DIHs and their links to clusters and the Enterprise European Network (EEN) DIHs and their links to clusters and the Enterprise European Network (EEN)

Collaboration with clusters

Clusters are groups of specialised enterprises – often SMEs – and other related supporting actors that cooperate closely together in a particular location. By connecting specialised eco-systems, clusters create new business opportunities for SMEs and integrate them better in European and global strategic value chains. There are about 2000 statistical clusters in Europe, reaching out to some 90,000 SMEs.

In order to help the emergence of new DIHs, in particular in the EU13, could be based on clusters, as these regions have organised their industrial base in clusters, gathering the local industry actors together with the knowledge institutes, as well as governmental organisations.

All DIHs on the Catalogue are collaborating with clusters. Some indicative examples according to technology sectors and markets addressed are presented as follows:

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the Advanced Manufacturing industry

    • Advanced Manufacturing Digital Innovation Hub, Vilnius, Lithuania

    • AFIL - Lombardy Intelligent Factory Association, Milano, Italy

    • Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH), Bilbao, Spain

    • BOOST Smart Industry Hub, East-Netherlands, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

    • Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland

    • Digital Innovation Hub "Smart Production Systems Saxony" – InnoSax, Chemnitz, Germany

    • iMan Norte Hub - Digital Innovation Hub for Customer-Driven Manufacturing @ Norte, Porto, Portugal

    • MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Pôle EMC2 Competitiveness cluster for innovation in production technologies, Nantes, France

    • The High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Solihull, United Kingdom

       

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the Artificial intelligence domain

    • AIR4S - Artificial Intelligence & Robotics for Sustainable Development Goal, Madrid, Spain
    • Cap Digital, Paris, France
    • Catalonia AI DIH, Barcelona, Spain
    • DFKI Human Centric AI Innovation Hub, Kaiserslautern, Germany
    • Digital Catapult, London, United Kingdom
    • Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), Espoo, Finland
    • Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Lithuanian robotic DIH (LTroboticsDIH), Vilnius, Lithuania
    • Oslo Cancer Cluster, Oslo, Norway
    • 3IF.be & 3IF.be Fieldlab, Heverlee, Belgium

 

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the Cybersecurity domain

    • CYBERSEC HUB, Kraków, Poland

    • CybersecRDI: Cybersecurity Research, Development and Innovation Hub, Zagreb, Croatia

    • Cybersecurity Innovation HUB, León, Spain

    • TeraLab : Big Data Platform for Research , Education and Innovation, Paris, France

       

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the High-Performance-Computing domain

    • FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

    • Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Galway, Ireland

    • HPC-Cloud and Cognitive Systems for Smart Manufacturing processes, Robotics and Logistics, Zaragoza, Spain

    • HPC4Poland, Poznan, Poland

    • HPC5-High Performance and Cloud Computing Cross-border Competence Consortium, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

 

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the Software domain
    • am-LAB, Szombathely, Hungary

    • ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, Athens, Greece

    • BioSense Institute - Institute for research and development of information technology in biosystems, Novi Sad, Serbia

    • Centre d'Innovació i Tecnologia de la UPC (CIT UPC), Barcelona, Spain

    • Competence Centre Mittelstand 4.0 Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    • Cyprus Digital Innovation Hub, Nicosia, Cyprus

    • DIGIHALL, Palaiseau, France

    • Digital Innovation Hub for Smart Manufacturing, Murska Sobota, Slovenia

 

  • DIHs cooperating with clusters to support SMEs in the Agriculture domain
    • BioSense Institute - Institute for research and development of information technology in biosystems, Novi Sad, Serbia

    • DIH AGRIFOOD - Digital Innovation Hub for Agriculture and Food production, Murska Sobota, Slovenia

    • Digital Innovation Hub Andalucía Agrotech, Sevilla, Spain

    • Embedded System Design & Application Laboratory, Patra, Greece

    • IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

    • MEDISDIH - Apulian Mechatronics Technological Cluster and Digital Innovation Hub, Valenzano, Italy

    • Munich Innovation Hub for Applied AI, Munich, Germany

    • SpectroNet - International Collaboration Cluster, Jena, Germany

 

Collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)[1] helps companies innovate and internationalise. The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide, bringing together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations, such as technology poles, innovation support organisations, universities and research institutes, regional development organisations or chambers of commerce and industry. The network helps in capacity building, such as technology and innovation brokerage services and advice on access to finance for innovation.

While the EEN is not focusing only on digital innovations, they may be a first contact point for local SMEs that could be referred to DIHs, for example for experimentation. Due to its large outreach, the EEN can be very helpful in raising awareness to a large number of SMEs.

A list of DIHs that have declared on their Catalogue profile to be cooperating with EEN or are part of this network are presented as follows in alphabetical order:

  1. Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) / PRAXI Network, Athens, Greece

PRAXI Network is member of the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest network of integrated business support to SMEs, and coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas. In parallel, PRAXI Network acts as National Contact Point for the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development and currently Horizon 2020.

2.    Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jožef Stefan Institute DIH is coordinator of the Slovenian EEN consortium. They are also partnering with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Craft, University of Primorska, University of Maribor, SPIRIT and the Development Agency of Maribor.

3.    MEDISDIH - Apulian Mechatronics Technological Cluster and Digital Innovation Hub, Valenzano, Italy

MEDISDIH DIH is participating in several Cluster Collaborations in Italy as well as at the Enterprise Europe Network.

4.    National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

EKT DIH are part of the Greek EEN network since 2008 and specifically part of the ICT sector group of the Enterprise Europe Network as the main Greek organization responsible for transferring the European Union's, "Digitizing European Industry" policies towards Greek Organizations and SMEs as well as to the public. They are also participating in the ICT NCP Network Idealist.

5.    Technology Transfer via Multinational Application Experiments (TETRAMAX), Aachen, Germany

One of the partners in the EU-funded Innovation Action TETRAMAX is a member of the EEN; working on the outreach to SMEs via technology profiles. In addition, the project attends the events of EEN to attract new SMEs.

 

[1] Enterprise Europe Network, https://een.ec.europa.eu/