Project result in category -
Joint knowledge intensive enterprise

SPARKS - cross-border cooperation between start-ups and potential entrepreneurs

As a main result two new joint companies were created and two other companies are cooperating. The project counted approximately 100 startups which benefited from project activities such as business missions, training courses, networking events, mentoring etc. Cooperation between SHIFT and sTARTUp Day business festivals was initiated by the project. Project was led by two partners: Tartu Science Park in Estonia and Turku Science Park in Finland.

Project focused on exchange of practices between project partners and in organizing activities and events for primary target group - startups.
Notable achievements include:
  • Turku Science Park learned from Tartu Science Park experiences in launching and running Demo Centre and European Space Agency Business Incubator before launching similar initiatives of their own.
  • Tartu Science Park learned from Turku how to facilitate cooperation between universities and business development organizations. 
  • Diverse range of different activities organized for startups both in Finland and Estonia varying from very personal approach (one on one mentoring through project partners mentor networks) to attending in big business festivals.
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At a glance
  • 2 new joint companies
  • 2 cooperating companies
  • 100 start-ups benefiting from project activities