FDB - Futures by Design

Futures By Design helps SMEs in regions of lower economic success in the North Sea region to use data analytics to innovate, grow and increase productivity.


SMEs are often critical to regional economies but their capacity for success can be limited due to insufficient access to data and the inability to analyse data to drive innovation and improved results.


Futures By Design (FBD) aims to enable less prosperous SMEs in regions of lower economic success to innovate, grow or increase productivity. The project will work with SMEs in each partner region, sharing knowledge, ideas and regional experiences to support SMEs to become more data-driven and better informed about the economic, technological, policy and supply changes that will shape their futures.


FBD will create a virtual transnational horizon-scanning and knowledge transfer (HSKT) hub connecting six real hubs in each region to support sustainable SME growth, innovation and productivity.

Target group

This project is intended for SMEs that do not yet have any experience with data science (or are at a very early stage of their data journey) and are exploring the possibilities of using data science to solve a specific business problem/challenge. In Belgium this project focuses on the regions of Antwerp, East and West Flanders.


Futures by Design  (J-No.: 38-2-9-18)

Project partners

  • Provinsje Fryslân
  • NHL Stenden Hogeschool
  • Anglia Ruskin University HigherEducation Corporation
  • Alexandersoninstitutet
  • atene KOM
  • University of Groningen North West Germany
  • Open Manufacturing Campus
  • Tilburg University - Jheronimus Academy of Data Science
  • University of Groningen (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)/li>
  • Northern Knowledge (by Business Generator Groningen)
  • Sirris


Interreg North Sea region


Start date: 07/01/2019

End date: 06/01/2022

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Within this project, Sirris provides a set of tools and coaching instruments to support SMEs in their data-driven journey.

SMEs will get support in the ideation phase and access to tools and information that can put them on the right track and potentially lead to improving their growth and productivity.

Interested in participating in this project? Get in touch with our Sirris project manager: Caroline Mair.