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Digital tech SMEs at the service of Smart Specialisation Strategies

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DEVISE  =  Digital tech SMEs at the service of Smart Specialisation Strategies
Coordinating actions to foster the growth of digital SMEs providing innovative solutions that allow other sectors to be more competitive.

Project Status:
Live Project
Project Leader:
Funding Programme:
INTERREG Europe
Project Budget:
€1,652,750
Start Date:
Jun, 2018
Finish Date:
Nov, 2022
The aim of the project is to:

By 2021, increase by 15% the number of digital tech SMEs enabling competitiveness in other regional strategic sectors through improved supporting policy instruments.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Design and implement more effective supporting instruments focused on the growth of digital SMEs as providers of innovative solutions, enabling the competitiveness and innovation engagement of SMEs from other smart sectors of the participating regions.
  • Establish digital transformation enabling environments in 10 European regions cooperating together.
  • Facilitate the coordination and increased collaboration between SMEs of the digital sector and those belonging to other regional smart specialisation sectors.
RegionOrganisation / Role
Border, Midland and Western
Ireland
Northern & Western Regional Assembly
Project Partner
Cantabria
Spain
Gobierno de Cantabria
Project Partner
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom
Derry City & Strabane District Council
Project Partner
Donegal
Ireland
ERNACT
Project Co-ordinator
Mayenne
France
Laval Mayenne Technopole
Project partner
San Sebastián
Spain
Fomento de San Sebastián
Project Partner
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
Project Partner
Varna
Bulgaria
Business Agency Association
Project Partner
West Flanders
Belgium
Voka - Kamer van Koophandel West-Vlaanderen
Project Partner
West Romania
Romania
WRDA
Project Partner
DEVISE aims to give response to the current challenge that 10 European regions are facing to unlock and exploit the potential that digital tech SMEs have as enabler for the competitiveness of other SMEs belonging to sectors included in their Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3).

Although significant progress has been made in the definition of more focused policies supporting these strategic sectors, more coordinated actions are required to foster the growth of digital SMEs providing innovative solutions that allow other sectors to be more competitive. Taking this into consideration, DEVISE aims, by 2021, to increase by 15% the number of digital tech SMEs enabling competitiveness in other regional strategic sectors through improved supporting policy instruments.

In doing so, the project will follow an innovative intersectoral approach involving all the relevant stakeholders in the process of analysing the current context, learning from other EU regions and defining improved policies integrating the lessons learnt.

DEVISE will produce concrete outputs to meet this objective and other long-term effects. This includes the definition of 10 regional action plans that will help policy makers improve the effectiveness of the instruments they are responsible, through more focused actions supporting the issue addressed in DEVISE. We will also put a lot of effort to set up 10 regional digital transformation enabling environments that will cooperate together. DEVISE will facilitate the creation of these environments formed by digital and other key sectors. Policy makers, business support organisations, educational centres and SMEs from the digital and other smart specialisation sectors will be the main participants and beneficiaries of these environments expected to last beyond DEVISE’s lifetime. These environments will bring improved coordination and increased collaboration between the digital sector and those belonging to other smart specialisation sectors.





CORE ERNACT REGIONS
Newfoundland & Labrador
Canada
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Donegal
Ireland
West Romania
Romania
Banat
Serbia
Ljubljana
Slovenia
Cantabria
Spain
San Sebastián
Spain
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom