Atlantic InnoBlue Communities

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ATLIC will create a new approach for innovation and youth entrepreneurship in the
development of the blue economy of the Atlantic Area.
The general objective of ATLIC is to build an Atlantic Innovation Pilot Blue Community based on open
innovation laboratories, knowledge transfer and capacity development, and support
networks to develop market solutions to common challenges in the Atlantic.
The project focus uses the Four helix model of bringing together youth, academics, SMEs, institutions
(public and private) and encouraging their active participation in the community.

Atlantic Communities


ATLIC is the first project to bring together entrepreneurial youth, innovation, training, entrepreneurial spirit and the support of the Atlantic Area networks in a cooperative model of communicative construction.


The Cluster of our project is support for young innovators and entrepreneurs, under new approaches to the challenge of youth unemployment and the need for new skills and opportunities within the Blue Economy.


ATLIC offers its open innovation laboratories, knowledge communities and acceleration processes to ideate, create and scale market oriented solutions.
ATLIC creates the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC). An open space for training and knowledge (Open Academy) will be created so that all interested young people can enjoy an ecosystem of innovation.



The blue economy, youth unemployment and sustainable development are transnational in nature and require a coordinated effort to develop joint solutions. It allows partners to share knowledge and best practices from different areas of influence.

Young drivers

ATLIC seeks to empower young people to be leaders of sustainable economic development. In return, they are offered resources and opportunities beyond local communities.


The creation of transnational networks, including eNetwork and Cluster will connect all interested parties. These networks must have a transnational focus to reach a critical mass of interested parties and enable the project to create new ones related to it and identify the potential for spin-off communities that can explain our Community model.



Local Public Authorities

Access to new tools and resources in the Blue Economy sector. They will support the creation of a community of young innovators and entrepreneurs.

Research and higher education organizations

They will participate in knowledge exchange activities, be able to establish different relationships with an innovative business ecosystem and benefit from the project’s focus on non-formal education.

Regional Public Authority

They will improve the creation of new jobs, attracting new companies and promoting the development of sustainable economic activities.

Interest Groups

NGOs can clearly benefit from the products and results of the project. They will be able to participate selflessly at various levels of the project by sharing their experiences.

Training centers and schools

Vocational education and training centers and non-formal education institutions will benefit from the project’s methodologies and approaches.


The products and results could be very useful to them: they will have a group of young talents, establish new associations at different levels and the transmission of knowledge.

Business support organizations

ATLIC will create new business opportunities and these organizations will be able to provide support in a totally innovative sector.

General Public

The impact of ATLIC will be positive on the quality of life and general well-being of the people involved and the entire community. It will be inspiring and motivating for all the youth of the Atlantic Area, which is the main target group of the project.


BlueLab Saint-Nazaire
L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique
Institute of Methods Innovation
Câmara de Comércio da Madeira
Incubo Alto Minho
Municipality of Santo Tirso
Universidade dos Açores
Cámara de Comercio de Santiago de Compostela
Vida Lactea
Lead Partner
Municipality of Santo Tirso

This project is funded by Interreg Atlantic area