Projects

FiiHUB
Creation and implementation of first Digital Innovation Hub dedicated to the Future technologies for technological acceleration of small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) of Macaronesia
Grant Agreement: MAC2/2.3d/335
Type: INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 | 2nd Call
Duration: 24 months (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Cabildo de La Palma, Canary Islands - Spain.
Consortium:

Partners

NONAGON – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia de S.Miguel (Azores – Portugal)

Câmara de Comércio e Indústria de Ponta Delgada (Azores – Portugal)

Câmara de Comércio e Indústria da Madeira (Madeira – Portugal)

Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira – Portugal)

Associación de Empresas Tecnológicas Innovalia de Tenerife (Canary Islands – Spain)

Fundación General Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands – Spain)

Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canária (Canary Islands – Spain)

Third-Countries Participants

Universidade de Cabo Verde (Cape Vert)

Núcleo Operacional de Sociedade da Informação de Cabo Verde (Cape Vert)

Aim of the Project:

The FiiHUB project, reference MAC2 / 2.3d / 335, funded by the INTERREG MAC Cooperation Program (Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands) 2014-2020, aims to foster interregional cooperation for the smart growth of the regions of the MAC Space under axis 2 – improving the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), by supporting the ability of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets and by supporting their innovation processes.

FiiHUB intends to develop a center capable of supporting SMEs in their digitization processes. This project aims to facilitate the connection between the Macaronesia Digital Ecosystem and the European Digital Innovation Hubs, through the FIWARE Digital Innovation Hubs community (FIWARE iHUBS).

These Digital Innovation Hubs aim to be a “one-stop-shop” for SMEs, aiming to:

  • Promote business and technological cooperation, for the development and implementation of new business models;
  •  Offer support services to companies through the exchange of information and business opportunities through the iHubs network;
  •  Improve the financing capacity through European funds based on FIWARE and facilitate communication between companies, potential investors and customers;
  • Direct support to companies through a series of services and exclusive features on FiiHUB.
FRCT Involvement:
FRCT will develop an Action Plan for the Region adapted to the European policies of the Digital Innovation Poles, perform FIWARE catalog services to promote capacity building at the regional level, apply for the FIWARE iHUBS community with an Azores iHUB.

Impact for the Azores Region:
This project allows the RAA to be aligned with the European agenda for the digital transition, through the creation of a Digital Innovation Hub in the Azores (Digital Innovation Hub - DIH). The Digital Innovation Poles function as “One-stop-shops” with the objective of stimulating the digitization of both companies and the public sector and, consequently, increasing regional competitiveness.

Other Regional entities involved: NONAGON - S. Miguel Science and Technology Park; Ponta Delgada Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Regional Stakeholders Involved: Azores Business Incubators Network (RIEA); Regional companies; University of the Azores; School of New Technologies of the Azores (ENTA); Regional Public Administration; Other actors of the Scientific and Technological System of the Azores (SCTA).
Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
134 900,58€764 436,64€899 337,22 €
FRCT Budget
FRCT CONTRIBUITION EU Contribuition Total
8 673,30€49 148,72€57 822,02 €