ACSELL Project


Scotland, led by the TEC’s International Engagement Team, is one of seven European regions involved in a new Interreg Europe funded project called ACSELL (Accelerating SME innovative capacities with the Living Lab approach).

ACSELL aims to promote open innovation ecosystems and the early involvement of users in the innovation process. Knowledge transfer and exchange of experience on identified best practices in the participating regions will provide the basis for SMEs, innovation intermediaries and the public sector to improve their own competences and innovation policy instruments.

In order to achieve this, each region will set up a Regional Stakeholder Group made up of stakeholders from research and academia, policy, industry and the public sector.  The Regional Stakeholder Groups will share their experiences with each other in order to improve their local policies and strategies in the area of open innovation, throughout the 5-year lifetime of the ACSELL project (August 2019 to July 2023).  In Scotland, we will focus our ACSELL activities on the digital health and care innovation ecosystem.


  • University of Tübingen, Germany – Coordinating Partner
  • Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Belgium LiCalab – Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
  • North Denmark Region – Idéklinikken, Denmark
  • Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat CEI-ES Italy
  • Timiş County Council, Romania
  • Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd. Slovenia
  • Scottish Government

​This project will provide insights and tools for our Scottish stakeholders to support the Living Lab approach. It is important for us in Scotland to ensure our participation by building upon and providing opportunities to further develop our ongoing work activities. The ACSELL project will also be a forum to further develop the SCIROCCO Exchange Tool and expand its use to new subject area.

Living Labs (LLs) are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.

Financial support support for ACSELL comes from the European Union, Interreg Europe European Regional Development Fund.

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Our work

The Digital Health and Care Division is involved in a wide range of work across health.

Our Strategy

Scotland’s refreshed Digital Health and Care Strategy was launched on 27 October 2021. A joint initiative between the Scottish Government and COSLA, it outlines approaches to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland.