Global links for regional companies

Coordinating global competence plus on-site distributor evaluation helped local businesses with international ambitions.

Uppsala BIO carried out a project during 2009–2011 intended to establish global links for the region’s companies. Specifically, a network of top competencies with experience from different types of companies and functions in many parts of the world was set up to support regional companies with international ambitions. Uppsala BIO established a structure where such qualified contacts could be smoothly coordinated.

Furthermore, Uppsala BIO made global contacts and carried an on-site evaluation of various distributors in Japan for 5–10 Swedish companies. This project immediately led to signed deals for several the region’s businesses with quality-controlled distributors. Due to internal priorities, Uppsala BIO decided against the long-term implementation of such global activities, but concluded that such a concept could be established by Uppsala BIO or others within Sweden.


Financing: Vinnova (Case ID.: 2008-033770)
Project duration: 2009–2011
Contact: Margaretha Gadnell, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Project leader

* Uppsala BIO’s core funding comes from the regional financiers Region Uppsala, SLU, Uppsala University and Uppsala Municipality, as well as from VINNVÄXT, a Vinnova-funded initiative.

Kristin Hellman. M.Sc., Business Development. “I focus on facilitating interaction between large companies and small start-ups and academic projects in order to accelerate the development of promising new products and technologies.”

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