Next Generation EU made easy - guide to industries

The European Association of Innovation Consultants published its first collective report to help European Commission in their work to inform the industries on the deployment of Next Generation EU funding instrument, the largest economic stimulus ever funded by the EU. As one of the founding members of EAIC, Spinverse has also contributed to this report, called "A Guide to Next Generation EU for industry to better understand and seize its opportunities".

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Spinverse is part of successful EDIDP consortium focusing on developing next generation defence capabilities

Patria Land is leading a defence industry consortium that has now been selected as part of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), an industrial programme of the EU. As part of the EDIDP, the program focuses on Ground Combat Capabilities (GCC) to develop the next generation armoured platforms and upgrade the current ones. Patria Land acts as the industrial coordinator of the EDIDP-GCC-2020 and has formed a consortium called FAMOUS (European Future Highly Mobile Augmented Armoured Systems) to execute the program. The consortium includes 19 leading European defence companies from different countries. Spinverse supported the planning and preparation of the winning FAMOUS project proposal and will help Patria Land to coordinate the project.

EDIDP is a defence industry development program designed to support the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the Union's defence industry. The EDIDP is the first EU-funded program to develop defence capabilities, with a financial envelope of 500 million euros. The selection for the EDIDP program was made in June 2021 and the actual start of the project will take place in autumn 2021. The GCC project led by Patria will last 24 months.

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Energy ECS project develops smart and secure energy solutions for future mobility and green-energy transition

A new project with 30 participants from eight European countries will pave the way for an emerging new European business and technology ecosystem aimed at tackling various energy-related challenges for the future of mobility. The project accelerates Europe's decarbonization goals for 2050. The project consortium and proposal were built with the help of Spinverse.

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Horizon Europe: opportunities for research and development projects for upcoming seven years

Horizon Europe, the landmark research programme for the years 2021-2027, has finally launched with the official opening of its first collaborative calls. The budget of 95.5 B€ for the next seven years will offer strong support for projects related to topics such as health, digitalisation and green transition. Innovative small and mid-sized enterprises will also be able to benefit from the various funding opportunities under the programme.

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Circular biocarbon project secures 15 M€ to build the first European refinery for municipal solid waste and sewage sludge

Urbaser, a global environmental management company, and their subsidiary Socamex, will lead a pan-European CIRCULAR BIOCARBON project, launched in summer 2021. The project aims to build the first biorefinery for municipal solid waste and sewage sludge in Europe. Spinverse supported Urbaser at the project proposal phase. As a result of a successful grant application, the circular biocarbon project will be partially funded by 15 M€ from Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking subsidy provided by the European Commission.

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The first pre-commercial version of the smart pole in LuxTurrim5G project is ready

The collaboration within the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem, driven by Nokia and coordinated by Spinverse, has progressed nicely despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The extensive company consortium developing a digital platform for the smart city has now reached an important milestone when its key element, the 5G smart pole, has progressed from the development stage into the pre-commercial product. It is in fact a product family of smart poles, which can meet the various needs of cities. The modular structure allows for poles in different sizes, integration of various devices, and implementation of required digital services based on usage and surrounding area. The ecosystem partners are currently working on finalising the collaboration model to bring the product to markets.   

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EU funding complements the position of Helsinki University Hospital as innovation platform

Spinverse health tech and funding experts have been supporting Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), the largest academic medical centre in Europe, in some of their publicly funded research projects and activities related to EU funding applications. We discussed with Suzan Ikävalko, Senior Research and Innovation Manager at HUS, on the importance of EU funding as means to boost innovative research projects and collaboration with other parties.

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LIFE 2021 call is open -  billions of euros in funding for environment and climate objectives

The LIFE programme dating back to 1992 is the only European Union fund entirely dedicated to environmental and climate objectives. A recent provisional agreement to raise the budget of the programme to more than 5.48 B€ for 2021-2027 offers growth opportunities to basically anyone registered in the EU to apply for LIFE funding: public bodies, companies, and NGOs, including growth companies. The first LIFE call for proposals has just opened and this is the time to act! 

