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Ongoing Projects

EmpInno

Empowering for Innovation and Growth in Medium-Sized Cities and Regions

EmpInno fosters the implementation and improvement of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) in medium-sized cities and regions in the Baltic Sea Region.

 

Programme: Interreg BSR
Project duration: 2016–2019
Budget: 3,051,841.30 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 113,736.25 EUR)
Lead Partner: Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH
Project Partners:

  • South Denmark European Office
  • Business Support Organisation KiWi GmbH
  • Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship
  • Lubelskie Voivodeship
  • Foundation for Lubelskie Development
  • Kaunas Science and Technology Park
  • Riga Planning Region
  • Tartu Science Park
  • Tartu City Government
  • Prizztech Ltd
  • Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
  • Östergötland County Council/Region Östergötland
  • Gävleborg County Council
  • D2i – Design to innovate
  • Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences

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Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

 

Inno Infra Share

Sharing strategies for European Research and Innovation Infrastructures

The goal of INNO INFRA SHARE (Sharing Strategies for European Research and Innovation Infrastructures) project is to improve accessibility to and the utilisation of local Research and Innovation infrastructure (RII) assets by SMEs.

 

RIIs have the potential to act as enablers of competitiveness and growth for local SMEs and foreign users, especially in the area of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). To unleash this potential, project partners will jointly work towards adding a market-driven dimension (to complement the research and technological aspects) by networking and promoting collaboration opportunities at the regional and international level, in addition to addressing national and regional RII relevant policy instruments.

 

Programme: Interreg Europe
Project Duration: 2017–2020
Budget: 1,632,694 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 117,420 EUR)
Lead Partner: ASTER Stock Joint Consortium
Project Partners:

  • Brainport Development
  • Vidzeme Planning Region
  • Tartu City Government
  • Flanders Make
  • Region Skane
  • Brno University of Technology
  • Chemnitz University of Technology

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Contact:

Alo Lilles
tel +372 736 1196
e-mail Alo.Lilles@raad.tartu.ee

Innova Foster

Fostering startup & innovation ecosystems in Europe

Innova Foster aims at encouraging growth for startups  (scalable, high-potential SMEs with less than 5 years of life) through their engagement in  the innovation processes at local or regional level and by improving their role as regional and industry innovation providersin seven European regions.

 

Programme: Interreg Europe
Project Duration: 2017–2020
Budget: 1,267,899 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 142,100 EUR)
Lead Partner: INCYDE Foundation
Project Partners:

  • Torun Regional Development Academy
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj
  • Malta Enterprise
  • Tartu City Government
  • Cork City Council

News

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Contact:

Alo Lilles
tel +372 736 1196
e-mail Alo.Lilles@raad.tartu.ee

RELOS3

From Regional to Local: Successful deployment of the Smart Specialization Strategies

RELOS3 focuses on implementing regional Smart Specialisation Strategies in a local context by actively involving local authorities, innovation actors and companies. This is crucial in creating innovation in EU regions.

 

Programme: Interreg Europe
Project duration: 2017–2020
Budget: 1,413,237 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 140,442 EUR)
Lead Partner: Economic Development Agency of Sabadell
Project Partners:

  • Metropolitan City of Bologna
  • Wielkopolska Region
  • Local authority of Emmen
  • Malta Enterprise
  • Tartu City Government

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Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

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Completed Projects

UPSIDE

UPSIDE - User-driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-centred Ecosystems

Programme: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Priority: FP7 Cooperation
Project Duration: July 2013-June 2016
Budget: 3,048,593 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government 66,720 EUR)
Lead Partner: CYBERFORUM EV (Germany)
Project Partners:

  • Stadt Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Inno AG (Germany)
  • Stiftelsen Elektronikcentrum i Kista (Sweden)
  • Baltic Innovation Agency OÜ (Estonia)
  • Tartu City Government
  • E-zavod - zavod za projektno svetovanje, raziskovanje in razvoj celovitih rešitev (Slovenia)
  • Mestna Obcina Maribor (Slovenia)
  • Metropoolregio Eindhoven (Holland)
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Holland)
  • Living Labs Global (Denmark)
  • Bevel Ab (Sweden)
  • Interactive Institute Swedish ICT AB (Sweden)
  • Stockholms Universitet (Sweden)

 

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Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

Safe and Sustainable Citizen Society

Programme: Europe for Citizens 2014-2020
Project Duration: December 2014 - January 2016
Budget: 5,000 EUR
Lead Partner: Tartu City Government
Project Partners:

  • Tartu Consumer Advise and Information Centre (Estonia)
  • Baltic Environmental Forum, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Turvalisuus ja kemikaalivirasto (Finland)
  • Latvian National Association for Consumer Protection (Latvia)
  • Western Lithuania Consumer Federation (Lithuania)

Objectives:

The main goal of the project was to strengthen the cooperation and exchange of best practices between Nordic and Baltic countries, in order to move towards more active society with safer consumer products. It was achieved via facilitating contacts between citizens of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and organising seminars in Stockholm (Sweden) and in Tartu (Estonia), to share relevant experiences.

