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On the 17th and 18th of September 2015, Copenhagen will host the 3rd Cluster Matchmaking Conference. Even before the registration deadline nearly 260 participants representing over 135 clusters from 30 countries have signed up. The theme of this year’s Cluster Matchmaking Conference is “Innovation by Combination” since innovation occurs by combining forces, across clusters, across borders and across sectors. Therefore, this year’s event features an increased focus on cross cluster collaboration. The matchmaking event provides a unique opportunity to establish international collaboration with other clusters. At the matchmaking session cluster managers have 20 minutes for meeting with potential cooperation partners from other clusters. The pre-planned and pre-booked matchmaking meetings provide the possibility of eight meetings per cluster this leading to… Read more
Based on positive experience with previous Innovation Express calls in 2013 and 2014, BSR Stars will again have a transnational call to support the internationalisation of SMEs – this year with participation from our ‘extended partner’ in Catalonia! The Innovation Express call will be open between 1 May – 30 October 2015. Details on eligible applicants, application procedures, etc. is available in the call text. Applications should be submitted via the application portal. You can also register to attend this year’s cluster-to-cluster conference and matchmaking event “Innovation by Combination” to be held in Copenhagen 17-18 September at: https://www.b2match.eu/cluster-to-cluster-2015.
On 9 December the S3 Platform, the Priority Area Innovation of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region together with the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania invite you to the second workshop to connect the RIS3 in the Baltic Sea Region in Vilnius, Lithuania. The workshop is organised jointly with the Lithuanian International innovation conference 2014: Economy transformation: Step into the Future. More information and the agenda of the event can be found on our webpage http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ris3-in-bsr-vilnius The Workshop Connecting RIS3 in Baltic Sea Region will give a frame for exploring cooperation opportunities in order to tie the RIS3 across the Baltic Sea Region tighter together and you are welcome to present your ideas for collaboration. The workshop will bring forward work… Read more
Do you have Ideas for collaborative projects that can foster SMEs’ access to knowledge, partners and markets and build international linkages and competitive strength? If you… - Know at least 3 small companies in your cluster/business network who could benefit from international activities in the Baltic Sea Region - Have a concrete idea/project plan that can be quickly realized – helping companies gain increased knowledge and competitive strength - Have at least one targeted partner in another country - Are geographically based in a Nordic country (where funding partners are located) …then the BSR Innovation Express call may be the “instrument” to help you realise your idea. Three weeks ago, more than 150 clusters from 23 countries gathered in Berlin for this year’s BSR… Read more
The Commission has published a report concerning the Governance of Macro-Regional Strategies intended to draw up existing obstacles to implementation and necessary changes to improve impact and results of strategies. The interest in regional cooperation is growing as a respond to economic, social and environmental diversity and imbalances. The two present Macro-Regional strategies in the EU, the Baltic Sea Region and the Daube Region, are already bringing positive results but the Commission has come to the conclusion that further measures are needed. The report looks at the already existing strategies at the level of Political leadership and ownership (who gives strategic direction), Coordination (who is responsible for administrative coordination?) and Implementation (who should lead day-to-day implementation?) taking into account the… Read more
“The 13 innovation projects funded from the BONUS call 2012 in collaboration with BSR Stars will start in spring and summer 2014… read more” www.bonusportal.org and/or to BONUS in Brief www.bonusportal.org/inbrief and/or www.bonusportal.org/inno
Based on positive experience with the BSR Innovation Express call in 2013, BSR Stars will again have a transnational call to support the internationalisation of SMEs. The BSR Innovation Express call will be open between 1 May – 31 October 2014 (or 30 September 2014 for applicants from Lithuania). Details on eligible applicants, application procedures, etc. is available in the call text. Applications should be submitted via the application portal. You can also register to attend this year’s cluster-to-cluster matchmaking event in Berlin (18-19 September) at http://cluster-to-cluster.com.
As we at VINNOVA were summing up the StarDust project during the last weeks, we are delighted to see that large mobilization is going on all around the Baltic Sea region. The StarDust project was the stepping stone for future BSR Stars collaboration and we realize that many of our project partners are very active in applying for the new funding period. Based on the achieved high quality outputs of StarDust, many of our project partners are involved in new collaborations. I am confident that they will be successful in the upcoming calls of Horizon 2020 and the EUs transnational programs 2014-2020. The BSR Stars flagship promotes two upcoming calls during 2014: The first one is the BONUS Innovation call… Read more
In December 2013, the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation under The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation granted funding for 22 national Innovation Networks for the period 2014-2018. This means that the national infrastructure for clusters and networks are now established for the next four years. Focus will be on further strengthening cluster excellence and internationalisation. The Danish Innovation Networks have in the previous four-year period, undergone a rapid development. The number of companies participating in the 22 Innovation Networks has more than doubled since 2010, reaching 7,000 companies in 2013. The number of companies that have developed new products, processes or services as a result of participation in network activities, has grown even faster – from 320 in… Read more
Organic Potatoes – The Recipe for Success Located in Ungurpils, in northern Latvia, is Europe’s smallest factory for potato starch. For years it was struggling to survive. Thanks to Ideon Agro Food it is now thriving. “The only way for this factory to survive was to find a unique niche. So in 2009, with the help of Ideon Agro Food, we decided to give organic production a shot,” says Christer Karlsson, Quality Manager of Lyckeby Culinar, the company that owns Aloja Starkelsen, along with several other potato starch factories located in Sweden and the Czech Republic. Ideon Agro Food is a network of companies, researchers and public players involved in the food industry in the Baltic Sea Region. It is… Read more