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Introducing Spinverse Summer trainees 2021

We know the warmest time of the year is not far away when our summer trainees join Spinverse to support our experts over the summer holiday season. This year, we are proud to introduce Maria Heinonen, Heidi Melkko and Joonas Paukkunen as our summer trainees. They were selected in our virtual recruitment event from more than 150 candidates.

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Spinverse helped VIOBOND project to secure 16 M€ funding to develop technology that replaces fossil resources with renewable lignin

Phenolic resins are one of the most versatile polymers yet invented. Spinverse recently supported the VIOBOND consortium to secure funding of 16 M€ from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) grant. VIOBOND project with a total budget of 35 M€ is led by Latvijas Finieris, and it aims to help build a sustainable and safe flagship plant for large-scale production of lignin phenol-formaldehyde (LPF). In this project, lignin will be used to partially substitute hazardous chemicals of fossil origin.

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Eurostars funding helps to boost innovative R&D consortia projects

Eurostars is a public funding instrument dedicated to innovative, research-driven small and mid-sized enterprises who want to join forces with other like-minded companies. Successful applicants are in for grants worth an average of 1-2 M€ each to boost their civilian projects aimed at developing new products, processes or services. The funding instrument stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.   

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In a flow of renewal - new team leaders and new colleagues

Spinverse business continues to grow and renew to meet the customer needs and to offer top expertise on public funding, and existing or emerging technologies. As our experts accumulate more experience with Spinverse, we try to offer opportunities to take on new responsibilities. At the same time, we warmly welcome new experts to join our ranks. This spring, we have had several recruitment processes in our business units and are now proud to introduce our latest promotion and first new colleagues.

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Finnish hydrogen cluster opens up doors to European networks

A national company-led hydrogen cluster was established in Finland to accelerate hydrogen economy and exports of hydrogen-related solutions. The cluster has attracted 36 companies already, including Spinverse, which will provide services for building project consortia, raising funding and coordinating projects. The cluster aims to open up doors to European networks as there are plans to invest tens of billions of euros to hydrogen economy.

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Spinbase is a user-friendly and practical tool for identifying public funding opportunities

Henna Gustafsson is working as a research funding advisor at the University of Jyväskylä Research and Innovation Services in central Finland. She and her colleagues offer pre-award services to researchers and staff of the university and they have recently started to use Spinbase, which is an AI-based funding search tool developed by Spinverse. Spinbase helps Henna in her daily work to identify EU funding opportunities for the university’s researchers. The results have been very positive.

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Way of working at Spinverse changed along with the renewal of working environment

The main focus of more than 60 Spinverse experts is to innovate, ideate and challenge. This is why the company’s working environment called for inspirational spaces for innovation. Spinverse recently moved to Keilaniemi, Espoo, to larger premises and aimed to create an environment where employees can work in a variety of ways, meet colleagues and also celebrate success.

The year with corona made us think about our ways and places of working

Over the course of the challenging and exceptional year of 2020, Spinverse grew and recruited 15 new employees. The old premises became too small and expectations for a new office space were set high. Before, Spinverse had somewhat limited possibilities for remote working and employees had the opportunity to work remotely once a week. With the epidemic forcing everyone to adapt to the new normal, a different perspective on working was required. It became obvious that certain ways of working suited to some, and another way worked for others. There was a desire to enable different ways of working also at the office when people will finally be able to return there.

Working life is undergoing a big change and the premises need to change too. The role of the office is to serve employees and provide the best possible place to innovate and be inspired.

“Working life is undergoing a big change and the premises need to change too. The role of the office is to serve employees and provide the best possible place to innovate and be inspired. The office has all the necessary furniture and equipment so that each of us can succeed in our work. Best of all, at the office we will meet our wonderful colleagues,” says Laura Koponen, CEO of Spinverse.

