Social innovation for regional development

The SIRU project creates an infrastructure for social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives. The project is based on social challenges rather than industry and therefore increases the opportunity for new innovations and includes more people in innovation processes.

The project has four milestones:

  • To increase knowledge of social innovation
  • To create cross-sectoral collaboration to solve social challenges
  • To create a context for social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives
  • To raise awareness of social sustainability

The project is aimed at all sectors. The primary target group is small and medium-sized companies.




As purchasing behaviour is increasingly transitioning to online commerce, companies need to change their flows of goods, sales and how they take payment. Jönköping County has, in collaboration with the county’s municipalities, Jönköping University, Science Park, Almi, Handelskammaren Jönköpings län (Jönköping County Chamber of Commerce) and Sparbanksstiftelsen Alfa, initiated a three-year project, e-merge, where Jönköping County will become a leading knowledge and development centre for digital business and logistics.

Focus on change in ownership – a preliminary study

A preliminary study focusing on regional conditions for meeting the challenge of expected change in ownership in Jönköping County. The aim of the preliminary study is to develop a basis that we can develop into a regional project in the next stage. The goal is to create better conditions for the challenge and process of ownership change and to facilitate its implementation. The preliminary study has been carried out by interviewing companies. A larger seminar was held in Gislaved.

The preliminary study is owned by Coompanion Jönköping and funded by the European Union and Jönköping County. The partners in the preliminary study are Jönköping University, Enter Gislaved, Gnosjö Municipality and the operators.

Inkomst 4.0

Inkomst 4.0 is a digitalisation project at Almi Jönköping. The project helps Swedish industry to synchronise with today’s digital world, so that Sweden will be a force to reckon with as early as tomorrow. By taking concrete digital steps now, we can make the leap towards self-governing and smart factories later.

Inkomst 4.0 creates an arena where buyers, suppliers and service providers sit at the same table. The purpose is to improve conditions regarding administrative digitalisation. Together with select companies from Jönköping County, the project has embarked on an exciting journey. All companies have a proactive approach to the ongoing digitalisation of Swedish industry. The aim is to find a method to make digitalisation as efficient as possible. The intention is that these companies will then be good examples which can inspire other companies to embark on their digitalisation journey.

Companies participating in the project are: Stoereyd, Qtech Group. Hordagruppen, Holsby metall, Werinova

Grönhult – wind turbines

It has been decided that 13 new wind turbines will be built in the municipal territories of Tranemo and Gislaved, more specifically in the area of Grönhult.
The construction of wind turbines requires a lot of materials, many hours of labour and a lot of expertise. Local industry now has the chance to be part of this construction project by offering their services in a portal. Vattenfall, which is responsible for the construction project, will procure a recommended main contractor to use the portal to find various types of subcontractors. This can be anything from technical services and consultants, construction services, material supply, hairdressers, conference rooms, gyms, catering etc. Vindkraftcentrum is providing the portal where you, as an operator, fill in information about what services your company can offer.

An initial meeting about this was organised in September in Anderstorp and Tranemo. Vattenfall and Vindkraftcentrum will schedule several information meetings about this for autumn 2020. The wind turbine construction project is scheduled to start in early 2021 and should be finished by 2022.

SPD – Sustainable Product Development

Smålands Turism was granted funding by The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth to carry out development work in Jönköping County and to develop sustainable natural heritage and cultural experiences for export. The project is a four-year project which was started in 2016 and runs until autumn 2019. Based on Jönköping County’s unique natural and cultural values, the project will collaborate with companies in the region, specialists from the hospitality industry, the public sector, non-profit organisations and researchers to initiate and guarantee strategic development work for a sustainable hospitality industry.
In three designated pilot areas, an international, competitive product range comprising comprehensive provision of accommodation, meals, transport, activities/experiences, guides, services and local products will be developed.

These areas are;

  • The East Vättern Scarp Landscape with Gränna-Visingsö in Jönköping Municipality
  • The area around Lake Skirö in Vetlanda Municipality
  • The Isaberg area and Store Mosse National Park in Gislaved and Värnamo Municipalities