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Late last week, 63 participants from 13 countries gathered in Riga for a capacity building workshop on cluster internationalisation. The workshop brought together cluster managers, representatives from Enterprise Europe Network, and policymakers from around the Baltic Sea Region to learn from each other in an interactive setting. Participants discussed key questions from the “Strategic Cluster Internationalisation” framework, got inspiration from several practical examples, and debated a number of boosters and blockers to cluster internationalisation. The workshop is one of this year’s Innovation Express activities – brought to clusters from BSR Stars. As part of this year’s Innovation Express activities (coordinated by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation), Cluster Excellence Denmark and The Ministry of Economics of Latvia organised… Read more
We are now only 10 days away from the stakeholder conference on Smart Specialization Strategies – the macroregional perspective, and we look very much forward to seeing you all for a day of interesting and timely workshops on the many aspect of smart specialization strategies. Please have a look at the updated program here.
Based on positive experience with previous Innovation Express calls in 2013, 2014 and 2015, again this year BSR Stars launches a transnational call to support the internationalisation of SMEs – in 2016 with participation from the German Brandenburg region as special “cooperation partner”! The Innovation Express call is open between 2 May – 31 October 2016. Details on eligible applicants, application procedures, etc. are available in the call text on the Innovation Express webpage. Applications should be submitted via a unique, common online application portal. You can also register to attend this year’s cluster-to-cluster conference and matchmaking event “Internationalisation the Strategic Way” to be held in Warsaw 19-20 September at Innovation Express Cluster Matchmaking Conference 2016.
BSR Stars has developed into a support vessel for development of activities helping the Policy Area Innovation being implemented according to the Action Plan, and the upcoming Strategic Action Plan expected to be launched in July 2016. At this stage, BSR Stars is working with a number of project initiatives; both new Flagships as well as projects. The BSR Stars Secretariat team work jointly and share project ideas being developed at our weekly meeting, to ensure input by many Secretariat members as part of the project feedback. Read more in our latest newsletter
The BSR Innovation Express call (open between 1 May – 30 October 2015) attracted 50 applications from cluster organisations and business networks in the six funding and extended partner countries. Of these, 40 have been approved – directly engaging 1186 SMEs in international innovation collaboration activities. Funding Partner Country Applications Received Approved Projects Denmark 27 23 Iceland 3 2 Lithuania 1 1 Norway 12 5 Sweden 11 5 Catalonia, Spain 4 4 23 applicants have teamed up in 10 joint projects (with 2 or more partners receiving funding). In addition to these joint projects, 17 more projects have been approved – resulting in a total of 27 new international collaboration projects (see overview of IE projects 2015). Project partners… Read more
The recent cluster-to-cluster matchmaking conference provided a forum for developing ideas for international collaboration. The Innovation Express call now provides an opportunity to act on these ideas for “innovative combinations” of clusters. The 3rd Cluster Matchmaking Conference “Innovation by Combination” (held in Copenhagen 17-18 September) gathered nearly 300 participants representing more than 150 clusters from 32 countries. And with 544 cluster-to-cluster matchmaking meetings, it became the biggest cluster matchmaking event so far. (See additional information about the conference including presentations and a video summary here.) Many ideas for cluster collaboration were developed at this event, and the Innovation Express call provides an opportunity to initiate action. Innovation Express is a joint call for proposals implemented within the framework of the… Read more
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