The Swedish-Sri Lankan company Ascentic is expanding and increasing its local presence with an office in Gothenburg. This after several years of activ...

The software development company Ascentic was founded in 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, by Anna Kalm and Patrik Alm. The idea was to support Swedish clients with their software needs since they identified an increased need to meet the growing demands that currently exist in Sweden.  

Today, the company has over 80 employees and about ten Swedish companies in its customer portfolio, several of which are from the Gothenburg region.  

- With the shortage of developers prevailing in the Swedish market, it is difficult for small and medium-sized companies to attract and retain the skills they need to be able to further develop their products and operations, and there has a hybrid team, where its development team is complemented by colleagues in Sri Lanka has become an appreciated solution, says Ascentic's founder and CEO Anna Kalm.  

Christoffer Högdén, product owner and first employee at the Gothenburg office is convinced that more and more people will see the benefits of working with distributed software development, especially when looking back at the year that has passed. He thinks all doubts should be removed regarding the fact that it's possible to work efficiently for long periods without meeting physically.   

-  This is where I see Ascentic's offer to the market as particularly powerful as it combines teams with high technical competence from Sri Lanka with senior Swedish project management who are close to the customer. This setup minimizes risks, you are able to get up to speed quickly and it ensures that you can deliver significant value to the customer without long start-up times. Ascentic's growth in recent years has been impressive, but I am convinced that we are only at the beginning of this journey yet, says Christoffer Högdén. 

Christoffer Högdén, Ascentic and Erik Behm, Business Region Göteborg.
Christoffer Högdén, Ascentic and Erik Behm, Business Region Göteborg
 
A result of active work   

Ascentic's establishment in Gothenburg is the result of active work from Business Region Göteborg, which together with the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council (www.sslbc.se) has collaborated for several years to link Sri Lanka with the Gothenburg region.  

-  That a Sri Lankan company chooses west Sweden for its Swedish establishment is a clear confirmation of the region's important work, but also the natural outlook for the rest of the world that is represented here, says Leif I Ohlson, Secretary-General of the Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council. It is gratifying that expertise from Sri Lanka will be able to contribute to the continued success of west Swedish companies. It is also important to be able to recommend companies to establish themselves here, as there are good communications, Leif I Ohlson concludes.  

Sri Lanka has a growing ecosystem for ICT & TECH. The fact that Ascentic is establishing itself in Gothenburg will be an important step for closer cooperation and means that western Swedish companies operating in the global market can gain access to important IT expertise, says Erik Behm, Area & Investment Manager ICT at Business Region Göteborg.  

- We have received very good support from both Erik and Leif before the establishment in Gothenburg, which we greatly appreciate, says Anna Kalm. 

- We see the establishment in Sweden and Gothenburg as a natural next step in the company's journey - it enables us to work even closer to the business and help our customers with project management, product ownership, and similar roles that require close cooperation with the company's operations and management, Anna Kalm concludes.  

Ascentic opened its office in Gothenburg on February 8. 

 

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This years theme: "Trust – the way to growth in a world of uncertainty"

Both society and business are increasingly governed by who and what we choose to trust. That is one of the most important issues of our time right now. There is a major change in confidence that is transforming politics, companies and society. Discover how to navigate your business in a new world and how to use confidence to succeed. At D-Congress in Gothenburg, you can meet some of the most successful in this subject.

This year’s keynote speaker, Rachel Botsman, is a leading expert and author on the subject of “Trust”. She is the first Trust Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, she has been recognised as one of the world’s 30 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50, one of the Top 10 most influential voices in the UK on LinkedIn and honoured as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

D-Congress is organized by the Swedish E-Commerce Association, The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre and the Swedish Trade Federation. Business Region Göteborg is a partner and will be available for meetings. If you are interested in establishing or investing in Gothenburg, we can provide you with knowledge and contacts. 

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Testing the transport system of the future. Here and now.

Gothenburg Green City Zone is a zone where we test new technology for both vehicles and infrastructure, the aim being to achieve 100% emission-free transport by 2030. What is currently unfolding is the creation of an entirely new climate-neutral transport system. A system that will require a new state of mind, where we work along new lines, and pool our thoughts and ideas.

