Interviews with entrepreneurs takes place with aim to find solutions for business development

Questionnaires and interviews of SME entrepreneurs is currently taking place in all partner countries in the Baltic Sea Region, with the aim to find out needs, barriers, potential for cooperation and interests in the context of internationalization, innovation and smart specialization. Based on the results of the research, bottom-up solutions will be made for business support by developing a functioning and sustainable transnational innovation brokerage system (TIBS).

The questionnaire and interview process takes place during July-August in all GoSmart partner regions. Results of the study will be summarized in August. This will allow project partners to understand the current situation, what problems entrepreneurs face and what kind of support they expect. In September, the results will be presented in each region. The Kymenlaakso event is planned to take place on 18th September in Kouvola.

“Due to size, resources and specialization in specific R&D&I areas, the Baltic Sea Region countries do not fully exploit their competitive potential in international markets. To increase their competitiveness, it is necessary to foster transnational cooperation and strengthen smart specialization in the region”, said Mantas Vilys, the CEO of the Lithuanian Innovation Centre during project GoSmart BSR informative event in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As previously explained, the TIBS system will be tested together with entrepreneurs from each partner region. For each of the partner region, an expert –an innovation broker- will be selected and trained, and he/she will work to ensure a link between the needs of enterprises, the resources of research institutes and the influence of policy-making institutions.

 

Project “Strengthening smart specialisation by fostering transnational cooperation (GoSmart BSR)” is implemented with the support from the European Regional Development Fund Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. From October 2017 to September 2020, the project unites 8 partners from 7 countries, and it aims to increase capacity of innovation actors to apply smart specialisation approach.

Learn more about the “GoSmart BSR” project here