Instituto Pedro Nunes
IPN     IPN Incubadora

Developing Regional Actions to Promote SMEs in Health Sector and Stimulate Economic Growth


Improve the effectiveness of regional development policies regarding the operational environment of local/regional economic players within the health sector and promote their cooperation in order to exploit the growth and innovation potential of the sector.


The Health4Growth project was able to:

  • Analyse the state of the art nature of entrepreneurship in the health sector in each of the nine participating regions (State of Play reports);
  • Identify and promote the exchange of good practices and conduct workshops in areas related to finance, human capital and support infrastructures for entrepreneurship in health;
  • Develop more detailed plans for the implementation of good practices with the lessons learned among the project partners;
  • Develop a range of 10 key policy recommendations to improve entrepreneurship in healthcare:
  1. Administrative simplification and flexibility;
  2. Living labs as an innovation instrument;
  3. Increase policy coherence in healthcare regulation;
  4. Multi-national approach and implementation;
  5. Enhancement of interdisciplinary and cross sector programmes and projects;
  6. Promote entrepreneurship for young adults;
  7. Deliver solutions for the market of the future through the exchange of good practice;
  8. Demand-driven innovation;
  9. Promoting healthy lifestyle;
  10. Supporting entrepreneurship in the health sector through public procurement.

Project Reference



Interreg IVC
Interreg IVC




Municipality of Debrecen (HU); City of Turnhout / Thomas More Kempen (BE); IPN Incubadora (PT); University of Debrecen (HU); City of Leuven (BE); CISE - Innovation and Economic Development Centre (IT); Vidzeme Planning Region (LV); Maribor Development Agency (SI); Province of Turin (IT); Brainport Development (NL).



Health, economic growth, SMEs, ageing, regional development, innovation, regional policies