Open Innovation allows organisations to look beyond their internal resources to develop new products, services, and sources of revenue.

What’s the idea?

The Open Innovation Project aims to create jobs and new businesses by stimulating the application of collaborative open innovation models to co-create and develop new products and services. To do this a partnership of local governments, universities, business support services, and other public bodies will deliver a diverse and dynamic programme of activities across the UK, France, Germany, Ireland and Belgium.

The purpose of this project is the promotion of the use of Open Innovation principles leading to practical outcomes.


The project is broken down into 3 themes, each of which focuses on the potential value of open innovation to categories of user:

  1. Open innovation and the community
  2. Open innovation for small and medium sized businesses
  3. Open innovation for universities

Project partners

1. The City of Edinburgh Council [UK]
2. Dublin City Council [IE]
3. Universitiat Kassel, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften [DE]
4. Laval Mayenne Technopole [FR]
5. University College London [UK]
6. Institut de Recheche en Systèmes Electroniques Embarqués (IRSEEM) [FR]
7. University of Plymouth [UK]
8. VOKA -Kamer van Koophandal Oost-Vlaanderen [BE]
9. Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven [BE]


January 2010 to December 2013.

Funding body

The project is funded by the European Union Interreg IVB NWE Programme.  This programme provides partial funding for transnational projects in the  North West European Co-operation Zone over the period 2007-2013.  The priority areas for the programme are:  Innovation; Environmental challenges; Connectivity, and: Promoting strong and prosperous communities. The NWE Zone includes:  France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.  http://www.nweurope.eu/index.php

For further informationopeninnovation@edinburgh.gov.uk.

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