Tomas Persson
Founder and Owner, HealthTextiles AB


Tomas Persson is a Harvard Business School graduate and
serial entrepreneur, currently running textile innovation start-ups based in Gävle, Health Textiles, and Textil Design Skolan. 
He is passionate about bringing the textile heritage of the Gävleborg region to the world, so that the local tradition can meet international innovation. 

Tomas began his entreprenerial journey as a college and graduate student in the US. He earned a B.S in Business Administration with highest honors from Northeastern University, where he also played Gävle's favorite sport, ice hockey, as a member of the school's  top-ranked men's varsity team. Tomas went on to receive a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded a scholarship from the  Dr. Tech. Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for Education in International Industrial Entrepreneurship. 

Before founding his three companies, he worked in the international business arena within telecom and mining, and has previously worked for Ericsson, Telia, and Inter IKEA Systems.


Birgitta Persson
Founder and Owner, HealthTextiles AB


Birgitta Persson has been a textiles teacher in Gävle, Sweden
for over 40 years and also ran her own local clothing company
in the 1980s-1990s with a loyal customer base.

After she retired, she started a vocational school in textiles and design and also entered the start-up world as a senior when she co-founded Health Textiles.

Her passion is passing down the knowledge of Gävleborg's region textile heritage to a new generation.

She is a sought-after speaker in the area of late-in-life entrepreneurship, senior women in tech, and fabric and textile innovation.