Spanish "Innovation Live" project models a transfer of European telecentres to Social Innovation projects

With SOCAP12 upcoming at San Francisco, October 1-4, we want to highlight the Innycia or Innovation Live project of the Andalusian @RedGuadalinfo telecentre network.

The project marks a similar set of face-to-face conferences, where local Social Innovation project leaders meet with experts in project funding, communication, social media, creativity, technology and project consultancy.

The objective of Innovation Live is to help new businesses and entrepreneurs break down the barriers they face when establishing themselves in the early days. Through Innovation Live, new initiatives are nurtured to become financially viable projects and are now helping to deliver prosperity and improvements in the quality of life inside the communities that generated them.

  • Firstly, Innovation Live launched a web community, where both experts and new project leaders could share their resources in strategic areas. Their shared ideas have now become collaborative projects.
  • Then, the experts, who themselves are veterans of innovation and already experienced success in their own ventures, share their stories. These first-hand accounts help to demonstrate to the project leaders that success is genuinely achievable.
  • Then, face-to-face forums were organized where project leaders were able to benefit from personal support from the experienced experts. Practical help provided by the experts included hints, tools and project reviews. This helped to accelerate development, turning the projects into reality.

Andalusia is full of tons of people. Many people simply need a little personalized expert advice and access to a like-minded community of other people, willing to collaborate and share their knowledge in order to turn their projects into a reality. That's why Innovation Live exists.


» During the Digital Agenda Assembly 2012, the project has been presented as a model for transferring European telecentres into Social Innovation projects. Read more at: "Towards a European Market Place for Social Innovation"

» Watch the video of the Spanish Innovation Live face-to-face conferences

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