Collaborations and projects

eXpression Umeå is part of several collaborations and runs and participates in several projects.

Carpe Digem

Carpe digem is an EU project within Interreg Europe.
The project develops the regional capacity to engage citizens in digital transformation through the development of smart services and products that create jobs and growth, attract investment in research and development and generate urban-rural balance. The project develops an action plan on how to strengthen participation and ownership in the design, implementation and monitoring of future regional strategies by developing the use of open and social innovation. The target group includes - in addition to the actors traditionally involved in the development of regional and local strategies - civil society and community citizens, i.e. it encompasses the whole pentahelix perspective.

The project involves:

Digital Nievre Joint Authority (FR)
Mallorca Chamber of Commerce (ES)
Business Development Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (PT)
University of Ljubljana (SL)
Republic of Slovenia - Ministry of Public Administration (SL)
European Regions Network for Application of Communications Technology (IE)
Business Agency Association (BG)
Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Economy (BG)
Region of Vasterbotten (SE)
Uminova Expression (SE)

Link to the project websitewww.interregeurope.eu/carpedigem

Carpe digem In Social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterregCARPEDIGEM/
Instagram: carpedigeminterreg

Start date
Closing date
Västerbotten Region
Beneficiaries County
Beneficiary municipality
Net amount allocated
77 940 €

Design by Umeå

Umeå has an effective and inclusive innovation support system with world-class academic and business incubators [with a strong focus on everything from biomedicine to creative and cultural sectors]. The environment these actors operate in is incredibly important and fortunately it is in Umeå's DNA to work inclusively and to challenge norms, creating a reflexive and stimulating environment to work in.

Design by Umeå brings together innovation actors who want to work inclusively and challenge norms. In addition to eXpression Umeå, the following actors are part of the network: Umeå Institute of Design (UID), RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Umeå Institute of Architecture, Umeå School of Art, Bildmuseet, Curiosum and Region Västerbotten.

F/Act Movement

F/ACT Movement is a project of Gothenburg Region (GR) and Science Park Borås which is about promoting more sustainable production and consumption of fashion and textiles. 

The F/ACT Movement inspires consumers to make more sustainable fashion choices and to use what's already in their wardrobes. This is done through local activities organised in cooperation with municipalities, as well as through social media where local ambassadors (so-called f/activists) spread inspiration about how they themselves create a sustainable wardrobe. 

In addition, the project supports companies and entrepreneurs who want to develop sustainable and circular products and services, based on the needs of the new, conscious consumer and with a focus on environmental benefits.

eXpression Umeå runs the project in Västerbotten.

Young Startup Day

Young Startup Day is an annual event that aims to inspire entrepreneurship. The next generation of entrepreneurs is a key group for Umeå and Västerbotten to continue to grow. To strengthen this development, we need even more people to start and run businesses.

Young Startup Day is organised by eXpression Umeå, Aptum, BIC Factory, Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten, Umeå municipality, Uminova Innovation and Ung Företagsamhet Västerbotten. 

More info about the event is available at http://youngstartup.se


eXpression Umeå is a proud member of SISP - Swedish Incubators & Science Parks. SISP is the membership-based trade association for Sweden's incubators and science parks with 65 members who operate nearly 80 innovation environments across Sweden, and who together have over 5,000 companies with approximately 72,000 employees.

CreARTive Sweden

A trade association for business promotion activities in the artistic, cultural and creative industries.

High Coast Creative

A pure trade association for the creative industries in the High Coast. 

Sustainable tourism of the future

The project Sustainable tourism of the future aims to increase the knowledge of businesses in the tourism, hospitality and experience sectors with a commercial element. Through the dissemination of experience and knowledge, the project will help businesses and other stakeholders to be better equipped for the challenging sectoral transformation that is underway and which is currently accelerating due to the ongoing corona pandemic. The project is part of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth's Knowledge development in the corona pandemic and will be implemented during the period 1 February 2021 - 31 December 2022. 

Get news about the project, in-depth material with reflection questions and exercises for entrepreneurs or those working in a business support organisation here.