AI DIH NETWORK
(March 2019 – December 2019)
The European Commission has launched a preparatory action to create a European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) with focus on Artificial Intelligence. To achieve this goal the action, managed by PwC together with CARSA and Innovalia, is intended to lead to the development of a blueprint for cross border collaboration based on a thorough assessment of hub business models, common systems, collaboration and governance structures (including financial and legal aspects of the collaboration). By the same token, the action will support the development of a concrete action plan, including a business case for the collaboration and networking of DIH and help the chosen DIHs to unlock their collaboration and networking potential through mentoring and coaching activities. Furthermore, participating DIHs will have the chance to network with other hubs and be involved in the definition and signature of a Cooperation Agreement among (at least) 10 hubs.
Upon identification of the most suitable collaboration schemes, the project will provide assistance in the modelling of a cross-border cooperation blueprint for DIHs and support to the creation of a network of DIHs allowing for the transfer of technical knowledge and the development of an integration and cooperation plan between hub/networks with DIHs and stakeholders at the EU level. Selected DIHs will take part in coaching and mentoring programme providing support for the management of legal and financial issues concerning cooperation. The programme will be designed according to the training needs of selected DIHs and delivered through a combination of tools, including webinars, regional workshops, on-site training, coaching and mentoring sessions through a dedicated platform. The platform will also foster cooperation for it allows co-creation of documents, communication among DIHs and live interactions (including the opportunity to hold mentoring sessions).