The City of Tallinn and Tehnopol Science and Business Campus have announced a Tallinnovation innovation competition to find smart city solutions that will make the city's services and environment even more comfortable and modern for residents and visitors alike.
By backing the innovation
competition with 50 000 euros, the organizers hope to
support new smart city solutions that will make the City of
Tallinn more modern, more people-friendly, more cost-efficient,
and more open. The effort should stimulate cooperation between
the city and technology firms, creating opportunities to use
innovative software products and services. Tehnopol Science and
Business Campus is organizing the competition on behalf of the
Tallinn City Enterprise Board.
According to Aivar Riisalu, deputy mayor of the City of
Tallinn, smart city solutions generate value for everyone.
"Many innovations have already been made in Tallinn today -
from the 3D city model and unique local government e-services,
to smart sensor or mobility solutions as well as innovative
private company solutions. These are just a few examples. Our
goal is to make Tallinn a leader in a competitive new economy
with smart city solutions and a balanced, green, and safe urban
environment for its citizens. The innovation competition is a
great opportunity for this and helps to keep pace with the
rapid development of technology," Riisalu explained.
The competition is open to smart city ideas that offer viable
alternatives to existing solutions as well as bring a whole new
approach to the following focus areas - tourism, the circular
economy, community areas, e-services and Tallinn-Helsinki
cooperation. Companies registered in Tallinn can participate in
the innovation competition. Those who submit the idea have the
opportunity to receive financial support, pilot their project,
receive contacts, advice and resources from the City of
Tallinn, and use the support of the Tehnopol mentor
According to Martin Goroško, head of business development at
Tehnopol, smart city solutions are one of Tehnopol's focus
areas, and the city itself is a testing environment for many
innovative products and services. "Organizing an innovation
competition for the City of Tallinn is an important milestone.
We have many startups and growing companies whose ideas make
the environment around us smart, sustainable, and enjoyable.
With financial support, the necessary contacts, and the
creation of a testing environment, we are moving closer to the
implementation of these ideas," said Goroško. He added that
participating in the competition is an opportunity that one
just has to seize.
The "Tallinnovation" competition organized by Tehnopol will
take place in two stages.
In the first stage, applications will be reviewed, additional
information will be requested, and applicants will be contacted
to find the best solutions.
The best solutions selected for the second stage will be
presented to a committee consisting of experts in the field
from both the city and Tehnopol. Three solutions can receive
the maximum amount of support, but ideas that require in-kind
contributions, such as testing e-solutions, data collection and
the like, are also welcome. The size of the Innovation Fund in
2020 is 50,000 euros.
The competition is open from 11 May and applications can be
submitted until 24 August 2020. The advantage of submitting an
idea early is the opportunity to supplement your application
and receive additional information based on the feedback. You
can read more about the competition and submit applications on
the following website: innovatsioonikonkurss.tehnopol.ee
The aim of Tehnopol, the largest research and business
campus in the Baltics, is to contribute to the emergence and
growth of world-class technology companies in Estonia and to
support their expansion into foreign markets. To this end, a
comprehensive solution is offered, from commercial real estate
to needs-based business development services in three focus
areas: smart city, green technology, and health technology.
Tallinnovation is an international innovation brand of
the City of Tallinn, the aim of which is to involve and
introduce the introduction of innovative solutions in Tallinn.
More info: https://innovatsioonifond.tehnopol.ee/