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Vinit Parida och Viktoria Mattsson
Vinit Parida, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation and the center's scientific leader and Viktoria Mattsson, director of collaboration, external funding and innovation. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

"Small and medium-sized companies are growth engines for economic and social development"

Published: 18 May 2020

NorrlandsNavet is the new center for business development in northern Sweden - a collaboration between The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity and Luleå University of Technology. The center, which operates over eight years, targets small and medium-sized businesses in the region that are ready to take the step towards development.

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.

Marita Holst

Marita Holst, Head of Unit

Phone: +46 (0)920 492289
Organisation: VSS-SSR, Professional Support
Vinit Parida

Vinit Parida, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 492469
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts