InShape Development Project

Innovation ecosystems for healthy active people in Europe

Comeback Center has been accepted as a flagship company for a European development project. The InShape project aims to develop European innovation clusters focused on sports and well-being themes, involving participants from five different EU countries. The project focuses on developing innovations in physical activity and well-being, addressing the challenge of sedentary lifestyles in the population. The project is coordinated by Sports and Technology in the Netherlands, with participation from Lapland with Comeback Center and Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Comeback Center & Inshape

The InShape project provides us with an opportunity to further enhance rehabilitation and its monitoring, optimizing the rehabilitation process to ensure the best outcomes. Digital tools in rehabilitation will play a significant role in the future, and we will be developing it during the project. Through the international network, our expertise becomes more accessible to other EU countries. Collaborating with companies from other regions allows us to achieve well-being growth in a broader context and learn from each other.


I3-INSHAPE aims to strengthen the European digital economy by developing the ClusSport Partnership (recognized by the EU in the smart specialisation area (S3) of sports and vitality) into a European competence centre for SME initiatives in the field of sports and vitality/technology: the I3-INSHAPE Innovation and Investment Hub, where we will accelerate interregional innovation investments related to sports and vitality/technology and bring them to the market.


The project supports mature SME-led innovations in the commercialisation and scale-up phases to capture opportunities in this fast-growing global market. As such with I3-INSHAPE we contribute to solving the problem of increasingly inactive lifestyles across the general population, recognised as a major cause of increased levels of chronic and endemic diseases across the population (diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer and cancer).

The approach is demand-driven. The consortium wants to link Key challenges for SMEs identified to data-driven growth, upscaling innovations and bringing them to the market:

1) missing interregional connections to building value chains and expanding market presence;
2) digitalization of services & products and better access to data,
3) business and innovation support: user-driven innovation, scale-up, commercialization and access to financing.

The project will build the portfolio of interregional investment (I3) cases (TRL6-9) up from 5 pre-selected FLAGSHIP SME I3 cases (included in the partnership) and another 30+ SME I3 Cases selected during the project via a series of bottom-up OPEN CALLS. The 30+SME I3 Cases will benefit from cascade funding to A) address specific needs/requests from Flagship SMEs and B) build a second Stream of additional I3 cases, thereby contributing to building interregional value chains around the Flagship and Second Stream I3 cases.

Finally, the project will transform the I3-INSHAPE Innovation & Investment Hub into a self-sustaining, demand driven ecosystem carrying on beyond the lifetime of this proposal.



  • Cluster Sports and Technology – CST (NL)
  • IMEC (NL)
  • InnoBeweegLab (NL)
  • European Platform for Sport Innovation – EPSI (BE)
  • LAB University of Applied Sciences (FI)
  • LADEC (FI)
  • University of Jyväskylä (FI)
  • Kainuu University – KAMK (FI)
  • Lapland University of Applied Sciences – LUAS (FI)
  • MSE Cluster Ltd (HU)
  • Universidad Europea de Valencia – UEV (ES)
  • 4ivlcesport (ES)

Preselected flagship SMEs

  • ViNotions (NL)
  • CSE Entertainment (FI)
  • Comeback Center (FI)
  • Blautic Designs, SL (ES)


Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Innovation Council and SMSs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.