The joint challenge is to test the use of domestic innovation support measures transnationally and to address barriers to competition which exist between clusters and regions. Innovation support is mainly applied within narrow geographies where calls to action are not visible transnationally and cities & clusters lack capacity to involve SMEs broadly.
Our objective is to get more enterprises to participate in transnational innovation collaboration via strengthening transnational cluster and city/region cooperation. This is also done by the involved clusters carrying out Living-Labs Open Solutions Pitches (LL-OSP) i.e. targeted world-café workshops that address city/region challenges based on SMEs solutions. The main output is building capacity and transnational relations of sustainable energy clusters to provide demand-led innovation support. This creates the foundation to involve more SMEs in innovation.
We are developing a broader political backing using northern connections to create coherence between political ambitions and potential of cluster organisations for innovation support. Our approach is to provide a bridge between the private and the public sector for transnational innovation support. This will be achieved through improving/aligning innovation support measures by creating incentives for transnational SME innovation partnerships to collaborate and to establish a critical mass of innovation activity on a transnational basis. We will pilot joint transnational innovation support measures aimed at broadening opportunities for SMEs from different NSRs to participate in regional innovation activities, which ultimately will strengthen their ability to take part in global markets and create new value-chains.
Aalborg Kommune, Aarhus Kommune, Business Region Göteborg AB, CLEAN, Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH, Falkirk Council, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Gemeente Alkmaar, HafenCity Unviersität Hamburg, Innovatum AB, OREEC Kunnskapsbyen Lillestrøm, Oslo Kommune, Region Midtjylland, Region Nordjylland, Region Syddanmark, Schleswig-Holstein, Scottish Enterprise, Stichting Energy Valley, Sustainable Business Hub Malmö, vzw i-Cleantech Vlaanderen innovatie in Cleantech