CoLab, Connection Laboratory between Territory …


Who is behind this?

Giulia Formichetti

I-Com, Institute for competitiveness


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

“Never forget your roots and the territory you belong to” is a very common warning old generations give to young people, who are more and more keen on moving from their place of origin to stoke their ambitions in the big city. Our team wants to address this warning to the business companies, by stimulating the dialogue between them and local administration units, to foster mutual creativity, development and growth, towards a common goal.

Where will your idea take place?

Rome, Italy; Tirana, Albania; Brussels, Belgium.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our project wants to facilitate the achievement of the Europe 2020 targets for a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, by empowering the role of local authorities and communities vis à vis the business companies, stimulating the dialogue between them and bringing the stakeholders closer to people, strengthening their feeling of ownership.

What is your impact?

Through this project, and building upon Italian best practices, we want to collect more of them and share them with neighbouring countries. In a medium-short term period frame, we would like to target Albanian local authorities and companies, to stimulate both growth and competitiveness, and an efficient use of the funds Albania receives through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. We also want to lay down the basis to extend this practice to the entire Balkan region in the long term.

How do you get there?

Since 2014, I-Com has been operative with its Observatory on the Relations between Territories and Companies, by monitoring, identifying and reinforcing good interaction practices between companies and local administrations. We want to achieve the aforementioned sharing of best practices, by creating an operative tool that works as a networking and meeting platform between stakeholders and local entities, and, through their dialogue, comes up with common guidelines to be implemented to improve the worthwhile collaboration and cohesion between the two. These best practices lab will take place first in Rome; after in Tirana; finally in Brussels, where we will return the positive outcome of the previous meetings to the EU public.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our target is threefold: first we want this project to be implemented to make local authorities and business companies benefiting from each other; secondly, we aim at a final long-term outcome for the civil societies who should profit from the economic growth; thirdly, we want to enlarge the range, facilitating the process of integration of Albania, as a candidate country to access the EU.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our idea wants to address a very common issue in an innovative, collaborative and transnational way. Therefore, it aims at stimulating growth and competitiveness, as well as regional and economic development, encouraging the dialogue between two actors that too often pursue the same objective acting separately, i.e. enterprises and local administrations. The adding value is embodied by the procedure of sharing lessons and exchanging experiences between a EU MS and a candidate country.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Organization of three events (Rome, Tirana and Bruxelles) EUR 28,000; Web site and social media platform EUR 4,000; Travel and accommodations EUR 10,000; Personnel costs 23,000; Publications 5,000.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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