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

Project description

Strengthening regional digital innovation hubs to accelerate European SME digitisation

SMEs can benefit significantly from adopting digital technologies. However, few have the resources and know-how to do so. The EU-funded DIH-World project therefore aims to accelerate the uptake of advanced digital technologies by European manufacturing SMEs. Furthermore, it aims to help these SMEs build sustainable competitive advantages and reach global markets, in this way strengthening the capacities of regional digital innovation hubs (DIHs) across Europe. To do so, it will provide DIHs with access to harmonised tools, effective technologies and methodologies, smart investment sources and rich training assets. By accelerating the matureness of DIHs, the project aims to help them capitalise on European DIH networks and leverage their resources and facilities to benefit their local 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.

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Net EU contribution
€ 300 125,00
48930 Getxo Bizkaia

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 428 750,00

Participants (42)