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Platform to boost design-driven innovation across Europe

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Today, the European Commission has launched the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) in Brussels – a project to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe. This project is a key vehicle for turning Commission's Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovation into reality.

Over 100 business, policy and public service professionals gathered at today’s launch to discuss the EU policies supporting design-driven innovation and the vision for the European Design Innovation Platform. Investment in design can give enterprises a competitive edge over rivals, which is why Europe must take full advantage of its global design leadership.

The EDIP project will be delivered over 3 years by a consortium of 14 professional organisations, led by Design Council (UK). The Commission is providing 75% co-financing to this project of € 3.8 M.

EDIP aims to accelerate design-driven innovation in order to boost innovation, growth and job creation across the EU. It will do this by raising awareness of how design-driven innovation already increases efficiency in public services and drives business growth across Europe.

The project will be delivered in three key ways:

  • A web platform that will bring together knowledge and examples of design for innovation, from across the EU, in the public and private sector. This will act as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in finding out the latest tools and techniques for applying design and making connections
  •  A programme of events for European business people, public service managers, and policymakers to increase their awareness of design’s role in innovation and growth, and inspire investment
  •   Sharing the power of design with European industry through a consortium of 14 EU-wide partner organisations, from NESTA to the Estonian Design Centre, and The Danish Design Centre to KEPA Business and Cultural Development Centre, Greece. Countries that currently lag behind with design-driven innovation will be equipped with the knowledge and tools, and confidence and capacity to catch up by being included in the project.

Today’s launch invited businesses, policy makers and public service professionals to register interest in the project and receive updates about EDIP and other EU opportunities at designplatform.eu.

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