The issue of better access to digital goods and knocking down barriers to the development of digitalisation and innovative services has long been discussed by European experts. Europe has a potential to specialise in digital solutions on a global scale, however, everyone agrees that it is not fully exploited. The main barrier is the fragmentation of markets, and lack of uniform regulations and procedures. A new EU initiative supporting the digitalisation of industry: Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) is there to remedy.
The DIH centres are hubs of complex services, where businesses, and especially SMEs and start-ups, can improve their competences connected to streamlining production processes, products, and services by implementing digital technologies.
The goal of S3HubsinCE project was to build competences of regional DIHs in Central and Eastern Europe by exchanging experience and good practices between project partners. The competences are built in the following technology areas:
RIS3 (Regional Innovation Strategy) are national or regional innovation strategies which set priorities in order to build competitive advantage by developing and matching research and innovation strength to business and market needs. This is synonymous with the term Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).
DIHs (Digital Innovation Hubs) are ecosystems that consist of SMEs, large industries, start-ups, researchers, accelerators, and investors. They aim to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved.
The CERIS Navigation Crews are strategic task forces, made up of relevant stakeholders & experts aligned with EU working groups, based around the CE RIS3 Technology Priority Areas (TPAs), which generate a transnationally integrated network of innovative actors who will strengthen regional innovation ecosystems through enhanced knowledge exchange and joint-planning of concrete, market-focused, bottom-up RIS3 actions.
After 3 years of work, the S3HubsinCE project has ended. It has been a fantastic and educational journey. Many types of partners with different level of knowledge, competences, and experiences worked together to help European companies in their digital transformation process and to support them in being more competitive thanks to the Digital Innovation Hubs.
S3HubsinCE partnership created their own community on the platform with the participation of national DIHs and stakeholders. The goal ot this platform is to exchange know-how, share best practises and inspirations, provide marketing information about DIH’s events and developed services to each other and to the registered stakeholders.