Purpose – Why SME2GO?
For the first time in history the majority of people live in cities. Urbanization is reaching its extremes and megacities are facing huge challenges in providing even basic services for their inhabitants. There is a great need for more efficient, sustainable, and smart city solutions as the urban population continues to grow. Solutions for smart cities and innovative urban environments will be the main area of investment in many parts of Africa, Asia, and South-America within the next decade. Smart city solutions are products, systems, and services that enable sustainable and resource-efficient development of modern cities. This includes solutions for the way we live, move, use energy, and construct our cities. The Central Baltic region has come far in the development of such solutions. In many cases the cutting-edge solutions are developed within a small or medium-sized enterprise, where the knowledge and experience in doing business with the emerging markets is lacking. By increasing the cooperation among companies offering smart city solutions, the Central Baltic region can create a competitive edge and offer superior system solutions meeting the needs of the megacities. Together we can become stronger, achieve synergies, and open the door for exports to new emerging markets. The Central Baltic area has a unique opportunity to take a leading role in a market with tremendous growth potential over the coming years.
What is SME2GO?
SME2GO is a EU funded growth programme established to increase cooperation and exports of smart city solutions from the Central Baltic area to new and expanding markets.
The total approved amount from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the project is 1.419.997,25 euro.
For the coming three years, SME2GO will focus on increasing the cooperation between companies offering smart city solutions within the Central Baltic region. The participants of the growth programme will be offered: networking, international marketing and sales training, matchmaking, market intelligence, and customized support, to facilitate joint export opportunities in emerging markets.
The goal of the project is to create 3-5 cross-boarder business partnerships (consortias) achieving sales in new emerging markets.
Leadership – Which organizations are leading the project?
The SME2GO project is run by five partners from the Central Baltic region. The following organizations in Sweden, Finland and Estonia are involved:
- Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (Sweden)
- Västerås Science Park (Sweden)
- Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol (Estonia)
- Turku Science Park (Finland)
- Posintra (Finland)
Each partner has a long track record in activating clusters related to smart city concepts and solutions, ensuring the knowledge and networks required in order to succeed with the project. The project partners also have access to existing test beds where the novelest technologies can be piloted and tested before entering foreign markets.
Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (SISP) is Sweden’s national association for business incubators and science parks. SISP is a non-profit association with national coverage, focusing on stimulating growth in knowledge-based companies. SISP’s members operate more than 70 creative environments, facilitating innovation and business development in Sweden.
Västerås Science Park (VSP) has a focus on Rail, Energy, Automation, and Welfare and health. VSP has a long experience of working with companies that have a strong connection to, and directly acts for, the development of digital technology for Smart Cities. VSP have well-structured processes for both startups and existing companies that want to grow and reach out to a global market.
Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol is a science and business environment for over 200 knowledge-based companies. Tehnopol provides a unique set of value adding business development services, convenient infrastructure, and international cooperation opportunities for companies. Tehnopol’s focus is on smart residential and business areas - construction, transportation/traffic, communication, energy systems, robotics, embedded computing, big data, IoT, cloud computing, and more.
Turku Science Park Ltd (TScP) is an independent and impartial expert company promoting the business operations of SMEs based on leading know-how. Turku Science Park Ltd acts as a strategic partner to universities, startups and growth-oriented enterprises. Turku offers internationalization services focused on building partnerships between Finnish and foreign players, providing internationalization training, and finding financial support for internationalization. Turku and South-west Finland feature significant know-how and a growing number of SMEs within low-carbon economy and smart city technologies.
Posintra Ltd is a business development company working in East Uusimaa region, the area of Porvoo and Loviisa regions. The company has an active role in the future development of the region by providing services for starting as well as operating businesses in the region. The main purpose of the company is to facilitate development and structuring of small and medium size companies. Posintra hosts a national centre of excellence in building services technologies (e.g. automation, monitoring, and energy efficiency). The centre contributes to the development of sustainable districts and built environment. Posintra has special expertise in low carbon living and moving as well as in energy efficiency.
If You are interested in any of the following smart city market reports, they are available to download on SME2GO website:
- Western US - Smart water market report
- United Arab Emirates - Renewable fuels and waste as resource market report
- Persian Gulf - Smart city and infrastructure market report
- Latin America - Smart city market report
- Japan - Smart city market report
- China Urban energy market report
Contact person: Toomas Türk, Business development services, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, firstname.lastname@example.org