NorrlandsNavet will, through knowledge development based on the needs of the Norrland companies, contribute to strengthening their competitiveness. It was Ingvar Kamprad's will when he bequeathed half of his private assets to The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity.
Both Viktoria Mattsson, head of collaboration, external financing and innovation at Luleå University of Technology, and Vinit Parida, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, find it honorable and fun that the foundation chose the university as a partner.
- With Luleå University of Technology's successful experience working closely with companies in the region and nationally, we are among the most suitable candidates to lead such a center, says Vinit Parida.
NorrlandsNavet is aimed at all companies that want to develop their business.
Vinit Parida, who is also the center's scientific leader, believes that the focus will be on small and medium-sized businesses, as they are seen as growth engines for economic and social development. The aim is to establish close cooperation between the center and SMEs to increase innovation, growth and social development in the region.
- To achieve this goal, we will gather expertise and expertise from various departments and research subjects at Luleå University of Technology, says Vinit Parida.
The center will offer assistance in four different categories: research in collaboration, education as part of lifelong learning, students active in companies and dissemination of new knowledge. Viktoria Mattsson believes that NorrlandsNavet will be able to help in a variety of ways. For example, finding education and skills-enhancing activities that can lift the company and its employees, or the company may have the opportunity to participate in various types of projects and events where students, researchers and doctoral students gather to solve specific needs and challenges.
- At the same time, NorrlandsNavet will be able to collect needs that are general for several companies and thus come up with solutions to these challenges and problems, which in turn can strengthen the companies, says Viktoria Mattsson.