The Cross Innovation Project has been running for 1,5 years now. The 11 cities within the Cross Innovation Project have been collaborating and expanding their network ever since the start of the project. Each city has taken the knowledge and experience to a political, executive and national level. The knowledge and experience gained within this project has resulted into the Cross Innovation Manifesto.

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Meaning and performance of Manifesto
Creating policy it is not about controlling what is best for the policy maker; it should help find a way for better forms of collaborating, discovering each other’s strengths, sharing freedom and happiness with each other.

Steve Harding, Head of Policy Development, Research Innovation and Enterprise Services at Birmingham City University (BCU) states the meaning and importance of this Manifesto:

“Cities must focus on innovation in their key sectors. Innovation at the city level is critical in meeting the challenges of health care, environmental issues, design and the knowledge economy. A sector approach to these issues we feel is important but not sufficient.

By signing the manifesto we recognize that approaches like the Cross Innovation project are really important in breaking down silos in our cities and connecting the growth sectors across the EU.

Cross Innovation: Change is inevitable Help us break down the silos in our cities and connect growth sectors across the EU. We therefore encourage you to sign the Manifesto and endorse the approach of cross innovation.”

In the collaborating cities, many beautiful projects have already been developed that form the Cross Innovation project’s showroom: the Good Practices. A few examples of Good Practices within the Cross Innovation project are:

Fab Lab (Lisbon, Portugal)
A laboratory of digital manufacturing – Fab Lab – for rapid prototyping, custom manufacturing and testing industry.

Green Graffiti (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
GreenGraffiti is an agency that aims to help develop, test and execute a successful outdoor campaign using natural media techniques such as reverse graffiti, sand printing, moss advertising, milk paint, chalk and many more.

Each city has taken the knowledge and experience of the European project and will implemented it on a regional level.


The Interregional Cooperation Program INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. Cross Innovation is supported by INTERREG IVC.


Mike Shulmeister
Amsterdam Economic Board
+31 205241132Cross Innovation Manifesto


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