NIA took Thai startups to Sweden to seek cooperation in innovation development

The National Innovation Agency (Public Organization)’s executive team led by Dr.Krithpaka Boonfueng, Deputy Executive Director (Innovation System), recently took startup representatives from Thailand to join Innovation Policy Forum in Sweden which took place during 11-16 September 2018. The event was co-hosted by the Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden in cooperation with Karl-Adam Bonniers Stiftels, a non-profit organization which works on developing businesses in Sweden. Also joining the forum were representatives from Jitta and Refinn, the leading FinTech startups in Thailand.

The NIA’s executive team has attended the meeting to share and exchange ideas with representative teams from Sweden including Business Sweden, Vinnova, Karl-Adam Bonniers Foundation, National Innovation Council, The Swedish Institute, Things, Dreamhack and Arctik 15.

The team of Science and Technology Ministry, led by Dr Krithpaka Boonfueng and members of National Innovation Board Wichet Tantivanich and Suparp Artjariyasripong, as well as Sakorn Chanapaitoon, advisor to Science Minister, had a meeting with Business Sweden, led by Mr. Per Jansson of Global Business Developer. The meeting on Forum for Innovation Policy Programme will be later brought back for further development in Thailand.

The meeting between executives from Thailand’s NIA and Vinnova, a state agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of Sweden, has reached the agreement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries for further collaboration in innovation development. Under the agreement, the Embassy in Stockholm will be the main mediator.

As planned, Sweden will invite representatives from National Innovation Council to participate and give the talks in the Innovation Thailand Expo (ITE) and Startup Thailand 2019. So far, representatives from National Innovation Council, Prime minister’s Office have confirmed their participation in ITE. Meanwhile, Thai representatives are also invited to join a startup event in Sweden during September 2019.

Dreamhack, a Sweden-based production house specializing in organizing e-sport and gaming event will be joining the ITE event which the Ministry of Science and Technology will arrange a special session to teach about game coding and career path.

Arctik15, a Sweden company specializing in media, event and public relations for startups will be joining in business matching session during Startup Thailand 2019 and will suggest partners to invest in Thailand.

NIA’s plan for Sweden trip was also to exchange innovation resources between Thai and Sweden startups. It had a meeting and plan to work with Karl-Adam Bonniers Foundation, a non-profit organization which works on developing businesses in Sweden through seminars, publications and researches on business and regulations.

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