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Three weeks to go! Realise your cluster’s project idea to foster SMEs’ internationalisation through BSR Innovation Express

October 10, 2014

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


Commission’s report on the European Macro-Regional Strategies

May 26, 2014

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”

May 19, 2014

“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  


BSR Innovation Express 2014 – call launches 1 May

April 28, 2014

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.


Goodbye from StarDust!

March 28, 2014

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


The New Danish Cluster Landscape

March 14, 2014

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


Portrait series – BSR Food

March 11, 2014

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


Portrait series – Demola

March 7, 2014

Demola brings students and companies together Through the Demola network, students in the Baltic Sea Region help companies save money and develop new, innovative solutions, to real-life problems. So far an astonishing 80 percent of the results have been further developed by companies and new start-ups.  It all started with three guys in Tampere 2008. They wanted to combine students’ desire for work experience and business networks with companies’ needs for innovative solutions and cost-efficiency. Five years later the concept has spread to five countries linking 25 universities, over 300 companies, and more than 2000 students. Demola offers university students the opportunity to join multidisciplinary teams tasked with solving real-life business challenges together with partner companies. “If you are a student… Read more


Portrait series – Active for Life

March 3, 2014

Riding the Silver Tsunami The number of people over 60 years of age is expected to multiply in the coming decades. In 2050 more than 2 billion people will be elderly. That means an increasing demand for products and services that promote wellbeing and active aging. “How can we capitalize on the silver tsunami?” asks Hugo Tamagnini Gonçalves, project leader of Active for Life, a transnational cluster collaboration between companies, researchers, and the public sector in the Baltic Sea region. Active for Life tries to help its members identify business opportunities aiming to enhance the quality of life of the elderly population. “Northern Europe has well-developed health care systems and expertise in these areas that we can capitalize on to… Read more


Portrait series – Comfort in Living

February 24, 2014

Imagine a helping hand strong and agile enough to assist you with the routine things you can no longer do yourself? That is just one of the prototypes developed at this year’s innovation camp by Comfort in Living. “Who is Alma? What does she do everyday? What would she like to do and how can we help her?” asks Mathieu Rivière, senior industrial designer at Electrolux in Stockholm. He is pointing to a picture of a lady in her 70s. She is one of the imagined customers that designers, companies and innovators from the Comfort in Living-team, aim to please. The purpose of the project is to focus on product development for the comfort of living among the growing population of… Read more


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