Belfast is part of an ambitious consortium of eight European cities which are leading on a €7.9 million Horizon 2020 funded HUB-IN project to create a Europe-wide ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The project aims to promote the urban transformation and heritage-led regeneration of historic urban areas through innovation and entrepreneurship, while preserving their unique cultural, social and environmental identities and values.

Eight city pilots are currently working on their selected historic area and transforming it into a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship by co-developing new business models and innovative solutions that will bring together sustainability and cultural heritage. The Belfast HUB-IN is focused on the Maritime Mile in the city’s Titanic Quarter.

Call for follower cities

HUB-IN intends to select at least 20 additional historic urban areas to follow the project and potentially develop their own hubs of innovation. The collaboration between the eight pilot cities and follower cities will develop into the HUB-IN Alliance, to create a ‘network of interest’ and continue the work of HUB-IN by supporting and connecting Hubs of Innovation across Europe into the future.

The follower cities will have access to a range of knowledge and insights, as well as exclusive content and support for their own regeneration processes.

More information

To find out more and express your interest in becoming a follower city, visit