Sport for Growth and Healthy & Vital Communities

The Project

Inno4Sports places itself in the context of socio-economic transformations in Europe that open up new dimensions for the capitalization of sports ecosystems. The potentials of Sports ecosystems have started to be been recognized at the 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 underrepresentation of the potential created by sports innovation within RIS3 and regional development programs.


Project summary

Inno4Sports brings together five regions that all share the ambition to address a common objective, namely to improve the performance and efficiency of development programs that are able to support sports clusterization processes based on quadruple helix cooperation, and by doing so, promote the innovative value chains of sports. Taking into account the different regional contexts (e.g. development levels, available expertise on clusterization processes), specific points to address have been identified by focussing on 4 thematic sub-objectives; the creation of opportunities for market access, the exploration of cross-over cooperation, the development of harmonization processes with regional development programs and the creation of interlinkages with consumer needs and societal trends. By deepening cluster integration, through an intensive process of interregional learning, knowledge exchange, and lasting inter-cluster cooperation processes, all partners set out to reach their ambitions.

A new initiative, Inno4Sports, target a topic that has not yet been tackled before in such concreteness. With the inclusion of EPSI as an Advisory Partner to the project, a strong dissemination platform is included that will bring the project’s findings closer to the attention of not only regional, and national, but also EU level policy makers to generate a multitude of future spin-offs.


  • Sports and Technology Foundation (NE)
  • IBV Association Institute of Biomechanics (ES)
  • IVACE, The Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (ES) 
  • MSE Cluster ltd. (HG)
  • University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences (HG)
  • Regional Council of Lapland (FI); 
  • VERDE Foundation for Sport Innovators (PL); 
  • Lapland University of Applied Sciences (FI). 

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