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BSHR HealthPort

coordinated by ScanBalt, brings together innovative SMEs and health care organisations to strengthen the Health Economy and fight the bottlenecks in health care innovations. This sector is not only a cost for society but also as a driver of a competitive and knowledge based health economy. Tackled are the insufficient exploitation of ideas from health care researchers and practitioners and procurement practices that limits access of SMEs to the health care market. 

Baltic Supply

a project led by the Bremen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, aimed at strengthening the supply economy. This project was unique since a sister project was implemented at the same time for the North Sea Region, North Sea Supply Connect. Both projects joined forces to set up a European Business Support Network, that offers support to SMEs offline and online. The online platform, that is also linked to the Enterprise Europe Network is still growing and active after project end, hosted and administrated by the Hanse-Parlament.


coordinated by the Hanse-Parlament with 40 formal partners and 42 associated partners one of the biggest projects, bridges the the academic world withSMEs by establishing the Baltic Sea Academy at the very beginning of the project in 2010. This unique network of 15 universities and polytechnics realizes tangible R&D solutions and transfer of innovation and create trainings and study curricula specified to the needs of SMEs in the region. Already during the project concrete investment plans and R&D solutions for more than 680 SMEs were realized, training courses and study courses developed and put into action. The Baltic Sea Academy is cooperating very closely with the Hanse Parlament, building a powerful innovation platform between SMEs representatives like chambers and universities for the benefit of the companies in the region. 


led by the University of Bremen, aimed at bridging the knowledge gaps between universities, laboratories, industrial actors and policy makers. The project has a focus on the scientific technology transfer. The ISO/IEC15504 standard based model innoSPICE as a result of the project provides the base to improve the processes of organizations working in the field of innovation, knowledge- and technology transfer.


represented by Teknikdalen, identified lack of access to suitable finance as a main barrier to internationalization for innovative SMEs from the Baltic Sea Region. The goal of the project was to promote innovation and internationalization in SMEs by facilitating better access to finance. The project was based on two main pillars; the individual coaching of SMEs and the provision of financial support.


coordinated by Vinnova, brings together different stakeholders from the Baltic Sea Region and started to promote SMEs in five areas. The overall objective is it to find new answers for societal challenges that the people around the Baltic Sea are facing. Increasing water pollution and an ageing population are just two examples of those. One of them is can be considered a good example for smart specialization is “Comfort in Living”, linking Polish wood technology with Danish design and Swedish furniture entrepreneurs. The project develops products and services that improve the quality of life for elderly people in their homes, and has developed a strategic action plan until 2020.


represented by Riga Planning Authority, enhancing the cooperation of business incubators in the region. Now more than seven business incubators and technology centres from Latvia, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Norway and Belarus cooperate and communicate on regular basis using the created Internet platform. The network helps business incubators to offer business support services based on best practice examples in the region.


led by the Hanse-Parlament, identified the lack of available personnel as one of the hindrances for innovation growth. Also studies have shown, that a higher diversity of work force positively influences the innovation climate in a company. Thus the project is supporting the reintegration of elderly employees in companies and promoting a higher rate of female employees and female entrepreneurship. The project implements a north-south transfer, learning from Nordic countries that have for example a much higher percentage of female employees than for example Poland. 


led by the Baltic Institute, improved strategic know-how of business development organisations operating outside metropolitan areas. The project helps business development organisations to develop their business and innovation support services for small and medium-sized enterprises. The project brought local and regional decision-makers together to discuss global economic challenges and agree on an Innovation Policy Memorandum.


represented by Technopol, build a “Baltic Sea Archipelago of Innovation”. The objective is to create a seamless working environment for fast growth innovative companies, embedded in a reliable network of leading Science Parks and clusters. Emphasis is given to identify, select, train and coach SME-gazelles; to provide them harmonized access to markets and to connect them for access to finance for internationalization and growth. During the project a Market access guide for SMEs was compiled with market access information about all BSR countries.


coordinated by DESY, established a network between leading research facilities of photon and neutron sources and their users. Through this access to large-scale research infrastructure, companies can develop better products which is of benefit to the regions. Three calls for SMEs to apply for a possibility to perform R&D experiments at research facilities were launched.


managed by Technology Centre of Western Pomerania, focused on dissemination and fostering of plasma based technological innovation for environment protection in the Baltic Sea region. the main objective of PlasTEP was to push plasma based cleaning technologies of atmospheric air and water treatment to a visible practical application in order to establish a market driven transfer process and an increasing number of applications.