InnoDigi determines how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can work smarter and become entrepreneurial in terms of increasing innovative coopetition and collaboration activities with other SMEs as well as with higher education institutions (HEIs).
The focus of project remains in eliminating SMEs’ struggle to internationalize – regarded as silos in absorbing knowledge and in establishing collaboration and relationship with HEIs.
This project develops a framework of “next generation entrepreneurship innovation ecosystem” involving multi-disciplinary coopetition and collaborative actions, shared resources and relationship factors strengthening and empowering Finnish SMEs to get access, utilize and combine state-of-the-art and “fitness to the market” research, best practices and business solutions in order to develop innovation capability, digital transformation and globalization.
The project will be carried out in a cooperation between Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab and with the support of relevant industrial partners – SMEs and stakeholders.
Project leader at University of Vaasa: Mari K. Niemi and Khuram Shahzad
Estimated project period: 2020-2022
Financing: Foundation for economic education (Liikesivistysrahasto)
Acquired project funding (euro): 50 000 €
Research group: InnoLab, Dr. Antti Mäenpää and Director, Digital Economy Heidi Kuusniemi
Partners: Black Label Bytes, Bitcomp, Merinova, Platonic Partnership Oy, Vaasan Yrittäjät
Contact person: Mari K. Niemi