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Solna

Solna with a population of 65 000 people is located in the east central Sweden, part of the capital Stockholm metropolitan area. During the early 1990s Sweden suffered an economic crisis, during which Solna was impacted with high levels of unemployment as a result. In 1997, politicians from all political parties in Solna agreed upon a strategy to become the most business friendly municipality inSweden. Since then, the number of companies has almost doubled to about 8 500 and there is slightly more jobs, 67 000, than inhabitants in Solna. The economy has been transformed into a service and knowledge intensive economy; there is virtually no larger scale manufacturing industry left in Solna. Expansion has intensified the past years and will continue until the year 2025, when the population is expected to reach above 90 000, with an equal number of work places. Solna then encompasses five new city districts, includingthe “Arena City” with the new National Arena for football and Scandinavia’s biggest shopping mall, the Mall of Scandinavia.

The RUnUP thematic network seeks to maximise the economic, innovation and entrepreneurship potential of medium-sized urban poles. While Solna has KI within its municipality there is a need to develop communications between KI and the City of Solna.

To date, interaction between the municipality and the KI innovation system is limited. This represents a key challenge in driving forward the Local Action Plan for the RUnUP network.

The municipality have identified the importance of life sciences to the development of its economy and its role as a facilitator of activity rather than a deliverer of schemes to support economic change. In this context KI is the only actor with a fully exclusive focus on the development and delivery of a Biotech and Life Science based economy in Solna.

Within the RUnUP Thematic network the City of Solna and KI need to address the following challenges to maximise its potential in the knowledge economy:

Implement appropriate actions to support an additional-tier of spin-out companies through incubation. KIAB as a spinout mechanism of KI assesses on average 100 ideas per annum. Of these, 10 per cent are accepted with roughly half of these being transferred into licensing opportunities and the remaining half into spinouts. While this is not the only route for facilitating a spinout within this environment and a potential entrepreneur could approach the Science Park directly this highlights the focus of KIAB “picking” rather than “making winners”.

RUnUP Baseline Study: Solna

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