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Why use a testbed?

By using a testbed, the risks and up-front investment are often reduced as innovations can be verified and validated early on in the development process, enabling new business opportunities and knowledge to emerge. All companies need references and proof that their product or service will work on the market.

Imagine a place where you can collaborate in an innovative environment with companies, the city, researchers, and institutes in pursuit of a successful product or service. In Gothenburg you will find testbeds all over the city. Join us and test your products and services using virtual reality, laboratories, simulated environments, or even out in the real world.

Gothenburg offers a series of testbeds where you can test your product or service before investing your entire budget on full-scale development.

A testbed in Gothenburg is an excellent way for a company to establish contacts in the Nordic market. Swedes are also known for being early adopters, making us the perfect test market. If you make it here, you can make it anywhere.

In order to meet the challenges presented by growing cities and meeting the global sustainable development goals (SDGs/Agenda 2030), industries, businesses, municipalities, academia, and the local population need to work together to develop and implement solutions. Testbeds are excellent means of achieving this!
Maria Strömberg, Director of Clusters & Innovation, Business Region Göteborg

To enter a testbed environment not only means that you get to use the test site facilities – you also become part of an ecosystem within a cluster. You get to know the market, which is particularly important for small companies, whose R&D budget is insufficient to test a product or service without outside help.

An innovation leader

According to a European Commission ranking table, Sweden has held the top spot as Europe’s most innovative country since 2015.

According to the Regional Innovation Score Board, Gothenburg is an innovation leader characterised by relatively high business and R&D expenditure, a highly educated workforce, and large numbers of people employed in knowledge-intensive industries. 33 % of Sweden’s R&D investment in the private sector is made in the Gothenburg region.

It is not only companies that have noticed the growth of innovative environments in Gothenburg. RISE, Research institutes of Sweden, moved its headquarters to Gothenburg in 2016. The reason cited was: “Western Sweden is one of the country’s most important industrial and research clusters and, with over 1,100 employees in the region, it is only natural for the new RISE to establish its headquarters in Gothenburg.” RISE is responsible for several testbeds and demonstration sites.

The facade of a building on Lindholmen.
The most innovative country since 2015.

Where research meets business

The broad range of testbeds and successful collaboration between the private, public, and academic sectors have helped make Gothenburg a hotspot for innovation. Other contributors are the science parks, such as Lindholmen Science Park, Johanneberg Science Park and Sahlgrenska Science Park. They all provide cooperation-friendly environments, perfect for initiating testbeds and collaboration.

Lindholmen is an international collaboration environment for research, innovation, and education withintransport, ICT, and media. Johanneberg Science Park focuses on urban development, energy, materials, and nanotechnology. Sahlgrenska Science Park works within life science, an area that often tends to cross-cluster with ICT.

The Prehospital ICT Arena, PICTA, is a good example of a testbed that enables collaboration across cluster and industry borders. PICTA is an open arena for research and innovation in prehospital medical care. Healthcare services, industry, and academia collaborate to ensure IT and eHealth are used optimally.

Cooperation in large partnerships is a distinguishing feature of Gothenburg. Delegations from all over the world ask us how we manage. Well, the fact is that we have been practising throughout history. One of the most recent examples is the Gothenburg Green City Zone, which is aimed at establishing a totally emission-free transport zone in central Gothenburg by 2030 at the latest.
Maria Strömberg, Director of Clusters & Innovation, Business Region Göteborg

Contact us for more information

Maria Strömberg
Director Cluster & Innovation
Area of work: Cluster development Innovation Cleantech
Area of concern: Management team Business development and financing
Lars Bern
Area Manager Innovation
Area of work: Demonstration projects Energy Innovation development
Area of concern: innovation development
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