Co-creation approach in Västerbotten Region to increase innovation

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CARPE DIGEM Swedish partners have organised a virtual study visit to share their local good practices and expertise.
09 March 2021 - CARPE DIGEM  project
CARPE DIGEM, or 'Catalysing Regions in Peripheral and Emerging Europe towards Digital Innovation Ecosystems', an Interreg Europe funded project in which the ERNACT network is participating, has recently organised a virtual study visit to Västerbotten Region in Sweden, to learn more from their local expertise and good practices. 

During the webinar, ERNACT Programme Managers and other stakeholders from the North West City Region could learn about the latest updates happening in the Swedish region. CARPE DIGEM partner, Umea University's eXpression group, is one of the incubators that were showcased during the study visit. "We got a lot of innovation ideas from the university via start-ups and their incubators. It should be specially mentioned the co-production for the design of solutions and their methodology for the innovation system", mentions Margaret Quinn, ERNACT Programme Manager. Among others, attendees could discover the 'Station of Being', the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. 

Afterwards, a presentation was made about RISE, the Research Institute of Sweden, to share their methodology for innovation projects focusing on building trust with stakeholder and clients, building prototypes to generate dialogue and experience the change rather than just discussing it in the abstract. The Station of Being was their example. "It's really interesting to hear about innovation of that level being pushed in very remote locations", mentions Anne Marie Mc Laughlin, ERNACT Programme Manager. 

In addition, the mayor of the town of Storuman on the border with Norway, with a population of 6,000, presented the major projects they are driving in healthcare and aviation using remote rural areas as models for both, that are expected to then be implemented nationally.

"I liked the co-creation approach followed to create the smart bus station. Also it was interesting to see the brewery reinventing themselves due to the pandemic and starting to produce ice-cream This is good example of how agile businesses can react to situations like market changes or exceptional situations as the current pandemic", concludes Jose Manuel San Emeterio, ERNACT Programme Manager and CARPE DIGEM project partner.

Find out more about the CARPE DIGEM project. 

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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