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

New directions for BSR Stars!

February 7, 2014

Two fruitful days took place in Sigtuna (Sweden) this week on which important next steps and new directions for BSR Stars were defined! After listening to the state of play and future plans of the StarDust pilots, it was decided that all five pilots will be accepted as BSR Stars projects. The pilots will therefore be part of the flagship BSR Stars portfolio during 2014. The StarDust Management Group met on Monday, the 3rd of February 2014, for a final discussion about the StarDust pilots’ results, their lessons learned and their continuation in the upcoming BSR programming period 2014-2020. Each pilot lead presented their Strategic Action Plan and the next concrete steps for 2014 since the project period of three years is ending soon…. Read more

New Tools for Health is celebrating 10 year anniversary!

February 7, 2014

Active for Life partner New Tools for Health is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and is therefore inviting to an innovation day on the 14th of February in Linköping, Sweden. New Tools for Health is the hub in east Sweden, one of Europe’s top regions, with the aim to create new products and services that result in more efficient healthcare and increased independence at the home and where you are. Together with innovation supportive partners they promote mobile solutions within information and communication technology (ICT) for older adults. You can find more information about the event here (in Swedish) and the initiative here (in English)!

Portrait series – MarChain

January 23, 2014

Lightweight Ferries For the Future Cities have to use their waterways better in order to be sustainable. To prepare for the future of public transportation, the MarChain team is developing a new lightweight ferry design. The goal is zero emissions. Many big cities in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as in other parts of the world, struggle with transportation congestion. But the MarChain team might just have found the solution. They are currently designing a ferry type which will be both environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. By using lightweight materials the ferry will be able to travel faster while still consuming less energy than traditional ferries. “It’s not possible to just keep building more highways in our cities. Waterways will have… Read more

BSR Innovation Express presented at Alps4EU final conference

January 17, 2014

Around 100 people were in attendance at the Alps4EU final conference, held in Brussels 16 January (for more information on the project and the conference click here). The conference was focused on the internationalization of cluster initiatives through meta-clusters, featuring the themes of implementing synchronized funding instruments, transforming meta-clusters into world-class clusters, nurturing emerging industries through clusters, and working with public-private partnerships through Horizon 2020. Alps4EU partners invited representatives from other transnational cluster programmes/projects to provide additional insights and inspiration on new approaches which could be pursued within the Alpine Space macro-region. They turned to the Baltic Sea Region to provide insights on synchronized funding instruments – with perspectives from both the policymaker and cluster organization. Emily Wise (VINNOVA) and Lotten… Read more

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