The digital revolution brings opportunities for companies, but many of them still find it difficult to know in which technologies to invest and how to secure financing for their digital transformation. SMEs are particularly slow in integrating digital technologies: only one out of five SMEs in the EU are highly digitised. There are also strong differences in the level of digitalisation across the EU. To bridge the current divide, the EU proposed the establishment of Digital Innovation Hubs as a key priority in the Digitising European Industry Initiative.
The DIH initiative is fully aligned with the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU. With a planned budget of €9.2 billion for the period 2021-2027, the programme will shape and support the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy.
Stimulating digitalisation and the data-driven economy is also a high-level priority in Luxembourg. In 2019, the Luxembourg government presented its Data-Driven Innovation Strategy for the Development of a Trusted and Sustainable Economy in Luxembourg. Key governmental strategic priorities include, among others, high performance computing, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The L-DIH is one of the instruments supporting the implementation of the strategy.
The L-DIH is a cooperation initiated by the Ministry of the Economy, FEDIL – The Voice of Luxembourg’s Industry and Luxinnovation. Its core members also include the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.
The L-DIH has been set up with the aim to be recognised by the European Commission as the unique Digital Innovation Hub in Luxembourg. It federates all national stakeholders under one umbrella.