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EUROPE´S LEADING SCIENCE PARK FOR TEXTILE AND FASHION

The future is shaped here

Our aim is to become Europe’s leading Science Park for textile and fashion

The Textile Fashion Center brings business and academia together with everyone who is interested in helping develop tomorrow’s Swedish textile and fashion direction. It forms a creative lifestyle collective that through entrepreneurship and innovation moves perceived traditions outside their comfort zones, expands the industry’s visions and builds bridges between generations.

It attracts people from near and far, people who want to discover emerging trends and ideas and who want to stay and absorb all that is new. Here inspiration comes from art, design technology, technological achievements, culture and culinary delicacies in a vibrant environment that both embraces and has a lasting impact.

New ideas are born in a continuous process of innovation that leaves an indelible impression.

The noise from the textile industry’s machinery died down a long time ago in the old factory premises at Simonsland. The old buildings still remain – the dye-works, the weaving mill, the sewing factory and spinning mill – but what’s inside them is new, creating a solid foundation for the future of Borås.

The legacy from its textile industry is buried deep inside Borås’s soul and has truly shaped the city’s development. In an area that served as the home of textile production for almost a century, we now find a meeting-place for creative operations in the fields of fashion, textile and design: the Textile Fashion Center. A creative hub embracing science, culture, innovation and business, primarily in the sphere of textiles but also in related areas.

The Textile Fashion Center houses a number of independent operations joined together to create a textile cluster. It is a unified hub consisting of companies, research institutes, academia, and organisations that support innovation and business development. Three main partners form the core of the hub’s operation, and their interaction takes the form of a triple helix: the City of Borås, Borås University, and the Sjuhärad business association. The basic idea is that creative processes come into their own in the interaction between municipality and society, company and academia – a concept for success that is renowned the world over. In Borås we spice up this approach in a unique way with culture, with the Textile Museum serving as an important cornerstone that attracts visitors to the Textile Fashion Center.

This is a place quite unlike other clusters thanks to its unique environment and its unique concept. Here, free thinking is blended with in-depth knowhow and top-quality research so that entrepreneurship can grow with confidence and integrity. It offers potential for new business, companies, products and research results, as well as for higher education and broad-based cooperation between culture and academia owing to close physical proximity.

In 2006 the premises were acquired by privately owned real estate company Kanico. The plans for the property were fairly obvious: the focus would be on textiles. The Swedish School of Textiles was overcrowded in its premises in Algotshuset on the other side of the city’s downtown area. Kanico put forward a proposal focusing on purpose-built premises alongside the rest of the university faculty. The City of Borås agreed to add a variety of other disciplines in the fields of textile and fashion under the municipal umbrella, including the Textile Museum. Marketplace Borås, an economic association whose mission is to strengthen the Sjuhärad area’s position in the fields of fashion, textile and design, was founded and located in the Textile Fashion Center to serve as the link between City Hall and the business sector.

The idea behind the Textile Fashion Center

In 2011 a cooperative agreement was signed between Kanico, Borås University and the City of Borås. In March the same year ground was broken at the site and in August 2013 the first tenants moved in. May 2014 saw the inauguration of the Textile Fashion Center. The Textile Museum opened in its new premises, the Fashion Gallery threw open its doors to end-customers and the public was invited to experience the Textile Fashion Center. This signalled the start of a year packed with conferences, events, exhibitions, design competitions, exciting student projects, new companies and amazing innovations.

The section below shows a few photos from the 2014 inauguration.

Organizations are listed in alphabetical order down below

From idea to successful company! Almi offers advice, loans and risk capital throughout all phases of commercialisation. What can Almi do for you? Do you have an idea for a product or service? Are you about to start or acquire a company? Do you already run a company? Welcome to us at Almi!

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Provides competence to the Borås region’s business sector. With post-high school specialist training in selected high-demand areas, Borås vocational school helps the business sector get personnel with the right expertise. Borås vocational school offers nine courses in textiles, commerce and technology.