For everyone to be able to work in the best way suited for them, Spinverse set the following requirements for the new premises:

  • Small meeting rooms where you can innovate together with colleagues or arrange remote meetings
  • A common “living room” where you can meet and enjoy each other's company
  • Outside the actual work area, there will be a few more desks where you can stop to work temporarily
  • Different seat options for workstations, with good ergonomics in mind
  • Kitchen and an area for hanging out where you can also spend time outside working hours
  • Functional and intact furniture from old premises will be brought into the new work environment.

Every employee is provided with the best environment for smooth working

Special attention was paid to the acoustics, colour scheme and ergonomics of the office. The interior design for the new office was designed to match the colors of the brand. Attention was also paid to the office’s walkways, and the office flooring was used to guide traffic from the entrance to the area where coats can be left. The soft carpet and upholstered furniture offer good acoustics in the open space.

“We have people of all ages and heights at work and everyone has their own needs for furniture. That is why we wanted to invest in workplace ergonomics and choose from a wide variety of different seats. This way, everyone can find the best seat for themselves. All our tables are electric so everyone can adjust the table to the right height,” says Laura.

The “living room” and coziness played a big role in making the office comfortable. Large green plants and the Naava plant wall bring some nature and liveliness into the office space. The beautiful sea view complements the impact. Spinverse wanted to have large sofas so the staff could get together for different occasions. Two large movable screens, and the Kivikko stools with wheels enable versatile use of the shared space.

“Our office is wonderful! We wanted a large, shared space for different kind of ways of work and also for hanging out with the colleagues. We cannot wait to host a housewarming party for our staff when the time is right. There is always a bottle of bubbly in our fridge which will be popped open when there is a time to celebrate successes,” Laura concludes.

Spinverse's office was designed and furnished by Isku Interior Oy. Read this article in Finnish on Isku website, along with more photos.

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We have launched our new Spinbase website

New Horizon Europe programme, new website! We are very excited to announce the launch of a new website for our digital solution, Spinbase! New content includes a lot of valuable information for the future and current users, such as tutorial videos, frequently asked questions, support materials, and customer stories. The new website offers a good information package for organisations who are looking to improve their internal decision-making and processes regarding the identification of EU funding opportunities, partners, and projects.  

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European recovery package to support growth

Spinverse founder and Chairman of the board Pekka Koponen shared his thoughts about Finland's recovery and resilience plan. What opportunities does the recovery package offer especially for Finnish industries, and how can board members promote the growth opportunities of their companies from this perspective? Read here Pekka's expert advice to companies and their executives.

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Finnish edutech startup 3DBear raises 1.5 M€ to accelerate international expansion

A Finnish learning application utilizing 3D technologies is targeting international markets with a successful investment round worth 1.5 M€ and new members in the Board of Directors. As of April 1, 2021, the Chair of the Board Jussi Kajala is the new CEO of 3DBear, whilst Laura Koponen, CEO of the innovation consulting company Spinverse, was appointed the new Chair of the Board. The two new members in the Board of Directors, Fredrik Lucander (VP, Marketing) of home delivery app Wolt and Raghunath Koduvayur (Head of Marketing and Communications) of IQM Quantum Computers, building quantum computers, bring in their strong marketing expertise to accelerate the future growth.

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The growing ExpandFibre Ecosystem accelerates the development of sustainable bioproducts

Fortum and Metsä Group launched ExpandFibre, a 4-year R&D collaboration, in summer 2020. It is a major effort towards developing high-volume bioproducts that have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to currently available fossil-based products. To succeed in the ambitious mission, the founding companies have joined forces with a large and continuously growing group of innovation partners – the ExpandFibre Ecosystem. Spinverse has supported the ecosystem in setting up the ExpandFibre activities and is working with Fortum and Metsä Group to accelerate impactful collaboration.

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