CXC Success Story: Exploring Innovation and Collaboration opportunities in Estonia

Submitted by Kristiina Libe on 01 December 2023


Gdańsk Science and Technology Park stands as a catalyst for innovation, fostering collaboration among small companies, universities, and established enterprises. Paulina Czyzak and Jasmina Zwierz from the Park participated in a three-day CXC study visit to Estonia in October 2023, exploring collaborative opportunities and immersing themselves in the Estonian dynamic entrepreneurial landscape.

What is your overall opinion about the agenda?

Study visit was well organized. All points of the agenda were fulfilled and prepared with high professional approach. We liked especially meeting the Estonian Business Angles Network community as well it was interesting to get an overview of the key players in Estonia’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

What was the highlight of the visit?

The most important point of the visit was visiting Tehnopol and get an in-depth overview how their organization is operating and learn about their journey becoming a key player in the local business landscape.

Do you see any potential future collaboration possibilities in Estonia?

Getting to know the people working for Tehnopol and seeing how well they are connected to local cities, investor communities and other similar organisations that support the development of start-ups and SME, then we most certainly are interested to cooperate with them. As a fact, we are in communication with Tehnopol to discuss collaboration in a potential EU funded project.

Tips for Future CXC Visitors?

Please bring your good mood and warm clothes

What is the most interesting thing that you learned from the visit to Estonia?

The development of digitization and the ability to handle all matters online is amazing for us.

GreenTech2.0 is the European network that unites five Bronze-awarded clusters from Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland and Poland. More than 100 SMEs have already kickstarted their greentech solutions in local markets and they are going to scale their business to new innovation systems!

The project GreenTech2.0 empowers green tech clusters to support SMEs in exploiting growth opportunities, service innovation, resource-efficient solutions, market traction, finding investments and internationalization. It is accompanied by strategic partnering between clusters and specialized eco-systems and cities resulting in a new, joint GreenTech Services 2.0 portfolio for participating clusters, including the implementation of the ClusterXchange Programme.

This project is funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme. The content of this document represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

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