The exceptionally strong tradition and spirit of collaboration that have defined Gothenburg over the years have transformed the region into the foremost knowledge region in Sweden. We have seen how companies, the research community, and the public sector have joined forces to test everything from new all-electric bus routes to ways in which we can live more sustainably in the future. Gothenburg has become a testbed where ideas have come to fruition, opening up more rapid and effective ways of making sustainable solutions of the future more achievable. Collaboration and foresight have led to the emergence of Gothenburg Green City Zone.

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“In Gothenburg Green City Zone the city and the business and research communities will work together to make the transportation system emission-free in a very short time. With this collaboration we will take the lead on sustainability issues in Europe as well as show that we are serious about the city’s climate contract with the EU and about our ambitious sustainability goals for 2030.”

Axel Josefson, chair of Gothenburg’s City Executive Board

 

Gothenburg Green City Zone is a zone where we test new technology for both vehicles and infrastructure, the aim being to achieve 100% emission-free transport by 2030. What is currently unfolding is the creation of an entirely new climate-neutral transport system. A system that will require a new state of mind, where we work along new lines, and pool our thoughts and ideas. A zone where we highlight new solutions, welcome innovation, and learn together. An opportunity for us to show consideration for each other, for our local environment, and for our climate, and where business and industry have a key role to play.
 
A zone of possibilities
It is not an exclusion zone where we prevent certain forms of transport from entering and redirect them elsewhere. It is a test zone and we have already made considerable headway. Several actors have developed groundbreaking solutions for the future, and we are not willing to wait. We want to begin putting those solutions into effect here and now. For the sake of our climate and the future well-being of the people of Gothenburg, we cannot afford to wait. 

Gothenburg Green City Zone

Gothenburg Green City Zone will initially comprise Lindholmen, the Event District (Evenemangsstråket), and Forsåker in Mölndal. Areas where we will generate potential for companies, societal stakeholders, and research community to test, develop and scale up their ideas. We know that Gothenburg has what it takes to succeed, and we are in agreement on what needs to be done. We will utilise and develop the resourcefulness and capacity for action that have already put Gothenburg on the map in terms of sustainability. Gothenburg Green City Zone will take us to the next level.

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“This initiative is fully in line with our company’s purpose. We want to be involved in creating the cities of the future and keep them livable. This initiative gives us an opportunity to do that and take on responsibility in our own hometown at the same time.”

Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars

 

We welcome you to join
Gothenburg Green City Zone is an inclusive initiative where we welcome everyone who in different ways wants to be involved and create sustainable solutions for Gothenburg, the region and take them out into the world. With the initiative, Gothenburg will be the first region in the world to develop totally emission-free and at the same time scalable transport solutions at system level.

Welcome to be a part of the future as it’s being made!

 

Interested?

Do you and your company want to be part of the Gothenburg Green City Zone? We welcome companies from all over the world to participate in the collaboration and together create innovative transport solutions for the cities of the future here and now. Get in touch with us and we will help your company become part of the Gothenburg Green City Zone.

 

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EcarX, a developer of connected car ecosystems, has announced the establishment of its EU headquarters and product development centre in Gothenburg, S...

The Chinese-owned company, which is part-owned by the Geely Holding Group, will move into Uni3, Geely’s new campus for innovation in Gothenburg, during the first quarter of this year.

EcarX is a growing company that develops systems for connected vehicles, where it focuses on infotainment, navigation and voice control. The company is behind some of the technology used by Lynk & Co, as well as other brands part of the Geely Holding Group.

The firm’s new operations in Gothenburg are part of its global expansion strategy. Peter Rogbrant, who has a background in the automotive, technology and gaming industry, has been appointed as the managing director of the new EcarX EU.

“A lot of excellence has been achieved so far by EcarX in its four years’ development. Today EcarX has a leading position in the China market with a strong and unique ecosystem build-up, leading HMI, connectivity and infotainment area. The establishment of EcarX EU is the natural next step to continue to grow, explore new business opportunities and engage the best talents in industry,” he said in a press release.

Rogbrandt also told local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten that he expects EcarX will have 70-100 people in Gothenburg by the end of this year.

