Many companies in a variety of industries face major challenges and opportunities linked to automation, digitization, globalization, an increased need for investment in sustainable production and distribution processes, as well as supply and development of expertise. To meet these challenges, innovation is required in the form of companies developing, testing, scaling up and implementing new processes, products and services with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the region. Properly utilized, these challenges can be turned into practical opportunities for companies in the region.
NorrlandsNavet will be the development center where the challenges of the companies are turned into practical opportunities. In northern Sweden, demographics, with an aging population and emigration of younger labor, are a major challenge. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in creating jobs and growth.
For eight years, the center will focus on both larger (50-250 employees) and smaller (5-10 employees) SMEs to gain a deeper understanding of different needs and growth barriers as well as what drives growth for SMEs in the region. Luleå University of Technology appeals to the region's companies, industry organizations and regional players to identify companies' needs and challenges in order to accelerate growth opportunities through NorrlandsNavet. At the same time, the value offers presented by Luleå University of Technology in the form of research and education in various thematic areas are presented, such as:
- growing and innovative companies
- SMEs in northern Sweden's ecosystem
- smart and attractive region
- lifelong learning and digitization in SMEs.
It is the company and Luleå University of Technology that together identify challenges where a collaboration with researchers or students at Luleå University of Technology can contribute to the development of the company and the business operations in northern Sweden.