03 Nov 2016

Science City opens the doors of Asia for Skellefteå companies

Johnny Högberg, CEO of Skellefteå Science City, has returned from a trip to Hong Kong with exciting news for Skellefteå small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.

“We have been offered immediate access to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) soft landing program. HKSTP will help us with travel, a tailor-made schedule, a guide, and business contacts for a four-day stay. It really is an outstanding opportunity for Skellefteå SMEs looking to break into the Asian market,” said Johnny.

Johnny visited Hong Kong as part of a delegation from northern Sweden that also included Cleaner Growth (http://cleanergrowth.se/), Uminova (http://www.uminovainnovation.se/) and Arctic Business Incubator (ABI) (http://www.abi.se/). They were met by

“Science City’s remit is to build long-term relationships with key international partners,” said Johnny. “HKSTP and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) are certainly excellent ones. But the fact that there are also concrete cooperation opportunities from day one with the soft landing program is probably more than I could have hoped for from this visit.”

“Cleaner Growth, Skellefteå Science City and ABI are now going to consult with Skellefteå businesses and assess interest in the Asian market so we can prepare an application for the soft landing program,” Johnny added.

With the support of Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Commission, the Soft-landing Program for Technology and Innovation Collaboration was launched in 2013. The launch was in response to the growing interest of technology transfer offices (TTOs) of renowned overseas and local universities and research institutes looking for R&D and technology-related project collaborations in Asia, especially in Hong Kong and the mainland China.

The program is open to all technology transfer offices, incubation centers, universities, R&D institutes, science parks and their spin-off or start-up technology companies. The soft landing program also serves as a platform for technology transfer offices to set up strategic outposts in Hong Kong and foster collaboration between academia and industry for the adoption of new technology.

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