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Project acronym: BaSIC

Project title: Baltic Sea Innovation Network Centres

Application call: 1

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

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Lead Partner:

WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
DE
Helge Neumann
E-mail: helge@wista.de
Phone: +49.(0)30.6392.2230
Fax: +49.(0)30.6392.2204

Project Manager:

WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
DE
Yvonne Plaschnick
E-mail: plaschnick@wista.de
Phone: +49.(0)30.6292.2240
Fax: +49.(0)30.6392.2204


Information Manager:

City Council of Riga
Ratslaukums 1
1539 Riga
LV
Evija Segleniece
E-mail: Evija.Segleniece@riga.lv
Phone: +371.67012877
Fax: +371.67012872



Summary description of the project:

BaSIC aimed to contribute to build a “Baltic Sea Archipelago of Innovation”. The objective was to create a seamless working environment for fast growth innovative SME all over the Baltic Sea Region, embedded in a reliable network of leading science parks and clusters. Emphasis was given to identify, select, train and coach SME-gazelles, to provide them harmonized access to markets e.g. by establishing a tool kit of market access points & to connect them to finance for internationalization and growth.

The project consortium consisted of leading science parks, incubators & innovation facilitators, having a strong support by the 9 Baltic Sea Capital Regions. This guarantees sustainability of good project results and their implementation into regional innovation strategies. Feedback from project monitoring and SME experiences have been used for identifying and continued improvement of essential services, infrastructure and management of innovation infrastructure (science parks/

incubators or clusters) in the BSR Capital regions and for establishing partnership agreements between leading science parks and those under development, to help reducing disparities within regions and to improve competitiveness and dynamics of the Baltic Sea area.

The project was open for cooperation and exchange with other projects. I.e. there are links to the project JOSEFIN, dealing with financing SME. The networking and the developed services can be expanded to new partners and other regions. Agreed joint marketing calendars and activities for innovation sites and events of the partner regions provide a schedule for the SME to find the most important events, expositions and conferences for their business activities. Selected road shows in the regions support the promotion. The project phase expected a minimum of 30 trained SME, 3 brokerage events, 3 international training courses. To coach internationalisation of SME 9 market access points (MAP) throughout the Baltic Sea

Capital Regions were installed.

BaSIC greatly benefited from achieved results of the Baltic Metropolises Innovation Strategy project: Identification and selection of the fast growth SME was realized by developing and applying entrepreneurial training courses, and by using started cooperation between clusters. Brokerage events in selected clusters supported the process. A continuous monitoring accompanied the work progress. Policy recommendations were derived from the monitoring and the feedback from SME clients; these were reported to the BaSIC Steering Group (regional authorities) and the BaltMet Officials as representatives of the Lord Mayors. This ensures, next to an excellent quality, a good transferability and a long term sustainability of the project results also in the future.

Project partner regions: Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, St. Petersburg (as associate partner).


Achievements of the project so far:

For SME, the BSR markets are full of hurdles and obstacles for smooth growth. BSR markets are still disconnected, innovative SME suffer from different regional regulation and rules for investing, opening branch offices etc. Therefore harmonized instruments were needed to enable SME to better access international markets. This is where BaSIC was stepping into action, as a pilot for proposing solutions and bridging this gap, to develop tools and instruments for a quick, improved and harmonized market access.

In order to make it as easy as possible for innovative technology-based growth companies and entrepreneurs (here: SME) to access BSR markets several information materials were developed:

- Cluster Reports (Photonics, Micro- and Nanotechnologies; Information and Communication Technologies; Life Sciences),

- Marketing Calendars showing the most important technology oriented events in the BSR regions,

- Market Access Guide providing structured market information about legal

formalities and requirements, funding/financing possibilities, regulations etc.

Several brokerage events for SMEs were organized, mainly by using already established events. These events served as platform for SME to find new cooperation partners, new clients, to present their products/services – to internationalize their business. Furthermore the SME were informed about BSR markets by organizing training seminars and cluster workshops.

For the main clients of the project – the SMEs – BaSIC served as

- a broker for more than 300 trans-national contacts,

- a catalyst for more than 120 bilateral cooperation meetings,

- a frontman for more than 30 SMEs presentations on trade shows and congresses,

- a door opener to big industry players like Ericsson, Telia Sonera, Microsoft or Google,

- a moderator between public and private sector.

To make the internationalization support for SME sustainable also after the project lifetime the so-called Market access Points (MAPs) were established

in each partner region. These MAPs offer synchronized services related to internationalization needs, qualified staff in the regions and contact points, market information and a physical place for companies when using MAP services.

Thus, not only SME benefit from the project results but also the project partners (science parks, economic development org.), because they can improve their services to their clients i.e. by offering these internationalization services as well as a strong reliable partner network in the BSR.

The MAPs one the one hand side and the trust that have been built one the other hand side between project partners as well as the knowledge gained about the BSR markets will positively support the cooperation between the regions in the future – supporting SMEs; better cooperation of regional partners with their regional authorities; raising awareness at regional authorities’ level and EU level about Science Parks’ role regarding regional economic development.



