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Project acronym: BSR InnoReg

Project title: Strengthening Innovation Governance in Baltic Non-metropolitan Regions through Transnational Cooperation

Application call: 1

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

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Lead Partner:

Suomen Itämeri-instituutti
P.O.Box 487
33101 Tampere
FI
Mr Esa Kokkonen
E-mail: esa.kokkonen@tampere.fi
Phone: +358 50 516 9111
Fax: +358 3 565 66252

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Summary description of the project:

BSR InnoReg is a transnational cooperation project involving 18 partners from 6 Baltic Sea region countries (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany). The partners represent local, regional and national authorities as well as science parks and technology centres. The project focuses on increasing effectiveness of regional innovation support activities by identifying and improving the key capacities of business development organisations (BDOs) operating outside metropolitan areas. The project helps business development organisations to improve their strategies and develop their business development and innovation support services for the SMEs.

The partner regions also jointly develop and test concrete innovation support tools and practices. These tools aim at promoting user-driven innovation, start-up support and involving students in innovation processes.

Furthermore, BSR InnoReg brings together decision-makers of the involved partner regions to discuss global economic challenges and agree on an Innovation Policy Memorandum. The Memorandum will guide innovation support activities and policies especially in the regions outside metropolitan areas. The project contributes to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region by providing recommendations on efficient innovation policies and activities in the non-metropolitan areas of the Baltic Sea region.


Achievements of the project so far:

When BSR InnoReg started with the kick-off seminar in Tampere in April 2009, the project consortium set out to carry through a work plan that had three special focuses. With active participation of all project partners and stakeholders and with the support of the Project Steering Committee and the Project Advisory Group, all the goals of the project were achieved. Here is an overview of what the BSR InnoReg network has accomplished.

1) Strategic transnational approach to innovation promotion

The challenges of innovation promotion and BDOs in non-metropolitan regions as well as innovation cooperation in the BSR were discussed in the Baltic InnoReg Forum in Riga, Latvia, 18 June 2010. Main speakers of the Forum were Nikos Pantalos (DG Enterprise and Industry), Helene Vogelmann (Vinnova) and Vineta Griekere (BSR Programme 2007–2013).

The Baltic Innovation Policy Memorandum, one of the main outputs of the project, was launched in the Baltic Innovation Policy Seminar in Brussels,

Belgium, 16 June 2011. Speakers like Ms Pauliina Haijanen from the Committee of the Regions, Mr Anders Lindholm from DG Regio, European Commission, and Ms Anneli Pauli from DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, welcomed the work of BSR InnoReg as very valuable for reaching the goals of Europe 2020 and its Innovation Union flagship. The Memorandum encourages non-metropolitan regions to invest in smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to make long-term commitments to regional innovation cooperation.

2) Competence building for business development organisations (BDOs)

Based on the development processes in partner regions, BDOs’ key competences for the future were identified (e.g. strategic thinking, informational competences, project management and networking skills, partnership competence, and international competence). The essence of BDOs’ competence needs can be summarised as follows: “The winner in this reality show is well-informed, ready for changes and ready to

provide services for tomorrow’s demand.”

BSR InnoReg also organised four Transnational Training Modules (TTMs) for BDOs:

- TTM Seinäjoki (October 2009): Preconditions for Successful Innovation Processes

- TTM Tartu (March 2010): Creativity, Innovation & Management

- TTM Riga (September 2010): Financing and Support for Start-up Companies

- TTM Rostock (March 2011): Innovation Support Tools & Networking

The experiences of the TTMs were transformed into a training programme.

3) Innovation support tools and practices

Various innovation support measures were developed and tested by partners. The results were compiled into a handbook under the following headings:

- Innovation voucher model

- User-driven innovation – Living Labs

- Start-up support – Business development and risk assessment tool

- Involving students in innovation processes

You can find all the outputs and the BSR InnoReg newsletters on the project website: www.baltic.org/bsrinnoreg



