#EURegionsWeek

Role of regions promoting digital transformation of SMEs: the case of I4MS & SAE

Tue 8, October 2019
11:30 - 13:00

 I4MS & SAE initiatives have supported the implementation of a number of marketplaces and services aimed to stimulate digital innovation in SME. In this framework, the I4MS-Go Project (CSA) has been exploring different possibilities to enhance the sustainability and increase the impact in regions of the aforementioned marketplaces and services. This session served to both presenting some of the possibilities explored so far and further analyse and discuss them. Regions, the Commission, marketplaces, DIH and other stakeholders contributed to the discussion and with interesting presentations.


FundingBox representative and I4MS-Go coordinator, Ms Mayte Carracedo, opened the session and provided an overview of the Project actions and services, such as the online community, awards or agreements with regions. She also presented the I4MS initiative, with special focus on the marketplaces in place at the moment and the cascade funding they offer to SMEs through calls for proposals.


EC DG CONNECT representative, Mr. Max Lemke, highlighted the important role regions will play in the Digital Europe programme, as well as the need for regional investment and DIH initiatives to support the digital transformation of SME. He also called the attention to several H2020 calls for proposals available at the moment and that can clearly contribute to this.


In her turn, the Director of the Galicia Innovation Agency, Ms Patricia Argerey, presented her region approach to digitisation and the mechanisms being implemented at the moment. She also called for an active role of regional administrations as facilitators and promoters of interregional collaboration, and remarked about the benefits and potentiality that EC initiatives, such as I4MS and SAE, can have in this regard.


EIT Manufacturing CEO, Mr Klaus Beetz, explained how this initiative is supporting the uptake of advanced technologies by SMEs and how knowledge, research, industry and investors are collaborating to generate new markets. His focus was also on the role of manufacturers as the main actor in promoting industrial innovation, as well as on the importance of circular economy and digitized value chains.


Vanguard Initiative also participated, represented by Mr Sergio Gusmeroli, who also highlighted the role of regions to facilitate access to digital technologies, explaining how this is approached and encouraged within the Vanguard Initiative. He also talked about the need for regions involvement when actions are planned and designed, as this will facilitate the benefits for SME.


The last speaker, Mr Andrés Gómez, from the Galicia Supercomputing Centre, presented success stories of SMEs making use of the marketplace FORTISSIMO, funded by I4MS. He put the focus on how SME can be helped to identify the most suitable technologies for their digital transformation and subsequently improve their competitiveness. Some examples were presented.


With the content of the presentations in mind, speakers and attendants split into 4 groups and further discussed possibilities to increase the impact of I4MS and SAE initiatives in regions as a way to help SME in their digital transformation. Every group focused on a specific topic: What can your region gain from I4MS & SAE?


• The implementation of regional open calls to bring digital innovation closer to SME.
• How can a successful experiment be replicated in my region? The Fortissimo use case.
• How can marketplaces better communicate to regions?

Mayte Carracedo Taboada, Business and Partnership Development, FundingBox, Spain.
Patricia Argerey, Director, Galicia Innovation Agency, Spain.
Klaus Beetz, CEO, EIT Manufacturing, France.
Mayte Carracedo Taboada, Business and Partnership Development, FundingBox, Spain.
Francisco Conde, Galicia Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Galicia Government, Spain.
Sergio Gusmeroli, Project Manager, FIWARE, Germany.
Andrés Gómez Tato, Applications & Projects Dept. manager, Supercomputing Center of Galicia, Spain.
Max Lemke, Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry", European Commission, Belgium.
Merete Norby, International Chief Consultant, MADE, Denmark.
Maria Roca, I4MS Project Manager, FundingBox, Spain.
Ulrich Thombansen, AMable Project Coordinator, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Germany.
Wei Jan Wang, Innovation Advisors, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
08WS439
Workshop
A smarter Europe
FundingBox, Galician Agency of Innovation (GAIN), I4MS, TETRAMAX
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 311+312.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

I4MS & SAE initiatives have supported the implementation of a number of marketplaces and services aiming to stimulate digital innovation in SMEs. In this framework, the I4MS-Go Project (CSA) has been exploring various possibilities for enhancing the sustainability and increasing the impact in regions of the aforementioned marketplaces and services. This session served to both present some of the possibilities explored so far and to analyse and discuss them further. Regions, the Commission, marketplaces, DIH and other stakeholders contributed to the discussion with interesting presentations.

