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Below you will find our reports and other stuff that could be useful when dealing with smartUps in the field of Consumer Cleantech. Feel free to download and read about the things we have done. Enjoy!

Bootcamp manual for intermediaries in the field of consumer cleantech

SmartUp Accelerator project brings together innovation actors in the consumer cleantech field around the Baltic Sea to make the region a forerunner in sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. In the core of this work are facilitated bootcamps and workshops where innovation intermediaries share their best practices to support startups and SME’s in the field. Similar tools and methods are also used in the bootcamps organised for startups during the SmartUp Accelerator project.

This publication serves two purposes. First, it is a documentation of the bootcamp for the partner intermediaries of SmartUp Accelerator held in Helsinki in February 2018. Second, it acts as an operational manual for organising and facilitating bootcamps which can be updated and later on used in other similar innovation capacity building processes. For this reason, practical tools and methods for co-creation, facilitation and planning of an innovation bootcamp are presented.

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Building an ecosystem for supporting innovation requires knowledge on what it commonly constitutes – the fundamental cornerstones – together with an understanding of current ecosystem structures. This to best construct a comprehensive yet unique ecosystem that can facilitate trust, collaborations and synergies.

This report studies seven national ecosystems, meaning the ecosystem that exists within a given country, and how they are governed and developed. Additionally, the mechanisms within the ecosystem for supporting early stage venturing are explored, in order to understand the similarities and differences, and trying to point to best-practices amongst these along with how they can be relevant for supporting consumer cleantech.

This report is conducted through desk-research complemented by 14 interviews, two per country, with one of them targeting the national innovation agency (or the equivalence in respective country) and one targeting a state-of-the-art incubator. The author wishes to thank all who contributed to this report through engaging these actors in the interviews.

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The aim of this report is to create a continuous (long term/self-sustaining) model for increasing consumer cleantech innovation ecosystems capacity in the Baltic Sea Region, an area expected to become a front-runner in sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. The Smartup Accelerator model would serve as a guide to innovation in the BSR for intermediaries, such as municipalities, incubators and sectoral agencies.

Indeed, despite the market potential in the Baltic Sea Region, a sufficient critical mass of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and smartups—startups which utilise consumer cleantech technologies—related to consumer cleantech has not been yet achieved, hindering the evolution of the whole consumer cleantech ecosystem. The model is therefore considered a platform to foster transnational cooperation, or knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices, and transnational partnerships. The goal is to build a framework capable of operation beyond the project lifetime—one that shall also be financially sustainable. Together with several contributing partners, The European Institute for Innovation (reg. assoc.) and Innovatum AB are the activities leader(s). The scope of the model is justified by the increasing role that innovative consumer cleantech solutions play in achieving societal sustainability.

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This report describes how the yearly competitions for BSR consumer cleantech have been carried out and the lessons and experiences learned.

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This report presents the current state of the cleantech ecosystem in the Baltic Sea Region. It presents the relevant stakeholders in seven countries around the BSR. The report also describes and differentiates the terms cleantech and consumer cleantech.

The already existing actors relevant to the consumer cleantech field around the BSR have been identified and can be found using the Cleantech innovation ecosystem actors map, which also indicates the organizational type of the actors. This report describes the general challenges for the stakeholders in their respective markets. Examples include lack of funding for companies and organizations, market size or domestic regulatory challenges.

To conclude, The Smartup Accelerator Model is introduced and it is identified how the model – which serves in need of creating a united ecosystem – could help to solve some of the challenges is described. SmartUp Accelerator is a collaboration project funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region as part of the European Regional Development Fund.