SHINE travelled to Barcelona to the kick-off meeting of INTEGER 

On February 14th and 15th, Carina Dantas, CEO of SHINE 2Europe went to Barcelona to the kick-off meeting of INTEGER, a Horizon Europe project coordinated by i2CAT Foundation (Spain), that joins together eight partners from six European countries, from February 2023 until February 2025.  

Focused on challenge-driven promotion of healthy living, 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 ‘Collaboratories’ (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).  
  • A EU Healthy Living Collaboratory, a true network of networks’ community with capacity to work on real social, tech and business-driven projects.  
  • A new professional profile, the ‘collaber’ or ‘collaboratory manager’ as a multiplying agent of change of these integrated innovation ecosystems.   

By facilitating business-driven and social-driven innovations, INTEGER seeks to accelerate transformative integration outcomes by creating new win-win games, local mission-driven synergies, groundbreaking coordination of actions, governance, implementation, uptaking and exploitation dynamics.   

Collaborathons will be held in EU Regions, such as Catalonia, Hamburg and Krakow, to foster social innovation and upscale it throughout Europe.