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Project bridges borders in the Öresund region

In the project Cleantech Impact Accelerator, CIA , RISE works with Swedish and Danish clusters to bridge the national boundaries between larger companies and startups.

The initial aim is to bring together startups with large and established companies in Denmark and Sweden. This will give opportunities to pitch solutions and find good matches, something that is not only useful for the small companies but also important for large enterprises.  They need the innovation capacity that exists in small businesses.

The background is the startup companies' uncertainty in contacts with other than domestic players - or globally.

Denmark is close by, just a few minutes' journey across a bridge. But there are considerations to make for those who want to reach across the border with their business idea. Even before the corona pandemic, and the restrictions in its tracks, there were differences in business culture, regulations and legislation. Such differences are often underestimated due to the geographical proximity, but underestimating challenges result in less prepared business and unnecessary obstacles along the way.

The Cleantech Impact Accelerator project allows member companies to receive tailor-made training, new insights about customers and possible investments, as well as some technical validation.

Start-up companies

There are certain requirements for the startups who want to join the venture:

  • They must be startups from Sweden, Denmark and Norway within the Öresund region.
  • The companies must be newly started.
  • The number of employees today should be less than ten people.
  • The companies must be active in areas that are relevant to the different sectors the project chooses to work with.

The project will implement 3-4 processes according to the same model in different industries. In the autumn of 2020 the second process starts: Cleantech startups within sustainable construction. It gives a chance to develop your business and pitch your solution for stakeholders such as NCC, Balder and Architects. 

The original plans for bootcamps and physical meetings are now being reviewed due to the corona pandemic. However, no matter what the final design will be, there will be opportunities to meet and many are interested in the project.

The first process, the food industry, was launched in the spring of 2020. In addition to RISE there are three project partners:  CLEAN, the Danish cluster for energy and environmental technology, the Sustainable business hub, which is a Swedish member cluster with more than 100 members from business, municipalities and academia, as well as the Danish network Agro Business Park. Among the large companies included in step 1 are Tetra Pak, Arla Foods and Alfa Laval.

The funding comes mainly from the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak. Region Halland is another financier.


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Project name

Cleantech Impact Accelerator, CIA




Region Halland, Region Skåne, Other than Sweden

RISE role in project

Participant. Assists with technical consultation to startup companies.

Project start


Three years

Total budget

1 512 017 / 371 620 Euro


Sustainable Business Hub, Agro Business Park


The European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak., Region Halland


Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
17. Partnerships for the goals

Contact person

Lars Moberger

Senior projektledare

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