The project

Hubs of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Transformation of Historic Urban Areas (HUB-IN) is an EU funded project that wants to transform and regenerate Historic Urban Areas (HUAs) while preserving their unique cultural and social identity and the environment.

What ?

Eight city pilots are working on their selected historic areas to transform them into a "Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship" by co-developing new business models and innovative solutions that will bring together sustainability and cultural heritage.

HUB-IN cities developed action plans for their HUA based on the needs and values of the local community, according to the principles of circular and sharing economy.
They will make sure local stakeholders and citizens will be able to contribute to the regeneration of their HUA by using engagement methods, and innovative tools and developing alternative financing models and acceleration programs for start-ups.

Why ?

Where ?

With eight Historic Urban Areas of diverse geographic locations, socio-economic characteristics and local ecosystems, a rich and fertile ground for cross-fertilisation is present.
Intracity and intercity collaboration and co-learning is at the heart of HUB-IN. The opportunity to network, learn from and work with other cities and stakeholders in the project will increase the capacity ot teams and intensify the transfer of knowledge, strengthening both the HUB-IN network and the results more locally.

How ?

Use cultural heritage as a source of inspiration, innovation and celebration strenghtening their unique identity and informing their future

Bring together human needs, individual and societal, and the tools to address them, whilst simultaneously staying within the means of the planet

Experiment and enact open innovation through inclusive and informed co-creation

Thrive through learning and exchanges of information from people, technology and nature

Becoming a HUB-IN place

Our framework guides cities in the creation of HUBs of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in their historic urban areas and defines a common journey towards a HUB-IN place. It can support you in communicating with other local actors on the vision, values and goals behind their plans and actions to regenerate their areas together.

The HUB-IN Approach