BIA helps boosting entrepreneurship and innovation in 5 Nordic-Baltic universities
The NOBALIS project launched in the summer of 2022 to develop, share, and expand innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) support capabilities in the areas of sustainable food production, circular economy, and new green value chains. The new EIT-funded programme is powered by a Nordic−Baltic consortium consisting of five agricultural and technical universities and two organizations with expertise in tech transfer, start-up support, and acceleration programmes.
Baltic Innovation Agency has a leading role in carrying out the NOBALIS Entrepreneurial and Innovation Capacity Development (EICD) programme. NOBALIS offers students as well as academic and non-academic staff members of the participating higher education institutions (HEIs) an opportunity to immerse into the world of entrepreneurship and tap into:
NOBALIS EICD programme is a 3-month fully online programme, divided into three parts:
The programme starts with an Idea Hackathon & Matchmaking event focused on inspirational stories, development of the initial ideas, and team formation. Participants receive help generating and shaping ideas, finding like-minded teammates, and refining their pitches.
2. MENTORING PROGRAMME.
The best teams from the hackathon are invited to continue in the mentoring programme that includes 3 intense development days dedicated to tailor-made workshops on business model development and financing, sustainable product development and MVP, marketing and sales, fundraising (public and private), and pitching skills. This is complemented by focused 1-on-1 mentoring.
3. INTERNATIONAL DEMO DAY
The programme culminates with a presentation of the teams’ solutions to a panel of esteemed judges . The jury, consisting of investors, key mentors, and R&D ecosystem experts, will give feedback and announce the top 3 winning teams who will receive awards from NOBALIS partners and other stakeholders.