MITC is now listed as a Digital Innovation Hub
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 - CC) 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.
The Smart Specialisation Platform has been working together with DG CONNECT and developed an online tool to visualise DIHs' geographic distribution, to improve their networking and provide information on available services and competencies. The collaboration includes activities to improve the evidence base for sound policies in the area of digital regional growth, by providing examples of how DIHs participate in Smart Specialisation development and implementation, how DIHs network, and different strategies of DIHs depending on their socio-economic context.
The ambition is also to explore – through workshops and diffusion events – possibilities for collaboration between DIHs.