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Happy Ears of Sweden signs a distribution agreement with Boots part of the Boots Alliance Group which is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe

Press Releases   •   May 17, 2017 07:00 GMT

​The first campaign will be launched today and run in the UK. Both campaign and distribution will be exclusively on digital platforms to begin with but will, as a next step, be extended to distribution of the Happy Ear ear plugs in strategical stores.

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Key life science appointment at Invest in Skåne

News   •   May 05, 2017 08:54 GMT

Ulrika Mårtensson has been recruited as a Business Development Manager to Invest in Skåne’s division for Materials and Life Sciences. This important appointment will further strengthen our knowledge and expertise within the field of biotechnology and pharma investments.

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Number of investments in the Malmö region higher than Helsinki and Oslo

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2017 12:00 GMT

According to a recent mapping of investments made in the Nordics between 2014-2016 the Malmö’s startup community ranks #3 in the number of investments, trailing the two capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen.

The investment numbers compared the region Malmö/Lund/Helsingborg (population: 586 000) with Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki/Espoo, and Stockholm - of which Malmö/Lund/Helsingborg has the smallest population.

The Malmö region had a total of 78 investments in 2016, behind Copenhagen with 98 and Stockholm in the lead with 247. The traction in Malmö’s startup ecosystem is often accredited to the “Malmö model”, which is based on having a strong community of entrepreneurs and startups helping each other grow.

“We see the Malmö model in action all the time,” says Jeremie Poirier, co-Head of Malmö Startups. “just last week when Atomico visited, we arranged meetings with several startups, some of whom came back to us with suggestions of more startups the VC firm should meet.”

Most of the investments were made in Health & Wellness and in e-commerce. The health and wellness investments could be partially attributed to the research and health clusters based in Lund. One possible contributor to the e-commerce would be Helsingborg, standing as having the second largest port in Sweden.

The list of investors displayed both regional and national players, but also shows international investors investing in the region, including Sequoia, Atomico, Playfair Capital and more. The region’s community building organisation, Malmö Startups predicts more and larger investments coming in 2017 and beyond.

“We are already seeing a rise in visits from venture capital firms to Malmö this year, partially because our ecosystem had a high number of small investments last year,” says Jeremie Poirier, co-Head at Malmö Startups.

“This means that within 12-18 months from now, those funded startups will be raising their next round of investment, so VC firms that come to the region this year will be in on potentially great deals.”

The mapping was initiated by the regional investment promotion agency Invest in Skåne and Malmö Startups, analytics were provided by the Nordic Web.

For more information please contact:

Daniel Kipowski, Head of Business Unit, Technology Commerce and Property, Invest in Skåne, mobile +46 768 87 14 63, email: daniel.kipowski@skane.com

Jeremie Poirier, Co-Head, Malmö Startups, mobile +46 73 371 01 27, email: jeremie@malmostartups.com

Invest in Skåne is the official business promotion agency for the southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne. We provide professional advice and services to international companies considering Skåne for future investments and we also assist regional companies in developing their international business.

According to a recent mapping of investments made in the Nordics between 2014-2016 the Malmö’s startup community ranks #3 in the number of investments, trailing Stockholm and Copenhagen.

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Kick-Start program launches to support international talents and companies in Skåne

Press Releases   •   Feb 10, 2017 14:28 GMT

Companies in Skåne rely on highly skilled international talent to maintain and increase their competitiveness. On February 14, the Kick-Start Program in Lund begins and is aimed at retaining talent in Skåne by giving support to their accompanying spouses and or partners.

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Major investment for connected health in the Nordics gets green light

Press Releases   •   Dec 09, 2016 16:10 GMT

Lund, 9 December, 2016: New Industry Accelerator, an employment venture run by Region Skåne and a number of regional actors across the Nordics, receive 5.1 MEUR in funding by the EU programme Interreg. The aim is to help more than 100 Nordic start-up companies to grow and to create at least 700 new jobs within the field of connected health. Twenty companies are expected to become international fast-growers with the help of the accelerator programme.

”We are witnessing the birth of a new industry that connects the strong know-how within IT, mobile technology and life science that the Nordics are famous for,” says Marianne Larsson, head of innovation at Innovation Skåne. ”We can now intensify our work and collaborate with our Nordic partners to contribute to strong new businesses that can improve life and health. New methods are required to increase the number of internationally successful start-ups. We have seen several examples of brilliant businesses from our region that have been overtaken by start-ups from other countries; businesses with a strong domestic market, expertise and venture capital, and our aim is to change this. This is the starting point for the project.”

