EU, Taking on Silicon Valley: Targets Decisive Competitive Advantage with Tech Hubs

EU, taking on Silicon Valley, gets new focus and energy, with “Pan European Tech Hubs.

Every year, EU will organize the OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities for the cities in the EU to gathers with experts in regional and local development to exchange good practice in economic development, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and other related topics.

As part of the OPEN DAYS event, for 2016, held towards the end of last year, the European Commission hosted the workshop “Smart Regions in Smart Europe: Digital Innovation Hubs shaping the Digitisation of European Industry“.

The workshop focused on the main factors attracting investment in the 21st century: digital technologies, taking into consideration the concrete case of the ‘smartening’ of products facilitated by miniaturised clever electronics. The focus will be put on the Digitising European Industry strategy and the role of Digital Innovation Regional Hubs.

 

European Commission reports (source) https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/digital-innovation-hubsEurope can gain decisive competitive advantages internationally if it is capable to generate across Europe a wave of bottom-up digital innovations involving all industrial sectors. With the rapid pace of change in digital technologies, most decision makers in industry have difficulties to decide when to invest, up to what level and in which technologies.

Around 60% of large industries and more than 90% of SME feel lagging behind in digital innovation. Similarly, there are strong digitisation discrepancies between industrial sectors.

Digital innovation hubs can help ensure that every company, small or large, high-tech or not, can grasp the digital opportunities.

There are already several initiatives of the EC to shape the pan-European network of DIHs with the focus on helping SMEs to master their digital transformation:

  • Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS),
  • Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE),
  • iHub,
  • Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE),
  • European Institute of Innovation & Technologu (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC),
  • European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development (ECHORD++),
  • Access Center for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST),
  • Supercomputing Exercise for SMEs (SESAME NET),
  • and the call for tender EU13 DIHs.

The Commission also set up in June 2016 a thematic smart specialisation platform for industrial modernisation.

EU actions supporting competence centres such as I4MS, SAE, Fi-Ware  have shown not only an increase of competitiveness of existing industries, notably for SME and mid-caps, but also additional business creation in new digitised products and services. It is the ambition of the Commission to focus 500M€ over the next 5 years from Horizon 2020 budget to these actions.

Some successful competence centres are the micro-tech cluster in Southern Germany where institutes such as Fraunhofer and university labs play an essential role, or the Grenoble digital innovation eco-system around French institutes such as CEA and INRIA.

There is space for more competence centres based in technical universities or research organisations to become DIHs providing companies, in particular SMEs, with facilities for digital innovation. Apart from transferring leading-edge technology to companies, they also should give advice on potential sources of funding/finance, provide space for experimentation and help workers to find training.

The following are some news on the EU’s innovation hub:

Pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) | Digital …

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/digital-innovation-hubs

Europe can gain decisive competitive advantages internationally if it is capable to generate across Europe a wave of bottom-up digital innovations involving all …

Digital Innovation Hubs | FUTURIUM | European Commission

https://ec.europa.eu › European Commission › Futurium

Implementing the Digitising European Industry actions – Futurium. … Report of WG1: Digital Innovation Hubs: Mainstreaming Digital Innovation Across All Sectors …

Smart Regions in Smart Europe: Digital Innovation Hubs shaping the …

https://ec.europa.eu/…/smart-regions-smart-europe-digital-innovation-hubs-shaping-di…

Aug 10, 2016 – This workshop is part of the OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities, an annual event during which cities and regions showcase …

Digitising European industry: boosting Digital Innovation Hubs across …

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/…/digitising-european-industry-workshop-1

Workshop 1: Digitising European Industry boosting Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe aims at exploring how Member States and regions can join the …

Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe – SlideShare

https://www.slideshare.net/StartupEurope/digital-innovation-hubs-in-europe

Feb 9, 2017 – 1 Setting up a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe • Anne-Marie Sassen DIGITISING EUROPEAN INDUSTRY European Commission …

I4MS | Regional Hubs

i4ms.eu/regional_hubs.php

In the two phases of the open call process, a total number of 41 consortia submitted proposals to prepare feasibility studies to establish Digital Innovation Hubs …

Competence Centres & Digital Innovation Hubs – I4MS

i4ms.eu/regional_hubs/map.php

Competence Centres & Digital Innovation Hubs. … DIHDigital Innovation Hubs. CCCompetence Centres. Cloud-based HPC Simulation. Laser. Sensors, CPS …

i4MS – digital innovation hubs

dih.i4ms.eu/

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) is an European initiative with the objective to support the European leadership in manufacturing through the …

[PDF]EU Innovation Investments: The Challenges met by Innovation … – earto

http://www.earto.eu/…/EARTO_Annual_Conference_2016_-_19_April_Part_1_-_Ronan_B…

DG CONNECT, European Commission … Size of EU market (~27% of world ICT market) … Support pan-European networking of Digital Innovation Hubs.

Five Entrepreneurial Places In Europe Where Hub Things Are … – Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/…/five-entrepreneurial-places-in-europe-where-hub-things-are-happ…

Jun 21, 2015 – Five Entrepreneurial Places In Europe Where Hub Things Are Happening … known but fertile innovation hotspots for trailblazing entrepreneurs.

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