Vision and approach to innovation capacity
Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Gothenburg has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to more than half of cities surveyed, Gothenburg approaches innovation capacity both from a holistic/macro level, as well as in specific policy areas.
Policy areas that Gothenburg is focused on
Social inclusion and equity
Social inclusion and equity: On a strategic level, Gothenburg's Program for an Equal City works hand-in-hand with their Program for Innovation (especially process and method innovation). The executive co-ordination group for an Equal City Program meets on a regular basis to implement and support long-term cross-sectoral innovative processes, which sometimes involve city residents. Another example of method innovation is "The City Where We Read for Our Children" project designed to encourage reading with and for children in their early age.
Transport/Mobility: Together with the industry, academia, research institutes and and other public companies, Gothenburg works to create new fossil free energy solutions for public transport, goods transport and construction equipment. The city also creates "one door in concept" for companies to use Gothenburg as a testbed for solutions. After testing electrified vehicles and charging technologies, the goal is now to have a completely fossil free fleet of vehicles owned by the City in 2023 and the whole transport system in Gothenburg in 2030.
Policy areas by number of cities
Gothenburg utilizes 9 different innovation skills or roles
Community engagement staff
Innovation roles by number of cities
Gothenburg’s innovation work is sprinkled throughout the municipality. The Clusters & Innovation Department of Business Region Gothenburg has over 25 staff dedicated to innovation, working together with the industry and research institutes.