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jan 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.674.260,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.886.010,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 137.770,00

List of partners

WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH
12489 Berlin | GERMANY
Rudower Chaussee 17
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Helge Neumann
Phone: +49.(0)30.6392.2230
E-mail: helge@wista.de
Web: www.adlershof.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:450.390,00
ERDF co-financing:337.792,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City Council of Riga
1539 Riga | LATVIA
Ratslaukums 1
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Normunds Strautmanis
Phone: +371 6 7012877
E-mail: normunds.strautmanis@riga.lv
Web: www.riga.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:160.945,00
ERDF co-financing:136.803,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Kista Science City AB
16440 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Electrum 209
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Mats Hedenström
Phone: +46 8 790 40 40
E-mail: mats.hedenstrom@kista.com
Web: www.kista.com
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:233.600,00
ERDF co-financing:175.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Tallinn Technology Park Foundation
12618 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Akadeemia tee 19
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Jaanus-Martti Kangur
Phone: +372 6 800212
E-mail: jaanus.kangur@tehnopol.ee
Web: www.tehnopol.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:273.950,00
ERDF co-financing:232.857,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Warsaw University of Technology, Technology Transfer Centre
02-008 Warszawa | POLAND
Koszykowa 80
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Helena Korolewska-Mroz
Phone: +48 22-2347166
E-mail: hm@wip.pw.edu.pl
Web: www.ctt.pw.edu.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:146.200,00
ERDF co-financing:124.270,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Culminatum Ltd Oy Helsinki Region Centre of Expertise
02150 Espoo | FINLAND
Tekniikantie 14
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Kimmo Heinonen
Phone: +358207619533
E-mail: kimmo.heinonen@culminatum.fi
Web: www.culminatum.fi/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:218.450,00
ERDF co-financing:163.837,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Busineness Link, Greater Copenhagen Region
2100 København | DENMARK
Gribskovvej 4
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Steen Lohse
Phone: +45 3010 8080
E-mail: slo@vhhr.dk
Web: www.startvaekst.dk/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:146.400,00
ERDF co-financing:109.800,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Sunrise Valley
10222 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
Sauletekio al. 9
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Andrius Bagdonas
Phone: +370 5 236 6021
E-mail: info@sunrisevalley.lt
Web: www.sunrisevalley.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:134.690,00
ERDF co-financing:114.486,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Oslo Teknopol
0157 Oslo | NORWAY
Tollbugata 32
Region: Oslo og Akershus
Contact person: Maria Komendantova
Phone: +47 22 00 29 85
E-mail: maria.komendantova@oslo.teknopol.no
Web: www.oslo.teknopol.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:275.540,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:137.770,00
Scion DTU a/s
2970 Horsholm | DENMARK
Venlighedsvej 10
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Torben Orla Nielsen
Phone: +45 45 86 41 00
E-mail: ton@sciondtu.dk
Web: www.sciondtu.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:60.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Senate Department for Economics,Technology and Women's Issues, Berlin
10871 Berlin | GERMANY
Rotes Rathaus, Rathausstrasse 1
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Dr. Bärbel Colditz
Phone: +49 (0) 30 9013 8412
E-mail: baerbel.colditz@senwtf.verwalt-berlin.de
Web: www.berlin.de/wirtschaftssenat
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:66.700,00
ERDF co-financing:50.025,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
TSB Innovation Agency Berlin GmbH
10623 Berlin | GERMANY
Fasanenstr. 85
Region: Berlin
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Eberhard Stens
Phone: +49 30 46 302 500
E-mail: stens@technologiestiftung-berlin.de
Web: www.technologiestiftung-berlin.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:132.450,00
ERDF co-financing:99.337,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Helsinki, Economic and Planning Centre, Business Development
00099 Helsinki | FINLAND
P.O.Box 20 (Unioninkatu 28 A)
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Laura Teinilä
Phone: +358 9 310 25899
E-mail: laura.teinila@hel.fi
Web: www.hel.fi/elinkeinopalvelu
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:110.000,00
ERDF co-financing:82.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Warsaw
00-095 Warszawa | POLAND
Pl. Bankowy 3/5
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Norbert Jazwinski
Phone: +48 22 531 24 87
E-mail: njazwinski@um.warszawa.pl
Web: www.bip.warszawa.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:58.800,00
ERDF co-financing:49.980,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Riga Technical University
1658 Riga | LATVIA
Kalku 1
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Rihards Zarins
Phone: +37167089642
E-mail: rihards.zarins@rtu.lv
Web: www.rtu.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:95.140,00
ERDF co-financing:80.869,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Stockholm Business Region
10325 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Drottninggatan 33, P.O. Box 16282
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Anna Gissler
Phone: +46 8 508 280 00
E-mail: anna.gissler@sbr.stockholm.se
Web: www.stockholmbusinessregion.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:18.350,00
ERDF co-financing:13.762,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
SU Innovation
10691 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Villa Bellona
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Thomas Arctaedius
Phone: +46 8 674 7026
E-mail: thomas.arctaedius@eks.su.se
Web: www.su.se/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:72.650,00
ERDF co-financing:54.487,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00