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Regional Bioeconomy Profiles

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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.

Output

Access to the Regional Bioeconomy Profiles and the web-tool

Report is coming up in December 2018

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

 

Joint Action Plans

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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).

Output

Report coming up in April 2019

Innovation Model and Platform

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What are the innovation model and platform?

The network of four rural innovation hubs will build a joint operation model and platform for innovation management.  The digital platform offers a virtual working environment that enables joint development and implementation of innovation services as well as new projects, products, services and business opportunities.

The platform enables matchmaking, collaboration and creative encounters between bioeconomy actors in regional and transnational context. Furthermore, it works as an interface to access data on natural resources and socioecological environment. With the joint innovation model, the interaction on the platform spark ideas with business potential, and support the transition to smart and sustainable bioeconomy.

The model and platform are tested and scaled up in the pilot phase together with local small and medium sized enterprises from each region. The pilot cases with the SMEs provide feedback on the smart specialization potential in bioeconomy as well as help to validate the usability and functionality of the transnational innovation model and platform. ​

Who are the users?

In the piloting phase, the innovation model and platform will benefit the RDI2CluB innovation hubs and their connected innovation ecosystem in Central Finland, Hedmark (Norway), Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship (Poland) and Vidzeme (Latvia). After the initial piloting phase, the network is open for expansion to involve other rural bioeconomy RDI milieus and innovation hubs around Baltic Sea Region.

User groups will involve e.g. researchers, regional development agents, students, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovation brokers.

In the piloting phase, the beneficiaries include a minimum of 45 small and medium sized companies.

Output

Prototype published by August 2019
Final report published by August 2020