BSR InnoReg

Strenghtening Innovation Governance in Baltic Non-metropolitan Regions through Transnational Cooperation


The Baltic Sea region is recognised as an attractive and dynamic territorial cooperation area in Europe.

The new EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region aims to support balanced economic development across the area. With increasing global economic challenges and uncertainty, all regions must react more quickly and address global and environmental challenges by innovating more to improve competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region as a whole. 

Regions outside the metropolises in the Baltic Sea area are committed to enhance innovation development and governance. At the same time, they are facing major challenges in securing availability of skilled work force, developing bridges between education, science and economy and supporting the creation and reform of small and medium-sized enterprises. 

BSR InnoReg project is developed to address these challenges and reinforce regional innovation governance and innovation support environments in the Baltic non-metropolitan regions.

BSR InnoReg project focuses on strengthening strategic capacities of innovation and business development organisations through local workshops and transnational training on selected key themes such as global networking and financing tools.

The partner regions will jointly develop and test new innovation support instruments targetted at user-driven innovation, start-up financing and utilisation of students in innovation processes. The results will be disseminated as a practical handbook for the use of innovation facilitators across the Baltic Sea region. 

The project brings together regional and local decision-makers of the involved partner regions to discuss and agree on a Memorandum of Understanding on efficient innovation policies to guide economic development in the regions outside the metropolises in the Baltic Sea area. 

BSR InnoReg project gathers 17 partners representing regional and local authorities as well as business development organisations including technology centres. The project was implemented during 2009–2011 with co-financing by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013. 



1. Memorandum of Understanding on Efficient Innovation Policies

The MoU will include information on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, identified strengths and shared key challenges of the BSR and policy recommendations. It will support the participating regions to develop their innovation policies according to the shared development view.

2. Handbook on practical innovation support instruments

Innovation support instruments will be developed jointly, tested and documented under three main action fields: 1) Innovative enterprises and networking; 2) Financing instruments and start-up support; 3) Creative culture development.

3. Improved networks and strategic capacities of key innovation facilitators

The project improves the capacities and international networks of decision-makers and innovation support organisations of the partner regions for identifying future challenges and managing of risks as well as for developing better innovation support services for enterprises.