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One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

Project description

A new hub to facilitate cross-border photonics innovation in Europe

Photonics is a broad technology that enables a vast diversity of applications in a range of sectors. The EU-funded PhotonHub Europe project will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub as a one-stop shop solution integrating pioneering photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 European partners. The hub will ensure all stakeholders have access to support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres, ‘test before invest’ to engage with companies with highly collaborative innovation projects, and investment readiness coaching and investor matchmaking. PhotonHub Europe will support cross-border innovation activities and establish the PhotonHub Europe Association.

Objective

PhotonHub Europe will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub which integrates the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 partners from all over Europe, including the coordinators of EU pilot lines and local photonics hubs representing 18 regions, as a one-stop-shop solution offering a comprehensive range of supports to industry for the accelerated uptake and deployment of photonics. PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering to the following key support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres throughout Europe and enhanced by digital tools for online learning; “test before invest” innovation support capabilities to engage with companies on highly collaborative Innovation Projects aimed at TRL acceleration from prototyping (TRL3-4) to upscaling (TRL5-6) to manufacturing (TRL7-8), and complemented by targeted business and IP advisory supports; and support to find investment through investment-readiness coaching and investor match-making organised in collaboration with major regional and European venture fora and deep tech Investor Days. PhotonHub will uniquely support cross-border innovation activities of European companies, while simultaneously working closely with the local photonics hubs to develop and roll out best practices of the “lighthouse” regions for ongoing regional financial support of SME innovation activities and to support the creation of new innovation hubs covering most regions of Europe. Finally, PhotonHub will fine-tune and implement its business plan for long-term sustainability in the form of the PhotonHub Europe Association as a durable entity which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of local, regional and EU-DIHs for maximum leverage and impact on European competitiveness and sovereignty.

Call for proposal

H2020-DT-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-DT-2020-1

Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Net EU contribution
€ 4 168 014,25
Address
PLEINLAAN 2
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel
Belgium

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 4 168 014,25

Participants (79)