FundingBox representative and I4MS-Go coordinator Ms Mayte Carracedo opened the session and provided an overview of the project's actions and services, such as the online community, awards and agreements with regions. She also presented the I4MS initiative, with special focus on the marketplaces in place at the moment.

EC DG CONNECT representative Mr Max Lemke highlighted the important role regions will play in the Digital Europe programme, as well as the need for regional investment and DIH initiatives to support the digital transformation of SMEs. 

The Director of the Galicia Innovation Agency, Ms Patricia Argerey, presented her region's approach to digitisation and the mechanisms currently being implemented. She also called for regional administrations to play an active role as facilitators and promoters of interregional collaboration, and remarked on the benefits and potential that EC initiatives, such as I4MS and SAE, can have in this regard.

EIT Manufacturing CEO, Mr Klaus Beetz, explained that this initiative is supporting the uptake of advanced technologies by SMEs and that knowledge, research, industry and investors are collaborating to generate new markets. 

Vanguard Initiative also took part, represented by Mr Sergio Gusmeroli, who also highlighted the role of regions in facilitating access to digital technologies, explaining how this is approached and encouraged within the Vanguard Initiative. 

The last speaker, Mr Andrés Gómez, from the Galicia Supercomputing Centre, presented success stories of SMEs making use of the marketplace FORTISSIMO, funded by I4MS. He focused on how SMEs can be supported in identifying the most suitable technologies for their digital transformation and subsequently improve their competitiveness. Some examples were presented.

With the content of the presentations in mind, speakers and attendants split into four groups and further discussed possible ways of increasing the impact of I4MS and SAE initiatives in regions as a way to help SMEs in their digital transformation. Every group focused on a specific topic:

·    What can your region gain from I4MS & SAE?

·         The use of regional open calls to bring digital innovation closer to SMEs.

·         How can a successful experiment be replicated in my region? The Fortissimo use case.

·         How can marketplaces better communicate with regions? 

Take away message

Regions are invited to get in touch with I4MS to see how they can benefit from the results and collaborate. To do so, join the I4MS online community, and drop us a comment at https://fundingbox.com/spaces/i4ms-european-week-of-regions-and-cities.



"Regions are the key players that can help us connect digital technologies with end-users" - Mayte Carracedo

"We aim to have one Digital Innovation Hub in each EU region. We are concentrating on regions with few digital competences and we expect hubs from different regions to cooperate and learn from each other" - Max Lemke

"Our regional strategy will ensure that our DIHs provide everything Galician SMEs need in terms of access to innovative technology and business support." - Patricia Argerey

"Regions are a thriving force for digital transformation." "Research projects should involve regional representatives or regional agencies from the very beginning of the project to ensure the sustainability of the results." - Sergio Gusmeroli

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  • Posted by: Stefano Giraldi
    On: 16/10/2019 - 09:44am

    Presentations

    I attended this interesting workshop last week in Brussels. Is it possible to download somewhere the presentations? Thank you.
  • Posted by: Petr Simonik
    On: 03/10/2019 - 20:39pm

    Request participation

    Dear organizers, Could I please apply for this workshop? Thank you very much.
    • Posted by: Maria ROCA PUIGSERVER
      On: 04/10/2019 - 10:22am

      Request of participation

      Dear Petr, unfortunately, we are fully booked. According to the event rules, people that are not registered will be accepted to the different workshops if there are free seats. My only recommendation would be to come and see if there is available seats before the start of the session, but I cannot guarantee your entrance. Apologies for the inconveniences, Maria