ACSELL – „ACcelerating SmE innovation capacities with a Living Lab approach”

As major trends of our time, demographic change and digitization are transforming entire societies, and the challenges we face are huge. Especially in the economic sector, much is in upheaval and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular are affected by the changes and must adapt. Chances to achieve this adaptation are the use of methods of open innovation ("Living Lab" approach and end user participation) and learning from each other in a European context. How exactly this can be achieved is the subject of the Interreg project ACSELL, which will use the health and care sector as an example.

ACSELL aims to 1) raise awareness of the benefits of the Living Lab approach, 2) identify good practices in partner regions to improve local innovation policies, 3) increase innovation capacity and performance, and 4) actively promote trans-regional cooperation and learning.



European Regional Development Fund grant: 1,402,405.00 €

Gesamtes Projektvolumen: 1,685,004.00 €



Start date: 01/08/2019

End date: 31/07/2023




Link to ACSELL page:

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TAAFE - "Towards an Alpine Age - Friendly Environment"

The Taafe project is supported by the European Union within the framework of the Community Initiative "Interreg" of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). TAAFE stands for "Towards an Alpine Age - Friendly Environment", which to a certain extent already indicates the general objective, namely the strengthening of the local administrative level in the age-friendly restructuring of municipalities. More concretely, this means the further development of the capacities of local authorities, for example in local health care, public transport, buildings and living environments, communication and information, but also in participation in decision-making processes at the municipal level and in social participation and inclusion. In this way, the project actively contributes to finding and testing solutions for dealing with demographic change.
To this end, a so-called trio is to be established at the local level, consisting of representatives of the senior citizens, the participating municipality (the municipality of Mössingen supported by the District Office of Tübingen, which is also a project partner) and a process facilitator (in this case the University of Tübingen in the form of the LebensPhasenHaus team). This TRIO will then develop a World Health Organisation concept on "age-friendly communities/cities" and implement it within the municipality, with the focus on ensuring the sustainable participation of older people in the planning and implementation of measures in the areas mentioned.

A particular added value of this approach is now that several partner regions across Europe are implementing the same concept of "age-friendly environments" within their regions. Special attention is paid to the regional characteristics (social structures, different state structure and organisation, different starting conditions, etc.) of the respective regions. In international workshops the trios from the regions network with partners from all over Europe and discuss their respective measures and solutions. In this way, the project enables European, transnational exchange of knowledge and thus contributes to the identification of good practices against the background of the question of how demographic change can be better managed.



European Regional Development Fund grant: 1,623,251.37 €

Total project volume: 2,168,317 EUR



Start date: 01/10/2019

End date: 30/06/2022




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