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jul 2011
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.293.060,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.810.580,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Baltic Institute of Finland
33101 Tampere | FINLAND
P.O.Box 487
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Mr Esa Kokkonen
Phone: +358 3 565 66945
E-mail: esa.kokkonen@tampere.fi
Web: www.baltic.org
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:209.296,00
ERDF co-financing:156.972,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Council of Tampere Region
33201 Tampere | FINLAND
Nalkalankatu 12, P.O.Box 76
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Ms Marja-Riitta Mattila
Phone: +358 3 248 1264
E-mail: marja-riitta.mattila-nurmi@pirkanmaa.fi
Web: www.pirkanmaa.fi/liitto
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:131.747,00
ERDF co-financing:98.810,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Hermia Business Development Ltd.
33720 Tampere | FINLAND
Hermiankatu 1
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Mr Jarno Kolehmainen
Phone: +358 3 316 5944
E-mail: jarno.kolehmainen@hermiayrityskehitys.fi
Web: www.hermiayrityskehitys.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:133.815,00
ERDF co-financing:100.361,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
60101 Seinäjoki | FINLAND
P.O. Box 109
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Mr Jaakko Hallila
Phone: +358 20 124 4112
E-mail: jaakko.hallila@etela-pohjanmaa.fi
Web: www.epliitto.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:149.935,00
ERDF co-financing:112.451,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Frami Ltd
60320 Seinäjoki | FINLAND
Kampusranta 9
Region: Länsi-Suomi
Contact person: Mr Ari Aarniovuori
Phone: +358 201 244 000
E-mail: ari.aarniovuori@frami.fi
Web: www.frami.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:122.076,00
ERDF co-financing:91.557,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Tartu
50089 Tartu | ESTONIA
Raekoda
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Mr Siim Espenberg
Phone: +372 7 361 196
E-mail: Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee
Web: www.tartu.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:132.014,00
ERDF co-financing:112.211,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Tartu Science Park Foundation
51014 Tartu | ESTONIA
Riia 185
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Mr Vaido Mikheim
Phone: +372 742 8725
E-mail: Vaido@teaduspark.ee
Web: www.teaduspark.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:73.043,00
ERDF co-financing:62.086,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
1442 Riga | LATVIA
Perses iela 2
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Ilze Skrebele-Stikane
Phone: +371 67039469
E-mail: Ilze.stikane@liaa.gov.lv
Web: www.liaa.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:60.613,00
ERDF co-financing:51.521,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Technological Center
1006 Riga | LATVIA
Aizkraukles 21
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Mr Janis Stabulnieks
Phone: +371 755 8771
E-mail: ltc@latnet.lv
Web: http://www.innovation.lv/ltc/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:139.364,00
ERDF co-financing:118.459,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
State Regional Development Agency
1010 Riga | LATVIA
Elizabetes iela 19
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Ms Liga Baltina
Phone: +371 670 79000
E-mail: liga.baltina@vraa.gov.lv
Web: www.vraa.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:97.885,00
ERDF co-financing:83.202,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Public Institution „Project Management Centre“
44246 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
Laisves al. 50A-5
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Ms Neringa Kacinskiene
Phone: +370 37320720
E-mail: Neringa@pvcentras.lt
Web: http://www.pvcentras.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:123.996,00
ERDF co-financing:105.396,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Technopolis
44162 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
K. Petrausko g. 19A
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Ms Ligita Valalyte
Phone: +370 37 331 556
E-mail: info@technopolis.fi
Web: www.technopolis.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:82.577,00
ERDF co-financing:70.190,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City Municipality of Panevėžys
35200 Panevėžys | LITHUANIA
Laisves square 20
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Ms Diana Bajorūnė
Phone: +370 45 501 230
E-mail: diana@panevezys.lt
Web: www.panevezys.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:78.630,00
ERDF co-financing:66.835,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Podlaska Regional Development Foundation
15-073 Bialystok | POLAND
ul. Starobojarska 15
Region: Podlaskie
Contact person: Mr Bartosz Sokol
Phone: +48 85 740 86 83
E-mail: sokol@pfrr.pl
Web: www.pfrr.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:119.663,00
ERDF co-financing:101.713,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Innovation- and Trendcenter Bentwisch-Rostock
18182 Rostock | GERMANY
Hansestrasse 21
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Ms Kerstin Rönick
Phone: +48 381 630 2334
E-mail: roenick@itc-bentwisch.de
Web: www.itc-bentwisch.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:97.798,00
ERDF co-financing:73.348,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ass. for Prom. of Hanseatic Institute for Entr. and Reg. Dev.
18051 Rostock | GERMANY
Ulmenstraße 69
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Ms Christine Blume
Phone: +49 381 498 5625
E-mail: christine.blume@hie-ro.de
Web: www.hie-ro.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:232.221,00
ERDF co-financing:174.165,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Brandenburg Economic Development Board
14480 Potsdam | GERMANY
Steinstrasse 104-106
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Mr Jens Unruh
Phone: +49 331 660 3165
E-mail: jens.unruh@zab-brandenburg.de
Web: www.zab-brandenburg.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:187.934,00
ERDF co-financing:140.950,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Regional Planning Board Havelland-Fläming
14513 Teltow | GERMANY
Oderstrasse 65
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Harald Knauer
Phone: +49 3328 335416
E-mail: harald.knauer@havelland-flaeming.de
Web: www.havelland-flaeming.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:120.456,00
ERDF co-financing:90.342,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00