In November 2012, the City Council of Sant Boi de Llobregat promotes an intra-entrepreneurial and participatory process to co-create an instrument to innovate for the local socio-economic development. Coboi was born as an Entrepreneurship and Social Economy Laboratory and, over the years, it has established itself as a reference space, promoting programs for social entrepreneurship, self-employment and social and labor integration, among others.
As a result of the new socio-economic context to which Sant Boi must respond, Coboi lab reconceptualized its role to be able to adapt, as a public laboratory, to the new social challenges of the city. With a strong political will, it is decided to convert, in 2018, the first floor of the Service Center (an underused municipal equipment, initially designed for companies) into an innovative space that will act as a meeting point for the main socio-economic players in the territory to identify shared challenges and opportunities. In January 2019, the current Coboi lab opens.
Who are we, now?
Coboi lab, is based in the Quadruple Helix (4H) innovation model. The lab is a platform that facilitates the joint work between the main stakeholder in the territory (companies, knowledge centers, Public Administration and citizenship) to co-create solutions to Sant Boi’s city challenges collaboratively. The lab facilitates processes to co-design, prototype and test innovative solutions.
We seek to create opportunities that will help build a healthier city and territory, going together and collaboratively we will go farther than what each of the socioeconomic agents could do individually.
Sant Boi aspires to be a city capable of learning and adapting to a constantly changing world. For this reason, it is necessary to function as a ‘laboratory city’ where the various socio-economic players in the territory work together from an open conception of innovation.
Coboi lab works to be a public instrument that inspires, motivates and facilitates new (multi-actor) ways of designing and making public policy, as well as those structural changes that create positive impact on the development of the territory.