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Haukipuro, L., Väinämö, S., Arhippainen, L., and Ojala, T. 2019. Applying a Living Lab Approach Within an eHealth Accelerator. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9(3): 6–19.

Applying a living lab approach within an eHealth accelerator

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Author: Haukipuro, Lotta1; Väinämö, Satu1; Arhippainen, Leena1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Carleton University, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-05-15


Through this study, we seek to understand the impact of the use of the living lab approach on product and business development in an eHealth accelerator. In the case accelerator, 20 startups developed innovative products atop the European FIWARE Future Internet technology platform. The novel design element of the case accelerator was the use of the living lab approach that was included for the purpose of engaging end users in the development and testing of new product prototypes. Our main result is that the living lab approach provided added value to participating companies and resulted in changes in their product development and marketing strategies. Overall, the case accelerator and the use of the living lab approach had a significant impact on the development, growth, and market success of the companies. Based on the results of the case accelerator, we propose the generic accelerator model presented by Pauwels and co-authors in 2016 to be extended with a new design element, the living lab approach.

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Series: Technology innovation management review
ISSN: 1927-0321
ISSN-E: 1927-0321
ISSN-L: 1927-0321
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Pages: 6 - 19
DOI: 10.22215/timreview/1221
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: The research was conducted in the FICHe accelerator project funded by the EU Commission and the FP7 program.
Copyright information: © Authors retain full copyright to their individual works.