New global innovation centre in Lund

Published: 24 October 2019

The UN agency UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) establishes a global innovation center in Lund, which will help to achieve the 17 global goals for sustainable development, Agenda 2030.

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The center is inaugurated on October 21 at Ideon Science Park in Lund. It receives funding from the Ministry of Foreign funding with support from the Ministry of Industry and Vinnova contributes 5.5 million over three years.

The UNOPS Innovation Center will contribute to increasing the level of innovation in their procured deliveries. Through the centers, innovators, entrepreneurs and young companies have the opportunity to develop and adapt their offerings so that they can be relevant to the UN procurement.

Innovation centers have already been opened in China and Antigua, among others. The plan is that there will be a total of 17 centers under the auspices of UNOPS.

- That we get a global innovation center in Lund is positive for Sweden. In particular, SMEs thus have access to international cooperation and the opportunity to deliver solutions in UN procurement. This creates new business opportunities and we believe that Swedish companies with a strong sustainability focus can contribute to meeting the goals in Agenda 2030, says Darja Isaksson, director general of Vinnova.

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