Innovative Sweden exhibit in Toronto, 2012

During its three-week run, the Innovative Sweden exhibit showcased groundbreaking products from promising Swedish startups in the fields of IT and Communications, Clean Technology, Gaming and Life Sciences. The event featured an extensive program of seminars, discussion panels, keynotes and business exchanges, providing the ideal forum for entrepreneurs, business advisors, students, researchers and innovation experts to connect, learn and share knowledge.

The Innovative Sweden exhibit at MaRS in Toronto's Discovery District, was developed by the Swedish Institute and focuses on the next generation of Swedish  innovations. It houses twenty young growth companies in the fields of ICT, Life Science, Cleantech/Energy Efficiency and Gaming.

Parallell to the exhibit, seminars and panel discussions will be arranged by the Embassy of  Sweden in co-operation with MaRS, focussing on innovation strategies in Canada and  Sweden and how new innovations can be developed together. The event is sponsored by ABB, AstraZeneca, Ericsson and Getinge.

More information on the Swedish Institute's website.

See Seminar Program under Related Files in the margin.

The Swedish Spirit of Innovation
A century ago, Sweden was one of the poorest countries in Europe. Today, it is a world leader in many areas. Swedish innovation such as the 3-point seatbelt, the pacemaker and mobile phone technology have conquered the world and created jobs and welfare. With a population of 9 million people, Sweden is a small nation with great ideas.

The Swedish spirit of innovation starts in childhood, when children are inspired to think and act in their own creative way. At work, it is reflected in the absence of rigid hierarchical structures and complex organizational structures between senior management and employees. This makes Sweden a dynamic country, quick at reaching decisions. Teamwork, collaboration and respect for the individual are deeply rooted in the Swedish culture.

What drives the innovation process in Sweden is science. Sweden leads the world when it comes to investing in research and development. Many of Sweden's leading corporations, such as Ericsson, ABB, SKF, Sandvik, Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, AGA and Atlas Copco, were build on innovations from the late 1800's and early 1900's.