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iEER–Towards a green and digital recovery from COVID-19

Initially, the iEER project was ongoing 2016–2020. The project defined smart paths and solutions for partners to boost and orchestrate regional entrepreneurship ecosystems supporting young entrepreneurs. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council was the lead partner of the project.However, in search of a sustainable and socially inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, iEER has been granted with additional fundings from Interreg Europe for 2021–2022.

Project info

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council was the lead partner of the iEER project 2016–2020 called Boostinginnovative Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Regions for Young Entrepreneurs, defining smart paths and solutions for partners to boost and orchestrate regional entrepreneurship ecosystems supporting young entrepreneurs. 

That project had already been ended, but as the COVID-19 crisis weakened the European economy and the measures to tackle this were revolutionized, it was granted additional funding from Interreg Europe Programme for 2021–2022. 

This time the project supports a sustainable and socially inclusive recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It aims at learning and sharing practices: 

It is defined by a striving to acknowledge necessary needs, to find solutions and to share them with other regions, to increase competence and finally to start with actions needed. 

Supporting young entrepreneurs by best practices and peer learning 

This further project has a budget of 490,000 euros. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is the lead partner. The Laurea University of Applied Sciences is another partner from Helsinki-Uusimaa. Other partners come from Poland, Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain and Ireland. 

The project received EU Interreg Europe Programme funding, thus initially bringing together ten different regions around Europe. Eight regions participate in the new period. Most ofthe regions participating in the iEER project has been awarded an EER label (European Entrepreneurial Region). Helsinki-Uusimaa is the only region to be awarded an EER label twice: first in 2012 for its qualifications in promoting Young Entrepreneurship, and the second time around, in 2021–2022 for qualifications in Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Recovery. Exchanging best practices and peer learning are utilized in the project.  
 
The earlier project of 2016–2020 had a total budget of 2,3 billion euros. It improved the cooperation between actors in different European regions in supporting young entrepreneurship, as well as the regional innovation capability and competitiveness by offering services to young entrepreneurs. Cooperating partners are for instance universities, business services of cities andenterprise accelerators. 

Project partners

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This page was last updated: 15.6.2022