In 2018-2020, RDI2CluB partnership embarked on 4 benchmarking visits to boost the development of bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems in the partner regions as well as transnational bioeconomy co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. Reports from all the visits can be found from this site.

Online Benchmarking Experience

Transnational Online Workshop report

Transnational Online Workshop

RDI2CluB’s benchmarking visit to Vidzeme, Latvia was cancelled from April 2020 due to Covid-19. Benchmarking plan has been altered and it will be hold in Central Finland with the project’s final seminar in September 2020.

Changing world forces us to find new solutions in all fields of life, also in work life. RDI2CluB’s work shop was essential for further development of Biobord platform, regional pilots, Joint Action Plan and our network of bioeconomy experts. That is why workshop was held in an online form 23.04.2020, with more than 20 participants. Workshop was successful and with discussions held there, RDI2CluB was able to forward several actions: update of Biobord platform and Operating Model (summer 2020), update Joint Action Plan, further develop regional pilots and their communication tool (impact report), as well as create the first draft of Biobord Network Agreement (autumn 2020).

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland


RDI2CluB team visited Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland, to study the potential of the bioeconomy development in the region as part of the regional innovation system. The potential of developing the forest-based bioeconomy, the triple helix co-operation for bioeconomy innovation and a bioeconomy innovation hub were explored. Furthermore, the team identified potential areas for co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region network of bioeconomy hubs.

This report accounts for the findings and reflections of the team after the benchmarking visit on June 3 – 6, 2019.

Report available

Hedmark, Norway & Värmland, Sweden


RDI2CluB team visited Hedmark, Norway and Värmland, Sweden to study the best practices of bioeconomy innovation ecosystem development in rural and cross-border context. Hedmark is part of the leading bioeconomy region in Norway and Värmland has a European best practice smart specialization approach for triple helix co-operation. Furthermore, the team identified potential areas for co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region network of bioeconomy hubs.

Report available

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Biobased Delta, Netherlands

On April 18-20, 2018, RDI2CluB project partners from Finland, Norway, Poland, Estonia and Latvia, together with external experts from Latvian Food Cluster, Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia, the city of Äänekoski in Finland and Norwegian University of Science and Technology participated in a Benchmarking visit to Netherlands. Aim of the visit was to learn about the development of bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems while visiting one of the European best practice cluster-foundations focused on bio-economy, “Biobased Delta”.

“Biobased Delta is truly an inspirational example of a strong regional triple helix co-operation united by a shared development vision. A part from regional co-operation, Biobased Delta demonstrated in practical terms the value of strategic inter-regional and transnational networking as a driver of innovation. Overall, I believe that our hosts’ enthusiasm and enterprising spirit was contagious and that we all came back home with a head full of ideas for strengthening our regional innovation systems. Furthermore, the evidence of the value in networks gave as a good momentum for building our transnational co-operation as a partnership.”

-Anna Aalto, Project Manager, RDI2CluB

Report available