 

A new arena for collaboration and innovation

Construction of the new 100,000 sqm Uni 3 remains in full swing. One building is already open and all five buildings are scheduled for completion during 2022. The new campus will gather Geely’s activities in Sweden, including CEVT, Lynk & Co, Geely Sweden Holdings and Geely Design. When complete it will have space for over 3,500 people.

The whole vision of the Uni3 campus is to create an environment that attracts innovative companies from all over the world who want to locate in the technology cluster of Gothenburg. To get the EcarX new European headquarters into the campus is an addition to the ecosystem that will create synergies both for them and for the other companies who locate here. Our ambition is to build a melting pot where east meets west, and this shows the attractiveness of our campus, as well as Lindholmen and the wider Gothenburg region, says Gang Wei, CEO of Geely Innovation Centre Management AB, who runs the Uni3 campus. 

The new campus, a multi-billion kronor investment, was first announced in June 2017. Business Region Göteborg has helped to facilitate the investment by providing Geely with advice and practical support, business information, and connecting the company with relevant contacts, for example, within public authorities.

“Lindholmen is a magnet for talent and innovative companies. Geely’s new campus is yet another exciting arena for innovators and collaboration in automotive and mobility. The EcarX establishment in Uni3 is an exciting example of this,” says Joel Görsch, investment advisor for automotive at Business Region Göteborg. 

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Currently in development, Gothenburg Green City Zone is a world first: an initiative by a number of major stakeholders including Volvo Cars to build a...

Gothenburg and the Gothenburg region are growing, and the number of tourists and other visitors is set to double by 2030. This will bring a steady increase in demand for transportation, while at the same time Gothenburg has committed to reducing its climate footprint to close to zero by 2030 and to providing local residents with a healthy living environment.

In order to solve that equation, we have to begin large-scale testing of future technologies already.

That’s the background to Gothenburg Green City Zone, a fully climate-neutral and zero-emissions transportation system now being developed for a large area of central Gothenburg and surrounding districts. The zone can be likened to a vast testbed and demonstration area where companies, social stakeholders, academia and institutions can collaborate on testing new technologies and scaling up their operations, products and services in transportation, infrastructure, energy and other areas related to the environment.

The goal is for all vehicles travelling in or from Gothenburg Green City Zone to run with zero emissions by 2030, in a functioning infrastructure that enables climate-neutral transportation choices and facilitates everyday life for businesses as well as residents and visitors, in an attractive urban environment.

A zone of possibilities, not of bans or restrictions

Gothenburg Green City Zone is not a zone of bans or restrictions, where we stop certain types of transports and send them elsewhere. Instead it’s a zone of possibilities, for making use of each other’s specialities and skills so that we can achieve our goal faster and with more vigour. As a result, entirely new business opportunities are opening up for national as well as international companies.

The initiative was taken jointly by the City of Gothenburg (through Business Region Göteborg), Volvo Cars, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Interest and involvement in Gothenburg Green City Zone has been great, with Chalmers University of Technology, the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, the City of Mölndal and Johanneberg Science Park on board so far. And there will be many more of us – Gothenburg Green City Zone is an inclusive venture that welcomes everyone who wants to take part, in whatever way, in creating sustainable solutions for the Gothenburg region, and in spreading them to the wider world.
 
The first region in the world with fully zero-emission transport solutions

Gothenburg is already at the cutting edge in research and development generally, but particularly so in sustainable development. This position is the result of a long tradition of successful collaborations between the city, the region, businesses, academia and citizens.

With Gothenburg Green City Zone, Gothenburg will become the first region in the world to develop fully zero-emission as well as scalable transportation solutions at the system level.

Welcome to be a part of the future as it’s being made!
 
Voices on Gothenburg Green City Zone:

“In Gothenburg Green City Zone the city and the business and research communities will work together to make the transportation system emission-free in a very short time. With this collaboration we will take the lead on sustainability issues in Europe as well as show that we are serious about the city’s climate contract with the EU and about our ambitious sustainability goals for 2030,” says Axel Josefson, chair of Gothenburg’s City Executive Board.

