Business Finland and companies involved in its digitalisation programs have joined forces to fund research and development activities with one billion euros in the upcoming five years. Spinverse is commissioned to help in getting the most out of the billion in this big digital transformation for Finland.
Innovation is proven to be the single most efficient way to encourage growth and renewal. Should Finland once again be made the spearhead of innovation all others compare themselves to?
The bi-annual CTO Forum spring event was held on 19th of March at restaurant Palace. This time the focus of the event was on Finland 4.0 - how to increase the R&D expenditure of GDP to 4.0%.
Open Innovation (OI) ecosystem projects are complicated and demanding. Ecosystem partners have multiple roles and different internal drivers and objectives. Typically innovation projects involve high technological and commercial risks, which increase the level of complexity. Furthermore, there may be competing ecosystem projects either running parallel or about to be initiated. These characteristics require special measures and actions when leading and managing OI ecosystem projects.
Temperature sensors, drug tests and disease detection devices made out of paper: the future of green electronics has kicked-off with the INNPAPER project. The four-year project aims to develop alternative solutions to traditional electronics. It is funded by the European Commission and has a budget of €7.5 million.
Spinverse and the Nordic Council of Ministers through the Danish Business Authority have broadened the CTO Forum concept to cover all Nordic countries. The first ever CTO Forum Nordics was held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 14th of December 2017. The aim of the day was to find ways to enhance Nordic cooperation in industrial digitalisation: Industry 4.0.
Helsinki-based edtech software company 3DBear Ltd has raised over one million euros of seed funding. Investors are New York -based Rethink Education VC, a publicly listed media and publishing company Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj, chairman of the Board of Directors of Basware Hannu Vaajoensuu through his investment company, angel investor Tero Lehtonen and an edtech investor and founder Mitch Weisburgh. Current investors Spinverse Group, Glyn Eggar, Kaisa Olkkonen and Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara made additional investments.
EU Breakfast seminar: In just 1,5 hours, learn if your company could receive funding. At the same time you will learn how the SME instrument will change in the beginning of 2018 and how this will affect you. After the presentations, you have the possibility to discuss your potential for EU funding with experts and go through already existing project ideas.
Spinverse has helped EuroPAT-MASIP project to secure funding from the Horizon 2020 programme within the “Electronics Components and Systems for European Leadership” (ECSEL) Joint Undertaking. The project ranked in the top 3 proposals submitted.
From now until 2020, the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme will grant nearly €80 billion funding to innovation projects. Here are 7 reasons why your project should consider Horizon 2020 funding:
The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 has been published with over 1000 different funding opportunities for R&D&I, demonstrations, piloting and new market entry in very many different areas. This is the time to start looking for funding opportunities for you if you haven't done so already.
The new real-time measurement system brings extensive savings. Groundwork was laid in CLEEN and FIBIC’s joint BEST bioenergy research program, managed by Spinverse.
Printed intelligence in Finland focuses on cost and energy efficient roll-to-roll manufacturing, advanced scalable materials and creation of new business.
The key is to combine materials and processing know-how with applications such as smart packaging, diagnostics, organic electronics, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), lighting and solar cells. These provide important enablers for the critical needs of flexible and organic electronics – already today.
Over 60 experts from industry met the European Commission and research representatives to share experiences about nano-enabled innovations, future markets, framework and investment needs.
FIMECC has launched two new research programs that will have a major impact in bringing innovative and sustainable materials solutions for many emerging and growing industry sectors. The programs will also enable a major renewal in the Finnish metals and engineering cluster. Spinverse facilitated the preparation of these novel industry driven public-private partnership (PPP) programs and has now been selected to manage both of them.
Turning Finnish research into commercial success: Evaluation of the Tekes TULI Programme shows need to focus on results
Finland has been criticized for its ability to turn R&D investments into commercially successful innovations. The evaluation of the Tekes programme “Creating Business from Research” (TULI) showed that the structures and competences for commercialization – as well as attitudes – have developed substantially during the last 10 years. While this competence-building phase was necessary, it is now time to move on to the next level where success is measured by commercial results.
The European Commission is launching the biggest Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Its budget of 70 billion for seven years is the biggest of its kind in the world. In the previous Framework Programme, Finland was a net recipient: we received 1.33 times more money than we contributed. Many things will change this time around and there is a possibility that we’ll be left with nothing.
According to the annual Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Survey by Spinverse, investments in research and development (R&D) will increase in 2013 in almost half of the Finnish companies, and almost a third of the companies will recruit more this year. However, CTOs are not as optimistic as in the previous years: less companies are increasing investments and recruitment.
Spinverse and the Tekes Fuel Programme assisted Fuel Cell Today to compile a comprehensive report on Fuel Cell opportunities.
Sharing application needs and fresh research results
The workshop on ”Printed Intelligence – Towards Applications” arranged by Spinverse Functional Materials coordination team brought together the key Finnish companies and research groups in the field and a multidisciplinary audience of altogether 100 experts.