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Smart Textiles creates results together with academia, industry, institutes and politics. We are the engine of textile innovations with a unique breadth – from basic research, prototyping to commercialization of products.

A hallmark of Smart Textiles ‘ success is that there is a clear objective, to create conditions for new companies, new jobs and new innovative textile products. To succeed, it requires companies, researchers and other actors to fully cooperate.

If these different parts interact one is also given the opportunity to realize ideas, develop and generate new innovations and products on the market. Through prototyping we contribute to new perspectives on textile expressions that fundamentally change, deepen and broaden our perception of what textiles are. We create an arena between academia, research and industry with the aim of being an internationally leading player in textile renewal.

VINNOVA’s support and confidence in Smart Textiles through the VINNVÄXT initiative has helped to speed up the process. Also the regional support is very strong and public actors are a part of the innovation system. They are important in the work to create synergies outside the geographic district of Sjuhärad.

Smart Textiles is an environment that consists of a close collaboration between the University of Borås, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE IVF, and the incubator in Borås. The foremost financiers are Vinnova,
Västra Götaland Region, Borås Region-Sjuhärads Municipal Federation and Foundation Swedish Textile research. Smart Textiles is also funded by the Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad and other funders.

Our main target group is academia, industry and the public sector.