Open Innovation

What is the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge?

The Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge 2022 aims to support innovative solutions (technologies, business ideas, etc.) that can solve following forest bioeconomy challenges:
• Carbon Farming & Climate-Smart Forestry
• Forest Monitoring, Early Warning and Response
• Unleash the potential of Non-Wood Forest Products
Submit a solution to our forest bioeconomy challenges and make chance to win a grant for developing your idea!
The three best solutions will receive a grant. The grant allows the winner to travel to one or more Bioregions and pitch their idea to key bioeconomy actors, participate in a fair or event, take part in an incubator programme, or other initiatives.
Participate now and make chance to pitch your idea in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Basque Country, North Karelia or Catalonia.
The funding under the grant is provided by the European Forest Institute (EFI) Bioregions Facility, which aims to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in forest bioeconomy in its member regions: Basque Country, North Karelia, North Rhine-Westphalia and Catalonia.
Open Innovation

What is Open Innovation (Challenge)?

Open Innovation aims to create a mindset towards innovation in contrast with the silo mentality of traditional approaches by allowing outsiders to bring new ideas and solutions to internal challenges. Open Innovation allows the creativity for ideas to come from outside the organisation, network or region. Open Innovation Challenges (OICs) gamify the process, turning challenges into inspiring competitions.  


Why does EFI Bioregions Facility organise an Open Innovation Challenge?

The European Forest Institute (EFI) Bioregions Facility aims to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in forest bioeconomy in European regions. Therefore we open regionally-relevant challenges and aim to bring solid solutions to our member regions. By promoting forest bioeconomy business, we pursue green transitions for a sustainable future. Simultaneously, it is a great opportunity to discover talented people and increase awareness on forest bioeconomy.

Discover our challenges!

Our challenges will be officially launched on 1 November 2022. Stay tuned!

Find here a Challenge preview to get inspired:

Why participate in the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge 2022?

If you have a good forest bioeconomy solution that can be related to one or more of our member regions, then we truely want to help you succeed!

By participating in the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge 2022, you can benefit from:

3 x €7000 grant to pitch and showcase your solution

Get insights into the fitness and feasibility of your solution by deploying and testing in a variety of European regions covering northern, central and southern Europe

Find partners, clients and support in leading european Bioregions

Gain recognition and advance in your professional networking


All official documents, including the call for grants, guidelines and application submission form, will be published on the EFI Grants webpage on the launch date: 1 November 2022.