“Being able to test new ideas will be decisive for reducing climate emissions at the rate required. Zero-emission zones are a brilliant example of how we can reduce climate emissions while at the same time pushing for sustainable business development,” says Emmyly Bönfors, chair of the City of Gothenburg’s Environmental and Climate Committee.

“This initiative is fully in line with our company’s purpose,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “We want to be involved in creating the cities of the future and keep them livable. This initiative gives us an opportunity to do that and take on responsibility in our own hometown at the same time.”

“Climate-neutral transportation of people and goods is crucial for our future cities. With Gothenburg Green City Zone we can show this together as well as try out new solutions in order to understand what works for people, society and businesses,” says Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.

“The spirit of collaboration which has become a signature of how we do things in Gothenburg has paved the way for yet another step forward in innovation and sustainability. We welcome businesses from all over the world to join in this collaboration, working together to create innovative transport solutions for the cities of the future, here and now,” says Patrik Andersson, CEO of Business Region Göteborg.

Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known car brands in the world with sales of over 700,000 cars in 2019 in about 100 countries.  In 2019, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 41,500 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden.

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services. The 2,800 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes.

 

Do you want to be part of the Gothenburg Green City Zone?
We welcome companies from all over the world to participate in the collaboration and together create innovative transport solutions for the cities of the future - here and now. Get in touch with us and we will help your company become part of the initiative.

Contact:
Maria Strömberg
Director Cluster and Innovation, Business Region Göteborg
e-mail: maria.stromberg@businessregion.se
phone: +46 (0)707-61 23 73
 

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Vitalis is the largest eHealth event in Scandinavia attracting around 6,000 health professionals, investors and other industry players from all over t...

Experience the health transformation

Vitalis is the largest eHealth event in Scandinavia, yearly attracting attendees with the shared aim of building their knowledge and improving tomorrow’s health care.

By 2025, Sweden will become the best in the world at exploiting the opportunities offered by digitisation and eHealth, making it easier for people to achieve quality and equality in health and welfare.

Hybrid conference and virtual exhibition

Following the successful concept of a hybrid meeting at Vitalis 2020, this year’s conference will be held 18–20 May 2021 virtually and at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, with a focus on a safe event.

The exhibition will be held virtually. Visitors will have the opportunity to see presentations about new solutions and products, as well as to interact with exhibitors and to ask direct questions to suppliers.

Focus tracks

  • Rehabilitation and habilitation
  • The Swedish standardized care processes – will it be with or without digital tools?
  • Precision medicine
  • From reactive to proactive
  • Evaluation and research

 

More tracks tracks are presented continuously as the program work continues. Stay updated here.

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Today we have reached the point when software talks, listens, learns and acts! We might have ideas about what tomorrow´s software business will look like. But the only thing we can be sure of is that it will be completely different from today. We invite you to experience, share and learn about the latest findings connected to Software Talks.

Lindholmen Software Development Day  is a neutral arena for cross-industry knowledge sharing in software development. We want to contribute to innovations, new collaborations and companies, and to strengthen the area of ​​ICT in Sweden.

The event offers cutting edge open seminars and a meeting place for industry, academia and society. Meet researchers, business developers, employees, entrepreneurs and students in the field. The Lindholmen Software Development Day is an enabler for collaboration to bring future success in software development in Sweden.

The Lindholmen Software Development Day is a collaboration between Ericsson, Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Cybercom, Ascom, Combitech, HiQ, Konwledge Agency, Zenuity, Business Region Göteborg, SKF, Swedsoft and Lindholmen Science Park.

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The fifteenth annual BIO-Europe Spring® premier springtime partnering conference will be held March 22-25 in a fully digital format....

It will include on-demand early access to the company pitches, program sessions, and sponsor and showcase company content up to five weeks prior to the live event for the best possible networking and meeting decisions once partnering begins.

BIO-Europe Spring Digital 2021 is expected to bring together over 2,500 executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and finance companies from around the world, who will engage in more than 15,000 partnering meetings.

Scheduled meetings will take place during the live conference with unique links to a secure video conferencing solution. Meeting times are extended to be on a 24-hour basis to allow participants to meet conveniently from any time zone.

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Executives from:

  • Established and emerging biotech companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Private investors including venture capital and private equity firms
  • Other industry related service companies


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See the program by visiting the BIO-Europe Spring website.

