Focused on challenge-driven promotion of healthy living and wellbeing, INTEGER - Interconnecting 4 Helix Innovation Ecosystems in European Regions will bring forward three important innovations for the development of more robust, sustainable, inclusive, and integrative European Union (EU) innovation ecosystems:

  • The INTEGER 4 Helix Col.laboratory model to implement the next generation of living labs, the ‘Col.laboratories’,
  • An EU Healthy Living Col.laboratory, a true network of networks’ community with capacity to work on real social, tech and business-driven projects, and
  • A new professional profile, the ‘col.laber’ or ‘col.laboratory manager’ as a multiplying agent of change of these integrated innovation ecosystems.


The three INTEGER reinforcing innovations will push fivefold breakthrough capacities for the integration of social innovation in EU innovation ecosystems:

  • Boost win-win games between business and social oriented innovations addressing common challenges.
  • Transform co-creation dynamics into disruptive and tangible new products, services or competencies.
  • Co-design jointly public innovation policies.
  • Develop capacity building of the new generation of socio-digital entrepreneurs and ecosystems’ enablers, the ‘col.labers’, and
  • Devise funding and investment mechanisms for social innovation start-ups and SMEs to develop and scale up game changing innovations.

‘Col.laboratories’ and ‘col.labers’ aim to embrace economic and social-driven innovation communities across the EU. Based on a peer-to-peer approach between business-driven and social-driven innovations, INTEGER seeks to accelerate transformative integration outcomes by creating new win-win games, local mission-driven synergies, ground-breaking coordination of actions, governance, implementation, uptaking and exploitation dynamics.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme under grant agreement No. 101096563.The project INTEGER is running for 2 years, starting in February 2023, and has as partners: Fundacio Privada I2CAT Internet I Innovacio Digital A Catalunya (Coordinator); Universitat Rovira I Virgili | Fundació Urv; F6s Innovation; Behoerde Fuer Arbeit, Gesundheit, Soziales, Familie Und Integration Hamburg; Uniwersytet Jagiellonski; Krakow Technology Park; SHINE 2Europe; AFEdemy, Academy On Age-Friendly Environments In Europe B. V.


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