More innovation support for researchers

Jan Tengwall

GIO can now offer even more support related to innovation and utilisation via the new Innovation Advisor. Jan Tengwall began at GIO 1 October.

Jan Tengwall comes from Gothenburg and has previously studied entrepreneurship at the University of Gothenburg’s School of Business, Economics and Law. Most recently, he has been project leader for the project Pods at GU Ventures, work similar to what he will be doing at the University of Borås.

”Working as an Innovation Advisor means promoting innovation and utilisation as well as creating synergies, something similar to my previous work at Pods. I will help the researchers to develop early in their process what the research can contribute to. The thought is that, in the end, they can use their research for something practically usable.”

”Researchers can come to me if they have the beginning of an idea, or if they want help to find collaborative partners, other researchers, or external businesses. I can also help in the application process and in finding calls for proposals. I see myself as a sounding board through the whole process.”

Apart from advising, Jan will also provide support related to applications for regional funding. Västra Götalandsregionen is providing funding for an Innovation Advisor at the University of Borås for three years as this is something that the region wants to further strengthen. University West and the University of Skövde will also receive such funding. 

An experienced traveller and allsvensk football player

Prior to beginning his studies at Gothenburg’s School of Business, Economics and Law, Jan and his family lived in Canada where he worked in the events industry and also started his own business. Before he started working with events, he focused on something else entirely: football and playing in Allsvenskan*.

“I have played football for IFK Göteborg, and after high school, I received a football scholarship to the US for four years. I have always enjoyed travelling and have lived and worked in the US, Australia, and Canada. In 2012, my family and I moved back to Sweden.”

He spends his free time with his two children and on the football field, even if it is not as frequent as before.

“When I am not working, I hang out with my family. Even if I am not so active in football anymore, it’s always there. I try to get out and train youths from time to time and I participate in talent development. I also like to travel, even if there’s not so much of that right now with a new home and new job.”

*Allsvenskan is a Swedish professional league for men's association football clubs.

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