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Innovation Camps are a practical way to engage, share regional best practices, knowledge and grow networks. It’s a perfect occasion for getting inspired and meeting experts, city practitioners, and regional representatives in charge of RIS3.

Our Innovation Camps

Camps are at the heart of Smart-Up BSR activities, organized in different locations of the Baltic Sea region. They foster bottom-up and needs-driven innovation in regions, providing opportunity for co-creation, experimenting and building trans-regional network for more effecive RIS3 implementation in the Baltic Sea Region.

During Smart-Up Innovation Camps participants work around challenges put forward by challenges owners in BSR: cities, regions, universities, NGOs and businesses. Innovated solutions are about promoting regional smart specialisation, and implementing pilots related to healthy ageing, climate change, circular economy and smart city. In the camps participants get advised by experts from the Committee of the Regions and EU Joint Research Centre, they learn about local best practices and get inspiration from visiting local initiatives.

The “BACKBONE”: Four Broad Challenge Themes of Smart-Up BSR

Cornerstones of Smart-Up BSR Innovation Camps:

  • The democratic and entrepreneurial approach: equal opportunity to contribute and participate
  • Joy and agility: listening, adapting and changing
  • Semi self-organizing principle: facilitators encourage self-organization
  • Challenge-targeted innovation: challenge owners as committed solution implementers
  • Future of Baltic Sea Region: impact and policy focused

How do we make the development of our regions inclusive? How do we engage diverse stakeholders in Baltic Sea Region?

  • How to connect and work closely together with politicians, strategists, regions and cities in the context of developing Smart Cities?
  • How to involve citizens and stakeholders in the city’s strategic planning processes? How can they feel that their input counts?

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How to engage and collaborate across regional borders in Baltic Sea regions? How to create and develop the spearhead initiatives together in the macro-region?

  • Building common potential from a diverse representation of regions and their strategies being at different stages
  • How to support the creation of networking and collaboration culture among RIS3 stakeholders

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How to boost entrepreneurship and start-ups in Baltic Sea Region? How does the entrepreneurial discovery process create value in Baltic Sea Region?

  • How to boost entrepreneurship in different sectors, like maritime and logistics industry?

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How to tackle grand societal challenges like climate change, circular economy and healthy ageing via smart specialization in Baltic Sea Region? How to attract relevant businesses inclusively?

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