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IBI Net - Date for establishment of IBI Net association has been determined on 3rd Management Meeting in Minsk

During 3rd Management Meeting in Minsk, Partners of „Intercountry Business Incubators Network" (IBI Net) Project agreed about concrete date, when IBI Net association will be established.

It is planned to establish the Association on September 15 in Berlin and initiators of founding it are IBI Net Project partners from Latvia, Germany, Sweden, Polandand Belarus.

To ensure long-term cooperation among business incubators in the BSR and sustainability of project results, IBI Net project partners this spring have made a decision on establishment of IBI Net association. Its tasks will be offering a platform for collaboration among business incubators, improving services through benchmarking, common marketing activities, ensuring a dialogue with academia, public institutions, businesses, individuals, EU institutions, exchanging specialized services, joint training on business incubation process, attracting capital, coordinating efforts in research, education and technology transfer.

For formation of the IBI Net association, the work group was created, led by Technology Centre of Western Pomerania, Teknikdalen Foundation and Innovation Centre Hedmark.
It is planned that the association will unite not only the project partners and business incubators, but also any business incubator in the BSR may join it.

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Project acronym: IBI Net

Project title: "Intercountry Business Incubators’ Network"

Application call: 2

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

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Lead Partner:

Riga Planning Region
Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 18
LV 1050 Riga
Mr Jānis Miezeris
E-mail: janis.miezeris@rpr.gov.lv
Phone: + 371 6 7226430
Fax: + 371 6 7226431

Project Manager:

Riga Planning Region
Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 18
LV 1050 Riga
Ms Inga Brieze
E-mail: inga.brieze@rpr.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67559823
Fax: +371 67226431

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Summary description of the project:

IBI Net is a cooperation platform for business incubators in the Baltic Sea Region. Seven business incubators and technology centres in six BSR countries now cooperate and communicate on a regular basis using www.ibi-net.eu. The network helps business incubators to offer business support services based on best practice in the region.

IBI NET (Intercountry Business Incubators’ Network) was led by Riga Planning Region (RPR), the planning authority for Riga and the surrounding region. RPR coordinated the cooperation of six other partners representing regional and local authorities, universities, business incubators and technology centres from Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany. The Leningrad Business Support Centre was associated partner.

Business incubators are important agents in nurturing and promoting the development of innovative and export oriented SMEs. Every region around the Baltic Sea has got its own business incubators, with multiple instruments and procedures to support start-ups and young, growing enterprises. The diversity of incubator organisations is a rich source for project members to learn from each other. Therefore IBI NET aimed to establish a transnational business incubator network as a platform to continuously exchange information, know-how, experience and technologies in order to foster the development of innovative SMEs in the entire Baltic Sea Region. The international network helps business incubators to offer support services based on best practice gathered in the region. Equally, it inspires policy makers on national and regional levels to build innovation and business support systems based on examples of leaders in innovation systems in the region.

Achievements of the project so far:

Project achievements are as follows:

• The Analysis about business incubators in BSR – services and management capacity development needs “Business Incubators in the Baltic Sea Region – ways to increase quality and effectiveness”. The findings and recommendations of the Analysis disseminated to the project stakeholders: business incubators, local and regional municipalities. The analysis included 15 business incubators in partner countries revealing the status quo and development needs of business incubators based on data about their history of development, financing structure, processes and services, management aspects and follow up to incumbent SMEs. Analysis was completed in June 2011.

• IBI Net association. To ensure IBI Net Network sustainability and further development beyond the project, the association IBI Net e.V. (International Business Incubator Network) in September 2011, in Berlin, Germany was founded. IBI Net e.V. is a network for establishing and strengthening the

transnational business incubator network and for technology- and knowledge transfer within Europe. Currently the members of Association include: Technology Centre of Western Pomerania (Germany), Innovation Centre Hedmark (Norway); State Enterprise "Scientific - Technological Park BNTU "Polytechnic"" (Belarus); Riga Technical University (Latvia); Teknikdalen Foundation (Sweden) and Riga Region Business Development Incubator (Latvia). IBI Net is focussing on business incubators but also cooperates with technology centres, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), universities, public institutions and other important actors. The strenght of IBI Net depends on the strength of the individual members. It coordinates the existing partnerships, activities of the network as well as it stimulates the creation of new partnerships.

• IBI Net portal (www.ibi-net.eu) developed by Riga Technical University is an on-line centralized information source and platform for cooperation and information exchange among IBI Net network member organizations (incubators) and their companies. Portal contains information about partner business incubators, incumbent companies – their products, services, cooperation offers, business proposals and contact information. It provides automatic and manual data collection tool from Business incubator websites and a search tool.

• ICT Tool for monitoring development of BI companies elaborated and available to consultants and coaches of business incubators.

• Already in the lifetime of the project IBI Net Guidelines: the action plan for further IBI Net activities and strategic development goals elaborated and adopted by regional policy makers.

• Financial guidelines outlining funding options of business incubators based on BSR best examples were developed.

Project Duration: Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 677.050,00
ERDF co-financing: 414.105,00
ENPI co-financing: 90.405,00
Norwegian national contribution: 34.400,00

List of partners

Riga Planning Region
LV 1050 Riga | LATVIA
Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 18
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Mr Jānis Miezeris
Phone: + 371 6 7226430
E-mail: janis.miezeris@rpr.gov.lv
Web: www.rpr.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:134.100,00
ERDF co-financing:113.985,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Riga Technical University
LV1658 Riga | LATVIA
Kaļķu iela 1
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Mr Rihards Zariņš
Phone: + 371 67089642
E-mail: rihards.zarins@rtu.lv
Web: www.rtu.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:92.100,00
ERDF co-financing:78.285,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Teknikdalen Foundation
78127 Borlänge | SWEDEN
Box 760
Region: Norra Mellansverige
Contact person: Bengt Fahlgren, MD
Phone: +46 243 73400
E-mail: Bengt.fahlgren@teknikdalen.se
Web: www.teknikdalen.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:69.600,00
ERDF co-financing:52.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The City Commune of Elblag
82-300 Elbląg | POLAND
Łączności 1 Street
Region: Warminsko-Mazurskie
Contact person: Ms Agata Prystupa Junior Inspector of cross-border cooperation
Phone: + 48 55 239 30 00
E-mail: umelblag@umelblag.pl
Web: www.umelblag.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:106.350,00
ERDF co-financing:90.397,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Center of Technology Western-Pomerania (TZV)
D-17489 Greifswald | GERMANY
Brandteichstrasse 20
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Mr Mario Kokowsky
Phone: +49 (3834) 550100
E-mail: kokowsky@technologiezentrum.de
Web: www.technologiezentrum.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:105.650,00
ERDF co-financing:79.237,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Scientific and Technological Park BNTU "Polytechnic"
220013 Minsk | BELARUS
Kolasa str., 24
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Ms Lyudmila Shmygova, Director
Phone: +375 17 292 83 42
E-mail: shmygova@icm.by
Web: www.metolit.by
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:100.450,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Innovation Centre Hedmark
N – 2317 Hamar | NORWAY
Holsetgata 22
Region: Hedmark og Oppland
Contact person: Arild Lande, Consultant business development
Phone: +47 90133674
E-mail: arild.lande@k-h.no
Web: www.k-h.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:68.800,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:34.400,00