BSR SmartUp Accelerator to increase the development of clean tech companies in the Baltic region
BSR stands for Baltic Sea Region and the project means that, for three years as of autumn 2017, people in a number of countries in the Baltic region will be creating a network to increase the capacity and competence for starting and running clean tech companies.
It is hoped that the BSR SmartUp Accelerator will assist the development and establishment of more small environmental technology companies, businesses or services which contribute in other ways to a reduced environmental impact. Rapid development is taking place within digitalisation and the consumer-based design of companies. The long-term aim of the project is to support the Baltic area in taking the lead in sustainable enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovative development by improving the development processes for innovations. During the project, the network will meet regularly and carry out market analyses and activities to strengthen the abilities of the companies, maybe at boot camps or hackathons for example. BSR SmartUp Accelerator is creating a network of Science Parks, incubators and universities from Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Sweden.
“As far as Johanneberg Science Park is concerned, the project will be a matter of leading a work package concerning how to develop the innovation support system to get it to function better,” says Björn Westling, project manager at Johanneberg Science Park. “In the Baltic area there is great capacity and potential for increasing innovation, but the conditions and the opportunities for increased growth have proven to be limited. This project is important to increase the spreading of knowledge between the countries and strengthen competitiveness in the field. I’m also looking forward to more experiences and knowledge in international clean tech enterprise,” he continues.
Companies in the Västra Götaland region are also taking part in the project, which is led by Innovatum in Trollhättan, and these will also benefit from increased cooperation and the spreading of knowledge.
Will anything in the project be particularly difficult or challenging?
“I think the most difficult thing about the project will be having the capacity to efficiently share and spread knowledge within the network because the countries participating in the network are very different in many respects when it comes to both company culture and politics. One challenge is therefore also to create a long-term project so that the project creates something which will survive once the project ends,” declares Björn Westling.
Innovatum AB (SE), Demos Helsinki (FI), Alexanderson Institute (SE), Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship (PL), European Institute for Innovation reg. assoc. (DE), Johanneberg Science Park (SE), University of Latvia (LV), Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol (EE), St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development (RU), The St. Petersburg House Property Owners Association (RU).