The Government has announced the establishment of two new European Digital Innovation Hubs.
Data2Sustain is a consortium led by the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo, which will deliver a digital services programme for SMEs with a focus on the circular economy and sustainability.
FactoryxChange is a consortium led by the EI/IDA Technology Centre Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) in Mullingar, which will accelerate factories to become 'Factories of the Future' integrating ecological, digital, and societal solutions into their core business models.
The two facilities are the first of four hubs which will make up Ireland’s membership of the pan-European network of EDIHs.
Each Irish hub is set to receive annual funding of €1.9 million. In total, the European Union is investing over €700 million to co-fund a Europe-wide network of hubs.
It is expected the remaining two EDIHs led by Tyndall National Institute in Cork and by University College Dublin, will be formally established in the coming weeks.
"With formidable partners right across the country, these new European Digital Innovation Hubs will represent valuable opportunities for SMEs to digitalise and advance in the technology areas of the future," Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney said.
The CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo Clancy, said the European Digital Innovation Hub initiative is designed to improve digital adoption among the SME sector and ensure they have access to transformative technology.
"Four hubs in Ireland will be part of this initiative and I’m delighted to see two of these hubs now up and running," Mr Clancy said.