Project: Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation
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Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation

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SHIFT, which stands for Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation, is a unique research project that is part of the EU program ECO-INNOVERA.

The main goal of SHIFT is to enable universities, incubators, business development organizations, financial institutions, design service providers and other relevant actors and intermediaries to support sustainable entrepreneurship more effectively.

SHIFT is investigating the impact of various actors in the entrepreneurial support system at different stages in the life cycle for eco-product and eco-service development (eco-innovation). It is also identifying existing deficits and gaps and recommending changes, strategies and policy development to more effectively support entrepreneurs, start-ups and Micro-SMEs developing innovative green products and services.

Eco-innovation and the green economy are at the top of the EU agenda. However, systematic and effective support is still not widespread for start-ups and micro-SMEs seeking to expand their position or launch eco-innovation in the marketplace. Public and private support systems for entrepreneurship need a paradigm shift in order to stimulate and support the creation of eco-innovation.

Based on sound theoretical foundation, thorough empirical analysis of the status quo in the project countries – Finland, Germany and Sweden – and the identification of best practice worldwide, a range of concrete and realistic recommendations will be developed for policy makers and actors of the support systems.

SHIFT is a collaborative project involving forward-looking academic institutions in three EU countries that place a high priority on achieving sustainability:

  • Borderstep Institute for Innovation & Sustainability in Germany – coordinator
  • Linköping University in Sweden (Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Department of Management and Engineering)
  • Aalto University in Finland (NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group, School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS)

Further Information

Project Results

Borderstep News

Strengthening green start-ups 13.12.2018

With a total of 12 events from the Ruhr area to the Black Forest, Borderstep will be exploring the green start-up scene in Germany from February 2019. The purpose of the format is to convey knowledge about the general conditions, the significance, the trends and the hurdles of green start-ups. More

#SGA18: These are the Winners 21.11.2018

The winners of the StartGreen Awards 2018 and the StartGreen@ School Awards 2018 have been announced. The award ceremony took place for the fourth time in a row as part of "Gründerwoche Deutschland" at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin. More

EURAM 2019: Call for papers 26.10.2018

For the track "Sustainability, Circular and Green Tech Innovation" of the EURAM Conference 2019, scientific articles (full papers) can be submitted until 15 January 2019. Borderstep Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter is co-chair of the track. More