The selected Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) will receive mentoring and coaching on business development, financing and innovation management. The ultimate goal is to develop a blueprint for cross-border collaboration based on the assessment of hubs' business models, common systems, collaboration, and governance structures.

As part of the EU project AI DIH Network, 30 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) with focus on Artificial Intelligence have been selected to take part in a mentoring and coaching programme run by PwC, in consortium with CARSA and Innovalia.

A total number of 150 applications from 27 different Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom) and three Horizon 2020 associated countries (Serbia, Switzerland and Norway) has been submitted.

A Steering Committee, consisting of independent external experts in both DIHs and AI and/or related technologies, made the final selection in February 2019 under the supervision of representatives of the European Commission.

The coaching programme will start with a kick-off meeting in Rome (Italy) on the 19-20 of March 2019. The training will be designed according to the needs of selected DIHs and it will be delivered through a combination of webinars, collaboration workshops, individual mentoring sessions, as well as through a dedicated collaborative platform. Such a platform will also foster cooperation for co-creation of documents, communication among DIHs and live interactions. In particular, participating DIHs will be involved in the definition and, possibly in the signature, of a co-drafted Cooperation Agreement among (at least) 10 hubs.

For more details, visit the AI DIH Network website and check the map of all 30 selected hubs.

Background

In April 2018, the European Commission put forward a European approach to artificial intelligence and robotics. This addresses technological, ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects to boost EU's research and industrial capacity and to put AI at the service of European citizens and economy. Digital Innovation Hubs will play a key role in ensuring that all - especially SMEs, companies operating in non-technological sectors and public administrations - reap full benefits from artificial intelligence.

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