CAROTS in short

The objective of CAROTS is to establish a new type of SME – Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs) – providing services in various fields. CAROs will help enterprises to benefit from knowledge and potential of scientists and research facilities in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). As intermediary companies they will facilitate access of companies to advanced research infrastructures (ARI) and to scientific expertise needed to solve analytical tasks in areas like e.g. New Materials, NanoTech or Life Sciences and thus significantly expedite innovation.

The goal of CAROTS is to initiate a test bed in the BSR for a new type of intermediaries between industry and ARIs. CAROTS aims at involving private capital – by investing in CAROs – in the collaboration between industries and publicly owned analytical facilities.

Although a few CAROs already exist in Europe, we see a high potential for additional enterprises of this type. CAROTS wants to improve conditions for this type of industrial research start-ups along with greater visibility, better knowledge transfer and by attracting entrepreneurs and venture capitalists for support.

CAROTS Publications

Part of the output from the project CAROTS includes various publications. Their aim is to explain why a project aimed at further developing the relationship between science, research and industry as well as making CAROs (Commercial Analytical Research Organisations) more visible as great change agents for the European innovation system is necessary.

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Showcasing CAROs

Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs) act as intermediary service providers between scientists as well as research facilities and industry. Meet the pioneers and find out what made them excel in our series of intermediary company portraits.

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Latest News

Registrations are open for the CAROTS Final Conference 2021

A public conference of the CAROTS project to showcase the role of scientific service companies in strengthening ties between industry, research infrastructures and scientific research.

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Ten scientists graduate from the first CAROTS Startup School

On 16 and 17 June 2021 the Startup School programme successfully ended with two pitch events for the ten first participants. Five webinars on the entrepreneurial mindset, the Business Model Canvas, financial management, marketing and sales as well as storytelling and pitching laid the groundwork for ten fantastic pitch performances and presentations with convincing stories to tell.

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Events

On 22nd September 2020 the CAROTS project reached a significant milestone: On the signing of a Letter of Intent the European network ‘Mediators connecting Industry to X-rays and Neutrons’ came officially into being.