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Spinverse experts help tackle global challenges with customers

Spinverse is growing at a steady pace and by early 2022, we are most likely to hit the mark of 80 employees.Read on to find out what kind of work our experts do. Could you be our next public funding professional to join Spinverse — stay tuned to many open positions with us in the upcoming weeks!

Spinverse is specialised on helping customers renew and grow through innovations. Our experts help organisations to collaborate, get public funding and make an impact with their innovative products or services. We work across a number of industry segments and focus on areas where there is public funding available to stimulate innovation.

Driving digitalization and sustainability with our customers

We are proud to be able to contribute to projects that drive towards common goals to make this world a better place: oftentimes our projects are related to digitalization and sustainability in the areas of bioeconomy, circular economy, smart cities, built environments, health technologies, energy and manufacturing to mention a few examples. Our customers vary from large corporations to RTOs and disruptive SMEs. We also help build and manage consortiums and ecosystems of varying sizes.

The professionals at Spinverse are highly educated with working experience in a wide variety of industries and technology knowledge, offering a unique combination of innovation consulting, leadership and project management. We have a lot of international professionals from more than 10 countries, and our company language is, you guessed it, English.

Innovation consulting and project management at the core of what we do

The majority of our experts work at Spinverse in customer projects as consultants or project managers, having varying levels of seniority. Our junior colleagues support the projects as analysts. It may first seem that we mostly help customers prepare a successful funding proposal, but we can actually offer much more than that. Our funding experts can help crystallise the project objectives and business strategy, find suitable partners and provide coaching for pitching. What is more, Spinverse team can also help in identifying the matching funding calls for new projects, or support organisations who are only getting to know the growth opportunities of public funding.

The customers who have succeeded in securing funding for their project can also benefit from our expertise when the project starts. If needed, we can continue the collaboration by providing project coordination and management services to ensure an efficient project kick-off and keep it running smoothly. More often than not, publicly funded consortium or ecosystem projects are about managing complexity: there could be many partners involved and this is where we excel: we can ensure efficient communication between project partners and help identify common goals. We are also familiar with all the regulations and reporting requirements involved with EU funded projects.

Each customer project is unique and different skills are required. Sometimes the focus may be on efficient communication and dissemination on the project, and other times, coordination or subject matter expertise is needed. Spinverse teams can provide diverse skill sets for all these areas.

Did you get interested in working at Spinverse? Follow our Careers page and LinkedIn, as we are currently looking for many new experts on project management, consulting and public funding to join us! 

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Industryhack joins Spinverse

Industryhack Oy, a consulting company specialised in co-creation methods, and an innovation consulting company Spinverse Oy have reached an agreement where the operating assets of Industryhack business are transferred to Spinverse. As a result of this asset deal, Spinverse strengthens their ecosystem program management services, expertise on challenge-based development operations, and the network of innovative SMEs.

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The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) will be launched at the end of November

The CBE partnership worth 2 billion euros between the European Union and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) is the successor of BBI partnership. Bio-based industries are considered to be a key enabler of the green transition towards a resilient and environmentally sustainable EU economy. The CBE JU’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and the Work Programme for 2022 are expected to be adopted in Q1-Q2 of 2022, after which the first CBE JU call for project proposals will be launched, bringing growth opportunities to companies working in this sector.

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Spinverse CEO Laura Koponen elected as deputy board member in Technology Industries of Finland for 2022-2024

Spinverse is happy to announce the election of their CEO Laura Koponen as the deputy board member in the Technology Industries of Finland, the lobbying organisation for technology industry companies. Laura Koponen will bring to the board her extensive expertise and understanding on the opportunities of public funding to accelerate companies’ growth, competitiveness and renewal.

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The Digital Europe Programme drives the digital transformation of Europe with 7.6 B€ and the first calls have just opened

Making a greener and more digital Europe is one of the biggest challenges for our generation. The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new funding programme from the European Union, which focuses to strategically fund the development and acceleration of European digital technologies to businesses, citizens and public administrations and support the recovery of the economy from the pandemic. With the opened and upcoming calls for proposals, that release the budget of 7.6 B€, there will be remarkable growth opportunities to small and mid-sized enterprises working on digital technologies as well as to organisations providing key technological capabilities and services.

We are highly dependent on digital technology and infrastructure to communicate, work, make progress in science and answer the environmental problems of our times. However, Europe can no longer be dependent on systems and solutions coming from outside our region, and the DIGITAL programme is aimed to pave the way to achieve this goal.

Spinverse Ecosystem Leader and Senior Project Manager Pentti Launonen says: ”The Digital Europe Programme will strengthen Europe´s digital sovereignty and support the digital transformation of the EU economy and its industrial ecosystems. The programme includes actions for reinforcing Europe´s critical digital capacities and deployment of digital technologies, developing key digital infrastructures, upskilling workforce, and creating safer digital spaces, services and markets”.

Overview
The goal of the DIGITAL programme is to accelerate the recovery of European economy and boost the digital transition of Europe. It extends to years from 2021 to 2027 and will support projects in five key areas, namely:

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Small-scale Innovation Fund to boost your CO2-reducing projects and innovations

Is your company on a mission to reduce carbon emissions to fight climate change? To become climate neutral by 2050, Europe has to take drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To support this ambitious goal, European Commission has launched an Innovation Fund programme to fund both large-scale and small-scale projects that demonstrate low-carbon technologies. Read on to find out if your SME company or a consortium you are part of is eligible to have your fair share of the 10 B€ available through this massive funding programme over the period of 2020-2030 — the next small-scale call is approaching early next year!

