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Silver Economy Accelerating Strategies To Grow

SEAS2Grow (2016-2021) is a European project (partly funded under the EU INTERREG 2 Seas Mers Zeeen Programme) that aims to boost the development of innovative products and services in the Silver Economy.

The Silver Economy is a growing market referring to the demand for age-related goods and service due to demographic change and the project aims to improve the quality of life for senior citizens in the 2 Seas Area (France, England, Belgium, Netherlands). SEAS2Grow will build a common strategy at a cross-border level, implying all stakeholders of the Silver Economy market (companies, health providers, local authorities, end-users) and will offer companies the opportunity to test their innovative products through a cross-border accelerator covering the entire innovation chain.

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The concept

SEAS2Grow will create the framework conditions to accelerate the delivery of innovative products and services for the Silver Economy market, at the same time as improving economic and social welfare in the 2 Seas Programme area.

One element in the framework is the creation and operation of a cross-border accelerator for Silver Economy products and processes (WP2). Equally important for the sustainability of the framework beyond the end of the project is working with a cross-border Silver Economy Strategic Committee of local authorities to produce a Silver Economy Strategic Action Plan (WP1); and developing novel financial models for funding the accelerator and funding Silver Economy housing developments (WP3).

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The ARU team

Dr Antonio Sanchez-Vazquez (Faculty of Business and Law): Principal Investigator, leads WP1 for the project as a whole and responsible for UK Silver Economy Accelerator business services for WP2

Dr Melissa Kapoor (Faculty of Business and Law External Consultant): Lead for WP1

Dr Pamela Knight-Davidson (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care): Research Fellow working for Positive Ageing Research Institute on WP2. Responsible for the health and social care Silver Economy Accelerator services in the UK region.


Duration: 48 months from September 2016
Overall budget: £3,277, 470 €
ARU budget: 456,500 €


Clubster NSL -Eurosante FR (lead partner) – regional health sector business network and development agency for the healthcare sector
La Vie Active FR – NGO working with local authorities; focus on dependent seniors and the care home sector
ARU UK – Higher Education Institution
Allia UK – social enterprise; pioneer in social finance bonds
LiCaLab BE – living lab for independent living and care
Smart Homes NL – smart home technology, innovative concepts, and e-health

Tante Louse NL – care services organisation, institutional and day care

Care Innovation Centre (west-Babant) NL – open network dedicated to supporting the health and social care sector across the region
City of Alkmaar NL–- municipality (former partner)
M Comme Mutuelle FR (observer partner) – health insurance
Ville de Lille FR (observer partner)
GCGP LEP UK (observer partner)
Essex CC UK (observer partner)
Province of Antwerp BE (observer partner)

Further information

For further information, please visit the Seas2Grow project website or contact [email protected].

This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S02-022.