Inbets BSR

The University of Skövde, School of Business, Associate Professor Susanne Durst is a partner in the Project Inbets BSR. The project involves a number of partners from the Baltic Sea region, the project is funded by Interreg BSR, the Baltic Sea Program.

INBETS-logoThe aims of the project are to examine, develop and design innovative and transferable models and tools for facilitating SME business transfers.

To achieve the objectives, the project is focused on four main areas:

  • Strengthening institutional capacity of existing SME promotion institutions in terms of sustained promotion of business transfers in 9 BSR countries.
  • Better endorsement of SME business transfers by policy and administrations and easier financing;
  • Sustainable skills of entrepreneurship, increase of entrepreneurial qualifications and increasing the number of candidates willing to take over businesses;
  • Promoting business transfers during project implementation and ensuring the sustained continuation of the implemented measures on a broad basis in all BSR countries.

The addressed target groups and beneficiaries of this project are owners and successors of SMEs, business support organisations and training facilities, universities, credit institutions, and others.

The focus of the project is the implementation of the outputs. Additionally, all outputs will be transferred for implementation to 68 institutions in all BSR countries.

The increased capacities and institutionalised knowledge will achieve a progressive change of SME business transfers in the BSR. Greatly improved models, well-organised transnational support structures, new financing methods and better qualified entrepreneurs, who are ready to take over businesses, will results in much higher success rates of company transfers during the project and for years to come.


Project manager


Project name

Innovative Business Transfer Models for SMEs in the BSR


Inbets BSR

Duration of project


Financed by

Interreg Baltic Sea Program

Other partners

Baltic Sea Academy, Germany
Small Business Chamber, Poland
Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithunia
Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Latvia
Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI), Estland
St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development, Russia
Association of SMEs support centers of the Kaliningrad region, Russia
Drivhuset Skaraborg, Sweden
International Business Academy, Denmark
Vocational Academy Hamburg, Germany
Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithunia
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
University of Skövde, Sweden

Researchers involved

Susanne Durst, Associate Professor