Startups in focus

Lessons learned in Turku workshop

date 08.04.2017

The BSR Stars programme is actively focusing on developing new collaborations to support startup ecosystems across the Baltic Sea Region. As part of this agenda, BSR Stars attended the 4th of April Turku workshop “Connecting digital startup ecosystems in Nordic cities”, arranged by Baltic Development Forum with support by the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat.

Reflecting on the workshop BSR Stars Programme Manager Niclas Forsling concluded: “It is clear from the meeting that participants saw a value in connecting cities beyond the Nordic region, to include also the Baltic region”. Niclas continued by highlighting the examples of e-residency and start-up visas put forward by Ms.Triin Mahlakoiv from StartUp Estonia. Both initiatives demonstrate that startup ecosystems also include improvements of the regulatory frameworks.

It is evident that building global pipelines such as the collaboration proposal presented by Marcus Liu, Head of StartUp Sweden are of high priority.  Startup Sweden connects regional ecosystems with ecosystems of excellence. Finally, incubator to incubator collaborations between smaller regional hubs for entrepreneurial exchange and capacity building were also high on the agenda of the workshop.

BSR Stars will continue to push the agenda of a strong tech Startup ecosystem in the Baltic Sea Region. A workshop co-organized by BSR Stars and Nordic Innovation at Digital North will present another opportunity for carrying on this discussion with key stakeholders from startup ecosystems in the region. The workshop will aim to develop policy recommendations on the type of support needed to stimulate the development of the regions’ startup ecosystems. Read more about the workshop here.

Have ideas or thoughts on how to develop the Tech StartUp Ecosystems in the Baltic Sea Region? Then do not hesitate to get in touch with the BSR Stars programme.

Contact: Niclas Forsling,