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For more information about the terms and cost - visit the BIO-Europe Spring website

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While the number of international companies establishing operations in Gothenburg has dropped during 2020, it remains at a relatively high-level, than...

During November it came to light that the Gothenburg region had passed Stockholm as Sweden’s leading knowledge region. The report Business R&D in western Sweden, among other things, shows that businesses in Gothenburg’s county invest more in R&D than anywhere else in the country.  

“Apart from it being an important milestone, it’s also a very important factor for the innovative companies that are considering establishing in Gothenburg for competence reasons. It’s also very clear that we have many talented people in the region,” says Andreas Göthberg, head of foreign direct investment at Business Region Göteborg.

Another success factor is that organisations like Business Region Göteborg and the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce have long made efforts to support international talents, who move to the region, for example through the collaborative project Move to Gothenburg.  

“We have benefited a lot from having a strong foundation in place and we see it as a big competitive advantage,” says Andreas Göthberg.  

Move to Gothenburg was launched in 2016. The aim is to help people who come to the Gothenburg region to work or study.

“To a large extent it’s about advice and guidance: where to turn for different permits and how things work in Sweden. It's also available for family members who have also moved here. They can, for example, take part in seminars on Swedish culture or coaching sessions on building a career in Sweden, among other things,” says Andreas.

    Each year Business Region Göteborg assists around 25 international companies to establish operations in the Gothenburg region. This year, with the Covid-19 situation, the number of companies establishing in the region has decreased and is expected to total around 15. We can see that interest in Gothenburg remains high and the number of new business contacts is at around 70-80 per cent of what we would expect during a normal year.  

    “I would say that interest is as high as it has been in recent years. But many of our new business contacts are made when we travel to trade fairs and they will often come here to experience Gothenburg. For obvious reasons, this hasn’t been possible this year and this has meant some processes have been paused. But I’m convinced that the number of companies establishing here will pick up again once the world returns to a more normal situation.”

    Which companies and industries are attracted to Gothenburg? 

    "Not surprisingly, the competence within the automotive industry is something that attracts companies to the region. We also see a lot interest from the life science and ICT industries, as well as companies that want to invest in logistics, thanks largely to our location," says Andreas Göthberg. 

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    Industry and large parts of the business sector have so far withstood the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic better than expected. The regional economy ...

    The economic tendency, which is based on a comprehensive survey of businesses in the region, showed improved optimism during the third quarter and moved from a ‘recession’ to a ‘normal, weak’ situation.

    But the regional economy is still strained. GDP growth of the region’s key markets is negative, jobs growth is shrinking, and the unemployment rate has increased by 2.1 percentage points to 7.9 per cent, which is still the lowest among Sweden’s metropolitan regions. In addition, many people in multiple industries have been notified of termination or placed on the short-time work scheme.   

    “Industry and large parts of the business sector seem to have withstood the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic better than expected. This is something we see in both the regional and national economic tendency surveys. Locally, we can also see that businesses in hospitality, tourism, events and retail have a very tough situation right now,” says Henrik Einarsson, director of establishment and investment services at Business Region Göteborg. 

     

    new vaccines - a cause for optimism

    With the Swedish governments updated guidelines to limit the spread of infection, businesses will be negatively affected, and it is still unclear when demand will return to a more normal level. In general, it’s still uncertain how hard the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing second wave will impact the region’s businesses.

    “The negative global developments will impact the region’s export-intensive business environment, but it’s hard to say to what extent. Clearly, the global market has weakened significantly, which has led to a reduction of both turnover and demand for labour. Our export-weighted GDP growth of the region’s key export markets shows a shrinking of 5.3 per cent during 2020,” says Peter Warda, senior analyst at Business Region Göteborg.

    The region’s key export markets, however, are expected to rebound in 2021 with anticipated GDP growth of 4.5 per cent. At the same time, the coming vaccination efforts against Covid-19 provide further hope of a turnaround.

    “The new vaccines are promising and a cause for optimism. But it all depends on how fast we can reduce the infection rate, how quickly a mass vaccination of people across the world can start and how fast the Gothenburg region is out of the starting blocks,” says Peter Warda. 

     

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