Innovative Sustainable Business Growth at Global Level

Project background

In-Business Growth Project, funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 – Enhancing SME Innovation Capacity by Providing Better Innovation Support, with specific objective of stimulating sustainable economic growth by increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, creating new innovative methodologies to address the growing needs of innovative SMEs, to its further growth and internationalization.

Importance of the project for Kainuu

The In-Business Growth (IBG) project focuses exclusively on the functions that innovation agencies ought to provide to the businesses they are consulting and supporting. We joined this project as a result of more demanding tasks that are expected in the promotion of innovation and the implementation of the RIS3 strategy. Kainuu has contributed two good practices to the project, Kasvua Kainuuseen project and Baltic TRAM / Science Link projects. The project, besides the good practice contribution, is helping us to network with innovation agencies across the EU and is a good step to further cooperation development.

Project objectives

Within the "Twinning advanced" methodology, four innovation agencies are cooperating to review each other's practices and benchmark their own, related to the design and delivery of innovation support programs for SMEs and will also compare them to those of third parties, collaborating in the present initiative. On a strategic level, the project will focus on designing and updating clear, demand-driven methodologies to improve/create processes to be efficient in the delivery mechanisms to the SMEs. The operational objectives are based on:

  • The exchange of experiences & common analysis of the State of Art (experiences, projects, trainings, programs, methods, procedures) in the participating regions to identify the best practices and the downfalls detected in term of entrepreneurial growth, using the Twinning process, and in reference to nine (9) innovation services categories described in the present proposal.
  • Sharing of the results obtained and identifying of the most efficient solutions for the design of the guide of best practices and the establishment of an innovative methodology.
  • The transfer of good practices to SMEs and third parties.

  • Project partners

    The project partners are:

  • Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (ES)
  • Universidade do Algarve - CRIA - Divisão de Empreendedorismo e Transferência de Tecnologia (PT)
  • Bulgarian Development Agency (BG)
  • Kainuun Etu Ltd. (FI)

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    Implementation time:

    01.02.2016 - 31.01.2017


    European Commission | Horizon 2020

    Kainuun Etu on palkittu Euroopan parhaana aluekehitysyhtiönä 2016