Submit Applications for Swedish Institute Innovation Leaders Program 2019

Deadline: 10 March 2019

The Swedish Institute is seeking applications for its Innovation Leaders Program to contribute to the innovation ecosystem in the western Balkan region.

The goal is to create a platform for knowledge exchange and problem solving between innovation field experts within private sector, public sector and academia, with the help of Swedish expertise and experience.

The Programme will give applicants:

  • A network of leaders working with innovation ecosystems in Sweden and the western Balkan region.
  • Increased knowledge and practice about effective collaboration between the private sector, the public sector and academia (triple helix).
  • Increased innovation ecosystem leadership competence.
  • Insights into Sweden’s innovation ecosystem, one of the leading innovation ecosystems in the world.
  • Exchange of experience with prominent practitioners in business, the public sector and academia – both in Sweden and their region.

Program Components

  • The kick-off will be held in Serbia on 23-25 April 2019.
  • The first module takes place in Sweden, between 8-16 June 2019 and the second module takes place in Sarajevo (preliminary 7-11 October 2019).
  • The time between the module in Sweden (June) and the second module (preliminary in October in Sarajevo) will be a time when each country team will meet at least once every two months to work with each other (partly online, partly in person) on innovation projects that will be developed during the programme.
  • All parts of the programme are mandatory.
  • The programme is intense and includes evening activities.


  • Flight tickets to and from kick-off, module 2 and module 3.
  • Visa costs, when necessary, to all programme modules.
  • Accommodation, food and domestic transport during the programme.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Meetings, Networking and content.
  • Insurance covering acute illness and accident when in Sweden.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a central innovation ecosystem stakeholder within their field, either public administration, business or academia.
  • Have an ambition to be a change maker and applicants are interested in regional collaboration to tackle common challenges.
  • Have mandate to influence and support from their organisation/employer.
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English
  • Be a citizen and resident of Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia or Serbia.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia.

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