9.5 million euros for SME Innovations Promoting Active and Healthy Lifestyles
SMEs have an opportunity to expedite the market entry of their innovations through interregional collaboration. The financial boost aims to establish an INSHAPE Innovation & Investment Hub for innovations promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle even after the project concludes.
The increasingly sedentary lifestyle among the population is a
significant contributor to less fitness & well-being and a variety
of diseases such as a rise in mental stress, diabetes, heart diseases,
Alzheimer's, and cancer cases. While technology has made our lives less
active, it can now assist us in becoming more active and fit.
To accelerate the introduction of the necessary technological
innovations to the market, interregional collaboration is required. The
European project I3-INSHAPE promotes such cooperation. Coordinated by
Cluster Sports & Technology in (South) Netherlands, SMEs, knowledge
institutions and cluster partners from regions from Belgium, Finland,
Hungary, and Spain participate in the project.
Increasing the Impact of SMEs
With an amount of €9.5 million (70 percent funded by EU-I3), SMEs
have the opportunity to expedite the market entry of their innovations
through interregional collaboration. Ultimately, this financial boost
aims to establish an INSHAPE Innovation & Investment Hub, where
companies, knowledge institutions, and government can come together for
innovations promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle even after
the project concludes.
The project has a duration of three years and commences with a kick off on September 20, 2023.
Riitta Rissanen, Rector, Lapland University of Applied Sciences:
- Lapland University of Applied Sciences plays an important role in
connecting education, research and industry in the Arctic. The INSHAPE
project will allow the region of Lapland to continue to benefit from
established and professional networks in the sport and vitality
industry. Improving the opportunities for SMEs to grow and develop their
products and services using data and investment to accelerate them to
the market. Our continued international presence in this domain will
strengthen regional investment activity and highlight Lapland as region
of sporting excellence.
Project partner and flagship SME from the Lapland region will be the
Comback Center. Embracing knowledge from different fields (medicine,
physiotherapy, coaching), Comeback Center provides top-quality sports
injury rehabilitation services.
Founded by Tanja Poutiainen-Rinne, an Olympic and World Championship medalist in alpine skiing, she had this to say on the project:
- At the Comeback Centre we are excited to be part of the INSHAPE
project, the opportunity to work with such a diverse set of expertise
across Europe can only enrich the products and services we offer.
Innovation and investment are key to our continued growth and therefore
working within this network will add a real positive experience for us
the staff and also our clients.
EPSI – the European Platform for Sport Innovation, will support the
communication and dissemination of the project itself, helping it to
gain visibility all over Europe.
I3-INSHAPE is funded by the European Regional and Development Fund
(ERDF). With this subsidy, participating parties have the opportunity to
assist over 40 SMEs in bringing innovations to the market through
interregional collaboration, thereby promoting a more active and
Contact for the project;
Ben Taylor, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, ben.taylor(a)lapinamk.fi
Niko Niemisalo, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, niko.niemisalo(a)lapinamk.fi