The Innovation Loop is a cyclic 1 year open innovation process.
The Innovation Loop ( consists of a structured Living Lab. Its main idea is to innovate products, services and processes by co-generating innovative ideas and prototyping these into services/processes/smart objects. Every cycle has an overall actual theme. Themes so far “Talent for Growth”, “Culture –Driven Growth”, “Border – Crossing Meetings”, “The Sustainable Place/Site” and “Global attraction”. During the year there is a number of workshops with multi-stakeholder attendance. Regional public and private stakeholders suggest problem formulations and subthemes for the different workshops. The subthemes for these meetings are inspired by the overall theme and focused on digital services, processes, smart objects etc for local organizations and citizens to adapt and develop in order to approach the addressed problems. We can identify four types of meetings.
• Information meetings with exchange of ideas and information as the main focus.
• Idea workshops –co-creating problem formulations and possible directions for solutions in teams
• Prototyping workshops- where the focus is on co-creating prototypes for the most promising solution
• Implementation Workshops –further development and implementation of prototypes, and pilots to used services/processes/smart objects. The Innovation Loop is organised in Region Västerbotten County in the north of Sweden.
It started in 2013. The cycle lasts 1 year.

Resources needed

The Innovation Loop engages: up to 1.500 people a year; circa 35 public sector organizations and circa 35 companies.
A yearly budget of 1 million euro can be invested by the cyclical initiative.

Evidence of success

The Innovation Loop produced up to 37 new products, services or processes in different stages of implementation. Moreover:
- different themes focussed on social and societal issues driven by individual and organizational needs;
- broad representation of participants from different knowledge perspectives, ages and professional backgrounds.

Difficulties encountered

Exploit open innovation tools, including open data, for idea co-generation.
The Innovation loop have many challenges despite 5 years of development.

Potential for learning or transfer

High potential for both learning and transfer it to different regions is already emerging from the partners of the OSIRIS project.

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Main institution
Region Vasterbotten
Övre Norrland, Sweden (Sverige)
Start Date
January 2014
End Date


Umberto Pernice Please login to contact the author.

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University of Gothenburg