An innovation may be an invention, a new product or service or a new way of doing something.
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
The Swedish Inventors' Association is a network for inventors.
ALMI is a state-owned company promoting SME development, and growth and innovation in Swedish business life.
The company can test whether an innovation is good from a technical point of view. It also offers help with funding of feasibility studies and innovation loans to develop commercially viable products.
- Getting Sweden working - ALMI
Entrepreneur's Guide verksamt.secontains information and tools for starting and developing a company in Sweden, including guidance on how to obtain funding.
CONNECT Sweden unites entrepreneurs and capital.
Sweden has adopted a national action programme for growth and employment in which innovation plays a central role, and in which there is a particular focus on the transfer of knowledge between research, trade and industry and the public sector.
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth currently runs programmes such as 'The Power of Action with IT' and 'Product Development in Small Businesses'.
More information about the Agency's programmes can be found on its website.
Industrifonden is a foundation which finances small to medium-sized companies throughout Sweden.
Swedish Venture Capital Association (SVCA) can be a good place to seek financing for your new and innovative business ideas.
Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency stimulate the development of energy-efficient solutions, as demand for sustainable solutions increases. They offer help in seeking financial support.