Inno4Sports – Sport for Growth and Healthy & Vital Communities



From 1st of June 2018;

Project duration 4 years; 

Project budget: 1 525 274,00 €


Inno4Sports places itself in the context of socio economic transformations in Europe that open up new dimensions for the capitalisation of sports ecosystems. The potentials of Sport ecosystems have started to have been recognized at EU level as drivers for innovation and growth with a high potential for cross-sectoral spill-overs and interlinkages with various societal and economic fields. Still, at regional levels, they remain underdeveloped, due to existing inconsistencies and an underrepresentation of the potentials created by sports innovation within RIS3 and regional development programmes.


Project Partnership:

  • LP: Sports and Technology Foundation (NL)
  • PP2: IBV, Association Institute of Biomechanics (ES)
  • PP3: IVACE, Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (ES)
  • PP4: MSE Cluster Ltd. (HU)
  • PP5: University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences (HU)
  • PP6: Regional Council of Lapland (FI)
  • PP7: Verde Foundation for Innovative Sports Surfaces (PL)
  • PP8: European Platform for Sport Innovation (BE)


Overall objective

– to improve the performance of research based clusters in the field of the sports, by:

  • strengthening their potentials for quadruple helix cooperation
  • creating synergies with smart specialisation processes

– to address the changes in the societal role of sports, and use it as a vehicle for economic regional growth


  • to explore and elaborate on existing innovation ecosystem models, and link tools and instruments, such as Living Labs, Open Labs for .e.g. technologies to address specific needs of the Sports Clusters
  • to improve cross-sectoral cooperation in order to build cross-overs, especially with High-Tech and health sectors to increase the economic performance and regional impact of clusters
  • to improve the role and functioning of governance systems and harmonize the relevant policy instruments and programmes linked to regional development in order to link them better to the needs and challenges of the Sports sector
  • to improve the socio-economic value of the clusters by linking their focus and functioning better to upcoming societal trends and real consumer needs

Posted on

July 26, 2018