Overall objective is to define a tool for identifying and mentoring innovative concepts in the cross-border area via fact-based success stories.
The main objective of the Innoval open innovation process was to provide innovative, sustainable and practical tools and product concepts to support the well-being of elder people of the society. Open Innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology. The project was based on the initial challenge that the SMEs of the bordering regions are "simple suppliers" if bigger companies and cannot provide a sustainable own development, a competitive own product. On the other hand, there is an increasing tendency that the society is becoming elder. As this is an AT-HU cooperation, teh main challenge was to deliver development services on cross-border basis. A cross-border facilitator network was established which supported the setting up of Working Groups were feasibiltiy studies were delivered by the end of the project. Thematic focus areas were: Active Ageing; Smart Home and Healthcare at Home.
Concrete examples proposed by the feasibility studies:
- a tool which helps elder people to be able to leave the tube without any accidents
-a tool which measures the water temperature to reach the optimal result and avoid wasting water.

Resources needed

Full budget: 1.017.047 €
Full staff: 12 persons
The project was financed from Interreg AT-HU Programme

Evidence of success

The following indicators were summarized at the end of the project:
-conference in Vienna with over 100 participants for idea generation
-Open call for SMEs and students, with over 20 applications,
-10 business ideas facilitated and 7 feasibility studies done
-Internal call with 7 applications
-7 further business ideas facilitated
-in depth, cross border analysis of the AAL related market business opportunities for SMEs

Potential for learning or transfer

Overall objective was to define a tool for identifying and mentoring innovative concepts in the cross-border area via fact-based success stories, meanwhile defining a future visionary and relevant perspective. The most important factor is the presence of the intermediary organizations, the skilled staff members and the group of facilitators. Very important are the openness of the final beneficiaries, in this case the SMEs and students. A third important element is the elaboration of an online platform to support the common work.
Main institution
Pannon Business Network Association
Nyugat-Dunántúl, Hungary (Magyarország)
Start Date
December 2010
End Date
December 2013


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