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All four European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHS) now operational in Ireland

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All four European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHS) now operational in Ireland

All four European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHS) now operational in Ireland
November 13
10:44 2023
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With the recent establishment of CeADAR and ENTIRE as European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), the number of Irish Hubs that are operational has now reached the full complement of four. The four Hubs based around the country will make up Ireland’s membership of the pan-European network of EDIHs.

The four Irish EDIHs consist of consortia of partners, mainly higher education institutions, with the expertise to drive the awareness and adoption of emerging digital technologies. The EDIHs will each focus on a particular area of expertise:

  • FactoryXChange – IMR Mullingar – Manufacturing Digital Transformation
  • Data2Sustain – Atlantic Technological University – Digitalisation of operations, business processes and sustainability
  • ENTIRE – Tyndall National Institute Cork – Internet of Things networks and sensors, cybersecurity and data analytics
  • CeADAR – University College Dublin – Empowering Irish businesses to use AI.

The EDIHs are “one-stop-shops” helping companies, in particular SMEs, become more competitive in their business, production processes, products or services and helping public sector organisations become more efficient. EDIHs provide access to research infrastructure, technical expertise and experimentation. They provide access to state-of-the-art laboratories where companies can “test before invest” in new digital technologies which will have significant business and societal impacts.

The European Union is investing over €700 million to co-fund an EU-wide network of hubs. Each Irish hub is set to receive annual funding of €1.9 million from a mixture of National Recovery and Resilience Facility and the DIGITAL Europe programme.

Speaking about the four hubs becoming operational, Dara Calleary T.D., Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, commented: “I am delighted to announce that all four European Digital Innovation Hubs are now operational. The Hubs, with their nationwide network of partners, will present new opportunities for SMEs and public sector organisations across Ireland and beyond to embrace digitalisation, acting as a focal point for businesses to improve their capacity to adapt to a digital world.”

He added: “I call on all SMEs to engage with the Hubs and avail of the wide-ranging services they provide. The Hubs will help you overcome barriers to digitalisation, and adapt to the future of business locally and internationally.”

The establishment of Ireland’s EDIHs is a deliverable under the National Digital Strategy and represents an important step in the Government’s objective to drive digitalisation across the economy and society.

Welcoming the development, Marina Donohoe, Director, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland, said:
“Enterprise Ireland is delighted to see these four regional hubs fully operational. The European Digital Innovation Hubs have the potential to make a tremendous impact on our SMEs and public sector bodies and ensure that Ireland makes significant strides in digital adoption and digital transformation across all sectors. I look forward to the four hubs deploying their cutting-edge research and innovation skills to the benefit of Irish enterprise across the regions. They are already working with ambitious Irish companies to drive their research and innovation activity Enterprise Ireland is determined to see this engagement deepen in the future.”

As well as research/testing facilities, EDIHs will also provide other innovation services, such as financing advice, and the training and skills development necessary for a successful digital transformation. Environmental issues will be taken into account, in particular with regard to energy consumption and low carbon emissions. The EDIHs will be co-funded by Member States and the European Commission.

Contacts for the 4 EDIHs are available through their websites:


Pictured L-R: Micheál Cassidy (FactoryXChange EDIH); Mike Conroy (Data2Sustain EDIH); Marina Donohoe (Enterprise Ireland); Minister Dara Calleary; Edward McDonnell (CeADAR AI EDIH); and Paul Galvin (ENTIRE EDIH).

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