Government of St. Petersburg

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Open Innovation Service for Emerging Business - OpenINNO


Open Innovation Service for Emerging Business project was implemented within the Cross-Border Cooperation Program South-East Finland – Russia from February 2012 to February 2014. The project partners’ consortium involved Russian and Finnish organizations representing the scientific and educational spheres, executive public authorities, business and regional structures.

The project is aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs planning to start their own innovation business in Russia or Finland. And its activities were grouped into three major units:

- Development and promotion of the open innovation methodology among “freelance” entrepreneurs, small enterprises and innovative organizations;

 - Piloting the new model for pre-incubation services based on specialized infrastructure and IT tools to provide support and couching for innovators. Its development was based on the Finnish Business Oasis – a special work area available on favorable terms to entrepreneurs who do not have their own office;

- Development of additional education and training courses for coachers, researches, innovators and SMEs in the field of open innovations and international business processes in cross-border regions.

The project’s results were achieved by development of technology-based business processes in partner regions, which include the open innovation concept.

Within the project activities Russian regional authorities were familiarized with the best EU practices in the field of open innovation, new management styles and ways of communication.

Participating universities (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Lappeenranta University of Technology) were provided with numerous research and background materials for new educational programmes and courses. Young innovators and entrepreneurs, SMEs and businessmen gained access to important information about innovation market, and regional authorities were familiarised with the trends of innovation development and the most advanced practices.

The project has supported successful integration of the young innovators and businessmen into existing innovational infrastructure, facilitated activities of local authorities for the development of regional innovation systems, as well as new ideas and solutions from the academic sector, providing the test ground for the new services creation.  

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