The project’s core is the five transnational pilots. Their mission is to find new and innovative solutions to meet these challenges. Innovative transnational clusters and operations models as well as new tools and cooperation forms are piloted.  Experiences gathered in the project will be utilized in the development of BSR Stars.

CMS is a partner in the pilot called MarChain which scope includes the maritime clusters in the Baltic Sea Region. The other pilots operate in the fields of clean technology & future energy, wellbeing & health, future transport, and digital business & services.

The strategic vision of MarChain is to develop a virtual communication and cooperation environment for business, knowledge and competences by connecting the national clusters into united communication and business support infrastructure. This will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the maritime clusters and marine transport supply chains. The ultimate goal is that the maritime sector will achieve better resources to develop its products and services in the BSR.

In total, StarDust mobilizes 34 partners from the public and semi-public sector. These partners are supported by 33 associated partners from national, regional and local levels. This set of partners represents all national ministries and innovation agencies in the 10 Baltic Sea countries. The innovation project StarDust is a transnational project co-financed by the European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The total budget of StarDust is 6.5 million Euros. The Swedish VINNOVA leads the project which will take three years (2011–2013).

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