Survey: Business models for Digital Innovation Hubs in the agriculture and food domain
The Working Group of AIOTIin smart farming and food security is conducting a survey to get insights about the funding aspects of the activities developed by Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) in the agriculture and food domain.
Promoters or managers of Digital Innovation Hubs in the field of smart farming and/or food technologies, for which the use of digital technologies is a core component. • Entities/individuals (companies, research centers, farmers, associations, etc.) who are either participating in an agri-food DIH initiative or are interested in doing so.
Agriculture DIHs are instruments conceived to support businesses, notably SMEs, farmers, agri-cooperatives and non-tech industries, in their digital transformation. Indeed, DIHs have the potential to play an important role in the democratisation of IoT and digital technologies in the European agri-food domain, but they will require significant investments from the regions and Member States, and strong coordination efforts to maximise their positive impact.
One of the points which is essential to the rollout and long-term success of agriculture DIHs is the definition of a proper business model (combining both public and private funding) which is both convenient to the DIH beneficiaries and well suited to the catalog of services offered by the DIH.
The purpose of conducting this survey is for getting more insight on this topic directly from the (potential) beneficiaries and promoters of agri-DIH initiatives in Europe. The insights and recommendations learnt will be later published and also forwarded to the European Commission departments in charge of promoting and defining the EU support to DIHs. No individual answers will be published, only aggregated and anonymized results.