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ágora DIH

Hub Information

Hub Name
ágora DIH
Local Name
Candidate EDIH
Geographical Scope


ágora DIH, Digital Innovation Hub of the Región de Murcia (Spain), aims to promote the use of technologies enabling digital transformation within the regional business network, with a special focus on SMEs.

Our misión is  to  support the regional SMEs in the identification and exploitation/mobilisation of the technical, human, and financial resources needed to adopt the new technologies required for the digital transformation.

ágora DIH  is built on a previous existing DIH from Murcia called Innovation for Manufacturing in the South (I4MSOUTH), running from 2016, and on a participatory process, where in April 2019 the relevant actors of the innovation ecosystem of the Murcia Region were consulted in order to build a feasibility study to point out the lines of work on which it should focus. This was done in order to be fully aligned with the regional innovation ecosystem and guarantee its membership and sustainability in the medium and long term.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Economic development agency)
Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia
Year Established
Avenida de la Fama 3, Murcia, 30003, Murcia (Spain)
Social Media
Contact information
Joaquín Gómez Gómez
+34 968 362800


Organizational form
Networked organization, without formal structure
Number of employees


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Cyber security
  • Internet of things
  • Robotics


Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food

TRL Focus

Services provided

  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring


H2020 Projects

  • DIH-World
    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

    DIH-World aims to accelerate the uptake of advanced digital technologies by European manufacturing SMEs in all sectors and support them in building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets strengthening the capacities of regional DIHs, particularly in underrepresented regions across Europe. As intermediaries of successful local SME digital transformation, DIH World, aims at providing DIHs, access to harmonised tools, well proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, and avoid a DIH divide due to lack of access to technologies, skills, networks, investment and infrastructures with special emphasis in underrepresented regions; so they can capitalise and leverage on the European DIHs Networks their resources and facilities for the benefit of their local SMEs. This will be achieved thanks to the: DIH-World platform, that will provide a full coverage of the services needed by the DIHs and the SMEs willing to identify the right DIH for them, the DIH-Academy that will provide the tools to train DIHs and bring them to the next level, Open calls for experiments, that will provide sufficient technological support to SMEs and midcaps. As well as with a broad geographical coverage, with more than 26 countries to be covered in Europe including specific activities to involve regional and national actors in the DIH network.

  • Change2Twin
    Create and Harvest Offerings to support Manufacturing SMEs to become Digital Twin Champions

    Create and Harvest Offerings to support Manufacturing SMEs to become Digital Twin Champions

    The main ambition of Change2Twin is to ensure that 100% of manufacturing companies in Europe have access to 100% of technologies needed to deploy a digital twin.

    Change2Twin will adopt the best practices developed so far in I4Ms – focus on local support provided by DIHs, keeping FSTP grants as accessible as posThe main ambition of Change2Twin is to ensure that 100% of manufacturing companies in Europe have access to 100% of technologies needed to deploy a digital twin. Specifically, we will focus on three sub-objectives: 
    - Developing and providing a truly end-to-end service to the manufacturing SMEs where the end user receives from its local, trusted party (e.g. a DIH) a thorough analysis of the digitalization potential and a cross-border, multi-stakeholder (involving both components providers and an integrator), and ready-to-use recipe for implementation. 
    - Providing an architecture-agnostic technology marketplace with dedicated knowledge models supporting the entity preparing the recipe for a complete solution in selecting the best components and most suitable providers. 
    - Taking one step back to see the bigger picture and to find the minimal interoperable model facilitating modularity, composability and interchangeability of components used, regardless of the individual architectures or frameworks. 

    Change2Twin will deliver:
    - A new benchmarked service model facilitating DIHs in providing support to manufacturing companies 
    - A Pan-European marketplace populated with the state-of-the-art service providers that create coverage for end-to-end Digital Twinning solutions
    - A growing network of DIHs that have adopted the service model and marketplace based on a sustainable business model
    - An open, widely available toolbox for establishing a new marketplace consisting of software and body of knowledge gathered during the project 
    - 4 Pilots proving the concept and 2 Open Calls for application experiments with a selection and support programme 

    Next Generation European DIH Network

    Next Generation European DIH Network

    Digital Innovation Hubs have become the national and European instrument to speed up digitization in SMEs/MidCaps to ensure the EU’s future industrial leadership. Most EU Member States DIHs have established, in a growing number of regions and sectors, complemented by regional and national networks. Also the EC is deploying a vast number of initiatives to support DIH activities. The next step is to build a pan EU network that coordinates and integrates this wide variety of initiatives and ensure collaboration and quality. DIHNET.EU just does that: build a network of networks involving hubs, competence centres, and regional and national programmes and infrastructures. The aim of this EU DIH network is to ensure the best possible support to SMEs and midcaps. DIHNET.EU will contribute to this in the following:
    - Enhancing collaboration between stakeholders from the European DIH Community to better support SMEs/MidCaps with their digitisation, by creating awareness, understanding and activating the ecosystem on DIHs challenges and possible solutions.
    - Offering DIHs an online infrastructure to facilitate their collaboration. This platform will support the DIHNET.EU Community with a wide range of services, information and tools that will help DIHs to communicate, align, collaborate and synchronise activities.
    - Developing a clear overview of the DIH related services provided in Europe and align them.
    - Upgrading the DIH Catalogue: identifying/activating activities in the DIH Community in coherence with regional, national and EU policies.
    - Creating a strategy to reinforce the specialization of these services to SMEs and MidCaps, as well as support its uptake by relevant DIH and DIH networks.
    - Creating a vision and strategy on a self-sustaining business model for this network of DIHs, and to make this operational.
    The project is carried out by TNO, Tecnalia, Fundingbox, euRobotics, BluMorpho and FEDIL, have strong experience in DIHs and well connected to the EU DIH community.

  • SmartAgriHubs
    Connecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European agri-food sector

    Connecting the dots to unleash the innovation potential for digital transformation of the European agri-food sector

    SmartAgriHubs is dedicated to accelerate the digital transformation of the European agri-food sector. It will consolidate, activate and extend the current ecosystem by building a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) that will boost the uptake of digital solutions by the farming sector. This will be achieved by integrating technology and business support in a local one-stop-shop approach involving all regions and all relevant players in Europe. The heart of the project is formed by 28 flagship innovation experiments demonstrating digital innovations in agriculture, facilitated by DIHs from 9 Regional Clusters including all European member states. Concurrently, SmartAgriHubs will improve the maturity of innovation services of DIHs so that digital innovations will be replicated across Europe and widely adopted by European farmers. A lean multi-actor approach focusing on user acceptability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable business models will boost technology and market readiness levels and bring user adoption to the next level. This will be enhanced by synergetic effects between SmartAgriHubs and RIS3, since SmartAgriHubs will work in lock step with European regions to maximize the return of European investments, including regional structural funds and private capital. Open Calls with a total budget of ±6 M€ will expand the network and ensure that technological developments and emerging challenges of the agri-food sector are incorporated in the DIH service portfolio. SmartAgriHubs’ inclusive structure and ambitious targets will bring the entire European ecosystem together, connecting the dots to ensure global leadership for Europe in the AgTech market. The consortium, led by Wageningen Research and other partners of previous key projects such as IoF2020, FIWARE, S3P Agri-Food and I4MS, will leverage the existing ecosystem and guarantee a maximum ROI for European taxpayers and a vital agri-food sector producing adequate and safe food for future generations.

Last updated: 03/11/21 13:17