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Digital Innovation Hubs - Business Planning & Networking

Room 2.17, 05/12/2018 (14:30-16:00)

How to structure sustainable DIHs and leverage established networks

One important pillar of the Digitising European Industry strategy is the development a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH).

DIHs are one-stop-shops that help companies gain a competitive advantage by enhancing their processes, products or services with digital technologies. As competence centres, they provide access to advanced technologies and the latest knowledge, and support their customers in piloting, testing and experimenting with digital innovations. They also serve as doorways to DIH networks across Europe.

This workshop will not focus on what a DIH is, or how to obtain EU or Structural funds. Rather, the discussion will focus on the framework for creating sustainable business plans for DIH and DIH networks. The workshop will study the structural elements of such a business plan, and explore ways to collaborate with existing networks such as EEN or H2020 NCPs.

This workshop will focus on:

  • Connection to society & other networks
  • Vision/mission/USPs
  • The environment
  • Services provided
  • Organisation & governance
  • Funding sources
  • Investment plan


  • Introduction to DIHs – European Commission
  • Business planning methodology - TNO
  • Panel discussion on utilizing the methodology and collaborating with other networks
  • Representatives from DIHs, European Commission, EEN, Access4SMEs, Ideal-ist

Coordinated by: Edina NEMETH (National Contact Point for ICT & FET in Hungary, -, Hungary)

Organised by: Georgios MEGAS (Hellenic National Documentation Center, Innovation and, Greece)



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