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  • Lyhenne: RDI2CluB
  • Toteutusaika: 12.6.2017 - 31.12.2020
  • Painoala: Biotalous
  • Yksikkö: Teknologia
  • Rahoitusohjelma: Muu EU-rahoitus
  • Projektin kotisivut:

RDI2CluB - Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart Bioeconomy Clusters and Innovation Ecosystems

Duration: Oct 2017 - Sep 2020

Funding: Interreg Baltic Sea region

Total budget: EUR 2.7 million
European Regional Development Fund: EUR 1.5 million
Norwegian Funding: EUR 0.4 million

The project consortium has 12 partners from five countries (FI, NO, PL, LV, EE) and several associated partners

The Lead Partner is JAMK University of Applied Sciences from Finland


Summary of the project

Our mission is to help rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region to reach their full potential in bioeconomy
Bioeconomy means economic activities that utilize the biological natural resources and turn them into food, energy, and other products and services. It is founded on the use of clean technologies, renewable natural resources and recycled materials. Bioeconomy makes us less dependent on fossil fuels, prevents the degradation of ecosystems, promotes economic development and creates new jobs. 

The rural areas of Baltic Sea Region (BSR) have a great potential for bioeconomy as they have abundant natural resources. However, the rural regions in BSR struggle to reach their full bioeconomy potential due to limited human capital and the lack of specialized clusters and network effects that are typical for urban areas. In the rural regions, the small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in bioeconomy are mostly in traditional, resource-based industries that have not taken full advantage of latest technology and service innovations including digitalization. 

Our approach is to build capacity for innovation via smart specialization and transnational cooperation
RDI2CluB unites authorities, research, development and innovation (RDI) institutes and business development bodies from five regions to a joint quest of boosting smart and sustainable bioeconomy development in the rural areas of Baltic Sea Region.

Via transnational cooperation, the rural RDI2CluB partner regions will augment their regional innovation system and create a more dynamic innovation ecosystem for supporting bioeconomy business development and innovation. The bioeconomy innovation ecosystem promotes regional economic transition to knowledge-based jobs and bioeconomy products and services with higher economic value. The users of the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem, including SMEs, are invited to join the development process and to pilot the innovation systems created in RDI2CluB.

At the core of RDI2CluB is a transnational learning process that results in regional bioeconomy profiles and joint action plans for building capacity for innovation. Thereafter, the partner regions build a joint innovation model and a digital platform, which are piloted with end-users, SMEs. The transnational networks, strengthened by the RDI2CluB outputs, enable SMEs to explore their market potential in different countries of BSR. With the transnational innovation ecosystem, the SMEs have more opportunities to find new partners, clients and customers and to develop their bioeconomy products and services for new markets. 

Our solution is to create an open transnational digital platform for innovation in bioeconomy
Digital platform is a virtual working environment that enables joint development of new products, services and business opportunities. The platform enables matchmaking, collaboration and creative encounters between experts of different fields in regional and transnational context. Furthermore, it can work as an interface to access data on natural resources and socioecological environment. Interaction on the platform can spark ideas with business potential, and support the transition to smart and sustainable bioeconomy.

In conclusion, the digital platform creates an environment for open innovation and user-driven design with feedback loops from civil society and end-users. The platform is open access and targeted for the whole BSR region after the piloting phase.

RDI2CLuB partnership involves five regions:
Central Finland/Finland
Hedmark/Norway
Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship/Poland
Vidzeme/Latvia
Estonia

More information: 

Anna Aalto, Project Manager 

anna.aalto(at)jamk.fi | +358 40 640 2346


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