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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
Storgatan 73, 85230, Sundsvall (Sweden)
Bron Innovation is a one-stop non-profit innovation hub with a clear vision to develop digital innovation, business and competence for our member organization, and provide digital competence in our region. It is a quadruple helix collaboration network for ICT and Digitalization; private companies, national agencies, regional authorities and municipalities as well as NGOs. Our members and their services are worldwide, however the office for Bron is based in the county of Västernorrland, Sweden. Our focus areas are Industrial Digitalization, Govtech, IoT, 5G and Digital information management services, in which we are running several types of projects and activities. In these areas we are open for international collaboration with other clusters around Europe and worldwide.
Bron is located at the strategic centre of the region’s development ecosystem. We work in close collaboration with university, R&D centres, science park, business incubators, industries and public sectors. It is regions biggest ICT cluster, certified by European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, Berlin. At Bron we believe in sustainable networking and we maintain a diverse corporate network with partners and members from all sectors. We are devoted to increase knowledge and understanding of innovation and digitalization among wide range of industries, specially SMEs. We help SMEs in evaluation and profiling of their current organizational and operational status, in order to identify opportunities for development, growth and transformation. Then we offer direct coaching to create strategic plan to reach business transformation goals. We strive to find best digital solution providers who can implement the strategic plan. We assist member organizations to find and attract new employees with right competence. Bron is an agile organization, ready to adapt to new technologies. We are partner in regions first 5G infrastructure, which allows companies to step forward and test next generation technologies.
At Bron we regularly arrange seminars to promote innovative digital technologies. We also arrange workshops focusing on competence development in member organizations. We host northern Sweden’s biggest Hackathon to encourage creative and innovative ideas to solve problems in industry and society in general. One of the most important events for us is a yearly conference on industrial and public sector digitalization, which is successfully maintaining its reputation for over three decades and attracts people from across the nation.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
Bron Innovation is a key stake holder in the county of Västernorrland in the area of Digialization supporting innovation, competece and networking industry and public sector in the region.
The activities of Bron Innovation are aligned with the regional digital agenda of Västernorrland, setting out how digitalization can contribute to sustainable growth, innovation and competitiveness for industry in the county, and Smart industry - a national strategy for new industrialisation for Sweden (the national DEI-initiative).
Bron Innovation is running the following projects, aligned with those strategies:
"Digitalt Industrilyft Medelpad", focusing on digitazing and digitalizing of SME in the region. The projekt is funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (https://www.broninnovation.se/dim).
"Digital competence and growht in Västernorrland", funded by ERUF.
"Great Reach", focusing on internationalization and growth of SME in the region, funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (https://www.broninnovation.se/great-reach).
"Digitalisation and data for young people's growing conditions", funded by Vinnova (https://www.broninnovation.se/digital-du).
"IoT for accessibility", working with IoT to create a public environment more accesible for disabled peiople, funded by Vinnova. (https://www.broninnovation.se/iot-hub-fr-tillgnglighet)
"Good Tech Competence", striving to include immigrants in the regional ICT labour market, funded by Tillväxtverket (https://www.broninnovation.se/good-tech-competence)
Market and Services
- Health and social work
- Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
- Manufacture of wood and wood products
- Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
- Public administration and defence
- TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Testing and validation
- Digital Maturity Assessment
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
Client needs: Kustfrakt is a part of the VTG group and works with transport and logistics. They have a number of vehicle owners/drivers who also own shares in the company. Today the organization and operation in Kustfrakt are mostly paper based. Digital platform and social media are not used for marketing and promotion. Finding new customers and keeping the existing ones are mostly done via personal contacts. Also, the whole process of signing contracts with customers to transport system optimization to ensuring deliveries is not standardized.
Provided solution: Bron and its member company Vojigo are working with Kustfrakt toward an overall transformation of their business model. The prioritized area of interests at the beginning are:
- A change in their organizational ecosystem.
- Digital marketing to attract new customers.
- Create customer value and better integration.
- Process development and optimization.
Client needs: KC24 Larm is an industrial camera surveillance company. They have sales personnel and technicians who are travelling around the country. It is challenging and very time consuming for the central office in Fränsta to follow their activities and, integrate and synchronise with central operations.
Provided solution: Bron meets KC24 Larm regularly and coaches them to develop a business model to optimize their sales process with help of digitalization.
Bron Innovation facilitates and coordinate joint venture innovation projects for its members. I.e. a 5G-innovation togehther with our members in may 2019More details: https://www.miun.se/en/Research/research-centers/stc-researchcentre/events-seminars/events/invigning-av-miun-5g-och-rise-ict/
Client needs: Norrlands Miljövård (NMV) provides cleaning services to industries and organizations of all sizes. A big part of their daily operations is carried out by part-time on-demand employees. Today, the scheduling and communication with these employees are done manually over telephone, which requires enormous amount of time from the NMV administrative personnel. NMV realizes that a digital platform to maintain these administrative tasks will help in better resource allocation, more organized operations and adapting continuous growth.
Provided solution: Bron, together with its member company Cybercom is guiding NMV to draft strategy and plan for an intranet. The intranet will allow easy communication and smart scheduling, discussion among employees, sharing company info and news, quick meeting arrangement, archiving of documents and many other useful functions.
Bron Innovation hosts networking sessions on regularly basis for it members in the region. Our flag ship is the annual Good Tech Conference, which is tha largest ICT and Digital conference in north Sweden.More details: https://goodtechconference.se/
Bron Innovation guides and supports its members to find different kind offunding, including venture capital and governmental funding.
Up to date example is government funding to esatblish two national datalabs, starting the spring of 2019.More details: https://www.vinnova.se/e/datadriven-innovation/datalabb-datafabrik/
Number of employees
- European Regional Development Fund
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Private funding
- Partner resources
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
- Research organisations
Mid Sweden University
Se all members
- Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
- Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Simulation and modelling
- Software as a service and service architectures
- Cloud computing
- ICT management, logistics and business systems
- Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
- New Media technologies