About DIHELP

What is DIHelp?

DIHELP stands for “Digital Innovation Hubs Enhanced-Learning Programme”.

DIHELP aims to develop a coherent, coordinated and sustainable approach to support European industries in all EU Member States at regional level using the concept of Digital innovation Hubs (DIH).

To achieve this objective, DIHELP will support 30 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to develop and/or scale-up their activities through a mentoring and coaching programme that will last for 9 months.

Selected DIHs will receive training and coaching on business development, financing and innovation management delivered both face-to-face and remotely as a part of the DIH Academy.

More details on the DIH Academy here.

How to apply?

DIHELP closed a call for Expressions of Interest on the 23 January 2018. DIHELP is currently evaluating the application to to select and invite 30 DIHs to join the DIH Academy training and coaching programme for 9 months. 

DIH Academy

The DIH Academy is a mentoring and coaching programme that will last for a duration of 9 months.

The 30 selected DIHs from the Call for Expressions of Interest will receive training and coaching on business development, financing and innovation management. This will be delivered both face-to-face and remotely as a part of the DIH Academy, which is presented in the following figure.

The DIH Academy includes the following elements:

  • 3-day kick-off conference with all participating DIHs in Brussels
  • Individual on-site coaching
    • 2-day personalised on-site workshop with tangible results
    • 1-day regional workshop to engage stakeholder network
  • DIH Academy virtual back-office

What is a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH)?

“Digital Innovation Hubs are one-stop-shops that help companies to become more competitive with regard to their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies. They are based upon technology infrastructure (competence centre) and provide access to the latest knowledge, expertise and technology to support their customers with piloting, testing and experimenting with digital innovations. DIHs also provide business and financing support to implement these innovations, if needed across the value chain. As proximity is considered crucial, they act as a first regional point of contact, a doorway, and strengthen the innovation ecosystem. A DIH is a regional multi-partner cooperation (including organizations like RTOs, universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubator/accelerators, regional development agencies and even governments) and can also have strong linkages with service providers outside of their region supporting companies with access to their services. “ (European Commission)

This project has received funding from the European Union under grant agreement Nº 00847927.

DIHELP respects the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and uses only opted-in data.

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