Promote economic development and innovation in a sparsely populated territory with the different problems associated with its specific geographical and economic characteristics.
Penela, facing problems arising from the rurality of its territory, has acted to improve its local economic base, develop endogenous resources, foster citizenship and entrepreneurship, promote social development and well-being, enhance the tourism sector and preserve its identity. In this way, the Smart Rural Living Lab (SRLL) allows the County of Penela to leverage its potential by finding new approaches and innovative solutions and creating competitive advantages by developing the concept of Triple Helix, a model that results in cooperation and innovation between education, the business community and the administration.
The SRLL's mission is to promote innovation and the development of research into new technologies, methodologies and applications enabling the appearence of new services / systems / products through citizen participation in their definition and tests in order to enable the integration of an area of low population density within a competitive global world.
In this Living Lab environment, companies can test their products / services in a real context and get the necessary inputs from users.
Before the end of 2014, it managed to attract 2 innovative projects to the territory that originated by the higher education institutions mentioned.
The SRLL aims to contribute to Penela's economic and social development by investing in four strategic areas: