Central Baltic Startup Springboard


Central Baltic region has a great opportunity to strengthen its position as a globally competitive center of knowledge-intensive, born global startups aiming for rapid growth. The potential leans on high quality university education, wide selection of entrepreneurship studies and a network of support organisations. However, the international startup scene has become more competitive, thus creating a need to strengthen the regional approach through joint teams and processes. A cross-border business acceleration process is needed to be able to offer comparable value to compete with currently stronger startup regions. The Springboard project supports the development of new joint and cooperative knowledge-intensive startups springing up of the shared smart specialization strengths of the participating regions (ICT, cleantech, healthtech and biotech).

The project consortium consists of 6 partners covering three Central Baltic countries. Partners from Turku, Tallinn and Riga implement three joint 10-week business acceleration programs, coaching for the most potential teams and targeted matchmaking activities for already established early-stage companies. By combining expertise across borders, it is easier to find potential business ideas, establish globally competitive joint teams with versatile know-how and experience, and find a group of potential “CB startup stars” to coach towards success.

  • Project duration: 01.11.2015. until 31.01.2018.
  • Lead Partner: Turku Science Park.
  • Project partners: University of Turku, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn Science Park TECHNOPOLIS, Latvia Technology Park, Riga Technical University.
  • Project total amount: 1 338 502 EUR, LTP part:  156 110,48 EUR.

It is financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


Estonia – Latvia programme Boost BioBusiness

2010 – 2011

EU Estonia – Latvia programme project «Boosting Cross-border Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences & Medicine related to Biotechnology and Medical ICT between Estonia and Latvia».

The main purpose of «Boost BioBusiness» is to boost cross-border entrepreneurship and support the formation of a regional cluster in Life Sciences & Medicine related to biotechnology and medical ICT through mobilization of actors in the region. Project activities give an opportunity to create critical mass of resources, establish a platform for cross-border RTD collaboration and business support as well as boost innovation by breaking intersectorial barriers between different disciplines related to biotechnology, thereby supporting the establishment and growth of ventures and their international competitiveness.

Project partners – Entrepreneurship Development Centre for Biotechnology and Medicine (EE), University of Tartu (EE), Archimedes Foundation (EE), Latvia Technology Park (LV), University of Latvia (LV), Business Innovation Centre of Latvian Electronic Industry (LV).


Leonardo da Vinci programme project VocTrainMaint

2009 – 2011

Leonardo da Vinci programme project VocTrainMaint has the long term goal – to create a practical and technical deeper vocational maintenance training adapted for European industries in a life long learning process. The main outcome of the project will be maintenance oriented curriculum for the teachers training, the post secondary vocational training, the basic vocational training, and a framework for thereto related e-learning and textbooks. Thereby an increased possibility of productivity and efficiency for the European export industry will be achieved. This will also result in transparency and recognition of maintenance competences and qualifications in Europe, increased quality and attractiveness of VET systems and practices, as well as better skills and competences of VET teachers, trainers and tutors in the maintenance area.

Project partners are from Sweden (UTEK), Norway (The Norwegian Society of Maintenance), Ireland (The Institute of Industrial Engineers), Iceland (The Technical College), Finland (YA! Vocational Education and Trainin) and Latvia(Latvia Technology park). Associate partner from Switzerland (Wear- Management).



Leonardo da Vinci programme project  iLearn2main  


The iLearn2Main project aims to bring the right innovative training and training tools to the right people, in order to improve Maintenance Management practice in modern production units. The direct objectives are as follows – improve qualifications and employability of industrial workers by adequate VET training, in line with the Copenhagen declaration; enhance procedures for improving production equipment life cycle and produce better quality products; enhance procedures for meeting production constraints and improve performance efficiency; enhance procedures for meeting environment and safety requirements; improve total plant cost effectiveness.

To meet these targets, iLearn2Main will employ innovative e-learning technologies, offering customisable and personalised training to staff, while facilitating the standardisation of competencies assessment and learning evaluation.

iLearn2Main engages stakeholders from a wide spectrum: Industry, research and academic partners, industrial associations, organisations related to innovation diffusion and knowledge transfer; research institutions involved in educational and e-learning technology. Thus, the consortium composition ensures the highest quality professional training outcome. Project partners – Portsmouth Business Scholl University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom), Athena – Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, Cultural & Educational Technology Institute (Greece), ATLANTIS ENGINEERING (Greece), UTEK AB (Sweden), National Council of Small and Medium Sized Private Enterprises in Romania (Romania), Latvia Technology Park (Latvia).

Project iLearn2main website: www.ilearn2main.eu



Leonardo da Vinci programme project TRAIN IN MAIN

TRAIN IN MAIN is a Leonardo da Vinci project aiming to embed the key principles of maintenance successfully within small or large organisations and it is expected that when this is achieved, the impact upon their competitive position will be considerable. The efforts made so far on training in maintenance are fragmentary and superficial, using mainly a theoretical approach and therefore providing methodologies unfeasible to be implemented. This is exactly the gap TRAIN IN MAIN consortium has identified and aims to fill in utilizing the theoretical knowledge of academic institutions, enriched with the valuable experience of consultants and companies maintenance people, to develop an integrated training model adjusted to the special needs and weaknesses of the European companies in order to make them more competitive. The realization of the benefits that arise from maintenance strategies implementation through the use of strategic, financial and recording tools and of the way all these should be adjusted according to their own company needs (self audit tools), will be the means to this achievement.

Eight partners from different arenas (universities, technology institutions, consultancy firms) and European countries (Sweden, UK, Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania) will provide visitors with answers such as which maintenance strategy is suitable in your case, how you can effectively implement it, how you will be able to measure and analyse the implementation results etc. Information also concerning project activities, the training material developed and project products (self audit tool, etc), will be available.