The INVITE Project

Europe is a world-leading knowledge generator. Yet, a great deal of this knowledge often remains underexploited and does not make it to the market. This market failure, coined as the European Paradox over 20 years ago, still persists and implies that many R&I investments do not turn into economic and societal benefits.

Open innovation has the potential to address this persisting paradox. INVITE taps into this potential and introduces an innovative digital platform, the Open Innovation 2.0 Lab (OI2LAB), to address some well-known challenges of the European R&I landscape.

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About OI2 Lab


The OI2Lab provides a suite of demand-driven services and digital tools to stimulate open innovation across Europe and empower businesses to tap into its potential in order to collaborate, innovate and grow. Its objectives are to: 

STIMULATE & FACILITATE knowledge flows and co-creation of value across innovation systems
TRAIN & EMPOWER businesses with the skills to drive value out of Europe’s knowledge-base
CATALYSE & INCREASE private investments in promising open innovation projects


OI2Lab Services


Smart Matchmaking: Find suitable partners and opportunities for innovation across different open innovation platforms
Open Innovation Management: Set-up and manage your innovation-driven collaborations across borders
Links to Finance: Get your open innovation project off the ground with suitable funding solutions


OI2Lab arsenal of digital tools


Opportunities: Access innovation opportunities from leading knowledge networks all in one place
E-Learning Environment: Learn more about how you can use and get value our of open innovation
Collaboration Space: Find, connect and collaborate with your partners across long distances

Join us at the OI2Lab and make the most out of our services and tools


Participate in OI2Lab's running open calls and competitions


OI2Lab currently has open calls and competitions running. Apply now  to:

  • Win a €5000 innovation voucher to kick start your own open innovation project addressing challenges set by global businesses
  • Get support from OI2 Lab innovation advisors to identify, connect and collaborate with suitable partners across borders
  • Access coaching and tools that can help you improve your investment readiness along with your pitching technique



Welcome to INVITE

Project News

We have the pleasure to announce that 53 innovation teams have applied to the Second  round of the competition “Improve your Investment Readiness”.

7 innovative companies from Italy, Germany and UK and will  be rewarded with short professional video on their innovation, Business plan review or pitching coaching, in order to better engage with private investors.

The Winners are:


We are glad to announce that our open call for " Boosting business growth through open innovation " closed on December 2nd 2019.

We received a total of 67 eligible proposals for this call and now, with the evaluation and selection process completed, we will be awarding a total amount of 180.000 EUR to 36 promising proposals.

INVITE | Co-designing and piloting mechanisms and measures for facilitating open innovation across European innovation systems


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