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Women have emerged as crucial players in the realm of frugal innovation, serving as both innovators and drivers of change. Recognizing and empowering women in their roles as key contributors to the innovation landscape is essential for unlocking the full potential of frugal innovations and fostering truly sustainable development.
As we celebrate the success of our first challenge, the FRANCIS project is now eagerly looking forward to its second challenge. This upcoming challenge will again target marginalised groups of society that are often neglected in innovation and welcome global participation.
The First FRANCIS Challenge, held on 06 October 2023, was not just a platform for groundbreaking ideas but also a testament to global participation and diverse representation. From space-saving furniture designs to energy-efficient appliances, the challenge brought forward innovative solutions. Let’s dive into the standout projects and the statistics that shaped this challenge.
FRANCIS’ consortium includes seven partners from six European countries – Fraunhofer from Germany, VTT from Finland, Finnish non-profit organization InnoFrugal, The Behavioural Insights Team from the United Kingdom, the French tech startup Agorize and two industrial enterprises, HELIOZ from Austria and Turkey’s BSH Home Appliances.
The FRANCIS project aims to develop frugal innovations by citizens for citizens within the scope of open innovation challenges.
This includes establishing a scientific foundation with recommendations on how to involve different participant groups in the challenges and how to encourage the shared development of ideas.
This project will run two open innovation challenges, each mentored by an industry partner, who supports the participants in detailing their ideas.
Launched in February 2021, the first phase of the project in 2021 will establish a scientific foundation with recommendations on how to involve different participants groups in challenges and how to encourage the shared development of ideas. The second phase, which will take place in 2022 and 2023, will run two open innovation challenges, each mentored by an industry partner, who supports the participants in detailing their ideas.
The scope of the first challenge will be the application area of the culinary world and home care. Focused target groups are troubled families, minimalistic living people and elderly people living alone.
We are currently in search of a new challenge owner who can bring their unique perspective and expertise to this exciting initiative. The role involves setting up the challenge brief, collaborating on the challenge process, providing technical and market know-how, and assisting in the selection and market entry of innovative ideas.
Lessons learned from the challenges will be incorporated into the citizen frugal innovation framework at the end of the project, so that they can serve as a guide for future frugal innovation initiatives.
The scope of the first challenge will be the application area of the culinary world and home care. Focused target groups are troubled families, minimalistic living people and elderly people living alone. Target market countries are Turkey, Germany, and India.
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