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EDIH Title

Creating a lever for a future-proof and sustainable economy for Brussels enabled by AI and other emerging digital technologies

Geographical scope

Regional
Brussels

Information

ludwig.delocht@sirris.be

Description

The industrial tissue of the Brussels-Capital Region (BCR) consists of 99.7% of SMEs and has a high concentration of digital and service-oriented companies. Digital technology is the major driver of their innovations. Nevertheless, these companies perform slightly below the European average on the uptake of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and finish third last in using ICT for environmental sustainability. This specific context justifies the launch of a European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) in Brussels. It will act as single point of access for companies to sustainable digital innovation, enabled by AI and other emerging technologies. Based on the local industrial needs and in line with the policies of the Brussels-Capital Region, the following strategic objectives have been defined for the EDIH: - Encourage and facilitate digital innovation for economic, social and environmental transition - Contribute to the post-Covid recovery - Strengthen Brussels’ leadership in artificial intelligence - Be a gateway to Europe, promoting and enriching Brussels’ expertise and industry - Facilitate digitization of the Brussels’ industry This proposal brings together all necessary elements to implement a successful EDIH in Brussels: - A thematic focus that translates into a balanced and flexible service portfolio to support the regional SMEs to improve their (future) competitiveness. - A strong support from the Brussels-Capital Region that aspires to be frontrunner in Belgium and Europe. It will co-finance the EDIH for 50% during the next 7 years with an amount of 2.1M€ for the first 3 years. - A lean and experienced consortium that can deliver the services in 3 different languages (French, Dutch & English) and set up European corridors and reach out to other EDIHs. The EDIH will be implemented by 5 complementary innovation actors in Brussels being Agoria, Sirris, BeCentral, ULB and VUB. It will reach 1500 companies.

Coordinator information

Contractual contact information

Ludwig De Locht
+32 474 96 44 89

Operational contact information

Ludwig De Locht
+32 474 96 44 89

Coordinator address

August Reyerslaan 80
1030 Brussel
Belgium

Coordinator Business name

SIRRIS LE CENTRE COLLECTIF DE L'INDUSTRIE TECHNOLOGIQUE

Coordinator Legal name

Coordinator department

Department
Business unit digitalization

Market and services

Technologies

Artificial Intelligence & Decision support
5/5
Big data
5/5
Additive manufacturing
2/5
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
2/5
Cloud Services
3/5
Communication network
3/5
Cyber-physical systems
3/5
Digital twins
3/5
High performance computing
2/5
Human computer interaction
4/5
Internet of Things
4/5
Cybersecurity
4/5
Internet Services & Applications
5/5
Robotics
4/5
Sensors & Vision Processing Systems
4/5
Simulation engineering and modelling
4/5
Mobility
2/5
Software Architectures
4/5

Sectors

Havacılık
1/5
Toplum Liderliğinde Yerel Kalkınma
2/5
İnşaat ve Montaj
3/5
Eğitim
3/5
Elektrik
4/5
Enerji
4/5
Çevre
5/5
Parasal
4/5
Sağlık hizmeti
4/5
Yaşam Bilimleri
3/5
Kişisel hizmetler
3/5
Güvenlik
4/5
Akıllı şehir
4/5
Telekomünikasyon
4/5
Ulaşım ve Hareketlilik
4/5
Tekstil
1/5

Services

Circular economy
5/5
Ecosystem building
5/5
Innovation management
5/5
Knowledge transfer
5/5
Sme Business Development
4/5
SME support
5/5
Technological innovation
4/5
Technology transfer
4/5
Finance
3/5

Beneficiaries

Contact Name Role Country Address Business Name Legal Name Participant Type Website
Gwen Gillard Partner Belgium Cantersteen 12, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium BeCentral PRC http://www.becentral.org
Raphael Slachmuylders Partner Belgium A reyers 80 diamant building, 1030 Bruxelles, Belgium AGORIA ASBL OTH http://www.agoria.be
Diana Remache Partner Belgium Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel, Belgium VUB HES http://www.vub.ac.be
Alice Demaret Partner Belgium Avenue franklin roosevelt 50, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium ULB HES http://www.ulb.be