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The OpenAgri project aimed to improve entrepreneurship by fostering the creation of new innovative firms and social enterprise focusing on the agri-food sector. In line with the 2015 Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, an “Open Innovation Hub on Peri-Urban Agriculture” was created, operating as a living lab to promote innovation in the entrepreneurial, social, sustainable and technological dimensions of the agri-food sector. The innovativeness of such tool stems from the integration of several food policy experiments within a single integrated strategy (start-ups and training promotion, testing of new tools and technologies for food production, initiatives focusing on disadvantaged target groups, innovative governance mechanisms for the agri-urban production chain). Located in an “urban-rural fringe”, the OpenAgri hub is to contribute to the overall regeneration of the area promoting a strong focus on inclusion (community-led initiatives boosting territorial effects in the area).

During its implementation, the UIA project has capitalised on its experience so that it can be shared with peers. The outputs displayed on this page are the result of this process.

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Urban Innovative Actions

The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is a European Union initiative that provided funding to urban areas across Europe to test new and unproven solutions to urban challenges. The initiative had a total ERDF budget of €372 million for 2014-2020.

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