Kainuun Etu Ltd. partner in a new Interreg Europe project

Project background

BRIDGES (Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and jobs delivery in regions) is a new interregional project, in which Kainuun Etu Ltd. is a partner, approved under the first call for proposals of the Interreg Europe cooperation programme, financed by the European Union's Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014 -2020.

The project was initiated in December 2014 and has become a part of a debate between regions on facing challenges deriving from the effectiveness of their RIS3 implementation

Importance of project for Kainuu

BRIDGES project is important for Kainuu for four reasons:

  • Firstly, it helps intensify innovation investments, leading to growth, and jobs increase. The aim is to link the resources of the region to innovation investments that have a a global growth trend;
  • As in our Baltic TRAM project, we will support linkages to excellence and longer term cooperations;
  • Through the interregional exchange there are possibilities for cooperaton including business benefits across the partnership, and
  • We will have the opportunity to update the services of Kainuun Etu to better serve, in the long run, innovation investments and business development.

  • Project objectives

    The overall objective of the BRIDGES project is to significantly improve the RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of Structural Funds.

    BRIDGES project strives to improve RIS3 implementation in all partner regions. Among the priorities are excellence-based bio-economy investments, interregional cooperation between RIS3 bio-economy industries and research infrastructures, and improvement of RIS3 implementation intermediaries as industry-led centres of competence.

    Project partners

    9 institutions from 7 European regions will work together in BRIDGES.

    The project partners are:

  • Kainuun Etu Oy (FI) - Lead partner
  • Kainuun liitto (FI)
  • Lubelskie Voivodeship (PL)
  • Uudenmaan liitto (FI)
  • Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia S.A. – ANKO (GR)
  • Soča Valley Development Centre (SI)
  • Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
  • European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (ES)
  • Centre for Research & Technology - Hellas/Institute for Research & Technology – Thessaly (GR)

    The BRIDGES project will run for 5 years starting from 1st of April 2016. The kick-off event launching the project implementation took place on the 20th – 21st of April in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

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    Project information
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    Interreg Europe: PGI 00040 BRIDGES

    Implementation time:

    1.4.2016 - 31.3.2021


    1 978 468€
    ERDF 85%
    Other funding 15%


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