It is important to know that chemicals are all around us, from natural chemicals in food to industrially produced ones, distributed by trade and by long-range transport, found in both working environments and in consumer products. Although in the short-term they may ease our everyday life, some of them may at the same time cause allergies, have negative effects on the reproductive system or show carcinogenic, teratogenic or chronic toxic effects. Therefore, the management of chemicals risks is a high priority issue at both European and international level.

 

News: 19.11.2015 Discussions in Stockholm to raise awareness about dangerous chemicals in consumer goods

Handbook: "Dangerous Chemicals in Consumer Goods" (in Estonian)

 

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Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

Business Incubation Operating Practices in Nordic Countries

Programme: Nordic-Baltic Mobility and Network Programme for Business and Industry
Project Duration: December 2014-December 2015
Budget: 10,792 EUR
Lead Partner: Tartu City Government
Project Partners:
1. Tartu Science Park
2. Buildit
3. University of Tartu
4. Estonian University of Life Sciences
5. Tartu Biotechnology Park
6. Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
7. Tartu Art School

 

News:

30.03.2015 Delegation of the city of Tartu visited business development organisations in Copenhagen
05.10.2015 Delegation of the city of Tartu visited business development organisations in Malmö and Lund

 

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
email Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

4D CITIES

Implementation Phase

Programme: URBACT II
Project Duration: March 2013-March 2015
Budget: 63,463 EUR
Lead Partner: Igualada (Spain)
Project Partners:
1. Tartu (Estonia)
2. Plunge (Lithuania)
3. Novara (Italy)
4. Leeds (United Kingdom)
5. Baia Sprie (Romania)
6. Jena (Germany)
7. Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

 

Homepage: http://www.urbact.eu/4d-cities

 

News:

30.01.2013 Europe approves URBACT 4D Cities Project on Health Innovation
21.03.2013 The 4D Cities European partners agreed in Igualada the road map for the next two years
03.06.2013 The 4D Cities discusses how to capture business in the field of health
21.06.2013 The 4D Cities involves citizens in the co-creation of health services
08.10.2013 The 4D Cities debates on the optimal model of health system
14.10.2013 Special Report: 4D Cities URBACT Project - From Health to Wealth
11.11.2013 The meeting in Jena highlights training centres as a tool to improve health services
26.11.2013 4D Cities Newsletter no 1 "The beginning of the URBACT adventure"
20.02.2014 URBACT partners prepare a summary of actions to promote the welfare and economics in health
09.05.2014 4D Cities Newsletter no 2 "Health can improve"
12.06.2014 4D Cities is working towards concrete Local Action Plans
23.09.2014 The municipalities of 4D Cities specify their Local Action Plans
30.10.2014 4D Cities Newsletter no 3 "Taking the pulse of the Health System"
26.03.2015 European members of the 4D Cities present their Local Action Plans in Igualada
05.05.2015 The 4D Cities concludes in Igualada with the presentation of project results

 

What is 4D Cities?

 

This is the first video of 4D Cities, the Health Innovation URBACT project. Here you can discover what exactly 4D Cities is and why eight European cities participated in it. Igualada (Catalonia, Spain) is the Lead Partner and the rest of the members are: Leeds (United Kingdom), Novara (Italy), Tartu (Estonia), Plunge (Lithuania), Brainport Eindhoven Region (Netherlands), Business Development Corporation of Jena (Germany) and Baia Sprie (Romania).

 

Health Innovation Actors: Knowledge

 

The 4D Cities URBACT project analysed the interaction of four actors operating in the field of Health Innovation oriented towards economic growth. This video, focusing on the Knowledge sector, begins a series of four videos that explores every dimension.

In this initiative, Knowledge is understood not only as the offer of educational, training and capacity building programmes that result in professional specialisations in Health (higher education and medical and technological research in universities). It is understood as a more inclusive term that reflects the combined capital of know-how, knowledge and capacity of the actors involved in a projected health strategy in a city, such as secondary education in care professions, management of health facilities, social professions, etc. 

 

Health Innovation Actors: Health System

 

The second of four videos is about the different actors operating in Health Innovation oriented towards economic growth. It focuses on the contribution of all the partners and highlights the kinds of actions that the stakeholders of the local Health Sector can take to become more efficient, sustainable and suitable for the patients and the citizens.

 

Health Innovation Actors: Business

 

This video focuses on Business as one of the four actors that can promote local economic and social development through Health Innovation. It highlights the role that public administration, the private sector and citizens should play to collaborate with the healthcare system, not only in terms of investment and returns, but also sharing their knowledge and working together.

