Cross Innovation

The Project Cross Innovation promotes collaborative and user-driven innovation that happens across sectoral, organisational, technological and geographic boundaries. Its focus rests on policies and support measures that enable cross innovation and creative spillovers between creative sectors and other industries. The partnership consists of 11 metropolitan hotspots that have the potential to put cross innovation on the top of local and regional policy agendas across Europe: Birmingham, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Tallinn, Warsaw, Vilnius, Stockholm, Linz, Lisbon, and Pilsen.

The project focusses on practices in four sub-themes:

  1. Smart Incentives – innovative types of finance that enable cross-innovation,
  2. Culture-based Innovation – schemes that unleash innovation in business and the public sector by introducing artistic and creative practices,
  3. Brokerage – services that build bridges between sectors by connecting cross-innovation enablers with beneficiaries,
  4. Spatial Cross-Collaboration – services offered to companies in co-working spaces, incubators, fab-labs, science parks and to local clusters.

Each partner champions such practices in its respective city. To further learn about them the partnership foresees a participative programme of experience exchange events, including “cross innovation policy clinics” to improve local policies. In addition, cross innovation with SMEs runs throughout the project. It examines how local support can enable companies that operate in co-working spaces and incubators to collaborate in order to develop their products and services for other markets and overcome EU market fragmentation.

The main project results include an online knowledge base of good practices, a toolkit on implementing cross innovation instruments and 11 city-level implementation plans.

How can you make Cross Innovation happen in your city? Download the Cross Innovation Toolkit!
Cross Innovation Toolkit (pdf)

For more information and examples, please download our brochure:
Cross Innovation Brochure 2014 (pdf)

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Re- gional 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. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

Sign the Cross Innovation Manifesto!
Policy is not about dictating what is best for us; it should help us find our way to better modes of being, encouraging discovery, freedom and happiness. Policy makers have to face the changing economic and cultural demands of society, with innovation critical to success. Here we present the principles that we hope will provide inspiration to those seeking to encourage new thinking. The Cross Innovation Manifesto is written for the Project Cross Innovation by Luca de Biase and Patrick van der Duin.

  1. Read the complete Cross Innovation Manifesto
  2. Download The Cross Innovation Manifesto (pdf)
  3. Sign the Cross Innovation Manifesto
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