European Project Smart4Europe2

Catalysing Digitisation throughout Europe

Digitisation has been one of the realities of modern times. It has encompassed almost all the spheres of society, individual lives but also business, production and services. Digitisation has enabled enhanced or new functionalities in many products and services. A key question is “How to optimise the transformation of this potential?” Smart4Europe and the newly funded successor Smart4Europe2 coordinated by Steinbeis2i help to maximise the benefits of digitisation for SMEs and mid-caps.

A central aim of the European Commission with respect to digitisation is to “ensure that any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change“. To achieve this, the initiative “Smart Anything Everywhere” (SAE Initiative) was coined as an umbrella for a growing number of projects, focusing on different technology domains and positions in the innovation cycle to demonstrate best practice in technology transfer to European SMEs. 

Smart4Europe2 will strategically engage with and synchronise the various stakeholders from industry, academia, national and European programmes, projects, partnerships, training providers and investors to put in place a sustainable network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) that supports European excellence and technology transfer. The project will also support the efforts by establishing and promoting enabling services for consolidating the Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) network, as well as growing and multiplying impact through ecosystem collaboration.

Smart4Europe2 aims to:

  • Provide enabling tools and services, in particular a central Innovation Portal acting as a one stop shop
  • Foster close links between the related projects and network of Digital Innovation Hubs
  • Create a strategy to enhance collaboration between European and national / regional digitalisation efforts
  • Provide stakeholders access to business innovation training, outreach to SMEs, and share technology mapping

Steinbeis 2i is:

  • Coordinating the overall project, including finacial and administrative issues
  • Leading activities related to strategic outreach, technology transfer, innovation support and ecosystem growth to achieve further expansion of the SAE community, attracting and recruiting a significant number of new stakeholders and creating linkages with relevant initiatives and projects
  • Organising ecosystem-building, training, community building, event management and brokerage events, in order to link up with national/regional initiatives and further cross-collaboration
  • Assisting in the development of a technology radar, devising a sustainability strategy, and planning for dissemination and exploitation strategies throughout the project
  • Creating the project links to other European networks such as: ECSEL, ARTEMIS, EFFRA/I4MS, and Digitising European Industry (DEI)

The project is driven by a strong consortium of partners that have already demonstrated their commitment and have been engaged for several years in shaping the SAE Initiative.

Consortium: Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Stuttgart/Karlsruhe, Germany (Coordinator), Hahn-Schickard, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, THHINK BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Budapesti Muszaki es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem Department of Electron Devices of the BME (Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Budapest, Hungary, Blumorpho SAS, Paris, France, CEA-LETI und CEA-LIST (Grenoble), France and Fondazione Politecnico Milano (Milano), Italy.

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872111

Project Duration: 01/2020 - 12/2021

Participating Countries: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands

Portrait Meike Reimann
Dr. Meike Reimann
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