NOCCA – Novel opportunities for new company creation and accelerated growth

P1 Competitive economy

1.1. New Central Baltic knowledge intensive companies

Central Baltic

01.04.2019 - 30.06.2021

€1 053 809

€834 332

Project Summary:

Students are a key stakeholder group in the creation of new knowledge intensive companies. However, most have little exposure to entrepreneurship, thus limited willingness and capacities to create and run their own company - to set it up they require awareness of business opportunities in new and emergent fields as well as accelerated growth. However, international growth is challenging for start-ups since they lack networks, contacts, resources and skills.

NOCCA – Novel Opportunities for new Company Creation and Accelerated growth –will develop a course to be set-up and implemented in Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga. The course will include three consecutive multidisciplinary and intergenerational hackathons and idea camps. Students and organisations from the participating countries will be paired with others coming from different ones - the aim is to support the creation of new cross-border companies and to further engaging with the innovation ecosystem. 

The project aims at involving 850 students Finland, Estonia and Latvia and to expose them to entrepreneurship and to challenges related to the silver, the green and the blue economy.

Lead Partner

Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 527.966 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 392.015 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

SA Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol

Country: EE

Partner budget: 152.910 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 128.719 EUR ERDF


Country: EE

Partner budget: 148.102 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 124.673 EUR ERDF

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Country: LV

Partner budget: 224.831 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 188.925 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The project's main result is six new joint or cooperating cross-border companies. The project approaches this results through different work packages and tasks leading to outputs. The project outputs have been thought through much in the way of a sales funnel as an analogy leading to main result.

During the course of the project, we aim to support 15 new enterprises, of which at least 6 would be cross-border companies. With some of the teams project is working already before establishment of the company. In addition, project will support 15 other companies as we are identifying ecosystem actors and strengthening the cooperation of different stakeholder groups within the region.

In order to achieve 6 cross-border companies NOCCA will expose students to possibilities of entrepreneurship. The more students are exposed to the idea of entrepreneurship, innovation and ideation, the more quality ideas and "wantrepreneurs" we will have. Each country will have their own hackathons; each joined by between 50-200 students and ran twice during the duration of the project. This amounts to a whopping 600-800 students being exposed to the challenges!

The workshops develop the ideas a step further and already create commitment to the idea and project. We are also involving existing startups or startup teams in the project in order to match people and skills as well as knowledge and resources from different countries in the region.

In the final bootcamp a jury will select the best 2-5 ideas (per each of the two implementations) for funding and for receiving support from the relevant incubators. Out of these, the end result companies will be formed. The ecosystem partners will take part in designing the hackathon themes; altogether, this comes up to 12-24 co-created hackathon themes. At the end of each implementation there will be a joint demo day with the ecosystem partners in each country showcasing the results.