Five organisations of the South Western Europe have joined forces to launch an innovative project called 'Crealab – Network of Creative Living Labs in the SUDOE Area'. The initiative was officially presented on 17 September in Lisbon, Portugal.
The project, supported by the INTERREG IV B SUDOE Programme of the European Commission intends to promote the creation of new products and services in the interaction between creative industries and traditional sectors of the economy through a living lab environment. Enhancing cross-sectorial collaborations and creative spillovers is the final aim of the initiative, with a view to stimulate the economic, social and cultural development of the involved regions.
With this objective, the partners will organise experimentation labs and entrepreneurship sessions with local companies, entrepreneurs and users, under an open innovation approach. Additionally, the creation of creative and innovation spaces will be supported by the project, such as incubators, co-working and fab labs.
The result of the initiative will be the creation of a network of creative living labs in the SUDOE area, which will be perpetuated after the end of the project through a digital collaborative platform.
Under the coordination of INTELI – Inteligência em Inovação (Lisboa, Portugal), the partnership is composed of:
- Municipality of Penela (Portugal);
- FUNDITEC – Fundación para el Desarrollo y Innovación Tecnológica (Barcelona, Spain);
- CLAND – Cluster Digital y Audiovisual de Andalucia (Spain);
- Asociación Cluster del Conocimiento de Extremadura (Spain);
- and Communauté d’Agglomération du Grand Angoulême (France).