BSR Stars S3

BSR Stars S3 - Stimulating smart specialization ecosystem through engaging SMEs in open innovation processes  

Project summary 

The main objective of the BSR Stars S3 project is to enhance implementation of regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) with focus on bio- and circular economy field. The project pilots methods that engage bio-/circular business, research and public stakeholders as well as enhance transnational cooperation opportunities. Participating regions are Skåne (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tampere (Finland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Sor-Trondelag (Norway).

Key activities:

- Public-research-business matchmaking events, business coaching, transnational pilot of eScience Gateway research-to-business tool, a transnational innovation voucher pilot focusing on bio- and circular test facilities and transnational smart specialization acceleration camp;

- Develop and pilot an online innovation management tool to enable real-time visualization of the innovation processes for the use of regional authorities and ecosystem actors;

- Study visits and policy recommendations.


  • The Baltic Institute of Finland (Lead Partner)
  • Council of Tampere Region (FI)
  • Nordic Council of Ministers (DK)
  • Baltic Development Forum (DK)
  • Business Link Greater Copenhagen (DK)
  • Nordregio (SE)
  • The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (SE)
  • Region Skåne (SE)
  • MITA - Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (LT)
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (LT)
  • Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LT)
  • Sor-Trondelag County Authority (NO)

Duration and budget

Project duration: 1 May 2016–30 April 2019 (36 months)
Total project budget: 2,9 M€
Total ERDF support: 2,1 M€


Last updated: 09-04-2018