project aims

Boosting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs (BOWI) is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. The project aims to support DIHs, SMEs, and Midcaps by facilitating the access and uptake of SAE and I4MS technologies.

The overall aim of the project is to create a DIHs widening network that supports the collaboration between developing hubs in regions where SAE and I4MS technologies are underrepresented (widening hubs) and well-established hubs (mature DIHs) that are highly experienced in these technologies.

The BOWI project consortium is led by Civitta and is composed of 11 partners:

  • Civitta (Lithuania)
  • FundingBox Accelerator, FBA (Poland)
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, TNO (The Netherlands)
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland)
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH (Germany)
  • Transilvania IT Cluster, TIT (Romania)
  • University of West Bohemia, UWB (Czech Republic)
  • Krakow Technology Park, KTP (Poland)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU (Norway)
  • Cluster Information and Communication Technologies, ICTC (Bulgaria)

BOWI project has been created to facilitate the building of the BOWI network. The project will run for 4 years starting in 2020 with the objective of discovering and implementing the best solution to establish digital innovation hub collaboration across different regions of Europe.

To explore the optimal ways of collaboration BOWI project launched 2 sets of technology transfer experiments connecting the established and developing hubs and SMEs or mid-caps from specific regions. During these experiments, the developing hubs receive mentoring and access to mature hubs technologies while aiding the company to reach the next technology readiness level. Knowledge exchange between the members of the hubs will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both hubs, and refine the ways of supporting local companies.

1st set of the experiments ran in 2021 with the pioneering hubs – members of BOWI project consortium – to test first possible cooperation models and define the needs of hubs from regions with different technology adoption levels.

Selected Digital Innovation HUBs:

  • DIH TECHNICOM – Slovakia
  • innomine DIH – Hungary
  • Blue European Digital Innovation Hub- Croatia
  • Futures of Innovation and Technology Digital Innovation Hub -Romania
  • Sunrise Valley Digital Innovation Hub- Lithuania
  • Advanced Manufacturing Digital Innovation Hub- Lithuania
  • Centre 4.0 Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute- Ukraine
  • Hub For Digital Innovations- Czech Republic
  • Belgrade Robotics Hub – Serbia

2nd set of the experiments ran in 2022 with new members of the BOWI community that will be selected during and open call at the Q1 2021. The aim of these experiments is to validate the changes implemented in the cooperation models during the 1st experiment set and come out with an upgraded and viable DIH collaboration model.

This model is in use to facilitate further cooperation between the BOWI digital innovation hub community members and ensure further development of the network even after the conclusion of the BOWI project.

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