About The
Great Northern

Welcome to north of Sweden’s innovation house! A collaborative community with a mix of co-working spaces, event arenas, incubators, startups and established business.

Skellefteå's innovation house


The Great Northern is an innovation house in the north of Sweden. A collaborative community that strives to find new ways to make a difference and to help each other develop. Neither are we an office hotel and nor a co-working space - even if this is a part of our concept.

Here, more than 150 talented members and over 60 brave entrepreneurs, successful start-ups, innovation supporters, incubators and established companies gather in a creative business mix of game developers, digital industries, design, media and communication to build the companies of tomorrow.

We are built on the idea that together we can work as a game changer for the business development in the north of Sweden. We want to make it possible for you and your business to succeed both locally, nationally and internationally. 

To build a world-class company or product, you will need the input and advice from a wide array of brilliant, inspiring and creative collaborators - which is exactly what you will find at The Great Northern!

When you work in an environment that is both brave, creative and always developing we think that you will do the same. You and your company will benefit from taking part in our wide array of member activities, networking possibilities and from collaborating with our partners and other members.

In our community we believe in the idea that we gain more by supporting each other and working together than to sit home alone.

"I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange."


The Great Northern is part of the tradition of Skellefteå.
Skellefteå has a reputation for encouraging creativity.

In the 1990s the city was briefly at the centre of the Swedish pop scene because of the success of bands such as The Wannadies.

Their success inspired more local young people to start bands. And these bands enjoyed success too – their music saturated Swedish and international radio and they toured the UK, USA and Japan.

The municipality recognised that this youth movement was positive and encouraged it further. They offered free rehearsal space and launched the free Trästockfestivalen.

And now the progressive thinking of the municipality has been rewarded. The very people who were nurtured and who started bands learned to cooperate. They sharpened their entrepreneurial skills and now have key positions in Skellefteå’s modern business ecosystem.

Today, the city houses a cluster of companies in the advertising, gaming and digital industries of which many other municipalities can only dream.

Not only do these companies employ local workers they also attract expertise from other parts of the world.

But these entrepreneurs knew that the city could not stand still. A few years ago they decided the city needed to help kickstart more tech startups.

The idea for The Great Northern – whose name was inspired by the 1990s cult TV show Twin Peaks, after the geography of Skellefteå was once compared by a visitor to the fictional town – was born.

And the municipality, still aware of its responsibility to its citizens to broaden its business base, supported the vision of these entrepreneurs.

They earmarked a disused community house, a building that had previously housed teenage discos and counselling facilities, to become the crucible for high-tech industry in Skellefteå.

Young architect Isabelle Gyllengahm, at Collage Architects, was given the mission to create something cool. And she did.

The Great Northern opened in January 2017 and has been an instant success, fostering startups such as Gold Town Games and BI Nordic.

A city known for its traditional heavy industries, in mining and timber, is now, thanks to The Great Northern, taking steps to become a global digital powerhouse.


We’re always around to offer advice, introduce you to a potential collaborator or just chat over a cup of coffee. All you have to do is ask!

Pernilla Lindmark

TGN Communications and Service Manager

Josefin Lundberg

COO / TGN-Manager