DIH – Online training (SMARTFACTORIES)

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The "Smart Factories in new EU Member States" project has trained 34 organisations in 13 EU countries to become Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). Below you will find additional information about the project and material used during the Smart Factories training and mentoring programme.

With the support of the European Parliament, the European Commission has run the project “Smart Factories in new EU Member States”, aimed at identifying organisations capable of taking on the role of a Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in the EU13 Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia). 34 selected organisations received training, workshops and mentoring on business development skills and on sustainability activities, including identification of funding opportunities. Thanks to this programme, they could develop and implement an appropriate business plan for the establishment of a DIH, identifying how to deliver the services needed to meet market demand for digitisation in their respective region.

The training and mentoring material was designed to provide the current best practices for the establishment of a DIH and empower the organisations with the tools and techniques to define:

  • The market demand for a regional DIH;
  • The services that a DIH should provide to address this demand;
  • The process for engaging with key stakeholders;
  • The optimum operating model for a DIH, including the financial plan.

The three elements of the training and mentoring programme were combined together to offer the best practices in developing a DIH through a suite of digital tools designed to engage learners.

  • Training Resources - to provide the DIH proposers with a “Technical Assistance Toolkit” needed to develop the underpinning knowledge required to produce a business plan for a new DIH;
  • Mentoring Programme - to provide the DIH proposers with monthly mentoring sessions, each focussing on the development of a key section of the business plan;
  • Peer Learning Programme to promote the exchange and sharing of knowledge, experiences and practices among the selected DIHs.

The Training Resources were grouped into eight knowledge areas, along the following thematic modules:

  1. Introduction to the concept of DIH
  2. Ecosystem Landscaping
  3. Market Engagement
  4. DIH Service Design
  5. Business Model Development
  6. Financials
  7. Horizon 2020
  8. Business Development Skills.