Northern Connections is a partnership of 20 clusters, cities, regions and knowledge institutions working together to create innovation connections between enterprises and clusters in the energy sector.
The joint challenge is to test the use of domestic innovation support measures transnationally and address barriers to competition which exist between clusters and regions. Innovation support is mainly applied within narrow geographies where calls to action are not visible transnationally and cities & clusters lack capacity to involve SMEs broadly.
Our objective is to get more enterprises to participate in transnational innovation collaboration via strengthening transnational cluster and city/region cooperation.
Main output is building capacity and transnational relations of sustainable energy clusters to provide demand-led innovation support. This creates the foundation for involving more SMEs in innovation. Develop broader political backing using northern connections to create coherence between political ambitions and cluster potential for innovation support.
Our approach is to provide a bridge between private and public sector on transnational innovation support. This will be achieved through improving/aligning innovation support measures by creating incentives for transnational SME innovation partnerships to collaborate and establish a critical mass of innovation activity on a transnational basis. We will pilot joint transnational innovation support measures aimed at broadening opportunities for SMEs from different NSRs to participate in regional innovation activities, which ultimately will strengthen their ability to take part in global markets and create new value-chains.
News | 03 December 2019
Brussels pushes innovation power to the next level
Over 150 participants attended the sixth Living Lab Event, which was held in Brussels, Belgium during the G-STIC - the global and sustainable technology and innovation conference. The key focus of the Living Lab Event was to connect innovative suppliers with the two challenges owners, Blue Gate Antwerp and Green Energy Park.
News | 04 July 2019
Living Lab Events - Hoogeveen & Alkmaar (N)
The Fueling the Future with Renewable Gases event offers a unique opportunity to initiate and establish new international collaborations in the fields of hydrogen, fuel cells, electrolysis, gasification, smart grids, innovative mobility, compression and energy storage solutions