Collaboration between the university and companies refers to, for example, co-development aimed at generating new innovations, use of research expertise and infrastructure to implement commissioned research, and the business application of inventions and expertise created at the university. The collaboration also includes assessing the business impact of research together with the companies and consulting business experts when the research is intended to be commercialised.
Innovation collaboration gives companies access to the latest research information and expertise, thus creating the conditions for developing the companies’ own operations and generating new innovations and business. New ideas, processes, products, operating models, and recruitments give the companies a competitive edge.
The university and social actors form competence clusters, which enable the sharing of expertise and improve the availability of services to those participating in innovation activities. The university’s co-development channels are ecosystems of impact.