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Connect is a not-for-profit organisation that matches entrepreneurs with competence and capital from the business sector. This way we cut the lead time to deliverable, durable results. We promote growth.

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Welcome in for free advice at Coompanion Sjuhärad! We’re experts at cooperative business and we help social entrepreneurs and others to start companies together!

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Drivhuset helps new entrepreneurs to start and run companies or in other ways realise their ideas. By offering free guidance, training and a creative environment, we create the next generation of companies and increase the number of individual entrepreneurs in society.

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Fashion Gallery is a combination of studio and shop for new labels in fashion and textile. It’s a couture emporium where you have the opportunity to find unique clothing that has not yet made its way onto the general market.

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The Grants and Innovation Office is the University’s internal support office for issues concerning about applications and projects. Here you find expertise in contract laws and counselling in research financing as well as in innovation and utilization.

Borås Incubator is a value-generating business development partner that provides young growing companies with customised business development support for faster commercial market establishment. BusinessInk works primarily with technology-based companies, while FashionInk is Sweden’s only dedicated incubator for textiles and fashion.

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Vibrant industry throughout the years
We contribute to renewal and boost competitiveness in Sjuhärad’s technological and industrial companies. Our keywords are: Value – Forward – Energy

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Marketplace Borås is a joint venture between the City of Borås, Borås University, the Nordic Design School and the business sector. We work together to strengthen the position of Borås and Sjuhärad in the fields of fashion, textiles and design.

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The Science Center is the Sjuhärad area’s technical and natural-sciences hub. Its mission is to promote interest in technology, the natural sciences and mathematics in academia and among the general public. In addition to sustainable development, equality and diversity are our foremost cornerstones.

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PROTEKO and the Nordic Design School offer courses in textiles, design and clothing manufacture. Cooperation with the business sector is the very foundation of our courses, which often lead directly to employment after graduation. Welcome in for a visit!

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Welcome to Pumphuset – a new operation in authentic old premises. We invest our heart and soul in everything we do, and we truly prize a warm atmosphere and kindred spirit. Here you’ll find no less than 120 varieties of beer brewed from hops, malt, yeast and water – and of course the most important ingredients of all: warmth and kindred spirit!

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Science Park Borås is a joint arena for innovation in the Borås region. With resources for research and prototype production, we create social benefit and results together with academia, institutes, the business sector, the public sector and society in general.

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Smart Textiles Showroom is the venue for meetings and expertise. Here you will find a wide variety of textiles and product samples created in various Smart Textiles projects and also using Swedish School of Textiles equipment, as well as other interesting materials purchased from external manufacturers.

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Smart Textiles is a research environment with a comprehensive offering, covering everything from basic research to prototype production. Smart Textiles offers scientists and the business sector the possibility of producing innovations that benefit industry, the health sector and the environment.

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The Swedish School of Textiles has a national responsibility for research in the area Textile and Fashion. Focus is on the subjects Design, Textile technology, and Textile management. With a full-scale equipment in specially adjusted laboratories and workshop halls, recognised international research is taking place.

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Through its wide range of courses, the Swedish School of Textiles offers a unique combination of expertise in the field of textiles, covering everything from craftsmanship and design to technology, production, economics and marketing. There are courses at both basic and advanced level as well as research positions.

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The Textile Museum is one of the Nordic Region’s leading museums in the field of textiles. Here you can create, research and experience textiles in all their forms. It’s a meeting-place to get together and to enjoy exhibitions and activities or just to be in an environment that lives and breathes textiles.

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The Food Company is the place for creative meetings during the day and in the evening. We offer a choice of four different lunches five days a week, and there’s live music a couple of evenings a month.

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The Wine & Coffee Company is the place for you if you want to enjoy tasty ecological coffee with home-baked goodies, a light lunch or just a glass of wine.

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At Viskastrand Senior High School, our aim is to give you all the knowhow you need to work with your interests in the future. The school has seven national programmes, one of which is the Textile Craftsmanship programme. This is a vocational course, developing your knowhow and handicraft skills. And of course you can choose to qualify for advanced studies at university

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