The Intercountry Business Incubators' Network (IBI Net) project, part of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, has published a newsletter highlighting the development of business incubators in partner countries. The IBI Net project aims to strengthen the transnational business incubator network in the Baltic Sea region.
One article details the development of the BNTU Polytechnic, a leading innovative Ministry of Education enterprise in Belarus. The aim of the Polytechnic is to promote international cooperation between universities, high-tech SMEs and innovation centres.
Another article focuses on the Leningrad region business support centre, which was established to coordinate the resources and operational experience of two organisations: the Leningrad Region Legal Bureau (LenUrBuro) and the Leningrad Region Fund for Support of Small Business (Recept). The centre is currently working to implement the long-term Development and support of small business in Leningrad region 2009-2013 programme.
The newsletter also details the future development of the IBI Net portal. The aim is for the portal to be used as a virtual platform for cooperation between entrepreneurs as well as business incubators and other business support structures. Testing will continue throughout 2011.
The European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, a cross border cooperation sea basin programme, promotes regional development through trans-national cooperation. The programme provides funding to projects fostering innovations, improving accessibility, managing environmental resources and strengthening cities and regions in countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Project partners from eleven countries - Belarus, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden - are working together in trans-national projects.