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DIHV Digital Innovation Hub Virtuale

Contact Data

Coordinator (SME)

Si-Ies Srl European Services Institute

Coordinator website

Year Established



Via E. Lampridio Cerva 87A, 00143, Rome (Italy)


Contact information

Francesco Chiappetta



In January 2018 the "Virtual Digital Innovation Hub" was set up by SI-IES Ltd in the wake of the national Piano Industria 4.0 presented by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. The DIHV is represented by high profile professionals able to provide 360 degrees support to companies, especially SMEs.

The Virtual Digital Innovation Hub meets on a monthly basis, with the involvement of established or emerging players in the business field, in order to identify the areas of common interest on which to intervene to facilitate the process of Digital Transformation. Since the onset of the activities, meetings have been held with the insurance and banking sectors, with the academic sector, with public administration and with innovative startups in the fields of Cybersecurity and Distributed Ledger Technology, defining a solid network of contacts that allows to operate on the entire supply chain of the business consulting process integrating skills from a variety of qualified subjects. Monitoring of digital transformation on regional, national and international scale and the access to specialist expertise is also ensured thanks to the involvement of a set of experts from industry and academia (among which twelve participants who regularly attends the initiatives and five thematic experts).

One of the objectives of the DIHV, in preparation phase, is to create a synergistic workplace for professionals involved, so to enable them to communicate with the territory and with SMEs, training institutions, technopoles and digital startups, taking into consideration employment issues. The intent is to feed and improve corporate communication and strategic planning, always trying to complete horizontal and vertical paths and achieve innovative and competitive processes, products and services.

Also, DIHV intends to contribute to the construction of competences for the growth of human capital, providing access to advanced and strategic training and to the development of skills necessary for the new profiles of Enterprise 4.0.Overall, DIHV intends to operate as a catalyst for digital ecosystems able to support companies with challenging and competitive elements, consistent with Digitisation of European Industry.

A gennaio 2018, la SI-IES Srl ha costituito un “Digital Innovation Hub Virtuale” sulla scia del Piano Industria 4.0 presentato dal Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico. Il DIHV è rappresentato da professionisti di alto profilo in grado di supportare a 360° le imprese, in particolar modo le PMI.

Il Digital Innovation Hub Virtuale si riunisce mensilmente, in presenza di personalità affermate o emergenti in campo aziendale, al fine di individuare gli ambiti d’interesse comune su cui intervenire per agevolare il processo di Trasformazione Digitale. Dall’avvio delle attività, si sono tenuti incontri con i settori assicurativo e finanziario, con il settore accademico, con la pubblica amministrazione e con il settore delle startup innovative nell’ambito della Cyber-sicurezza e delle tecnologie DLT, andando a definire una solida rete di contatti che permette di operare sull’intera filiera del processo di consulenza aziendale integrando le competenze di una varietà di soggetti qualificati. Il monitoraggio della trasformazione digitale su scala regionale, nazionale e internazionale e l'accesso a competenze specialistiche è garantito grazie al coinvolgimento di un insieme di esperti dal mondo dell'industria e dell'accademia (tra i quali dodici partecipanti che regolarmente partecipano alle iniziative e cinque esperti tematici).

Uno degli obiettivi del DIHV, in fase di costituzione, è quello di creare un luogo di lavoro sinergico per le proprie professionalità, che siano in grado di dialogare con il territorio e con le PMI, con le scuole, con i poli tecnologici e le startup digitali, e con un occhio di riguardo al mondo del lavoro. L’intento è di “alimentare” e migliorare la comunicazione di impresa e la pianificazione strategica, cercando sempre di completare percorsi orizzontali e verticali per arrivare a un processi, prodotti e servizi innovativi e competitivi.

Inoltre, il DIHV intende contribuire alla costruzione di competenze per la crescita del capitale umano, offrendo accesso a una formazione avanzata e strategica e allo sviluppo delle skills necessarie ai nuovi profili dell’Impresa 4.0. Complessivamente, il DIHV intende operare come catalizzatore di ecosistemi digitali in grado di supportare le imprese con elementi sfidanti, competitivi e rispondenti alla nuova rivoluzione industriale.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the DIHV hub are aligned with the objectives of the Italian national initiative for digitising industry, i.e. Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0, presented by the Italian Government (Italian Ministry of Economic Development) in 2016, which aims at the creation of a national network Impresa 4.0 including highly specialized Competence Centers (CCs) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) all over the Country. Si-Ies asked for a meeting on 28.03.2018 with Technical Secretariat of the Ministry of Economic Development to present the initiative DIHV.

The DIHV promotes all measures that enable all sectors to benefit from digital innovation, providing support (especially to industry and SMEs) focused on topics related to ICT, Data-driven Innovation (Big data, Analytics), AI, machine learning, automation, robotics, IoT, Cloud computing, DLT technologies, connectivity (e.g. 5G, fiber optics), HPC, Cybersecurity.

The activities of the DIHV are also aligned with Smart Specialization Strategy of Lazio Region, based on the Guide to Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3), enhancing competences’ building and aggregating different actors of digitization in specialization areas where the region has potential to generate qualified growth and economic transformations (Green Economy, Life Sciences, Agrifood, Security, Cultural Heritage, Digital Creative Industries, Aerospace). The activities are consistent with Digital Agenda for Lazio Region, responding at local level to the Digital Agenda for Europe which proposes to exploit the potential of ICT to foster innovation, economic growth and progress as a whole, aligning regional and national initiatives to EU strategies and objectives.

