About EmpInno / EmpInno Monitor S3

Project description

How can regional authorities spend public money more effectively to foster innovation and growth?

How can innovation intermediaries better utilise the regional smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) and bring them closer to the business?

How can small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation actors be optimally supported to become more innovative and competitive?

EmpInno addresses these and other questions by sharing experiences and competences from all countries in the Baltic Sea Region.
The concept of RIS3 is a recent initiative from the European Commission and it serves as pre-condition for regions to receive ERDF-funds. However, its implementation is by no means trivial. Regional authorities (as "strategy owners") face common problems and obstacles in the process of managing, delivering and monitoring the strategy. Innovation intermediaries especially (as "strategy implementers") - such as business support organisations, science parks and universities - often lack the institutional capacity, resources and experiences to work with the strategies ...

Key facts

Project Titles:

EmpInno - S3-Empowering for Innovation and Growth in Medium-Sized Cities and Regions
EmpInno Monitor S3 - EmpInno Monitoring Smart Specialisation Strategies

Funding Programme: 

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020
Priority 1: “Capacity for innovation”,
Specific Objective 1.2: “To enhance growth opportunities based on increased capacity of innovation actors to apply smart specialisation approach”

Project Durations: 

EmpInno: May 2016 – April 2019
EmpInno Monitor S3: August 2019 - July 2021

Project Budget: 

EmpInno: 3.051.841 Euro
EmpInno Monitor S3: 854.050 Euro

Lead Partner: 

Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH (Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Technologieförderung Rostock mbH), Germany

Project Partners:

Denmark (2), Estonia (2), Finland (3), Germany (2), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1), Poland (3), Sweden (2)
29 associated organisations


EmpInno fosters the implementation and improvement of regional smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) in medium sized cities and regions in the Baltic Sea Region. Therefore, the three sub-objectives are:
  • To provide innovation intermediaries with the needed resources (experiences and competences) to work with the novel RIS3 approach within their organisations and apply this to their work with the end-users SMEs and further innovation actors.
  • To evaluate and improve the implementation of the regional smart specialisation strategies by developing and providing feedback for the responsible regional authorities and by improving monitoring systems and the organisational set-up of delivery instruments.
  • To boost cooperation between innovation actors and SMEs as well as transnationally between SMEs and e.g. cluster managements, thus leveraging their innovativeness and competitiveness.