As two of the world’s leading innovation countries, Switzerland and Sweden are committed to close a long-term cooperation. For this reason, Innosuisse and the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova signed an agreement on 14 June to strengthen the cooperation that has existed since 2013.
Innovation is of great importance for the economy in both Sweden and Switzerland. Innosuisse and Vinnova therefore want to promote joint innovation projects between companies and universities from both countries more intensively. On 14 June, the CEO of Innosuisse, Annalise Eggimann, and the Director General of Vinnova, Darja Isaksson, signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify the long-term cooperation in the presence of the Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
The «Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative» as a basis for cooperation
Since its launch in 2013, the Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative (SWII) has already resulted in around 50 additional innovation projects with 85 Swedish and 75 Swiss participating partners in total. As a networking initiative in the interests of Swiss and Swedish companies, SWII was able to benefit from the membership of both countries in the intergovernmental EUREKA initiative for the funding of innovation projects and the agile implementation of cooperation.
Read the full article from the Swiss Innovation Agency here
Website of the Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative press here
Press release from the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research press here