Project - DigiPro


Description (EN): The project entails concrete measures for sensitizing and encouraging of German and Dutch SMEs in the process of digital transformation of innovative products, models for production processes and business models. Target groups are the manufacturing industry, IT-engineering and the technical installations sector. Through the cross border exchange of knowledge, the innovative potential of a great number of German and Dutch SMEs in the project area will be used and their participation to the digital transformation, also referred to as Smart Industry/Industrie 4.0, supported. Through participation in the project, they will be able to withstand the threats of the process of digitalisation and thus, increase their competitiveness. The project partners communicate to SMEs about the project through a set of PR and communication measures in close correspondence to regional development agencies in their capacity as associate collaborative partners. Amongst these are BOM, Brainport Industries, Valley bureaus (Gelderland), Streeknetwerken (Brabant) on the Dutch side and regional development authorities and other intermediaries on the German side. The partners see to it that the SMEs in the target groups receive support from the other side of the border through measures such as cross border workshops, product-, process- and business model development, coachings, clustering with SMEs and institutes from the neighbouring country and shared facilities. The project partners’ regional coordinators work together in a cross border project team to facilitate the implementation of these activities and are responsible for the concrete participation of SMEs to the project. The lead partner bears responsibility to carry out the correctadministrative procedures. The project partners’ regional coordinators support the SMEs in clustering with counterparts from the neighbouring country.
Description: Het project omvat concrete maatregelen ter sensibilisering en stimulering van Duitse en Nederlandse MKB-bedrijven in het proces van digitale transformatie van innovatieve producten, modellen voor processen en business modellen. Doelgroepen zijn de maakindustrie, IT-engineering en de technische installatie-sector. Door middel van grensoverschrijdende uitwisseling van kennis moet de potentie voor innovatie van een fors aantal Duitse en Nederlandse MKB´s in het projectgebied worden benut en ondersteund bij hun participatie aan de digitale transformatie, ook wel Smart Industries/Industrie 4.0 genoemd. Door deelname aan het project blijven zij overeind in het proces van digitalisering en worden daarmee toekomstbestendig. De projectpartners communiceren over het project naar MKB-bedrijven middels een samenstel van PR- en communicatiemaatregelen. Zij doen dat in overleg en samenwerking met regionale ontwikkelingsmaatschappijen/ intermediairs/ Wirtschaftsfördereinrichtungen als geassocieerde samenwerkingspartners. Hierbij horen organisaties als BOM, Brainport Industries, Valley bureau's (Gelderland), Streeknetwerken (Brabant) aan Nederlandse kant en Wirtschaftsfördereinrichtungen en andere intermediairs aan Duitse kant. De partners zorgen ervoor dat de MKB-bedrijen in de doelgroepen ondersteuning ontvangen van over de grens, via maatregelen zoals grensoverschrijdende workshops, product-, proces- en business modelontwikkeling, coachings, clustering met andere MKB-ers en kennisinstellingen uit het buurland en shared facilities. De regionale coördinatoren van de projectpartners werken samen in een grensoverschrijdend project-team aan de uitvoering van deze activiteiten en zijn verantwoordelijk voor de daadwerkelijke deelname van MKB-bedrijven in het project. De Leadpartner is verantwoordelijk voor de correcte administratieve uitvoering van het project. De regionale coördinatoren ondersteunen de MKB-ers bij de clustering met hun tegenhanger in het buurland.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Knowledge and technology transfer  SME and entrepreneurship  
Specific Objective: Increase in the product and process innovations in sectors relevant for the border region
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

Project Summary

Project name (EN): DigiPro
Project name: DigiPro
Project name (Other language): DigiPro
Project acronym: DigiPro

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-09-24


Project start date: 2017-05-01
Project end date: 2021-05-01
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 9.975.980,00
European Union funding: EUR 4.987.991,00

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV
Lead Partner: Oost NL - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV
Address: Laan van Malkenschoten 40, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Legal status: public

Address: Laan van Malkenschoten 40, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Legal status: private
Address: Innovatoren 3N - Sint Jansweg 15, Venlo, Netherlands
Legal status: public
Address: Emmericher Str. 24, Kleve, Germany
Legal status: public
Address: Mercatorstraße 22–24, Duisburg, Germany
Legal status: public
Address: Genender Platz 1, Moers, Germany
Legal status: private
Address: Bennekomseweg 21, Heelsum, Netherlands
Legal status: private
Address: Meerheide 5, Eersel, Netherlands
Legal status: private
Address: Richard-Wagnerstrasse 140, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Legal status: public
Address: Genender Platz 1, Moers, Germany
Legal status: public

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