Regional Bioeconomy Profiles

Regional Bioeconomy Profiles describe the triple helix co-operation in bioeconomy

What are Regional Bioeconomy Profiles?

Bioeconomy has a significant contribution to EU employment and turnover. All EU member states are players in bioeconomy, but their bioeconomy focus varies. This is also true on national level, bioeconomy plays important role on our national economies, but the bioeconomies differ from a region to region.

To fully utilize the potential of a regional, national, and EU bioeconomies we need to have a clear picture of the bioeconomy potential. The starting point in Bioeconomy profile development on RDI2CluB project was to get a clear picture of a regions bioeconomy to enable further development. We have now created bioeconomy profiles for Estonia (NUTS 3), Finland (NUTS3), Latvia (NUTS3), Norway (NUTS3) and Poland (NUTS2).

Regional bioeconomy profile is a collection of bioeconomy related statistical data (production, employment, turnover, etc.) of a regional area (NUTS2/NUTS3). It enables a comprehensive picture of a regions bioeconomy performance and gives ideas on the possible development areas in bioeconomy.

Bioeconomy profile default setting is the comparison of a region to national average. In addition, bioeconomy profile tool also enables comparison between the regions.

What are the benefits?

Regional development is based on the analysis of the current situation. In bioeconomy, we are still lacking a clear picture of bioeconomy performance on regional level. We need to understand in more details the bioeconomy on regions in order to enable the growth of bioeconomy sector.

Who are the users?

Bioeconomy profile is a regional development tool that is intended mainly for the use of the regional authorities and development agents.


Further info: Dr. Hannu Koponen, hannu.koponen(at)



Joint Action Plans

Joint Action Plans aim for developing a knowledge-based bioeconomy innovation ecosystem


What are the Joint Action Plans?

Joint Action Plan (JAP) is the document aiming to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in bio-economy in rural regions. It is developed in cooperation of authorities working with aim to implement national smart specialisation strategy, universities, RDI institutes, business development bodies, clusters, SMEs in bio-economy business and other stakeholders.

JAP is elaborated as roadmap and is connected to the EU, EUSBSR, national and regional policies and strategies, aiming to promote regional development, innovation and bio-economy. Long term objectives and actions defined JAPs can propose strategic and policy changes. In addition, short and medium term actions align with already existing policies and either be complementary to the existing measures or provide a more practical, focused actions in the framework of existing priorities and funding schemes.

Actions planned arise from Bio-economy profile of the region, consisting of objective facts on the present performance and the future potential of bio-economy in regions and good practices and lessons learnt from other bio-economy clusters and bioregions, and SWOT analysis.

The JAP is including measures and actions, structured in two groups:

  • internal (regional and/or national) measures and actions (to be implemented by one or several actors at regional level),
  • transnational measures and actions (to be implemented by involving partners from two or more different regions).



Biobord Operating Model and Platform

Biobord Platform forms a digital innovation hub

What is Biobord?

Biobord is an open virtual innovation hub for bioeconomy developers. On Biobord, we offer our network members tools for managing the project lifecycle, network building and management, interactive online capacity building, matchmaking and connecting with innovation support services.

The Biobord Operating Model describes the potential of our network, the functionalities of the platform as well as the user profiles and service paths. Furthermore, the Operating Model provides practical guidance and tools for the uptake of the Biobord, creation of the service paths as well as continuous improvement of the forum community building. It also contains the Biobord user policies and user guides.

Read more on the Biobord Operating Model, joint the activities at Biobord and share your feedback to help us develop the platform into an attractive virtual co-working, networking, learning and innovation environment.  


Latest updates and timely versions available at: Biobord Forum

For more information, please contact

Riikka Kumpulainen, Project Manager, JAMK University of Applied Sciences,

Piloting Biobord

Biobord has been developed in an iterative service design process. Biobord Operating Model version 1.0, represents the prototype used for the pilot period September – December 2019. An upgrade of the platform and the operating model (version 2.0) was published on January 15, 2020, following the feedback collection and analysis from the first piloting round.

A final operating model for the co-operation of the Biobord network is anticipated for August 2020 after the feedback collection and analysis from the second piloting round in spring 2020. This upgrade will guide the network activities and platform management after the piloting period as a long-term operating model.

Service design process moves from discovery and definition to prototyping and piloting

During the piloting phase, we are testing Biobord with different user groups and service cases, including project lifecycle, network management, innovation calls and matchmaking, capacity building as well as connecting developers with product and business development services. With these regional and international pilot cases, we are developing the platform and its operational model further with the feedback and experiences of users. We plan to connect at least 400 bioeconomy experts to the platform via integrated activities of the regional hubs. Stakeholders and partners of the network are also invited to join the piloting to build the community of the innovation hub.