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Innovation Hubs for Edge Cities

The idea of the project comes from the Edge Cities Network that brings together cities on the edge of the major capitals of Europe. The Edge Cities have in common economic, cultural and social challenges derived of their geographic situation.

 The general objective of this project is to identify and exchange Good Practices about support and promotion of local entrepreneurship and innovative SMEs among the partners, taking into account their specific framework and existing Innovation Support Systems, as a way to maintain their integrity as living environments and contribute through local competencies to the Lisbon objectives.

In this context, specific focus is given to the Swedish Innovation Hub experience currently active in the Municipality of Nacka. The Innovation Hub is an open advising and mentoring resource staffed by local experts from the academia and business environment, available for private persons as well as businessmen and other entrepreneurs, for commercializing ideas from an invention to an innovation.

The duration of the project is from January 2010 to December 2012.

The budget is 1.469.085,77 €. It has an European Union funding of 1.131.356,75 € from the INTERREG IVC programme (ERDF- European Regional Development Fund).

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

The partners are:
  • Municipality of Nacka (Lead partner)
  • Local Development Agency Getafe Iniciativas
  • Ballerup Municipality
  • North Down Borough Council
  • Loures County Council
  • Municipality of Pernik
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