The Baltic Sea City Accelerator is a unique platform for municipalities that provides a safe and inspirational space for the cross-pollination of ideas, gaining new insights and allowing new partnership to emerge. Here we work together to identify cost-effective, smart and innovative solutions to local water and wastewater management challenges. Latest News »

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Over 20 international organisations from 10 countries and various sectors have joined forces to collaborate and co-develop sustainable solutions to reduce nutrient pollution entering the Baltic Sea, and develop new opportunities for local sustainable economic development.

The Programme is open to all municipalities in the Baltic Sea region that are dedicated to becoming future leaders in sustainable water management, and who want put their community on the map for being responsible water and wastewater managers. In 2016 – 2017, we are piloting the programme with the following Pioneers: Kalmar, Mariehamn, Slupsk, Panevezys, Vaxholm, Värmdö and Västervik.  Learn more »

About the Programme

 

The Baltic Sea City Accelerator is a platform for exploration and co-creation of innovative approaches that meet local sustainability objectives and that can lead to opportunities for growth and improved welfare.

During an 18 month period, a selected group of municipalities from the Baltic Sea region will join forces with a broad range of international experts to identify cost-effective, smart and innovative solutions to local water management challenges.

Collectively these efforts will improve local waters and increase competitiveness, and contribute to an improved state of the Baltic Sea; securing future prosperity of this region. Learn more »

 

On December 9-10, 2015 twenty municipalities brought their idea, case, or challenge to the Baltic Sea City Idea Lab to explore innovative solutions. Seven cities will now work towards developing business cases and investments plans together with the Accelerator partners between March 2016-April 2017. Summery of Idea Lab »

 

Note: The next period will open in April 2017!

Eligibility

Any size local government located Baltic Sea area qualifies to participate in this programme. Due to limited places, a selection process may be implemented if needed. Submit your challenge on racefortehabtlic.com/accelerator by 18 November, and attend the Idea Camp on 10 December 2015.

After this event, 5 municipalities will be selected to move forward to the Innovation Lab in 2016.

Selection Criteria

The Baltic Sea Accelerator Advising Partners will select the final cases to join the 18 month programme. The selection criteria is as follows:

Political Commitment 

Municipality who have expressed their political commitment to the programme will be prioritised

Engagement

Your municipality’s engagement level and willingness to be an active participant in all the activities is merited.

Dedication

Your municipality’s dedication to contribute to becoming a leader in Baltic Sea action, especially around nutrient pollution should be clearly communicated. Municipalities that express dedication to making this programme, as well as future programmes successful, will be prioritised.

Variety of Themes and Cases

The programme aims to highlight a range of nutrient challenges, and therefore a variety of cases will be selected based on the expertise areas of the partners

Resource Requirement

The Baltic Sea City Accelerator aims to support your municipality in meeting your environmental targets. It does not intend to use additional resources from your municipality, but instead should boost current initiatives and ambitions.

Participants should expect to participate in the following activities during 18-months:

– 3 workshops

– 3-5 webinars

– Brief monthly phone call with peers

– Municipalities will also have the opportunity to participate in high-level policy dialogues, international conferences, media interviews, and participate in co-developing a Municipality

 

Focus Area & Experts

The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering the Baltic Sea in line with, or exceeding, the agreed upon HELCOM’s Nutrient Reduction Targets.

 

Why Join?

The Baltic Sea City Accelerator is a unqiue opportunity to connect with global experts, accelerate water and wastewater management initiatives and showcase municipality innovation and progress.

 

KNOWLEDGE

• Tools and knowledge to move towards becoming a ‘Nutrient Neutral’ community

• Themes: Energy Neutral Wastewater Technology, Energy Recovery, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Stormwater Management, Win-Win Agricultural Partnerships, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Prioritization Tools, Business Case Development and more

• Tailored expert guidance for your specific challenge or case from global experts from private and public sectors, financial institutions and academia

NETWORK

• Peer Learning Opportunities: develop new strategic partnerships with other municipalities in this region and internationally

• Global Network: Introductions to an international community of qualified experts, financing institutions, solution providers, thought leaders, and academia to develop projects, research, new solutions, become a ‘test-bed’ and share best practices

• Opportunity to develop “sister cities” in the Baltic Sea Region and the Chesapeake Bay area, United States

SOLUTIONS AND FINANCE MARKETPLACE

Participate in ‘Innovation Lab’ with the aim to identify cost-effective solutions for local water and wastewater management challenges

• Support in creating business cases around challenge and opportunity

• Identify paths to fund projects including teaming up with partners to create EU funding proposals

• Connect with global leaders around economic opportunities

• Facilitate introductions to financing institutions and private sector actors

EXPOSURE

• Receive support to package your success story so that it can be shared in your community and globally

• The Accelerator partners will work to lift your success stories across their networks including: Baltic Sea Challenge Network and Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission (over 200 municipalities and organisations)

• Ensure that your voice is heard at high-level policy meetings and other key events around the region

• Award for participation in the full programme – presented by Niklas Zennström, Swedish Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Skype