New £3.2m project aims to promote design innovation across Europe

The Design Council is leading a £3.2m European Commission fund to build the European Design Innovation Platform, which will promote design-driven innovation and growth across Europe.

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The EDIP aims to raise awareness of how design-driven innovation increases efficiency in public services and drives business growth throughout Europe.

To achieve this a consortium of 14 partner organisations from across Europe has been set up in a bid to ‘share the power of design with European industry,’ according to the Design Council.

Organisations include Nesta, the Estonian Design Centre, The Danish Design Centre and KEPA Business and Cultural Development Centre, Greece.

The Design Council says it ‘welcomes other organisations and networks interested in advancing design-driven innovation in their area to get in touch to discuss how they can contribute to the EDIP.’

A web platform – which is yet to launch – will bring together knowledge and examples of design for innovation from across the European Union in the public and private sector.

The Design Council says, ‘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.’

There will also be a programme of events for European business people, public service managers, and policymakers which will be set up to increase awareness of design’s role in innovation and growth, and to inspire investment.

It is hoped that over a three-year period the EDIP will help drive growth, create jobs and boost innovation across the EU.

Design Council chief executive John Mathers, says, ‘We’re delighted that we have the opportunity to champion leading-edge design across Europe and to unify the industry and best practice.

‘This is just the kind of EU-wide resource that is required to increase the use of design to stimulate innovation and growth in both the private and public sectors. We would love to hear from anyone who thinks they could help.’

The EDIP is part of the European Commission’s Action Plan for Design-Driven Innovations, which shows the impact and effectiveness of design here.

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