International network for successful innovations
In the SmartUp Accelerator project, countries in the Baltic Sea region have created a network to increase the capacity and competence to start and run clean tech companies. Johanneberg Science Park is leading a work package on how to develop the innovation support system.
More specifically, the project focuses on developing services and products within “Consumer Cleantech”, i.e. consumer-oriented services and products. This is a new area where support efforts have been lacking and which at the same time has great potential for reducing environmental impact. Partners from seven BSR (Baltic Sea Region) countries are participating in the project.
- We are in the final year of the project now and are arranging our accelerator for the third time, this time the theme is "Smart Consumption". We had a bootcamp online this week! This year, the Swedish Smartup company is Habits, a company that works with apps to measure climate impact and that can 'nudge' people towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Previous Swedish SmartUps have been Rdot (Smart Homes) and Clean Motion (Smart Mobility), says Björn Westling, project manager at Johanneberg Science Park.
The project is now in its last year and is entering the phase of supporting the companies in their market expansion. There are a few companies that see Sweden as an interesting market, including Climate Heroes who offer crowdfunding for cleaning activities and Inner Lmnt that sell mushrooms as a health food.
The final phase of the project includes the formation of an international network that will involve startups, SMEs, larger companies, investors and other organisations in the innovation system. The network’s aim is to create more successful innovations within “Consumer Cleantech” in the BSR area.
Who participates in the SmartUp Accelerator?
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).
The project is co-funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region and the European Regional Development Fund.