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The partnership programme will strengthen the innovation ecosystems within the regions. The collaboration will also open doors and create new possibilities for start-ups, SMEs, and entrepreneurs, but also for the innovation and research sector.  


The objective of the Innovation Bridge Programme is to connect companies, create possibilities for learning and sharing knowledge, and to generate paths into entering different networks and markets between the ecosystems. During the programme 10 Finnish companies will travel to Biscay and vice versa Basque companies will visit Jyväskylä.  

Programme fosters exchanges of business innovation initiatives via open-innovation challenges, delegations, and investments. 

Programme supports ongoing research partnership with Athletic Club 

Jyväskylä, the Capital of Sport in Finland has globally top expertise in the sport & health sector as well as strong ICT and cyber expertise. In 2021, the City of Jyväskylä and the University of Jyväskylä's Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences have signed a strategic innovation agreement with Athletic Club
A new partnership agreement with Bizkaia Beaz fosters the already ongoing innovation collaboration. The next phase goal is to also open doors for the sports clubs and teams in Jyväskylä to do exchange in coaching and player level. 
The partnership agreement has been signed by the Mayor of the City of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto and the General Director of Beaz Olatz Goitia. Beaz is a public company attached to the Department of Economic Promotion of Biscay Provincial Council. Beaz and Business Jyväskylä will start the collaboration during spring 2023

Link to Beaz's release

More information 
Nina Rautiainen, Ecosystem Lead, HHub / Business Jyväskylä
p. 0504137028, nina.rautiainen(a)jyvaskyla.fi