DIHV is closely following Horizon2020, I4MS and SAE initiatives for implementing digital innovation strategies, monitoring next Programmes (2021-2027) e.g. Horizon Europe and Digital Europe, and providing specialised competences for advising and mentoring Companies (especially SMEs) that consider EU financing opportunities for innovation objectives.

Market and Services

Market sectors

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Market intelligence
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Ecosystem building, brokerage, networking

DIHV provides support in ecosystem building, brokerage, networking to Companies (especially SMEs, startups) with needs in partnership research for innovation initiatives, clustering, internationalization.
 As regular activity, here follow the list of DIHV monthly meetings:

  • 21/04/2017, 26/05/2017, 06/12/2017  -  Smart Manufacturing and Smart Enterprise / Industria  4.0: Competence Centers and Digital Innovation Hubs;
  • 27/07/2017, 21/09/2017, 10/11/2017 -  GDPR;
  • 27/07/2018 - Communication and fake news;
  • 21/09/2017, 10/11/2017 - Copyright;
  • 06/12/2017 - Agrofood, e-Health (AR and VR in rehabilitation);
  • 28/02/2018, 30/05/2018 – Digital Schools;
  • 24/01/2018 - Access to funding, financing instruments (hosting BCC);
  • 12/03/2018 - Digitalisation and culture;
  • 28/02/2018 - Investment funds, capitalization, alternative investment solutions, savings plans (Hosting Azimut);
  • 28/03/2018 - investments, real estate analysis, retirement (Hosting Allianz);
  • 26/04/2018 - Enterprise 4.0, SMEs (Hosting Confapi);
  • 30/05/2018 - Digital education and teaching (Hosting Olivetti Scuola Digitale):;
  • 27/06/2018 - Protection of minors in the digital age (Hosting Garante dell’infanzia e dell’Adolescenza);
  • 26/09/2018 - DLT Technologies (Hosting ICT innovative startup);
  • 31/10/2018 - New emerging technologies: integration and fusion of telecommunications, remote sensing and navigation (Hosting European Space Agency);
  • 28/11/2018 - Technologies and Systems for Digital Industry – Digital Industry – Digital Opportunities (Hosting DG CONNECT)


Client Organisation: national Company expert and active in Data technologies.

Client needs: transfer of technology, feasibility analysis, development of innovative business models and strategies.

Solution: DIHV supported the Company in visioning strategies in the field of digital education and training, providing knowledge about European context and digitizing initiatives and conducting collaborative researches of innovation opportunities throughout the value chain.

Awareness creation, knowledge transfer, training

DIHV provides support in knowledge transfer, awareness creation, training (management, technical, business skills) to Companies, PA, Civil society with needs in skills development from a management, technical, business perspective. DIHV provides access to specialist expertise within universities and industries. DIHV can support digital communication and training via the e-magazine Sentieri Digitali [] and the e-learning platform Sentieri Digitali Business schools [].

In addition, SI-IES has an agreement with University of Rome La Sapienza – Master in European Project Planning and Management; More broadly, Si-Ies collaborates with numerous actors in the academic sector, including traditional and online universities.

Example - Training to young innovators about automation and digitization throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain in the e-Health sector.


Client Organisation: Research organisation active in the area of Data technology and systems.

Client needs: dissemination of training initiatives in the sector of sensing technologies to young students.

Solution: DIHV contributed to the dissemination of the initiative via digital channels with the aim to stimulate skills building in technical aspects of ICT and Data technologies among young generations and support human capital in the recognition and achievement of the benefits and challenges of Digital Transformation.

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Access to specialist expertise and testing environments

Client Organisation: Companies (especially SMEs) active in 5G connectivity–based product/service development.

Client needs: testing and prototyping.

Solution: DIHV supports and promotes joint cooperations with the 5G TIM Innovation Hub, recently launched by a leading TLC Company in Italy, which provides testing environments (Innovation Lab) and support in developing solutions within a perspective of Open Innovation. The TIM 5G Innovation Hub aims to attract a whole ecosystem of companies, startups, R&D centers and other stakeholders interested in the digital evolution – positioning itself as a benchmark of excellence in Italy for the development and the trial of innovative services and solutions based on the new 5G technology. DIHV supports the innovation strategies and initiatives of 5G TIM Innovation Hub and offers support to innovation actors (especially  SMEs) to access the testing and development opportunities of this Innovation Hub, also providing integrating competences in servitisation aspects and scenarios.

Visioning and strategy

DIHV provides support in visioning and strategy development for businesses as well as support to access funding to Companies (SMEs, startups) with needs in implementing innovative ideas and projects.


Client Organisation: Innovative startup active in ICT, DLT technologies and AI.

Client needs: internationalization, integration of competences, research and development of new applications.

Solution: DIHV supported the start-up by identifying an appropriate financing opportunity, in participation in H2020 ICT Call for Proposal (ICT-11-2018-2019), building an international Consortium (bringing together Companies and Universities from 7 EU countries) and managing all phases of the proposal.


Client Organisation: Innovative small enterprise active in Agrofood sector.

Client needs: internationalization, access to innovation.

Solution: DIHV supported the SME in networking activities with potential European partners, technology developers active in the field of Big Data and IoT and research institutions operating in the area of smart agriculture and data management. The SME was enabled to test new cooperation opportunities and to access financing instrument for digitizing the agrofood sector, by participating in H2020 ICT Call for Proposal and being introduced to SME Instrument.


Organizational form

(Part of) Private organization



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Private funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • Research organisations


University of Rome La Sapienza

Partner Type



Telecom SpA

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Distretto Domus

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Cluster TAV

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Technological competences

  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 18/12/18 09:44