Nine out of ten innovations fail. Often because a prototype is not sufficiently tested before it is put on the market. Usually there is user research and tested in the lab or prototype work done, but much less frequently prototypes really tested in practice before the leap to the market. Inno-Quarter changes this and put some leading European festivals to test innovations. Participating festivals make their festival open as a living laboratory. So, startups, SMEs and research institutes thoroughly test their prototypes in practice before they go to market. This works because a festival is a temporary miniature society. Just like in real life there are challenges in areas such as energy and waste and food.. Also festival visitors behave in a certain sense the same as in the real world: they move, eat and sleep. The difference with the real world is that there is a fence around the festival site. That makes festivals a perfect test environment to collaborate on prototypes and experimental techniques. And as an innovation works in a festival, it can also work in the real world.
What we look at
If you apply for Inno-Quarter we look at:
1. The prototype is innovative
2. Testing at a festival has clear added value
3. The prototype (in the future) a business case
4. The prototype bears (in the future) to a better world (UN Goals)
When the IQ team thinks your prototype based on these four criteria to help, you become associated with an innovation scout. Innovation scout supports you in finding the right test question. Then the innovation scout connects you to the festival that best fits the test question. After testing evaluates innovation scout with you and see how our network can further help on the way.
Inno-Quarter participation is free. The cost of building the prototype for startups, businesses, entrepreneurs and students who bring the prototype. Inno-Quarter also has a manufacturing and hospitality budget to allow for the tests at the festival.
1. Scouting and Application
3. Go to festival
WHAT IS Inno-Quarter?
Inno-Quarter Open Innovation Quarters for quick end-user feedback and support of new products and services
Inno-Quarter provides a new way to short track innovation processes and improve the cost-effectiveness of startup support mechanisms and redirect funds towards sustainable commercialisation of more innovations. NSRs score low in EU innovation indexes in terms of commercialisation. SMEs/entrepreneurs often lack the means to go beyond the development stage or fail soon after commercialisation. This because many companies initiate innovation processes in isolation within the company or an unsufficient network, which causes difficulties in attracting investors, finding potential customers, and acquiring raw resources to enlarge production. IQ will facilitate entrepreneurs with an integral public service (innovation quarter) that is organised at existing events. The innovation quarters should reduce the costs of conventional start-up programmes, by reducing the time needed to validate a product/service with 2 years.
DORP is the Living Lab where concepts and experiments follow each other rapidly, with loads of interaction between multiple disciplines, varying from entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and students from every course you can think of.
With the help of experts, coaches inspirational sessions and fully stacked work places, we’re creating a spot where we visualize and experience the circulair economy. A crucial aspect, maybe even a condition, is the possibility to fail. Because when an innovation doesn’t fail in it’s proces, maybe that innovation isn’t innovative enough.
And when it fails we fix it together, establishing a great learning curve. With that, DORP is a crucial mile stone to actually launch circulair innovation
Inno-Quarter will provide entrepreneurs with:
- possibility to develop new products/services
- end-user feedback for products/business models/services ready for market uptake
- business support platform
- enabler of product/service development.
Quadruple helix partnerships of public authorities/development agencies, knowledge institutes, private partners and the community, represented by the Inno-Quarter beneficiaries, will jointly develop, test and evaluate this service in several regions to come to a validated method available for adoption throughout the NSR.
Total budget 3.271.217 €
ERDF contribution 1.635.609 €
Inno-Quarter is proudly organized with 10 partners:
- Provinsje Fryslân (NL)
- NHL Stenden (NL)
- Welcome to the Village (NL)
- Nordic Surfers (SE)
- Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (BE)
- Aalborg Universitet (DK)
- Worldperfect (DK)
- Region Halland (SE)
- University of Bremen, Lemex (DE)
- Moin Startup Camp (DE)