Competition to boost Tampere’s economy – a million euros up for grabs
The Tampere3 – the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere – have joined forces to organise a competition designed to boost the city’s economy. The organisers are looking forward to receiving proposals that will deliver the maximum innovative impact on the city’s economy. The City of Tampere has allocated a total of EUR 1 million for the competition from its business promotion fund.
The three best entries for the Driving Tampere’s Economy through Research and Commercialisation competition will receive a cash prize of EUR 300–400k, up to a maximum of EUR 1 million.
Timo Antikainen, Director of Business and Economic Development at the City of Tampere emphasises that Finland needs to be able to generate more products and services aimed at the international market.
‘With this competition, the City of Tampere wants to promote better commercialisation opportunities for projects generated within the university and wider higher education setting and to encourage cross-disciplinary working. We hope that the different units across the sector will meet in a new way and make the most of their complementary strengths," Antikainen commented.
To be eligible for entry, the competition teams must include representatives from at least two Tampere3 HE institutions. The teams can be new or pre-existing and comprise researchers, students and teachers.
“This competition is an excellent opportunity to secure new or additional funding for research or commercialisation projects that have a direct impact on the Tampere economy. It is a tangible way for us to promote research collaboration between our local HE institutions in the Tampere3 spirit," Tampere University of Technology Vice President Ulla Ruotsalainen said.
To enter the two-phase competition, entrants are required to submit a project proposal containing research, applied research, product development or plans for the development or commercialisation of a new service or concept. It is intended that the competition will attract broad-ranging and cross-disciplinary ideas, concepts and themes.
The entries will be assessed on their uniqueness and innovation potential, commercial potential, international scope and their ability to generate fresh economic activity and new job opportunities for Tampere.
The competition launched on 18 May and will conclude on 24 August 2016 at 23:59. The entries will be assessed in the course of August and September 2016. A selection of the candidates will be invited to present their proposals in more detail to a jury comprising representatives from the three universities and the City of Tampere. The jury will later make recommendations on the successful proposals.
The final decision will be made by a further jury appointed by the City of Tampere. The second jury will include members of the Tampere business sector as well as representatives from the research and business funding sectors. The competition organisers reserve the right to not allocate the full total of the prize money on offer if entries of a sufficient standard are not received by the deadline.
The results will be announced on 30 September 2016.
Further information on the competition will be available on the Tampere3 HE institutions’ own websites and a dedicated Tampere3 website, due to be launched in the near future. Questions about the competition can be sent to [email protected]
The applications can be submitted in Finnish or in English, using a dedicated online form.
Text Raija Lindell