The Digital Accelerator of Latvia applies for the establishment the European Digital Innovation Hub in Latvia
On February 22, the Digital Accelerator of Latvia (DAoL) submitted a project application for a call to create an Initial Network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) within the Digital Europe (DEP) program.
The long-term objectives of DAoL are to promote digital transformation and innovation, to improve the competitiveness of Latvian companies and the quality of public services through new digital solutions, to boost investments in research and development of ICT technology. The objectives for the first 3 years: to develop fully operational EDIH, to support at least 1236 companies and organizations, to invest 3.5 mil. EUR in digital transformation (DEP & RRF funding), to trigger at least 2.4 mil. EUR from other financial sources.
The proposed specialisation of DAoL in the European EDIHs landscape:
· AI with specialisation in R&D of new digital products and digital services.
· 5G incl. applications in IoT, Internet of Energy, Connectivity technologies, Autonomous and controlled vehicles, robots.
· GovTech incl. Government as a platform, Cybersecurity, Quantum technologies and EdTech.
DAoL is designed as a one-stop agency to help entities become more competitive regarding their digital platforms, goods, or services. Project involves 20 partners that will provide access to extensive research and technological experience as well as support for entrepreneurship and innovation. Consortium includes 4 partners with DIH experience, 3 leading and 3 regional universities from Latvia, innovative NGOs with long-term experience in providing support in high technologies, green technologies, regional and technological development.
DAoL will provide access to the latest digital skills and will support product innovation.
Project activities are planned for 3 years, provisionally from July 2022 till June 2025, project budget is 3.5 mil EUR, the requested co-financing from DEP is 50%.