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:
- Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS),
- Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE),
- Next Generation Internet (NGI)
- AI on-demand platform (AI4EU)
- 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.
Project RobMoSys, co-funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No 732410, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as means to achieve its own objectives. Project has recently opened a Call for Expression of Interest for RobMoSys. The vision of RobMoSys is that of an agile, multi-domain, model-driven European robotics software ecosystem. RobMoSys will engage the robotics community in this endeavor thanks to two rounds of Open Calls. This will allow identifying the best tools already available, the best modelers and developers to adjust them and the best application areas to validate the results and establish benchmarks. The project asks for contributions that realise a step change in system-level composition for robotics, and that demonstrate this in real-world scenarios.
- The deadline for submission of the call is on October 9th, 2017 at 17:00 Brussels time
- Total budget is €2,000,000. Maximum funding per proposal: € 300,000
- Proposals can be submitted here: http://opencalls.robmosys.eu/forms/17/overview.
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