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Digital Innovation Hub Networks
DIHNET.EU: EU supports the collaboration among Digital Innovation Hub Networks across Europe
The DIHNET.EU project enables the coordination of European, national and regional initiates directly supporting the digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). The project aims to create a sustainable pan-European network of networks, with a focus on regional DIHs.
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Added value through coordination and collaboration
At the moment there is a vast number of networking activities related to DIHs in Europe. However, many of these initiatives have limited connection between each other, especially if the technologies are different. The DIHNET.EU project will support all these networks and initiatives by creating a coordination mechanism, creating synergies and addressing common issues.
TNO (project leader), is one of the major internationally oriented contract research and technology organisations in Europe contributing to the innovation capacity of businesses and government.
FundingBox Accelerator is a non-profitable initiative promoting and launching technological & innovative businesses in Europe.
euRobotics, is a Brussels based non-profit association gathering all stakeholders in robotics working together in a common roadmap for research & technological development at EU level.
BLUMORPHO is an innovation and business private accelerator specialised in DeepTech and digital systems, collaborating with all innovation stakeholders.
Luxinnovation offers a wide portfolio of services to companies and public research organisations in order to foster innovation, thus supporting the Government’s economic development objectives.
The agency also ensures that Luxembourg continues to attract international investment, companies and skills that are a perfect fit for the country.
Business models to create sustainable collaboration
The DIHNET.EU project aim is to organise and facilitate the collaboration between Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe.
European collaboration between technology oriented and local DIHs will develop and bring full growth potential if all stakeholders take benefits and generate value from it. In this respect, the efficiency of business models generating a specific European added-value out of this pan-European collaboration is key.
DIHNET.EU’s objective is to identify, develop and promote the diversity of new business models that foster knowledge sharing and technologies transfer between European DIHs while enabling the sustainable development of new business opportunities for them all. DIHNET.EU will reinforce the smart specialisation in generating cross fertilization between technology oriented and sectorial DIHs.
DIHs and Specialisation
Collaboration among Competence Centres, Digital Innovation Hubs, regional and European Initiatives is crucial in order to offer the best possible support for SMEs and Midcaps.
But how to ensure that the right services and support are delivered at the right level, at the right time and location? Which specialized services and tools must be offered? By which party in the European network? To which specific types of SMEs according to their sector, region and digital maturity?
The DIHNET.EU project will look into these questions in order to support stakeholders in developing specialisation strategies that will help their clients and partners to develop a portfolio of services based on regional assets and comparative advantages.
By exploring both intra-regional collaboration among individual DIHs, CCs, and other stakeholders as well as trans-regional collaboration, the project will aim to boost collaboration and create commitment among the different stakeholders.
DIH concept and evolution
Also, the growth of Regional DIHs networks working as a cross sectoral and multi-technology one-stop-shop for SMEs, supported at the same time at National and European level, show the need of moving towards a pan-European network of DIHs where DIHs offer the best possible support for SMEs and midcaps everywhere in Europe regardless of the technological domain and removing any constraints linked to regional capacities.
Within this framework, DIHNET.EU will facilitate the creation of a pan-European network of DIHs to foster the cooperation between regions offering tools to move from the traditional regional approach, to a network of DIHs acting as a doorway of European capacities to boost SMEs competitiveness.
How to develop a DIH
As part of the mentoring, XS2I4MS provided webinars and background information.
You can find the business models training module below:
Catalogue of DIHs
The European Commission launched the Digitising European Industry initiative (DEI) in April 2016 to reinforce EU’s competitiveness by creating a strong network of DIHs to ensure that every company have access to digital innovations.
The DIHNET.EU project publications and materials are shared and archived in two repositories, the DIHNET.EU website and the DIHNET Zenodo Community.
Explore the latest DIHNET publications:
DIH Champions Challenge
The DIHNET.EU project launched the novel DIHs Champions Challenge to in 2019 with the objective to select the best performing DIHs in Europe. The Champions Challenge aims at identifying, showcasing and supporting success stories of mature Digital Innovation Hubs that can inspire and guide others.
After a successful first edition, the EU-funded project opened the call for the DIH Champions Challenge 2020. Fully operative Digital Innovation Hubs have already submitted their applications and the DIH Champion prize will be awarded during the virtual EDIH conference that will take place on mid-January 2021.
In this section you will find all the latest news of the DIHNET.EU project.
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