Competence, renewal and innovation

The competence of and collaboration between rural entrepreneurs are increased, for example, through training activities and business development measures. The aim is to increase cross-sectoral collaboration among operators, brake boundaries, innovate, and improve rural services and the competitiveness of businesses. In projects renewing rural industries, there are no restrictions on the sectors involved, but all projects must include at least two active companies.

The objectives of development projects may be to develop enterprises’ activities, products, technology or processes or to build related skills and competence. Another goal is to promote local food and producer collaboration in different sectors. Particular emphasis is given to supporting new enterprises in the bioeconomy.

Efforts are also made to improve the environmental skills and energy efficiency awareness of rural entrepreneurs and residents. Related innovations are developed as well.