 

Health Innovation Actors: Citizens

European Health in Figures

 

Final Report: Patient-centred Health Innovation with an Economic Growth

 

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-post Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

ETTBio

Effective Technology Transfer in Biotechnology

Programme: INTERREG IVC
Priority: Innovation and the Knowledge Economy
Project Duration: January 2012-December 2014
Budget: 2,206,047.84 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 190,760 EUR)
Lead Partner: Dresden University of Technology
Project Partners:
1. Dresden City Government
2. Imperial College Business School
3. Regional Development Agency Ostrava
4. Free University Brussels
5. Biocat
6. Centre for Genomic Regulation
7. Warsaw City Government
8. International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
9. Tartu City Government

 

News:

23.04.2012 Seven European regions launch ETTBio project to identify best practices for technology transfer in biotechnology
25.04.2012 Representatives of the Estonian biotechnology sector are participating at the ETTBio launch conference
19.10.2012 A Delegation from the City of Tartu Visited Belgium to Learn about the Flemish Best Practices in Technology Transfer
18.12.2012 Imperial College Business School reveals biotechnology enterprise secrets
22.02.2013 ETTBio newsletter February 2013
20.03.2013 ETTBio Press Release about Barcelona meeting
24.06.2013 ETTBio newsletter June 2013
20.09.2013 ETTBio Project Meeting in Warsaw
19.12.2013 ETTBio newsletter December 2013
27.05.2014 ETTBio newsletter May 2014
05.12.2014 ETTBio newsletter December 2014

 

Studies:

ETTBio regional analysis report: Estonia

 

Seminars and Conferences:

05.03.2014 Improving the financing of technology transfer
27.11.2014 Smart specialization – health technologies. How to support technology transfer successfully? Past experiences and recommendations for the future.

 

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

InnoFun

Funding Policies to Bring Innovation to Finance/Market/People

Programme: INTERREG IVC
Priority: Innovation and the Knowledge Economy
Project Duration: January 2012-December 2014
Budget: 2,031,121.68 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 43,117 EUR)
Lead partner: South Bohemian Agency for Support to Innovative Enterprising
Project partners:
1. South Bohemian Agency for Support to Innovative Enterprising
2. National Agency for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises
3. University of Cyprus
4. Flemish government, Department of Economics, Science and Innovation (EWI)
5. UK Centre for Economic & Environmental Development (UK CEED)
6. Opportunity Peterborough
7. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences (KTUAS)
8. Foundation Tecnalia Research & Innovation
9. Méditerranée Technologies
10. Planning Bureau
11. The Region of South Bohemia - Regional Authority
12. Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT)
13. Tartu Science Park
14. Tartu City Government

 

News:

11.12.2012 InnoFun Newsletter 1
11.03.2013 New Approaches and Development all over Europe
07.05.2013 InnoFun Newsletter 2
30.10.2013 InnoFun Newsletter 3
24.02.2014 InnoFun Newsletter 4
25.07.2014 InnoFun Newsletter 5
14.11.2014 Final conference
28.11.2014 InnoFun Newsletter 6

 

Additional Information about the Project:

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

DELBI

Integrated Business Development in South Estonia and North Latvia

Programme: Estonia-Latvia Programme
Priority: Higher Competitiveness
Project Duration: January 2012-December 2013
Budget: 277,083 EUR (including the budget for Tartu City Government: 54,203 EUR)
Lead Partner: Estonian Business Chamber in Latvia
Project Partners:
1. Valga Town Government
2. Vidzeme Vocational Educational Centre
3. Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
4. Tartu City Government

 

Survey of the Business Environment in Estonia and Latvia: results

 

The project focused mainly on the regions of South Estonia and North Latvia, i.e. the “home regions” of the partners. This focus was chosen because of the historical socio-economical ties and similar sectors of economic activity in the regions, as well as the expertise and experience base of the partners. The northern part of Latvia has traditionally been a distinctive in terms of economical and practical-thinking, with a distinguished attitude towards individual and small entrepreneurship. The  geographically focused approach was beneficial in providing an opportunity to observe activity in more depth and displayed a solid basis for sustainable development in the future. Therefore, the project can be seen as a framework for establishing the corner-stone of a strategic partnership that, in the future, can and should extend and include other regions in both countries.

The cross-border support structure was formed through the partnership of the Estonian Business Chamber in Latvia (the lead partner, EBCL), Tartu and Valga City Governments and the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).,

The main objective of the project was increasing the competitiveness of Estonian and Latvian companies (particularly SMEs and start-ups) through

  • better access to neighbouring markets
  • better co-operation in business communities
  • better integrated cross-border value chains

 One of the results of the project foresees the establishment of a dedicated Estonian-Latvian joint business support network for facilitating the activity of Estonian businesses in Latvia and vice versa, and building up more diverse and beneficial co-operation between the businesses of the neighbouring countries.

 

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-mail Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

4D CITIES

Four Drivers for Cities: Health, Innovation, Public-private Cooperation & Networking

Programme: URBACT II
Project Duration: June 2012-November 2012
Budget: 9,900 EUR
Lead partner: Igualada (Spain)
Project Partners:
1. Tartu (Estonia)
2. Plunge (Lithuania)
3. Novara (Italy)
4. Leeds (United Kingdom)

 

Homepage: www.urbact.eu/4dcities

 

News:

29.10.2012 The 4D Cities meets in Novara before URBACT’s validation

 

Contact:

Siim Espenberg
tel +372 736 1193
e-post Siim.Espenberg@raad.tartu.ee

Last changed 14.04.2017