The New Industry Accelerator venture opens up the Nordic market, strengthening the test and development opportunities for connected health start-ups in the entire region. The initiative brings together companies from across the Nordics, creating a critical mass that makes the region internationally competitive.

”The New Industry Accelerator gives us a fantastic opportunity to find and bring together the best projects in the Nordics. We’re creating a Champions League for accelerators, where we combine different knowledge from different markets in order to help businesses grow faster, both regionally and internationally,” says Morten Mølgaard Jensen, CEO at Cobis.

The funding will benefit business and government agencies in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. 

The partners behind New Industry Accelerator: Innovation Skåne heads up the New Industry Accelerator venture together with Oslo Medtech in Norway, Cobis in Denmark and Sahlgrenska Science ParkSmile Incubator and Invest in Skåne in Sweden. The partnership is an extension of the Nordic Connected Health Star Track project.

For more information, please contact: Marianne Larsson, Innovation Director Innovation Skåne marianne.larsson@innovationskane.com, mobile, +46 70 815 87 15

About Innovation Skåne

Innovation Skåne AB, is wholly owned by Region Skåne and supports entrepreneurs from all industry sectors in the development of fast-growing companies, contributing to the growth of the Skåne region. Innovation Skåne also contributes to increased efficiency and quality within the healthcare sector through innovation and close industry collaboration. For more information, see www.innovationskane.com.

Invest in Skåne is the official business promotion agency for the southernmost part of Sweden, Skåne. The company provides professional advice and services to international companies considering Skåne for future investment and assist regional companies in developing their international business.

A number of regional actors across the Nordics, receive approximately 5,1 M EUR in funding by the EU programme Interreg to help more than 100 Nordic start-up companies to grow and also to create at least 700 new jobs within the field of connected health. The initiative is to support the current paradigm shift in healthcare enabled by the revolution in digital technology.

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Eight southern Swedish Design Companies at InnoDesignTech Expo (IDTE) in Hong Kong

News   •   Nov 30, 2016 22:57 GMT

The trade mission is conducted in the framework of the Southern Sweden Creatives project which supports Swedish companies in the creative and cultural industries to grow internationally and is currently largest export-related project for the cultural and creative industries in Sweden.

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Europe’s largest biotech conference to be held in Medicon Valley 2018

Press Releases   •   Nov 16, 2016 12:38 GMT

Europe’s largest biotech conference BIO-Europe will be held in Copenhagen and Malmö in 2018. A contributing factor to the decision was the strong Swedish-Danish cooperation between the private and public sectors. According to Novo Nordisk, one of the companies involved in landing the event, BIO-Europe will pave way for export and investments and help fuel the international promotion of the region.

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Verdion expands Nordic team activities further, initiates construction of 27,000 sq m logistics facility for BMW in Malmö, Sweden

Press Releases   •   Sep 15, 2016 09:27 GMT

Invest in Skåne’s customer British real estate investor and developer Verdion, will now commence structural works on the 27,000 sq m logistics facility for BMW in the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden.

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Volvo to establish R&D center in Lund, Southernmost part of Sweden

News   •   Sep 02, 2016 10:28 GMT

Volvo Cars announces the establishment of a research and development center in the academic city of Lund.

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The Nordic's largest partnering conference within the life science industry to be held in Medicon Valley, Malmö-Copenhagen for the first time

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2016 12:51 GMT

The Swedish life science industry organisation SwedenBIO and Bionordic have decided to hold the Nordic region's largest conference for the international life science industry, Nordic Life Science Days (NLSDays) in Malmö in 2017. The conference has previously exclusively been held in Stockholm and attracts over 1000 participants from 30 countries.

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About Invest in Skåne

Business with southern Sweden

Invest in Skåne is the official regional business promotion agency for southernmost part Sweden. The company is part of the marketing organization Business Region Skåne, which is owned by the regional council - Region Skåne - and the 33 municipalities of Skåne.

Invest in Skåne has a dual role:
1. To connect international companies with business opportunities in Southern Sweden
2. To help Swedish companies (in the region) to internationalize their business.

This strengthens the business competitiveness of the region and that of Southern Swedish companies internationally.

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  • Invest in Skåne
  • Dockplatsen 26
  • 205 25 Malmö
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