Using the rough climate, long distances, sparse population and fragmented business structures of the Nordic regions as opportunities, regional actors have developed into leading experts in fields such as sub arctic testing, arctic infrastructure, wellness and experience industry and safety in cold conditions.
There are still gaps to be filled in terms of further utilizing the existing resources available within the Regional Innovation System in the actual everyday business of the local SMEs.
GEBRIS aim was to enhance the competitiveness of the region-specific business fields further by improving the regional innovation systems' pro-activity, exploitation of research results and raising awareness towards R&D-services. This was carried out through in depth analysis with interregional perspective and local case studies related to partner individual businesses.
The findings were surprisingly common despite the variety of business fields involved, as was the conclusions derived. In many cases what could be interpreted as a lack of interest on the local SMEs part turned out to be a common communications and work methodology problem instead, which can be bridged by a simple change of approach. The strengthening of the RIS actor’s network: internationally as well as locally, is equally important. It’s simply easier to answer up to needs if you know what they are and what is on offer.
Given the common features of the region the joint needs analysis also presented a variety of possible future opportunities for cooperation with great potential for real substantial value, particularly in the fields of education, innovation, information and development.