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Open Innovation

Future leaders will be defined by their ability to work in ecosystems.


Large enterprises move from pyramid structures to dynamic, flat organizations. Traditional R&D departments are replaced or complemented with startup solutions. And companies do not imagine themselves as industries anymore - they think of themselves as a part of an ecosystem.

Combient is, by its nature, proving how companies can create these ecosystems to obtain business advantages: sharing knowledge, brand value and assets to reduce risk and increase speed.

What we currently do in the field

Global startups, grow with us

We have created a venture client alliance together with Stora Enso, KONE, Scania, Epiroc, Fazer and Husqvarna Group to match hands-on industry needs with world-class startup solutions. Today, Foundry run three global cycles a year, plus two China-specific cycles. Foundry rate 82 in NPS from startups participating in the past eight cycles.

  • 3500+ startup submissions from 43 countries
  • 10+ joint ventures and investments
  • 28 of 40 commercial projects to implementation

Startup or scaleup?

Nordic innovators, look here

Combient Spark is our partner program for competitive early-stage startups from the Nordics. Spark exists to build long-term partnerships with emerging technology companies from the Nordic region. Today, the program has produced 4 early-stage startup partners, explored three key technology areas, performed five pilots, and raised €5M in funding.

Early-stage startup? Apply to Spark

Open innovation forum

We gather the open Innovation leaders within the network around joint challenges related to innovation strategies, startup engagements and venture capital.

Curious to learn more? Talk to Anders

On the verge of innovation

With the aim of bringing research closer to the industry, we collaborate with the top universities and leading research programs in Sweden and Finland.

Aalto UniversityChalmers University of TechnologyKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyLinköping UniversityLunds UniversityResearch institutes of SwedenStockholm UniversityUmeå UniversityUppsala UniversityÖrebro University

Curious to learn more? Talk to Jan-Erik