January 17 - Day 1
Missions to achieve the Global Goals

The Global Goals address a broad range of society’s biggest challenges including climate change, social and economic inequality, healthcare, education and sustainable industry. These issues are extremely complex and while innovation is key to addressing them, it needs to be directed into actionable strategies.

Day 1 will explore how a mission-oriented approach allows complex issues to be broken down into pragmatic steps towards effective change. The program will finish with a fireside chat from Vinnova's Director General, Darja Isaksson.


Pre-inauguration - Pioneer the possible - introducing the Swedish innovation eco-system

What makes Sweden a top innovation country? Learn more about the Swedish innovation landscape and its important eco-system on both a regional and national level.

Anna Hammarberg, Manager Investment Collaboration, Business Sweden
Niclas Carlsson, Director International Market Development, Swedish Energy Agency
Regina Summer, Chief Strategy Officer International Collaborations, Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency
Stina Lantz, Vice President, SISP & Program Manager, Ignite Sweden


Recycle. Upcycle. Reuse

How a small municipality on the west coast of Sweden started a Marine Recycling Centre for discarded fishing gear and the work towards recycling, upcycling and reuse of these materials.

Joakim Odelberg, Film & Photojournalist, One Planet Production
Maria Pettersson, Project Leader Testbed Marine Waste, Sotenäs Municipality


Missions - an innovative way to tackle societal challenges

Today, governments across the world are facing major social and environmental challenges — from climate change to COVID-19. Overcoming these will require governments to invest in mission oriented innovation. This is, for many, a completely new practice, and so there is a pressing need to learn more about how to do it.

Rowan Conway, Policy Fellow and Head of IIPP’s Mission Oriented Innovation Network


Blekinge - A region on a mission

How can a small and a remote region far away from urbanism and financial muscles turn those factors into advantage?


System innovation

System transformation and system design concepts are necessary to address complex and large-scale challenges. This is a unique opportunity to learn more, from one of the leading people in the field, about what system transformation is, and how and when it can become a powerful instrument.

Banny Banerjee, Director and Founder of Stanford Changelabs


A mission-oriented approach for sustainable industry

Experience the power of a broad and mission-based collaboration to reach a sustainable industry.


Designing missions

Sweden's Innovation Agency's work includes leading the implementation of mission-oriented innovation, drawing from practical yet visionary missions around mobility and food, and describing the techniques and tactics required to ensure action, as well as the broader context of missions.

Dan Hill, Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency


School meals as a recipe to transform food systems

We need to change what we eat, which food is produced, and how it is produced. We need to change what we buy and what is offered in grocery stores, schools and restaurants. Change menus and habits. For the people of today and the future.


Tomorrow's solutions - meet two startups

During Sweden Innovation Days hundreds of startups/scaleups from 10 countries meet with over 90 international corporates and public organizations in curated matchmaking meetings to ignite innovation through startup x corporate collaboration. Meet with Israeli startup Solutum and Brazilian startup DEEP and learn more about their new technology.

Mike Mayer, Director, Business Development, Solutum
Paulo C Miranda, Co-founder & CSO, DEEP ESG


Closing remarks


Fireside chat

Let´s walk the talk! Meet Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, in a fireside chat about missions, driving forces and transformation. This discussion will be moderated by Regina Summer.

Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency
Regina Summer, Chief Strategy Officer International Collaborations, Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency



All times in CET

Founders session with SurfCleaner

Startups can be a key part of solving our society’s biggest challenges. In this fireside chat, meet one startup founder as she shares her journey developing and commercialising a patented technology that can efficiently clean up oil spills and litter from the ocean. Find out how SurfCleaner became the heart of water and made a positive impact on our environment.

Moderator: Cathrin Johansson, Community Manager (Startups), Ignite Sweden
Christina Lundbäck, Founder, SurfCleaner

Organised by Ignite Sweden