ProcessSME project

Business Model Innovation and Internalization of Process Industry SMEs (ProcessSME)


The main objective of ProcessSME project is to improve the competitiveness of SMEs whose customers are found within the process/mining/energy/oil/gas industries.

To whom? The project provides support for SMEs in finding the needs and opportunities, developing new business models, building European partnerships, applying for EU-level funding, and further to develop SMEs products and services.

Our target groups are

  • SMEs that are suppliers to process industry and are aiming towards providing innovative products, services and further advanced offers, and who aim to entering new international markets
  • national and international process industry (i.e. oil and gas, energy, pulp and paper, mining) companies that are willing to buy product-services and further advanced pffers, by doing so striving to improve their effectiveness and competitiveness
  • research and industrial organisations that want to participate in and improves SME networks within the region and to obtain input about current challenges concerning process industry

What does ProcessSME do? Project partners from Finland, Norway and Sweden will work together with SMEs to develop business models, participate in EU-level project proposals as well as other border-crossing business activities.

Expected results

  • methods and tools regarding advanced business models
  • an updated Process.IT EU Roadmap which will impact policy and decision-makers on national and international levels
  • increased cross-border cooperation within the region between SMEs, large process industry companies, networks and researchers in order to enable creation of advanced business models
  • knowledge and best practices will be disseminated on a continuous basis in the region
  • new methods used by SMEs when commercializing advanced business models globally
  • increased internationalization of SMEs concerning business, research and development activities

Project funding. The project is funded by Interreg  V A Nord 2014-2020.
Project period is from 1st September, 2016 to 31st August, 2019.  Budget for EU-funded part (Sweden + Finland) is 1 343 321 euros and the Norwegian part is 419 512 euros.

Project partners. Project is coordinated by Lapland University of Applied Sciences. Other project partners are Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Norut Narvik, Industriellt Utvecklings Centrum Norrbotten AB, University of Oulu, Nivala-Haapajärvi Subregion Association and Industrial Park in Nivala.