25.11.2011

Finland launches project to support Living Labs activities

Products and services improve when they are developed in everyday situations with customers.

Finland’s Ministry for Employment and the Economy and Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation are launching a project to strengthen the operations and networking of Finland’s Living Lab environments, and especially their cooperation with businesses. The objective is to improve the attractiveness of the operations and to kick-start the development of new products and services. The three-year project will be managed by the Finnish company Kasvutehdas KATE and is also open to international companies operating in Finland.

There are tens of Living Labs operating in Finland, providing different research and testing methods that help companies better understand the needs of their customers. Living Labs create conditions that simulate the everyday situations where products and services are used, providing valuable insights for businesses.

The Living Labs are a good example of the growing significance of user-based innovation activities. Research shows that companies gain a competitive advantage by improving their knowledge about the needs and desires of their end-users

Source: Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Kasvutehdas Kate