The Joint Action Plan of Biobord Network includes a mission to build the network with new connections across the Baltic Sea Region to boost innovation capacity for SMEs and start-up development in the bioeconomy. Here we will report the new connections made, groups involved in the Biobord piloting as well as efforts to strengthen the networks of the innovation hubs involved.
I will start with good news from Central Finland. We have received a funding to strengthen our innovation hub and build the innovation services for bioeconomy SMEs - in short to develop a Bioeconomy Business Accelerator to Saarijärvi.
We’ll keep you updated to the progress made and introduce the new accelerator team to Biobord as soon as they get to work! In the meanwhile, @markku can provide more information as he is the man behind the successful application. Well done, Markku!
Biobord News 10.10.2019
Bioeconomy Business Accelerator is under development in the City of Saarijärvi in Northern Central Finland. The accelerator will support SMEs in product development and commercialization of globally significant solutions to combat climate change. Rural innovations in bioeconomy are central in the accelerator’s operations.
JAMK University of Applied Sciences will led a project that creates the operating model for the Business Accelerator. The Bioeconomy Business Accelerator works in a network model and is developed in co-operation with City of Saarijärvi, and strategic partnerships, Baltic Sea Action group, Finnish Forest Centre, Pro Agria Central Finland (Rural Advisory Services), KasvuOpen Ltd (Growth accelerator) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. The aim is to build a sustainable operating model that creates value to the business and has a self-reliant financing model.
The nearly million Euro project will boost the development of Bioeconomy Campus as a significant innovation hub that leverages digital solutions and platforms as well as involves students into the research, development and innovation actions.