Future Retail Lab
The future of trade is sustainable
On the last of August 2021, the third and final round of the programme started with a heterogeneous group of entrepreneurs and owner-managed companies.
On Tuesday 22 March 2022, the third round of the programme was completed. The programme, whose catchment area stretched from the High Coast in the south to Piteå in the north, had 16 participating companies. The Accelerator Programme's target group has been owner-operated companies in the trade and hospitality industry.
Through the programme, companies have been given the opportunity to develop and deepen their knowledge in various areas, ranging from business model analysis, market intelligence, branding, communication strategies, social media, consumer behaviour and sales to logistics, internationalisation, leadership and hospitality issues. During the twelfth and final meeting, companies presented their updated business plans, including implemented or planned changes such as new and/or refined business models, communication strategies and partnerships.
Together with heavy expertise in the form of researchers, industry experts and business developers, experience and knowledge in areas such as branding, digital strategies and concept development have been exchanged.
To find out about the programme's content, structure and methods, as well as analysis and experience, please contact:
Annakarin Nyberg, Programme Manager, Business Development Future Retail Lab
Anna Wikholm Kjellberg, Business Developer Future Retail Lab
Our experienced business coaches will be happy to help you find your next step. Contact one of them for advice. We cherish your ideas and apply full confidentiality to everything you discuss with us.
Participation in the eXpression Umeå programme is free of charge. What we require from you is your time and commitment*.
However, it is important that you secure an income during your time in the incubator. If you lack employment or income from your business, you can contact our business coaches for advice on financial support. You can find their contact details here.
*In the Creatives incubator programme, we charge for your office space.
In our Creatives incubator programme, you can choose between three different office locations:
- Clean desk
- Your own desk
The other programmes include a clean desk space and the possibility to rent your own desk or studio.
To get access to an office space, you must apply and be accepted to one of our programmes.
For creators who have applied and been accepted to our business development programmes, we have the opportunity to help creators in a number of ways, through workshops with experts in certain areas such as marketing, sales, manufacturing process, IPR, etc. In addition, we have so-called internationalisation vouchers with the aim of promoting international trade.
We can also help you as a creator to navigate the funding jungle and explore possible funding solutions for your idea, innovation or business.
News and articles about the programme
" Financial support
" Personal business coach
" SPARK mentor and industry expert
" Market Verification
" Makerspaces and co-working
" Templates and tools
" Study visits to manufacturers
" Business development
" Individualised coaching
Future Retail Lab
" Knowledge & experience exchange
" Development of business models
" From idea to sale at Designtorget
" Cooperation with manufacturing companies
" Follows the design process