Matchmaking event in Stockholm created partnerships

Over 50 people gathered together to find partnerships between Finland and Sweden in the matchmaking event for the funding call ”Key-enabling technologies for biobased products”, which was  organized on May 9th in Stockholm. The event offered the necessary information on the formalities of the call both for Finnish and Swedish sides, but most importantly opened a possibility to get connected with the possible project partners. Tuomas Lehtinen from Business Finland and Anders Holmgren from Vinnova presented the formal requirements and highlighted the important points to pay attention to. Anna Wiberg went through the road to a successful application and introduced an application guide Bioinnovation has prepared. In addition to the technology aspects, applicants were guided to consider also the maturity of the market and sustainability.

During the afternoon pitches of project ideas or other offerings were presented and opened up to the audience what all is going on in the field of bioeconomy at the moment. There were pitches from companies, start-ups and research organisations. Many cooperation possibilities were offered for co-developers, end-users or other stakeholders. After the pitches there was time for free networking.

The event was a success, resulting in intensive discussions and good matches between people. Swedish participants were extremely interested in finding partners from Finland and vice versa. We hope that these contacts will realize in the first stage as project partnerships in the call, but also as longer time cooperation between Finland and Sweden.

” The key-enabling technologies for biobased products funding call is now open with the deadline of September 17th. The call is a bilateral call between Finland and Sweden and is organized in cooperation between funding agencies Business Finland and Vinnova and coordinating parties CLIC Innovation and Bioinnovation.

Projects, that create conditions for increased quantities of biobased products on the market are supported via the call. The Finnish and Swedish companies and research organizations can complement and benefit from each other’s expertise and solutions, as well as labs and piloting resources can be co-used in developing new biobased solutions. The project gives a possibility to verify a process/technology in a scale that companies consider relevant for decision on implementation in production scale.

Application to Business Finland – For joint actions of companies and research organizations by Tuomas Lehtinen (mp4 file)

For more information, please contact Teija Laitinen

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