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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020  research  and  innovation  programme  under  grant  agreement  Nº 818182.”

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020  research  and  innovation  programme  under  grant  agreement  Nº 818182.”

PROAGRO

PROAGRO

PROAGRO: Providing Professional Innovation Services for The Agri-Food Sector in Southern Hungary

The project’s objectives

The main objective of ProAgro project is to increase the competitiveness of the agri-food companies and related stakeholders in Southern Hungary by providing customized DIH innovation services and creating a Virtual Agri HUB.

The consortia

The consortia consists of two organizations: innomine Digital Innovation Hub (INM) as coordinator and iFood Cluster (iFood), the largest agri-food cluster in the South Transdanubian region.

iFood Cluster brings together regional stakeholders, creates opportunities for knowledge sharing and disseminates ProAgro good practices.

Through its international projects and access to innovative technologies, Innomine, as a Digital Innovation Hub, is able to provide services to Hungarian agricultural companies that can increase their competitiveness both nationally and internationally.

iFood Cluster and innomine DIH are working together to develop and expand the Hungarian agricultural innovation ecosystem.

Key objectives of the PROAGRO projects refer to the regional needs

  • Foster cooperation among the actors in the agricultural ecosystem by connecting the application side, service and technology providers, supporting organizations (e.g. innovation agencies, DIHs), universities and research organizations and proving the value of the cross-connected ecosystems.
  • Bring closer the digitalization to the regional agri-food stakeholders, to reduce the knowledge gap in the latest technologies and present best practices to convince local businesses.
  • Develop and test DIH services in the agri-food sector: develop and provide high value-added innovation services to prove the efficiency of innovation and ecosystems.

SERVICES AVAILABLE

IN THE PROAGRO PROJECT

Virtual Agri HUB

which will help agri-food stakeholders through the website.

  • to support the use of new but tested technologies that increase agricultural production
  • sharing good practices for relevant and up-to-date knowledge and ensuring the flow of information between partners
  • creating access to finance for digital transformation: by connecting users and suppliers of digital innovations through the value chain; by searching and presenting direct European Union funds
  • exploring synergies between digital and other key enabling technologies

Events

  • Active, bilateral networking with regional agri-food businesses through forums, round tables, networking events, workshops, knowledge transfer events
  • Involvement of key local stakeholders and multipliers – city and national organizations, chambers of industry, clusters – organized events

    Support for SMEs and start-ups

    • Survey on digital maturity and needs – based on company-specific digitization development consulting
      • Access to fundings:
      • Identification and presentation of appropriate funding sources (EU / Interreg / national)

      • Expert consultation on public and private funding opportunities

      OPENING EVENT

      Nearly 70 registered were able to follow the pre4sentations in hybrid format.

      “The success and future of a Hungarian SME is largely determined by the success of projects implemented from international funding sources,” said Dr. Gábor Vicze, Managing Director of innomine. We help them to realize their project ideas.”

      The detailed summary and presentations of the event can be found here.

      THEMATIC WORKSHOP

      – APRIL 5

      Challenges in the utilization of food by-products in 2022 – Digitization and Other Solutions, was the ttopic of ProAgro’s 1st thematic workshop. The event presented the extent of food waste in the supply chain, new technologies in bio-waste management and good practices in the processing of agricultural and food by-products. Prominent representatives of the agri-food industry discussed the challenges and their own experiences in the form of a roundtable discussion.

      NETWORKING AND MATCHMAKING

      – MAY 3

      On May 3, 2022, the 2nd workshop of the project “Provision of professional innovation services for the agri-food industry in Southern Hungary” took place. The main goal of the event was to connect agri-food companies open to development with IT, software and technology developer companies providing digital solutions. Nearly 50 registered were able to follow the event in hybrid form (both on-site and online).

      Members of the iFood Cluster and the Innoskart Digital Cluster providing IT services were introduced at the event. Current challenges, development plans and digital solutions that respond to them were presented.

      INTELLIGENT AGRICULTURE

      – DIGITALIZED FOOD INDUSTRY

      Venue: 7400 Kaposvár, Guba S. u. 40., MATE Kaposvár Campus, OR online (via TEAMS)

      Date:    31 May 2022. (Tuesday), 13:00 – 16:15 pm (on-line opening from 12:45)

      Hungarian farmers are increasingly open to high-tech developments in order to improve the efficiency of their daily work. But are farmers taking advantage of the potential of digitization? Is the use of sensors and drones and robotization really spreading? What can the data obtained in this way be used for? We are looking for answers to these questions at our event!

      Attend our event to know:

      • how software and technology developers see the need for smart development,
      • whether farmers consider the digital switchover important,
      • how the data can be used,
      • EU funded successfully implemented food industry projects;
      • Flagship enhancements of H2020 agricultural projects

      Participation in the event is free, but pre-registration is required. You can register at the following link until May 30, 2022.

      Contact us!

      INM: Dr Gyarmati Tünde: tunde.gyarmati@innomine.com

      IFood: ifoodklaszter@gmail.com  

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