Breakthrough for nutrient cycling business ecosystem (RaKi Ecosystem) was started back in 2016 to advance BSAG´s goals for achieving a good ecological balance of the Baltic Sea. Business Finland (BF, former Tekes) funded RaKi Ecosystem for almost two and a half years until last summer when the official funding ended. Even though the funding from BF ended, BSAG´s work with nutrient cycling continues. BSAG will continue to work with the former ecosystem projects, search for new nutrient cycling related Commitments and work with several different nutrient cycling related projects.
In a nutshell RaKi Ecosystem was a symbiotic partnership network created to coordinate companies related to nutrient recycling and create joint effort towards sustainable and competitive business models in nutrient management. Over 50 organizations were part of the ecosystem which gave the ecosystem diversity needed for creating innovations, new alliances and competitive concepts. RaKi Ecosystem main goals have been to prevent nutrient leakages into the Baltic Sea by creating new business opportunities and increasing the value of nutrient related business.
Based on the positive reaction from the field RaKi Ecosystem succeeded in its work. Ecosystem was advancing almost twenty company driven business projects (i.e. Bihii, Tracegrow, HSY, VTT, Noireco, Soilfood, Axolot, UPM-Kymmene) related to nutrient cycling and many of these projects have moved towards profitable nutrient cycling related business concepts. In addition to company driven projects new business concepts have been created regionally in the Punkalaidun, Lapinjärvi and Åland Islands area. By using regional operating models, even small operators can form functional entities around nutrient recycling by creating added value for themselves and the surrounding society.
One of the most important roles of the ecosystem has been to bring actors in the industry together and enable effective networking. RaKi Ecosystem frequently organized networking events during the operating period. Additionally, RaKi Ecosystem concerned especially on communications. Internal communications played an essential role in creating cohesion and information exchange. External communications on the other hand enabled ecosystem participants to act on the field with better credibility.