A Business Lens for Cities


Our vision is simple.

By restoring the health of the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea becomes an attractive investment area for everyone. Municipalities, businesses, government, investors, and citizens and future generations all benefit from a healthy and sustainable Baltic Sea.

The Baltic Sea City Accelerator builds on the success and learnings from the pilot programme which ran from 2015-2017. In the 2019 programme, the focus is to provide a comprehensive business framework and tools to help cities accelerate and advance their water projects. During the programme and activities, Race For The Baltic and partners support a core group of participating municipalities by providing tools and workshops. At the same time, there is potential for new areas of cooperation to encourage peer knowledge sharing, innovations, solutions, collaboration and new types of finance.

Why municipalities?

We believe that municipalities are vital and play a crucial role in solving the challenges the Baltic Sea faces. Municipalities have local knowledge, are agile, and can have significant impact on sustainable management of local waters.

Programme participants decide which water project they want to focus on and develop. The programme is tailored to current needs and equips municipalities with relevant exercises and homework to carry out and advance their water project.

The City Accelerator pilot programme revealed other ways to look at the Baltic: that there is bigger business potential than we previously thought.
— Karin Löfström, Strategist Ecological Sustainability, Kalmar Municipality. Kalmar participated in the Baltic Sea City Accelerator pilot programme during 2015-2017.
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