Project Details

Title: Creating Local Innovation through a Quadruple Helix
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Nov 2008 - 31st Jan 2012


Total budget: €1,944,474.73
ERDF contribution: €1,472,602.52

Lead partner

City of Jyväskylä
Kilpisenkatu 1
40100, Jyväskylä

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    • Contact Person: Laura Ahonen
      Phone: +358 14 266 15 66
      Fax: 0358 14 620 945

Project summary

CLIQ focuses on the role of local authorities in medium sized cities in driving innovation to support the Lisbon goals for jobs and growth. Developed by the Eurotowns network it builds on previous research evidence highlighting the importance of local quadruple helix partnerships to bring together universities, business, civil society and local authorities. CLIQ partners will exchange, explore and disseminate best practice in ways to promote innovation and improve competitiveness within the specific context of cities with populations of 50,000-250,000. CLIQ has 16 partners from 10 countries, all representing or based in medium sized cities. The CLIQ partnership includes 9 local and regional authorities as well as representatives of other innovation stakeholders such as Chambers of Commerce, Research institutes and Incubators, to reflect the different roles, competencies and perspectives within the Quadruple Helix.

The objectives of CLIQ are: to research and exchange good practice between regions on supporting SMEs to innovate, to define and benchmark medium sized city local authorities' roles in driving innovation, to create a set of transferable tools to improve local authorities' innovation policies, to integrate innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalisation processes to improve competitiveness, to develop close links between quadruple helix partners at local level, to exchange models of civil society engagement in innovation and to disseminate findings and results. CLIQ interregional exchange will include Study Visits, Masterclasses, Round Tables, Network Meetings and a micro pilot. Each partner region will engage local stakeholders through consultation events and develop case studies for print publication and dynamic use online. Existing research will be built upon to create an innovation benchmarking methodology and an Innovating Medium Sized Cities Toolkit for local authorities.

The CLIQ network will operate as a live open innovation system and disseminate processes and results throughout the lifetime of the project at relevant events and through its website, using innovative multimedia tools. It will be promoted by a DVD to raise profile with local level stakeholders and engage them in learning. Findings will be presented within and outside partner regions on an ongoing basis through regularly updated, multi lingual Powerpoint presentations to a range of relevant sectoral, national and EU agencies involved in Innovation policy. A final event will showcase CLIQ's successes, including the Innovation Toolkit and benchmarking methodology, to the Eurotowns network with a Mayors' Summit and to EU and regional policy makers through related networks such as ERRIN (EU Regions Reseach & Innovation Network), Eurocities, the European Business Network & the European Universities Association.

Project achievements

CLIQ - Creating Local Innovation through a Quadruple Helix - exchanges, explores and disseminates best practices to promote innovation and improve competitiveness in the specific context of European medium-sized cities by a partnership of 16 organisations from 10 European countries. CLIQ has organised 13 interregional events on various innovation-related themes. The project website ( was opened in June 2009 and all the material from the events is available there. In 2009 CLIQ commissioned a baseline study (by the University of Girona, Spain), which identified 13 good practices of innovation in the partner regions and 70 tools used by the partners to drive innovation in their areas. In 2010 a research on the Quadruple Helix model of innovation was completed by the University of Tampere (FI). According to the CLIQ research: "Quadruple Helix (QH), with its emphasis on broad cooperation in innovation, represents a shift towards systemic, open and

user-centric innovation policy". It is a cooperation model or innovation environment in which users, firms, universities and public authorities co-operate in order to produce innovations. Twenty seven (27) CLIQ Case Studies have been released. A Pilot Project by 10 partners has been completed. In the pilot the partners undertook various experiments to study ways of engaging citizens in innovation and tested a transfer of some innovation-related good practice to their own environment. The pilot summary is available at In addition, local/regional innovation strategies have been in focus in several partner regions.

Policy Action Plan completed by the University of Girona is available on the CLIQ website: It has been designed to help the project partners to influence policies in the field of innovation especially on the local and regional level by maximising the learning from CLIQ and by identifying emerging opportunities.

During a comprehensive Exchange of Experience programme the CLIQ partners participated in Study Visits, Roundtables and Masterclasses to showcase good practices and to promote discussion by tackling innovations from various angles. The aim was to learn from each others' experience in driving innovation. Three Full Network Meetings were held as well as some bilateral and trilateral exchange meetings. In addition, 47 local consultation/dissemination events were arranged, 9 in the final period, to raise the awareness of the issues discussed in CLIQ. CLIQ has received media visibility at least on 190 different occasions. During the project lifetime altogether 73 good practices were identified and 11 of them transferred from one regiond to another. These include good practices on incubation, innovation financing models, cluster development, stimulating entrepreneurship and working with the civil society, among others. 86 members of the partners' staff increased their capacity.

The project ended with the CLIQ Summit and a Final Dissemination Event organised in Brussels on 21 to 22 September 2011. The CLIQ Summit brought together senior politicians and representatives of 15 CLIQ partner regions to review and discuss project learning and its impact. The CLIQ Declaration was signed and published in the event to to mark the partnership's success and continuing commitment in driving innovation in their localities. The final EU level dissemination event, seminar called "Local Steps Towards Innovation Union - Why? What? How?" showcased the CLIQ results with open innovation stakeholders from across the EU. The aim of the seminar was to give inspiration and guidelines for action to all practitioners and policymakers supporting innovation who wish to take stock, find fresh ideas to consider and refocus their efforts, and take forward their visions. The CLIQ products, CLIQ-o-Meter self-evaluation tool, CLIQ Toolkit and CLIQ Animation, were launched in the seminar.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
City of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä FINLAND Länsi-Suomi +358 14 266 15 66
Manresa City Council, Manresa SPAIN Cataluña 34938782382
GIRONA CITY COUNCIL, Girona SPAIN Cataluña 0034-972.419.087
Eskilstuna Municipality, ESKILSTUNA SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige +46 16 710 2475
Municipality of Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden NETHERLANDS Friesland (NL) 31582338926
Municipality of Gävle, Gävle SWEDEN Norra Mellansverige 4626178283
Business- and Innovation-Center Lippe-Detmold, Detmold GERMANY Detmold 00 49 5231 954 0
City of Ulm, Ulm GERMANY Tübingen 0049731-161-1090
Beira Atlantic Park Incubator Association – BIC Beira Atlantic, Aveiro - Coimbra PORTUGAL Centro (P) 351231489030
Centre for Technological Research Crete, Heraklion GREECE Kriti 2810 379869
Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton and Hove UNITED KINGDOM Surrey, East and West Sussex 44-1273-704400
Government of Catalonia, Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña 34934849767
Klaipeda Regional Development Agency, Klaipeda LITHUANIA Lietuva +370-46-401848
Pau Chamber of Commerce, Pau FRANCE Aquitaine 00 33 (0)5 59 82 51 11
City of Mikkeli, Mikkeli FINLAND Itä-Suomi +351 15 194 2093
Chamber of Commerce of Cremona, Cremona ITALY Lombardia +39 0372490252
BIC Bay of Cadiz (Bay of Cadiz Foundation for Economical Development), El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) SPAIN Andalucía 00 34 956 860654


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