Smart-up BSR


Smart-up BSR – Improving Smart Specialization implementation of the Baltic See Reagion through orchestration innovation hubs   

Smart-up BSR –  a community in Baltic Sea Region, which enables the regions to engage with partners and to apply research and innovation potential in practice via implementation of smart specialization.

Project summary 

Smart up BSR is an Interreg BSR supported project that helps all Baltic see region countries to apply research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) by sharing best practices and knowledge of EU RIS3 experts (Committee of Regions, EU Joint Research Centre) and co-creating concepts for the RIS3 implementation.

Project creates a platform to learn, get advised and enable orchestration of innovation hubs throughout Baltic Sea Region. It mainly focuses on active healthy ageing, digitalization in smart city, climate change and circular economy, but all other initiatives are also welcome. Smart-Up is about scaling results to the whole Baltic Sea Macro Region.

Target group

Academic institutions, ministries, municipal and regional development organizations in Baltic Sea Region.

Project partnership

Project covers 9 countries and 13 partners, 26 associated partners.

Lead partner: Aalto University Foundation, Finland.

Lithuania is represented in the Project by MITA and Klaipeda Science and Technology Park.

Key activities:

Organizing and ensuring participation of RIS3 stakeholders in a series of international Innovation Camps, that foster bottom-up regional innovation through peer-to-peer learning and entrepreneurial discovery process

Revising and updating RIS3 strategies and roadmaps;

Describing place-based innovation ecosystems in BSR region;

Mapping and selecting good practices and running regional, cross-regional pilot projects.

Main outcomes:

  • Updated BSR RIS3 strategies, roadmaps and implementation plans;
  • Created new instruments and platforms for engagement, value creation and innovation hub development;
  • Prepared Virtual Guidebook on Innovation Camp Methodology
  • Developed action plans and reports of (cross)regional pilots;
  • Prepared reflection papers: BSR place-based innovation ecosystems and evidence-based policy making;
  • Prepared book on BSR place-based innovation ecosystems.

Duration and budget

Project period: 25 May 2017 –30 September 2020

Total Project budget: 2,3 M €

ERDF Co-financing: 1,8 M €


Evelina Vainorienė, Project manager, [email protected], Tel.: (+370) 615 31693

Paulius Petrauskas, Project manager, [email protected], tel.: (+370) 604 78805

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Last updated: 29-04-2022