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BSR Stars S3 matchmaking and business coaching were organised in Vilnius

date 22.03.2018

The series of BSR Stars S3 matchmaking events took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuanian project partners (MITA – Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, Lithuanian Innovation Center and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University) collaborated to organize these sessions of matchmaking and the coaching session.

Altogether three public-research-business matchmaking events have been organized in Vilnius during the BSR Stars S3 project. Circular economy potential in Lithuania was organized in September 2016 The event gathered each 50-100 regional/local authorities, researchers and business representatives together with aim to encourage university-industry collaboration and enhance the bio-, circular- and digital economy development and international opportunities by bringing academics together with industry representatives to discuss new opportunities.

One of the matchmaking events Partnership in industry 4.0 was organized in February 2018. The first part of the event gave an overview about industrialization and national and international funding opportunities for Lithuanian governmental, business and science actors. Majority of attendants defined that the most interesting topic is Industry 4.0 in various business sectors like food industry, bio economy, various manufacturing companies. Speakers gave a good overview on industry 4.0, what it is, where to start, what are the most important aspects. In the second part the participants shared their ideas and plans for future, they defined a need for helping them to find funding opportunities and potential partners from science or other sectors to develop their ideas and initiatives. As the result, the matchmaking event gathered more than 15 various ideas and initiatives from business actors for potential collaboration with science or possible applications for funding opportunities.

Two business coaches from Denmark spent a week with five IT company representatives in June 2017 in Vilnius. Danish consultants analysed activities of each company using Innovation Health Check tool and identified strong points and weaknesses of each company.  Lithuanian companies found the consultation and evaluation of companies useful in terms of product marketing, potential clients and processes improvement. Danish consultants prepared recommendations on how to improve companies’ profiles. In autumn 2017, those companies who implemented all recommendations, were invited to a meeting in Copenhagen, where they had visits and B2B meetings with Danish companies.

 

 

Justina Adomaitytė

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

justina.adomaityte@vgtu.lt

 

Pranas Senapėdis

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

pranas.senapedis@mita.lt

 

Ingrida Tinfavičienė

Lithuanian Innovation Center

i.tinfaviciene@lic.lt