innovation environment.
Need: Create meeting places where food communities can interact and get to know each other. A food hackathon is an innovation competition and an opportunity for small and large companies to meet students, scientists and others for mutual innovation where food related challenges are in focus. A hackathon stimulates and provides the conditions for initiation of joint projects in the spirit of open innovation.
Goal: To share the knowledge obtained by arranging food hackathons since 2014 to incubators, science parks and other innovation environments within the Foodinova partnership and thus enable them to arrange their own food hacks by themselves or in partnerships.
Partners: Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, Kristianstad University.
Team of Young Professionals – challenge-driven innovation
Need: Promote and facilitate cross-border co-operation in innovation environments that can generate proactive and need-driven processes and solutions - innovations.
Goal: Teams of students engaged in performing different ToY-projects in collaboration with different constellations of Foodinova partners.
#1 ToY Imagine
Need: Increased capacity of innovation amongst students of food and meal sciences.
Goal: Educate and trained students in performing challenge-driven innovation in an open, radical and live environment. An evolved and packaged TOY Imagine concept.
Partner: Kristianstad University.
#2 ToY Diabetes
Need: Create pro-active collaboration between life science incubators and food related incubators for new cross sectorial innovations improving life for people with the chronical disease diabetes.
Goal: A developed collaboration model for life science incubators and food incubators/innovation arenas based on identified and defined challenges related to the border area of food and life science. A model enabling the innovation environments to pro-actively initiate new innovation projects inviting companies, researchers and so on to be part of the projects.
Partners: Kristianstad University, SMILE, Medeon and GU Ventures.
Development of methods & tools ↓
Methods and tools: Projects that help develop methods and tools for the support of companies in the food industry.
Shorter supply chains
Need: To shorten the food supply chain so that primary producers can develop and commercialize products that have an identified and strong market demand.
Goal: Develop methods and tools that enable innovation nodes to systematically work with primary producers that want to move up the value chain by refining their products and developing their business models.
Partners: LRF National, LRF Skåne, Marint Kunskapscentrum Malmö.
Synchronized test-bed & innovation processes
Need: Increase the awareness of and understanding about the test processes amongst business developers/designers at innovation environments, SME food companies amongst experts running the test facilities. Develop the business models of the test facilities within academia for increased access by SMEs, including a finance solution.
Goal: To build in co-operation, common learning processes and aptitudes amongst the food innovation nodes and test facilities through a digital interactive course.
#1 Balsgård AB, Center for Innovative beverages
#2 Open Lab
#1 Balsgård AB, Center for Innovative Beverages
A facility connected to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Balsgård for companies and scientists that want to develop or innovate beverages.
Need: Secure a long-term business and development of the test-bed and the possibility to create attractive offers to beverage SMEs throughout Sweden, in collaboration with the food innovation nodes.
Goal: Make the facilities accessible as a national resource in the innovation ecosystem and increase the capabilities of food SMEs to create more innovative beverages.
Partners: SLU Alnarp, SLU Holding AB, Kristianstad University and HKR Holding AB.
Open Lab Skåne is a collaborative project between Malmö University, Medeon, Lund University and SMILE Incubator. The mission is to facilitate innovation by opening up our laboratories and enabling access to equipment and expertise. There are three lab-sites connected in OpenLab - food engineering, materials science & chemistry and life science.
Need: A business model that makes it easy for food SMEs to access the test facilities. Increased knowledge amongst business developers/designers about OpenLab, so that they can and inform and promote the possibilities amongst food companies.
Goal: A digitalized interactive education for business developers/designers that creates understanding of how to synchronize test processes with innovation processes. An attractive offer from OpenLab to food SMEs.
Partners: Medeon, Malmö University, SMILE and Lund University.
Food procurement model 80/20
Need: New model for food procurement that paves way for small and local food producers to bid on public tenders of provisions.
Goal: Develop and refine the food procurement model 80/20 and to disseminate it nationally.
Partners: LFR Skåne, the municipalities of Hässleholm and Kristianstad.
Mapping of cluster and startup scene
Need: A mapping and an analysis that provides a holistic national overview of food related companies in the entire value chain (including the startup scene). This is needed specially since the food industry is experiencing profound shifts.
Goal: Develop a model by mapping the food cluster in Blekinge and Skåne. A model that can be applied in every region in Sweden.
Partners: Netport Science Park, Region Blekinge, Region Skåne, LRF National level and LRF Skåne.
Innovation Centers – Collaborating Cross Borders
Need: An international food innovation ecosystem that innovation environments/nodes in Sweden are connected to support ”born-global” possibilities for food and food related startups. Gain and exchange of knowledge with food innovation environments abroad. Information to environments abroad about the national Foodinova connected innovation nodes in Sweden.
Goal: New and reinforced bridges to food innovation environments abroad through formalized collaboration. Connecting international partners also to the Foodinova digital platform and the virtually connected food incubators and innovation arenas in Sweden. Access each other’s networks and ecosystems for mutual benefit both for food startups and for the further development of tools and methods.
Partners: Index Matamoros - Mexico, Agrinova - Morocco. Dialog also initiated on collaboration with Business Sweden and Sème City – Benin.
#1 The dream office
Need: Increased understanding amongst business developers/designers of the value of entrepreneurs’ dreams and visions for the success of food companies.
Goal: Developed ability of the innovation environments to actively contribute to the realization of entrepreneurial dreams through increased knowledge of the relationship between dreams and entrepreneurship, - new tools and methods for business designers to co-create the dreams.
Partners: Institution of Economics at Uppsala University and Campus Gotland.
Press release: New study on the role of dreams in entrepreneurship (eng)
Ny studie om drömmars roll för entreprenörskap (sv)
Clip from radio here
#2 Food Venturing and Partnering Days
Need: A meeting place for food entrepreneurs and investors, industry and food startups.
Goal: Establish a co-operation between the innovation nodes and Food Venturing and Partnering Days.
Charlotte Lorentz Hjorth
María Fernanda Bocángel
Hannes van Lunteren
Ansvarig KrinovaMAT & Business Designer