Northern Connections – strengthening transnational innovation collaboration
Northern Connections is a partnership of 21 clusters, cities, regions and knowledge institutions working together to create innovation connections between enterprises and clusters in the energy sector. Business Region Göteborg is one of the partners in Northern Connections.
The joint challenge is to test the use of domestic innovation support measures transnationally and 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 and 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.
Main output is building capacity and transnational relations of sustainable energy clusters to provide demand-led innovation support. This creates the foundation for involving more SMEs in innovation. Develop broader political backing using northern connections to create coherence between political ambitions and cluster potential for innovation support.
Our approach is to provide a bridge between private and public sector on transnational innovation support. This will be achieved through improving/aligning innovation support measures by creating incentives for transnational SME innovation partnerships to collaborate and 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.
Partners in Northern Connections
Business Region Göteborg, Renewable Energy Hamburg, Clean, Energy Valley, Oreec, Sustainable Business Hub, North Denmark Region, MidtJylland, Region of Southern Denmark, Falkirk Council, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Gemeente Alkmaar, Aarhus Kommune, Oslo Kommune, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Aalborg Kommune, Innovatum, Scottish Enterprise