The goal of the project is to develop a cooperative process that large companies automatically gain access to when they join Johanneberg Science Park. “We can put companies in touch with a string of exciting start-ups and small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), whether through our own network or through projects we co-manage with incubators,” Johanneberg Science Park’s business development manager Göran Havert explains.
The initiative was developed with the aid of Niclas Hjertqvist, a student at the Gothenburg School of Economics who wrote his thesis as part of Johanneberg Science Park’s Matix programme. He analysed the factors that make it hard for smaller and larger businesses to connect and work together. It soon became apparent that major players’ innovation hubs don’t give the community-building sector (including its construction and housing companies) the same type of backing other sectors get.
The study, which should be completed by the end of September 2021, will not only analyse the context of the project and actors’ needs, but also bring several large companies on board and identify actors in the innovation business who could contribute during the implementation phase. It’s not difficult to see how small companies could benefit from larger companies’ resources, networks and structures. But large companies too should explore smaller companies’ advantages – their innovative ideas, their flexibility and the way they keep their ear to ground – to avoid falling behind as development speeds up. More than a few large companies could do with some guidance along the way.
Small Meets Large
The European Regional Development Fund awarded Johanneberg Science Park a grant to conduct a feasibility study for Innovation through Cooperation – Small Meets Large between 2 January 2021 and 30 September 2021. The project has a total budget of SEK 1 million.