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Nominations for CTOs of the Year and Innovation Professor of the Year 2022 opened in this autumn’s CTO Forum

CTO Forum is an invitational community for Finland's Chief Technology Officers, organised since 2011. The key theme in this autumn’s event on 3rd November 2021 was to discuss how Finland is aiming to solve global challenges. The hybrid networking and idea-sharing event brought together a good number of CTOs and other technology leaders representing a wide variety of Finnish industries. In discussions and workshops, participants were sharing valuable insights on how to best utilise our technology sector and how public programmes can support these efforts. What is more, the nomination period for the CTO of the Year 2022 and Innovation Professor of the Year 2022 was opened!

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EU funding for Research and Innovation

Open EU funding calls in Q4 2021 – find what matches your R&I instantly

As the annual cycle soon closes, October Q4 opened a new and continuous wave of EU funding calls. Many organizations might be focusing on reporting of the current year, but don’t forget this is also the time to build the next year’s strategy and work plans considering some funding deadlines can spawn into Spring 2022.

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Strategic European partnership on Smart Networks and Services to boost 5G deployment and 6G research activities

 The European Commission has adopted its legislative proposal for a strategic European partnership on Smart Networks and Services as a Joint Undertaking, with a public R&I investment of 900 M€ over the new long-term budget period 2021-2027. The Joint Undertaking will coordinate research activities on 6G technology under Horizon Europe and 5G deployment initiatives under the Connecting Europe Facility Digital and other programmes.

Senior Project Manager Pekka Torvinen at Spinverse says: ”Smart Networks and Services funding instrument offers a great opening to build projects focused on strong European telecommunications industry and ecosystems. The proposed project topics can range from research-intensive projects to demonstrations and trials with different industry verticals. This offers unique opportunities for many organisations in different fields when developing and testing technologies beyond 5G."

The budget over the next seven years will allow for the strategic planning and implementation of a truly roadmap-based 6G research programme. The public funding of 900 M€ by the Commission will be topped up by the private sector, leading to a total investment of at least 1.8 B€, which can be expected to leverage broader R&I investments in Europe in the order of 10 B€.

Overview
The public-private Joint Undertaking for Smart Networks and Services has two objectives, namely:

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Introducing new Spinverse experts

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Spinverse helps industry connect with the latest European research in AI

We discussed with Patrick Halford who leads our Digital Industries team about the research activities around Artificial Intelligence (AI). Keeping up with the many overlapping technologies under the umbrella of what is commonly known as artificial intelligence as they ride their respective cost/performance improvement curves is no easy feat. It is, however, an essential element of Spinverse’s business model as we strive to help our clients from across all industries and organization types capitalise on converging technologies to secure R&D&I funding and build out new value chains. 

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Podcast: Spinverse Founder and Chairman Pekka Koponen's take on NextGenerationEU

Jaakko Tapaninen of Hybrid Times podcast invited Pekka Koponen to shed some light on the growth, partnership and internationalization opportunities on offer to Finnish companies through the  massive funding programmes under the NextGenerationEU. In the podcast, Jaakko and Pekka discuss what kind of future will be built with the hundreds of billions of euros for a more sustainable, digital and stronger Europe and how Finnish companies can be part of that growth. 

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LuxTurrim5G offering showcased in Expo 2020 Dubai as from October

An important gateway to the global market for the smart city offering developed within the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem will be opened at the Expo 2020 Dubai, launching in October. In the event, the LuxTurrim5G concept and two functional smart poles will be showcased together with Nokia and Tehomet, Orbis, Teleste, Vaisala, Indagon, L7 Drive, Link Design, VTT and Spinverse. Spinverse has been part of the ecosystem since its very start, taking care of the ecosystem leadership and project coordination.   

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Series of business conversations on reimagining the value chains for the digital age

Great opportunities for sustainable growth can appear from multiple directions. Sometimes, they occur as a result of unforeseen circumstances, such as global events which trigger a re-wiring of business, government, and society’s mode of operation. Sometimes these transformational shifts are recognized by large corporates who have a clear understanding of how fast the snow is melting at the edges of their organization, recognizing that they have to simultaneously dramatically change to a new business model, at the same time as delivering on existing business commitments. Join a series of conversations around these topics, arranged by HCL Technologies and moderated by our Patrick Halford!  

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Simplify EU funding search -  Spinbase upgrades user interface and new features

Equipped with a powerful AI engine and semantic analytics, Spinverse’s funding search engine Spinbase shortens the search time from hours to mere seconds. In our commitment to drive research and innovations, Spinbase listened to customer feedback and made major upgrades. Now with a brand-new user interface, calendar views and email reminders, your team can easily harness the tool and align with upcoming and relevant EU funding calls.  

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Veera Mustonen: reinventing smart cities after the pandemic

Veera Mustonen recently joined Spinverse as a Senior Manager. She leads an experienced and international Smart Cities and Mobility team with a wide variety of technology, industry and city management capabilities. Veera and her team support Spinverse customers in building and running complex mobility and city ecosystems and international consortia across organisations of all types. We had a chat with Veera about the future insights of this sector, which has been close to her heart for almost a decade.

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Finnish hydrogen cluster opens up doors to European networks

In spring 2021, a national company-led hydrogen cluster was established in Finland to accelerate hydrogen economy and exports of hydrogen-related solutions. To date, the cluster has attracted almost 50 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. The cluster has now published its website.

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