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SUpport and PartnERship for the development of multiple sustainable and market ready value chains in the BIObased economy

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SUPERBIO (SUpport and PartnERship for the development of multiple sustainable and market ready value chains in the BIObased economy)

Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2017-08-31

The EU widely recognizes the importance of the bio-economy as key element for smart and green growth in Europe in order to cope with an increasing global population, depletion of resources, increasing environmental pressure and climate change (EU Strategy for innovating for sustainable growth: A bio-economy for Europe). The bio-economy is generally divided into the food/feed economy and the bio-based economy (renewable resources for industrial purposes). This project, SUPERBIO, focuses on the bio-based economy. This emerging economy relies on the use of biomass (e.g. plants, waste) as renewable raw material for the production of new or existing products. It is very cross-sectoral as links are made between at least 19 industrial sectors that could barely be linked with each other before. Currently, the bio-based economy is mostly known due to its contributions in the energy and bulk chemicals market. These include fuels (ethanol, biodiesel), electricity (e.g. burning of biomass) and heat (eg wood pellets), or plastics (eg PLA or starch-based). However, other lower volume markets connected with the bio-based economy include detergents, fragrances, enzymes, cosmetics, food/feed ingredients, non-bulk chemicals, pharma and are generally less developed.
The consortium consists of 4 cluster organisations specialised in the bio-based economy from regions with synergetic smart specialisations, 3 highly skilled and experienced SME intermediates considered as important opinion makers in the bio-based economy and 3 cross-sectorial SMEs regarded as specialists in their respective activities. This unique mixture of cluster organisations supporting innovation and SMEs performing innovation support allowed us to design an optimized strategy to build new value chains based on general innovation principles combined with specific learnings in the bio-based economy arena.
SuperBIO aims at (i) creating open collaboration spaces for SMEs, LEs and other stakeholders in the bio-based economy, (ii) identifying new industrial value chain concepts maximizing the benefits of the EU business and citizens, (iii) constructing highly promising, disruptive and sustainable new industrial value chains by selection of synergistic groups of SMEs, LEs and other stakeholders and (iv) providing a diverse, stepwise and comprehensive innovation support program that enables to efficiently and optimally validate the new value chains and to bring them closer to the market. These innovation services include scale up and proof of concept, feedstock analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, IP support, Sustainability and regulatory issues, market research, techno-economic research, acces to investors, business planning, subsidy writing.
Our approach and support program ensures the validation of sustainable and commercially viable value chains. The output of this project will lead to the implementation of new value chains, the production of drop-in chemicals and products or the production of new chemicals and products with improved features. It can lead to investments in dedicated industrial production sites for the new value chains eg. through ESIF funds and therefore be a leverage for re-industrialisation of the EU using innovative technologies.
Ideas for new value chains will be sparked bottom-up (from SMEs) as well as top-down (from the consortium). A carefully designed communication plan will be activated to feed the collaboration space with specific consumer/end-user or societal demands. SMEs part of validated value chains can receive innovation services by 6 service providers of the consortium. These include technical support to improve processes and products according to the quality needs of the new value chain and to scale up their technology. Market evaluation and analysis, together with Life Cycle Assessment, techno-economic analysis, IP issues and sustainability/regulatory issues can help them to collect information for the business plan. Professional subsidy writing su
SuperBIO started with the implementation of the communication plan which includes a website, house style and logo and communication material (flyer, brochure). In addition, SuperBIO has organized 6 thematic workshops to spark new ideas for value chains and to provide a networking and collaboration platform. Team members of SuperBIO have attended more than 50 conferences and more than 30 workshops to disseminate the project? All this resulted in 34 applications from SMEs of which 24 are positively evaluated to be supported by SuperBIO. They were evaluated against 6 criteria and showed to be innovative and disruptive. SuperBIO started working with these SMEs to construct a value chain containing on average 3 stakeholders from at least 2 different countries in the value chain. By now, 16 new value chains have been constructed which were concluded with a value chain meeting. During this telco meeting the different stakeholders are present and discuss on the needs, opportunities, challenges and gaps to bring this value chain closer to the market. In total, 35 SMEs and 18 large enterprises have been involved in the project so far. The project has offered 26 detailed scope of works to fulfill the needs of the company to get closer to the market. All this information has been summarized in 16 support plans. Eight companies made use of the innovation services SuperBIO is offering to SMEs selecting 12 services.
Our approach and support program ensures the validation of sustainable and commercially viable value chains. The output of this project will lead to the implementation of new value chains, the production of drop-in chemicals and products or the production of new chemicals and products with improved features. It can lead to investments in dedicated industrial production sites for the new value chains eg. through ESIF funds and therefore be a leverage for re-industrialisation of the EU using innovative technologies.
Ideas for new value chains will be sparked bottom-up (from SMEs) as well as top-down (from the consortium). A carefully designed communication plan will be activated to feed the collaboration space with specific consumer/end-user or societal demands. SMEs part of validated value chains can receive innovation services by 6 service providers of the consortium. These include technical support to improve processes and products according to the quality needs of the new value chain and to scale up their technology. Market evaluation and analysis, together with Life Cycle Assessment, techno-economic analysis, IP issues and sustainability/regulatory issues can help them to collect information for the business plan. Professional subsidy writing support can help them accessing public money. An industrial proof of concept and a professional business plan (aligned over the entire value chain) could be essential to get access to investors to support the SMEs.
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