About MISTELIn collaboration with VINNOVA, the City of Västerås has established MISTEL, a testbed for innovations in elderly care.
The testbed is an arena for meetings between innovators and future users of their innovations. The three-year project was launched in September 2013. In March 2017 MISTEL went from project to a business within the City of Västerås.
MISTEL offers innovators a range of services, depending on the innovation and where it is in the development process, with testing by end-users as a core element. The tests take place almost entirely in real environments, that is, in the homes of elderly and disabled people and in sheltered housing. MISTEL also offers the innovators a special test apartment.
The testbed is open to all types of innovations – products, services, methods and means of organisation. In addition to innovations in elderly care, MISTEL is also open to innovations for elderly and disabled people who are not dependent on health and personal care.
MISTEL is run with a large network of partners, ranging from companies that are focused on development, business support organisations and universities to care providers and organisations for the retired.
MISTEL is a Swedish acronym for “Meeting place for Innovation in Co-operation – Testbed for Quality of Life”.
MISTEL will be an easily accessible and functional centre of excellence that builds on networks and co-operation in order to develop vital innovations for elderly and disabled people. MISTEL’s concept will achieve success both nationally and internationally.
The goal is for MISTEL to help in the development of tomorrow’s elderly care through new innovations. MISTEL will also help to create an innovation friendly climate that brings increased growth to the region.