Design Thinking for a Smart Innovation eco-system in Alpine Space


SME innovation-oriented services in the Alpine Space are fragmented: they are not well adapted for territorial specifics of companies and cannot meet the demand for more sustainable and flexible business making. DesAlps supported the innovation process by highlighting the use of Design Thinking (DT) and by testing DT methods for SMEs. This approach can help launch a new wave of business innovation through cooperation, new decision-making processes and the creation of more sustainable added value, while preserving the strong link of the companies to the territory. The project supported SMEs to identify and develop product and services which are much more customer oriented. The project’s innovative approach was later also integrated into support policies for Alpine Space ecosystems.


  • 2014 – 2020
  • Innovative
  • Improve the framework conditions for innovation in the Alpine space
    • Group 1: To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem
    • Group 2: To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors
  • 11/2016
  • 02/2020
  • 1.921.900 EUR
  • 1.633.615 EUR


t2i - Technology Transfer and Innovation s. c. a r. l. (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Italy
  • Veneto
  • Treviso
    Padova Chamber of Commerce
    • Italy
    • Veneto
    • Padova
        Metropolitan City of Turin
        • Italy
        • Piemonte
        • Torino
            Business Upper Austria
            • Austria
            • OberAustria
            • Linz
                Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg GmbH
                • Austria
                • Salzburg
                • Salzburg
                    Bwcon GmbH
                    • Germany
                    • Stuttgart
                    • Stuttgart
                        Toulon Var Technologies
                        • France
                        • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
                        • Toulon
                            RISINGSUD - Regional Development Agency for region Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
                            • France
                            • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
                            • Marseille
                                Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
                                • Slovenia
                                • Zahodna Slovenia
                                • Ljubljana
                                    Maribor Development Agency
                                    • Slovenia
                                    • Vzhodna Slovenia
                                    • Maribor
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                                        • DesAlps_Design Thinking Teaser: the complete toolkit

                                          DesAlps Design Thinking Teaser was designed by Design Thinking experts to introduce the tools and methodology typical of this method to those who intend to apply this method in their company but have never experienced this type of tools before.
                                          It includes guidelines and template to experience a complete innovation path.

                                        • DesAlps_Lessons Learnt brochure

                                          Following Design Thinking training activities dedicated to Innovation Trainers, interviews, summary of positions discussed, list of concrete cases analyzed have been collected in one practical brochure to be used for further Design Thinking training activities addressed to operators and stakeholders

                                        • DesAlps_The Design Thinking Recipe

                                          DesAlps_The Design Thinking Recipe – A guide for managers of change to spice up Design Thinking.

                                        • DesAlps stories of success

                                          A collection of success stories of Design Thinking implementation, coming from the companies who attended the pilot actions of DesAlps project.

                                        • Design Thinking Lab Platform

                                          Design Thinking Lab improves the framework condition for innovation in the Alpine Space enhancing intermediaries’ and policy makers’ knowledge and competence on Design Thinking to assist entrepreneurs with dedicated strategy and structure: a Virtual Training Centre.
                                          The platform provides training contents and activities on regular basis to support both the operators and SMEs for DT-oriented activities at local and Alpine level.