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About Biobord

By 2030, the world will need 50 % more food, 45 % more energy, and 30 % more water. The solution is bioeconomy that is based on the sustainable use of renewable resources as well as circular economy models.

Biobord platform was originated as the end result of the RDI2Club -project (Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems). The RDI2Club project is co-financed with the European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Baltic Sea and it aims towards connecting Bioeconomy developers around the the Baltic Sea region. With the help of the project and the Biobord platform, we want to further develop global networking in the Bioeconomy field, the creation of new workplaces, innovations and so on.

Following interactive roadmap will tell more of the creation process of Biobord and further details can be found after the roadmap.

Baltic Sea Region has vast natural resources, but has challenges to reach their full bioeconomy potential due to limited human capital and cooperation between businesses. Knowledge sharing is limited among local actors. In order to create new bioeconomy innovations and strengthen their competitiveness, local actors need knowledge and contacts outside of their region.
RDI2CluB-project was established with 12 BSR partners from five Baltic Sea bioeconomy region: Central Finland, Inland Norway, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Poland, Vidzeme Latvia and Estonia. Each partner region is based on triple-helix partnership with RDI - partner (in bioeconomy-related fields), BU - business development body (representing small and medium sizes businesses) and AU - authority (responsible for strategic planning in the region). Project started in October 2017 and lasts until the end of September 2020. More about the project and it goals: http://rdi2club.eu
The first step after starting the RDI2CluB project was to map out the bioeconomy strengths and weaknesses (in comparison of the national averages) of the partner regions. Regional Bioeconomy profiles were created based on that.
Regional Bioeconomy profiles helped to recognize cross-cutting issues and Joint Action plan was established for supporting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in bioeconomy in the rural regions of the RDI2CluB network.
Biobord Platform and Operating Model were created to help the RDI2CluB to work together with the Joint Action Plan and to connect regional bioeconomy innovation ecosystems together. It has been created for project management, networking, capacity building, matchmaking and innovation.

Development work will continue in an extension stage project ConnectedByBiobord (10/2020 – 06/2021) with new partner regions from Sweden and Estonia. More information coming soon.

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Biobord – Connecting Bioeconomy Developers

About biobord

By 2030, the world will need 50% more food, 45% more energy, and 30% more water. The solution is bioeconomy that is based on the sustainable use of renewable resources as well as circular economy models. Bioeconomy utilizes clean technologies that enable the efficient use of natural resources and nutrients, while ensuring biodiversity and supporting climate change mitigation.

Our mission is to bring together bioeconomy developers to a joint table to solve global and local challenges with bioeconomy innovations. Biobord connects bioeconomy innovation networks around the Baltic Sea Region to share ideas, find partners and work together to create business opportunities in bioeconomy. Together we build knowledge and raise awareness on sustainable and viable bioeconomy business potential in Baltic Sea Region.

Biobord is a place for you, if you are interested in viable and sustainable biobased business and networking with bioeconomy developers around the Baltic Sea Region. Find people with shared interests, team up and get support from our network of bioeconomy experts to build your business or launch your innovation to the markets.

Our growing network has been initiated by the following regions around Baltic Sea that specialize in bioeconomy:

  • Central Finland
  • Hedmark County in Norway
  • Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland
  • Vidzeme in Latvia
  • Estonia

Together we are piloting Biobord.eu as a meeting, co-working and innovation forum for bioeconomy developers with a passion for rural viability and sustainability.

Join our journey and share your experiences with us to help us develop the Biobord.eu platform. We are piloting the platform as a part of RDI2CluB project in 2019-2020 to improve our service based on the user experiences.

Impact Report of Our Local Pilots

One of RDI2CluB project’s main activities is to pilot different bioeconomy innovations locally and we created with the help of AskKauko an impact report to display the potential affects of our solutions. Please see our interactive report below.

More information of the piloting phase and of the impact report from the project website. See the whole interactive impact report here and learn more about the piloting process from RDI2CluB website.

Regional Bioeconomy Profiles

Regional Bioeconomy Profiles

Our journey towards smart specialization in bioeconomy started with the creation of Regional Bioeconomy Profiles.

Data is key for evidence-based decision making in regional strategy work. Still, reliable statistics to show the development of bioeconomy do not exist in regional level. Therefore, we compiled it! Not just for ourselves, but also for the other regions in Finland, Norway, Poland, Latvia and Estonia.

The updated web-toolkit for regional bioeconomy strategy work enables assessment of regional bioeconomy potential, strengths and weaknesses in comparison to national averages – as well as other regions in Baltic Sea Region and EU.

Statistics are not perfect when it comes to bioeconomy and regional expertise is key for interpreting the results. Still, the visual tools for bioeconomy readiness give an excellent start for the regional discussions and commitment to joint actions.

Joint Action Plans

Joint Action Plans

With data and regional dialogue on the potential for bioeconomy in our regions, we identified and established Joint Action Plans for supporting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in bioeconomy in the rural regions of our network.

The Joint Action Plans were developed in cooperation with regional triple helix actors –regional authorities, business and academy. The planning involved also authorities working with design and implementation of national smart specialization strategies in bioeconomy. Furthermore, Joint Action Plans connect the existing EU, EUSBSR, national and regional policies and strategies to a roadmap for the development of bioeconomy innovation ecosystem around the Baltic Sea Region.

Joint Actions have been identified for regional level and for co-operation across the regions in the Baltic Sea. The international Joint Action for Boosting Bioeconomy focus on three areas:

  • Knowledge building on New Technologies and Business Models.
  • Capacity building and transregional co-operation in innovation management and brokerage.
  • Raising awareness on the potential of bioeconomy for business and society.

We have identified actions that we can start right way and implement with our existing resources. Moreover, we have found action areas were we share an interest to plan jointly future actions.

Download the plans and read more from rdi2club.eu website.

The co-working has started and you can follow and join our discussions at our Forum under ‘Biobord Network Actions’!

Biobord Operation Model and Platform

Innovationhub Model Platform

To help our Network to work together on the Joint Action Plans and to connect our regional bioeconomy innovation ecosystems, we created Biobord. Biobord is an open virtual innovation hub for bioeconomy developers. On Biobord, we offer our network members tools for managing the project lifecycle, network building and management, interactive online capacity building, matchmaking and connecting with innovation support services.

Biobord has been developed in an iterative service design process. Now, we are in piloting phase, where we test and scale up platform functionalities and operations together with different user groups - researchers, regional development agents, students, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovation brokers.

The Biobord Operating Model describes the potential of our network, the functionalities of the platform as well as the user profiles and service paths. Furthermore, the Operating Model provides practical guidance and tools for the uptake of the Biobord, creation of the service paths as well as continuous improvement of the forum community building.

Read more on the Biobord Operating Model, joint the activities at Biobord and share your feedback to help us develop the platform into an attractive virtual co-working, networking, learning and innovation environment.