This project aims to create an ecosystem for Nordic collaboration between municipalities reaching out to companies for co-creating and testing innovative solutions. Successful cross-border matches are seen as crucial in order to have an impact on an otherwise fragmented market and will be supported by activities bridging the gap between supply and demand.
On the demand side, work will focus on establishing a network of living labs and exchange of best practice, tools and methods for co-creation. On the supply side, the project creates an offering for Nordic SMEs by providing information on needs for solutions in the municipalities, access to market knowledge in different Nordic countries and advice on business development. Finally, the project bridges demand and supply sides by providing models for co-creating and in matching companies with living labs where they can work with users and staff on developing and testing new products and services.
- Establish a network of 30 Nordic living labs and municipalities.
- Involve 100 companies with at least 30 of these being involved in testing and co-creation.
Developing a Nordic ecosystem for health innovation
The project is one of the seven projects funded under the Innovative Nordic Health and Welfare Solutions call that was launched in 2014. The aim of the call was to unite and strengthen efforts across the Nordics to develop a Nordic ecosystem for health innovation and create opportunities for Nordic businesses through a closer connection between developers, demanders and test environments.
The call is part of the lighthouse project Innovative Nordic Welfare Solutions initiated by the five Nordic ministries of business through the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Business and Innovation Policy 2014-2017. The project shall contribute to making the Nordics a leading region in developing and exporting innovative health and welfare solutions.