Digital innovation hubs are ecosystems that consist of SMEs, large industries, startups, researchers, accelerators, and investors. They aim to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved.
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:
and the call for tender EU13 DIHs.
Solution Match is one of the services offered by the EU-funded initiative eHealth Hub, intending to promote and boost up commercialization. The eHealth Hub aims to provide long-term support to the eHealth ecosystem stakeholders and addresses key challenges facing European SMEs in this space.
The Solution Match service specifically focuses on engaging the demand-side (healthcare providers, insurers, pharma and medtech companies) and accelerating commercialization by outsourcing the filtering for fit of relevant digital health solutions in a rapidly moving ecosystem.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 14 July 2016
The European Commission has today proposed amendments to the European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) and the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) regulations, marking another step towards the creation of the Capital Markets Union (more).
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven countries in South-eastern Europe – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Serbia - will get easier access to risk capital. This is thanks to the InnovFin SME guarantee, a new EU-backed loan facility under the Horizon 2020 programme (more). Posted on 04.02.2016
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