Innovations are very important for the City’s economic, social and long-term ecological sustainability. A high capacity for innovation is a prerequisite for ensuring our continued welfare and achieving the City’s vision. The City must actively contribute to strengthening and developing ecosystems and arenas for innovation.

To retain Stockholm’s strong position in the global competition for investments, business start-ups and labour, there is a need for collaboration that contributes to innovation. This needs to be done both in the City’s own operations and in collaboration with other actors in the region. One crucial element of this work is to collaborate with not only municipalities and regions, but also academia and the business community.

Stockholm Lab is developing in order to create methods to improve innovation capacity and opportunities to take advantage of good ideas and innovative solutions from the City’s employees and operations. This work builds on a previous initiative to establish an ideas hub in the City, where innovative solutions can be utilised and distributed in the City.

The use of AI, digitalisation and new technology creates the conditions for innovation and increased growth in Stockholm, but also opportunities for increased efficiency and innovative power. Through coordination, learning and follow-up, the City’s innovation work contributes to sustainable societal development.

Through the project "Innovation platform for a sustainable, attractive Stockholm", the City of Stockholm wants to create opportunities for increased capacity for innovation. The project aims to contribute to increasing knowledge about innovation and developing structures for governance and management of the City’s innovation work. The goal is to promote and support a learning culture that is able to identify, capture and introduce new solutions. These should respond to needs and demand that contribute to sustainable societal development within the City of Stockholm.

Collaboration for increased innovation capacity

The City’s capacity to innovate depends on close collaboration with other actors in the public sector, the business community and academia. The City is working to develop collaborations with academia, and partnership agreements with bodies including Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Viable Cities

Viable Cities is a strategic innovation programme for smart and sustainable cities. It is the biggest initiative ever undertaken in Sweden in the field of research and innovation concerning smart and sustainable cities. Viable Cities is led by KTH and brings together 50 or so actors from many different research fields, the business community, the public sector and civil society. Viable Cities has a mission is to achieve climate-neutral cities by 2030. The City is a representative on the executive board through the City Executive Office.


Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Services has a vision that by 2030, Sweden will have achieved a level of accessibility and mobility in the metropolitan regions that contributes to achieving the sustainability goals, while at the same time meeting the needs of broad user groups through new accessibility services. The programme is led by KTH and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). The City is a representative on the executive board through the City Executive Office.

Senseable Stockholm Lab

Through a partnership between the City of Stockholm, KTH and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the development of the smart city of the future is created. Using the very latest knowledge of big data, AI and the Internet, Senseable Stockholm Lab can help the City acquire an in-depth understanding of socio-economic and environmental challenges in the growing city.