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The Colab.cat community is the first step in the integration of the Triple and Quadruple innovation ecosystems in our region, supported by the regional digital strategy. The Collaboratories programme was first launched in 2018 by i2CAT with the support of the Generalitat, the regional government of Catalonia. This programme is now a well established initiative of the Catalan Directorate General of Digital Society integrating 3H and 4H models based on the use of advanced digital technologies with the goal of generating a universal innovation ecosystem in the region.

In 2022, Colabs.cat has grown and includes three territorial colabs: CatSud, Anoia and CatNord, and two thematic colabs: Health and Wellbeing, and Education just under construction. The new Collab on Health and Wellbeing includes advanced health research centres like ISGlobal or IRSI-Caixa, the Foundation TIC Salud, the Catalan Health unit dealing with ICT policies, the municipalities of Mataró, Igualada, Vic and Vilanova i la Geltrú, communities of makers and fablabs like Malla, or Biocat, the organisation that promote the Bioregional ecosystem of Catalonia.


Krakow Living Lab (KLL): is a platform for testing innovative products and services in real/everyday life situations (public spaces like streets, parks, buses, schools, hospitals and other public buildings/spaces). The open ecosystem created by Krakow Living Lab involves hundreds of varied multi-stakeholders bringing and sharing experience and know-how on dimensions of social innovation, innovation management, cooperation and cocreation between start-ups/SME and large enterprises, incubation and acceleration programmes, approaches to innovation (examples: Living Lab, design thinking, hackathons), branch events, product development etc. It serves as a hub for main innovation actors including public institutions, researchers (like universities), technology and knowledge transfer institutions and end-users.


The Gesundheitswirtschaft Hamburg GmbH (GWHH), the cluster agency for the health economy, establishes and maintains a sustainable network across all areas of the healthcare industry. The GWHH network counts more than 3.000 decision-makers from all sectors of the healthcare industry. The eHealth-Network fosters the digitisation in healthcare in Hamburg by deriving impulses for innovative technologies from other branches and markets. Together with the “Digital Health Hub Hamburg”, the network supports founders and young companies in Hamburg and thus offers a place where innovative ideas can grow.

The Investment Bank Hamburg (IFB) is supporting innovation in different ways. Founders can get assistance in developing their business model and can get financial support through different founding schemes.

The Health Innovation Port (HIP) is a collaboration space, incubator, accelerator and knowledge-platform all in one. Several start-up companies are based in a building of Philips Germany. As a committed interest group, they promote cooperation between science and business in a targeted manner, thereby enhancing the visibility of North Germany as a hub and boosting the added value and innovative capacity of the region.

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