Karlstad is looking for a digital service that increases the city's accessibility

    Karlstad is preparing a second procurement with the support of Demand Acceleration. This time the goal is to create a service that opens up the city's offer to more people.

    The municipality of Karlstad is investigating the possibility of procuring a digital service that can make people with cognitive challenges to a greater extent, independently take part in the city's offer. For example, it can be about culture, association life and various activities that provide a richer life. An RFI (Request For Information) has been issued to probe the market's interest and know-how to meet the need. The aim is to get in touch with innovative companies and entrepreneurs to get a picture of possible solution proposals.

    Growing target group

    "Today there are approximately 200,000 people in Sweden who have some form of cognitive impairment. It feels very good that we in Karlstad are taking an initiative to make the city's offer better available, and create a service that can hopefully be spread throughout the country," says Ann-Sophie Gustafsson, development manager at the care and care unit in Karlstad.

    Previous procurement yielded results

    "Guidance in the city" is an innovation challenge from Karlstad municipality and DigitalWell Arena. In the next stage, the ambition is to carry out a procurement with the support of Demand Acceleration methodology. This means that the municipality procures an innovation project, where several companies can participate to develop a digital service in close collaboration with the business. 

    Recently, the same methodology was used to procure one educational tool for care. In that process, seven companies were initially procured – before Virotea was finally awarded a contract to develop the final service.



    The regional project DigitalWell is financed by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund. The purpose of DigitalWell is that we will together develop digital solutions for needs in welfare with the user's own abilities in focus.