NOTE: changed date for deadline! Due to the current situation in the world all contributors will have until the 17th of May to post their ideas. The hackaton will take place autumn 2020 in Karlstad, Sweden and the date will be released later.

What wood you do –

to boost the forest bioeconomy?

Paper Province announce an international innovation competition where your idea will be in focus!

The competition takes place 16 March-17 May and the five best ideas will be invited to a 48 hour event in Sweden in autumn 2020.

At the event you will have the opportunity to share your idea, refine it with the professionals and ultimately pitch your idea to a jury. You will also receive media attention.

Prize: The winner of the competition will receive a prize of  €25,000 and the option to get business support from the incubator Sting Bioeconomy during one year.

First prize:  €25,000

Second to fifth prize: €2,500


Duration: 16 March-17 May 2020

Hackathon: Autumn 2020 in Karlstad, Sweden. Five finalists will be invited.

Costs: Transport and accommodation costs for the final event will be covered by Paper Province.


Funders: County Administrative Board Värmland and Region of Värmland

Project Coordinator: Paper Province

To read more about how you submit your idea, follow this link:

Terms and conditions →

Contest entries must meet
the following requirements:

  • Contribute to the development of the forest bioeconomy
  • Contribute to increased sustainability and/or the Global Goals of Agenda 2030
  • Be unique
  • Be scalable

Jury: The jury members consist of business leaders, innovation experts and investors:



Vice President Business & Innovation Area Material Transition
at RISE.


A long time innovation and business development strategist within packaging and bioeconomy. Experienced from three startups within the industry and several large innovation initiatives. The magic usually appears when technology, innovation, sustainability, communication and business models meet, hence multidisciplinary teams usually succeeds. At RISE, the focus is set on making key materials streams far more circular than today, like packaging, textiles, composites and plastics.


Research Advisor at Stora Enso.


Experienced leader of industrial research and innovation, currently focussing on enhancing industry – institute – academy collaboration in the circular bioeconomy.

Experiences include organisational leadership and development, Intellectual properties as well as start-up and incubation coaching.


Business Analyst at Business Värmland.


Background in Engineering Physics and Big Data Analysis, and innovation management in the forest industry and in the automotive industry at Volvo Trucks. A strong passion for pushing new technologies to create green products and future green growth opportunities.


CEO Paper Province.


CEO of Paper Province since 2011. Strong experience in leadership, change management, regional and cluster development.  Appointed as one of the three leading cluster leaders in Europe 2019, 16 years experience in leading positions within the IT industry (Ericsson, Tieto).



Experienced entrepreneur.


Demonstrated history of establishing new companies within the forest and chemicals industry sectors. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Intellectual Property, Chemical Engineering, Circular Textiles and Renewable Fuels. Strong professional with a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Technology at Lund University. Polhem price laureate in 2018.


SVP Central & South market area at Sveaskog.


Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Process Control, Operations Management, International Business, Biofuels, and Biomass. Strong business development professional with a MSc focused in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers tekniska högskola.