The nine partner institutions from Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia and Austria involved in the OpenAlps project share the common goal to assist SMEs of the Alpine Space on their way from internal, closed innovation to Open Innovation.


OpenAlps will offer the following services:

  • local Open Innovation trainings qualifying SMEs, cluster managers and business development agencies
  • regional Open Innovation support centres, built as labs, facilitating the access to research institutions and establishing networks
  • transnational Open Innovation fora in all participating regions
  • an international web-based Open Innovation platform for innovation seekers and innovation solvers.

This project wants to help small and medium-sized enterprises to gain regional access to international knowledge and know-how. In order to achieve this, the project team strongly cooperates on a transnational level. Moreover policy makers, facilitators and cluster managers which will act as multiplicators of the Open Alps activities and results are involved during the implementation of the project.
OpenAlps is part of EU's Alpine Space Programme and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the participating states. The project has a budget of 2.9 million € and a duration of 3 years.

Projectname Open Alps
Duration July 2011 – September 2014
Clients ALPINE SPACE Programme
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg (D),
  • ARDI Rhône-Alpes (F),
  • Innovations- und Technologietransfer Salzburg GmbH (AU),
  • CSP - Innovazione nelle ICT SCARL (IT),
  • Politecnico di Torino (IT),
  • Fondazione Lombardia per l'Ambiente (IT),
  • Mariborska razvojna agencija (SL),
Project aim The mission of OpenAlps is to introduce Open Innovation to SMEs, R&D centres and regional governments and to actively support them in implementing this concept.
The SMEs from Baden-Württemberg will get to know closer the concept of Open Innovation and receive support from experts adapting OI methods in the daily process. On the other hand, R&D centres from Baden-Württemberg will directly access to the technological and business needs of SMEs and will be able to provide their solutions.
These processes will be possible thought the establishment of regional Open Innovation Lab and Transnational Open Innovation Platform. Policy makers, cluster manager and public institutions will benefit from OpenAlps observing the integration of OI methods in business process for SMEs. Finally OpenAlps will also organize a regional training on Open Innovation for all players involved (SMEs, R&D Centers, Policy Maker and clusters)
MFG´s part MFG is acting as Open Innovation hub, providing services and trainings to the local stakeholders and matching business and research players. Finally, MFG is coordinating regional and transnational cooperation, based on Open Innovation methods and processes amongst Open Innovation Labs.
Contact Valentina Grillea
Project Manager Innovation Fostering/Start-Up and Growth Support
Phone: +49 711 90715-336