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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.
The Challenges are organised with Bioregions member regions and a diverse set of partners. It connects innovators willing to deploy and scale their solutions, with key networks and stakeholders in the Bioregions member regions demanding those solution.
Find here a preview of the Challenges:
For more complete information on the challenges, have a look at the Grant Submission Guidelines:
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:
The applicant must be legally established or resident in one of the Member States of the European Union, or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), or any of the other countries mentioned in the Grant submission guidelines.
All official documents, including the Call for grants, Grant submission guidelines and Application submission form, are available on the EFI Grants webpage:
The Grant submission guidelines give a detailed overview about the challenges and the application submission procedure.
Deadline for application: 12 February 2023