CiTyInnoHub reunites six organisations with complementary expertise. It is established to contribute actively to the digital transformation of regional SMEs, to increase their competiveness, and to PSOs, to improve the quality of the services provided to communities. The consortium consists of a comprehensive university, as orchestrator, a regional Chamber of Commerce, an association of SMEs, an association of PSOs, and two consulting firms active in the innovation sector. With contributions from national and international collaborators, the hub will develop a regional digitalisation ecosystem, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the in SE area of Romania. The services performed by CiTyInnoHub are four-fold. Test before invest tasks include digital maturity assessments, design and implementation of digital transformation plans, testing and experimentation of digital technologies, with a special focus on cybersecurity. Skills and training activities involve short-term trainings to ensure the advanced digital skills needed by regional organisations to offer quality products and services. Support to find investments actions refer to assisting organizations in securing funding to improve their business model or to diversify and expand services. Innovation ecosystem and networking, concerns bringing together universities, research institutes and innovative businesses, as suppliers, with companies, particularly SMEs and start-ups, and PSOs, as requesters of knowledge and solutions. The strong ties with regional and national clusters, as well as with international networks such as Enterprise Europe, the EIT KICs and the EDIHs corridors will widen the range of services offered. Responding to the regional needs, as specified in the smart specialisation strategy of SE Romania, CiTyInnoHub differentiates itself from other EDIHs by concentrating on cybersecurity and focusing on tourism, agriculture and biotechnologies, maritime transportation, ship building and repair.
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