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1 BSSSC Annual Conference 2008 Kaunas, 18 September 2008 Parallel session 1: Stimulating innovation by using diversity and cooperation cross borders as building blocks Mr. Esa Kokkonen, The Baltic Institute of Finland

2 Baltic Sea Region World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index (BSR among 131 countries) 1. United States Norway 2. Switzerland 23. Iceland 3. Denmark 27. Estonia 4. Sweden 38. Lithuania 5. Germany 45. Latvia 6. Finland 51. Poland 7. Singapore 58. Russia 8. Japan 9. United Kingdom 10. Netherlands BSR average: syyskuuta

3 Baltic Sea Cooperation: innovation, competitiveness Innovation is the buzz topic in today s BSR cooperation In financing programmes (EU, Nordic, national) In BSR networks and organizations (BDF, CBSS, BCCA, BSSSC, UBC, BaltMet ) Increasing integration and interaction in BSR FDI Trade Cluster development BSR InnoNet, ScanBalt, BaltMet Inno, Maritime cluster BSR Branding (FDI promotion, tourism) Local and regional authorities (BSSSC, UBC, BaltMet) 24. syyskuuta

4 Baltic Sea Cooperation: innovation, competitiveness Integration and interaction still weak in Education, research EU politics (BSR Strategy truly needed!) 24. syyskuuta

5 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Innovation as the buzz theme of BSR subregional cooperation, too Favorable conditions through BSR development and its economic and innovative potential Local and regional level innovation cooperation supported by various EU regional and innovation policies and funds BSR Programme, Central Baltic Programme, Interreg IVC 7 th Framework Programme (IRE-network, Regions of Knowledge, Inno Net projects) Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) Structural funds 24. syyskuuta

6 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level In addition to strong innovation potential and capacity in BSR, differences in innovation performance between different BSR subregions emphasize need for cooperation Considering its size, rapid economic growth and strong innovative capacity, the involvement and inclusion of NW Russia in Baltic Sea innovation cooperation is still on a surprisingly low level 24. syyskuuta

7 VBN InnoReg Strengthening Via Baltica Nordica Macro Region through Transnational Cooperation for Regional Innovation Promotion (Interreg IIIB project ) 24. syyskuuta

8 Project activities 1) Developing VBN Joint Approach to Innovation Promotion VBN Joint Approach to Innovation Promotion developed through analysing RISs in partner regions Results: - Better understanding of the structure of regional innovation systems and their main elements on the VBN zone - Improved knowledge on possibilities for regional and transnational collaboration in the future - Comparable innovation performance indicators for each region 25 October

9 Project activities (2) 2) Capacity Building for RIS Actors Regional training events, seminars and study tours were organized to ensure involvement and capacity building of all key innovation system actors including SMEs Results: capacities of key innovation actors on the VBN zone were improved and VBN innovation networks on the regional and transnational level were strengthened 25 October

10 Project activities (3) 3) Piloting Innovation Framework Actions and Exchanging Experiences New innovation promotion tools and concepts were developed and piloted by project partners and shared with interested actors in the Baltic Sea Region and in the European Union Results: improved knowledge of the RIS actors in the VBN zone and the EU on innovative tools, concepts and good practices in developing the RIS 25 October

11 Pilot activities Pilots concerned: Innovative enterprises, networking and technology transfer Innovation Promoting Session (IPS) for local SMEs (Finland) Teams of Success / ITC working group: connecting geographic information systems with economic targets (Germany) Promoting innovation in SMEs in rural areas (Germany) Evaluating supporting tools for RIS (Sweden) Developing a concept of Inter-university Research Centre (Poland) Innovative financing instruments and start up support Hermia Ventures Ltd. pre-seed and seed fund (Finland) Potential deal flow for Tartu Regional Pre-Seed Capital Fund - Study (Estonia) IbM Innovationen brauchen Mut (Technology Coaching start-ups) - Evaluation (Germany) Entrepreneurial culture development Creation of Innovation Spirit among Young Generation (Latvia) - Competition of creative works for Latvian schoolchildren Service for 25 October

12 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Case VBN InnoReg lessons learned Partner regions were on different development levels, still shared similar challenges in promotion of innovations Small regions with limited resources Need to join forces Well-established network between regional and local authorities How to move on from policy-making and system level to deeper and more focused cooperation? 24. syyskuuta

13 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Case VBN InnoReg joint challenges: Concentration of economic activities in capital regions Brain drain Provision of skilled workforce Ageing of population Employment of older people Development of life-long learning and vocational education Low workforce mobility Low entrepreneurship University-business interaction RIS development 24. syyskuuta

14 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Case VBN InnoReg themes for further cooperation: Competence building Entrepreneurship education Vocational education Practical trainings for students in companies abroad Student exchange, mobility of researchers Courses on innovation management and technology governance Joint R&D programmes 24. syyskuuta

15 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Benchmarking of good practices and joint projects on Support organisations (business development agencies, technology parks, incubators) Innovation policy instruments Venture capital Investment promotion SME development and internationalization Cross-border clustering 24. syyskuuta

16 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Key dimensions/questions: Intensity of cooperation (loose-strategic) Long-term strategic objectives, or Theme-specific individual projects Scale of cooperation Large-scale projects favored by the EU, still Small regions and cities in BSR, with limited resources and needs for smaller scale activities 24. syyskuuta

17 Baltic Sea Innovation Cooperation at the Local and Regional Level Themes of cooperation General, system-level topics (RIS, education, strategies) Concrete, organisation-level topics (innovation services, technology transfer, financing) Organisation of cooperation Well-established, long-lasting networks Loose, informal networks Multilateral vs. bilateral cooperation 24. syyskuuta

18 BSR InnoReg Strengthening Innovation Governance in Baltic Nonmetropolitan Regions through Transnational Cooperation Application for BSR Programme first application round Priority 4.2 Promoting attractive and competitive cities and regions Improved preconditions for increase of BSR competitiveness in Europe and worldwide Lead Partner: The Baltic Institute of Finland (18 partners, 7 countries) Planned duration: 36 months, incl. contracting (3), implementation (30), closure (3) Start of implementation: January 2009 Total budget: EUR 2,4 million 24. syyskuuta

19 BSR InnoReg Strengthening Innovation Governance in Baltic Nonmetropolitan Regions through Transnational Cooperation BSR InnoReg utilizes the results of VBN InnoReg project ( ) whose main outcome was a common understanding of regional innovation system dynamics and challenges as well as a joint development vision for Baltic nonmetropolitan regions. Based on VBN InnoReg results, the capability of the innovation systems to secure availability of skilled work force and support the creation and reform of SMEs are regarded as the main challenges among Baltic nonmetropolitan regions. To address these challenges and to operationalize the joint development vision, BSR InnoReg aims at improving innovation governance and enhancing attractive and complementary innovation support environments in Baltic non metropolitan regions. 24. syyskuuta

20 Project example: SPb InnoReg - Promoting Regional Innovation System in St. Petersburg through Transnational Cooperation Interreg IIIB/Tacis project, 8/2007 8/2009 Total budget Aims at promoting regional innovation system (RIS) and business development in St. Petersburg through transnational cooperation Utilises the experiences and results of the earlier BSR Interreg IIIB projects VBN InnoReg - Strengthening Via Baltica Nordica Macro-Region through Transnational Cooperation for Regional Innovation Promotion ( ) BaltMet Inno Baltic Metropolises Innovation Strategy ( ) 24. syyskuuta

21 Analysis and recommendations for developing the RIS in St. Petersburg will be produced Existing RIS strategy of St. Petersburg will be complemented Monitoring system for RIS development in St. Petersburg will be developed Capacity building of key RIS actors in St. Petersburg Collaboration in cluster development work and development of transferable cluster elaboration tools 24. syyskuuta

22 Partners The Baltic Institute of Finland St. Petersburg City Administration St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development City of Helsinki, Finland Culminatum Ltd., Finland Hermia Business Development Ltd., Finland Seinäjoki Technology Center Ltd., Finland Lappeenranta Innovation Ltd., Finland University of Tampere, Finland TZW, Germany ICT Bentwisch, Germany Wista Management GMBH, Germany 24. syyskuuta

23 Project example: Enhancing Intellectual Property Rights Competence and Cooperation in St. Petersburg, Finland, Denmark and Sweden Aims at enhancing Nordic-Russian cooperation in protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in developing IPR education and in raising public awareness on importance of protecting intellectual property Contributes to the overall development of the IPR system in SPb by strengthening capacities and knowledge of key IPR actors in SPb Facilitates exchange and dissemination of information on Russian IPR system in the Nordic countries 24. syyskuuta

24 Long-term objective of the project is to contribute to the development of regional innovation system in SPb by strengthening one of its core elements - an effective IPR system Further a long-term objective is to establish versatile and functional contacts and cooperation networks between key IPR experts in the Nordic countries and North-West Russia Based on earlier cooperation between Russia, Finland and Denmark in to be implemented between 10/ / syyskuuta

25 Project Coordinator: The Baltic Institute of Finland Project partners: Nordic Council of Ministers (main financier) Ministry of Trade and Industry of Finland (co-financier) City of St. Petersburg, Russia (Committee on Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade) The National Board of Patents and Registration, Finland National Board of Customs, Finland The Copyright Information and Anti-piracy Centre of Finland (CIAPC) Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Denmark IPR University Center, Finland CIP - Centre for Intellectual Property Studies, Sweden St. Petersburg State University St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Russian Anti-Piracy Organisation (RAPO) St.Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) North West Customs Administration (Russia) Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) St. Petersburg Prosecutor s Office Federal Antimonopoly Service, Department for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region 24. syyskuuta

26 Project links: syyskuuta

27 Mr. Esa Kokkonen, Director The Baltic Institute of Finland P.O. Box 487, FI TAMPERE Tel Mobile Fax

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