Client / Funding programme:

Horizon Europe.  

Call: HORIZON-EIE-2022-CONNECT-01-02 

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Start and end dates:
February 2023 – February 2025

AFEdemy role in the project:

AFEdemy has the task to support both the project’s communication tasks (WP5) and the capacity building activities (WP3). In this role, AFEdemy is responsible for developing so-called training pills that briefly and concisely convey the benefits of more intensive cooperation and practical implementation approaches to the various 4 Helix actors. In addition, AFEdemy will assist in creating the professional profile of the collaber and identifying stakeholders. 

☐ Coordination
Curriculum development
☐ e-Learning Platform
☐ Policy recommendation
☐ Sustainability


There are approximately 2 million social economy enterprises in Europe, representing 10% of all businesses in the EU. Achieving the triple transition “green, digital and social” demands a paramount effort for including, in a more decisive manner, social economy enterprises, social innovators and entrepreneurs in our EU innovation ecosystems.  

INTEGER addresses the question, of how social innovation actors can be effectively integrated into European innovation ecosystems.  

The project will focus on expanding existing European innovation ecosystems in Catalonia, Hamburg and Krakow using the 4 Helix Model. The current 3 Helix Model brings together the industry, academia and government, whereas the 4 Helix Model expands this interplay by adding social innovation and thus societal impact.  

INTEGER creates socially sustainable innovation ecosystems in the pilot regions of Catalonia, Hamburg and Krakow with actors from the social innovation environment, industry, the government and academia. The aim is to develop improved support models for their communication and cooperation. 

Here the project will work in different layers: 

  1. Learning and analysing the features of the regions to learn from each other and develop a new model (the new generation of living lab), the col.laboratory.
  2. The identification of challenges for closer cooperation between the 4 Helix actors in the regions.
  3. The identification of Minimum Viable Products and Services to test how social/business and technology-driven innovations can work together. 


Focused on challenge-driven promotion of healthy living and wellbeing, INTEGER will bring forward three innovations for the development of more robust, sustainable, inclusive and integrative EU innovation ecosystems:  

  • The INTEGER 4 Helix Collaboratory model to implement the next generation of living labs, the ‘Col·laboratories’ (common open house of all kinds of innovators and entrepreneurs interested in producing new products and services that come from business or social oriented innovation). 
  • An EU Healthy Living Collaboratory, a true network of networks’ community with the capacity to work on real social, tech and business-driven projects. 
  • A new professional profile, the ‘Col·laber’ or ‘Col·laboratory manager’ as a multiplying agent of change in these integrated innovation ecosystems. 

AFE Related Topics

☐ Outdoor spaces and buildings
Social participation
☐ Transport and mobility
☐ Social inclusion and non-discrimination
☐ Housing
Civic engagement and employment
Communication and information
Community and health services

Target group

Companies, associations, and organisations from the fields of state administration, social innovation, industry, and higher academia. symbolizing a synthesis following the quadruple helix model. 


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