The Project

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.

Eight city pilots will work on their selected historic area and transform it in 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 will develop actions 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, innovative tools and developing alternative financing models and acceleration programs for start-ups.

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 of teams and intensifies the transfer of knowledge, strengthening both the HUB-IN network and the results more locally.

Discover the HUB-IN framework here

We want to

What do we mean with Historic Urban Areas?

HUB-IN places

Use cultural heritage
as a source of inspiration, innovation and celebration strengthening 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

and enact open innovation through inclusive and informed co-creation

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