Digital innovation hubs that are part of the project ''Innovation and Digitalisation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Bosnia and Herzegovina'', which also includes the project EU4DigitalSME, co-financed by the EU, were presented during the innovation, technology and entrepreneurship forum ''Sarajevo Unlimited'' on September 29, 2022.
The establishment of digital innovation hubs (DIHs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina will contribute to the establishment of an ecosystem for the digitalisation, automation and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
EU4DigitalSME is co-financed by the European Union and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ), and it is implemented by GIZ and EBRD. The visitors of the seventh edition of Sarajevo Unlimited had a chance to learn more about the activities and background by watching a video that was shown for the first time at the conference:
The selected DIHs that function as partnerships led by an institution are: EU4Health HUB – Sarajevo, led by the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST), IDEMO HUB – Banja Luka, led by the Innovation Centre Banja Luka, Digital Storm HUB – Sarajevo, led by the company QSS d.o.o., and Industrial HUB – Tuzla, led by the company Industrial Automation d.o.o.
EU4DigitalSME constitutes the continuation of EU support to digitalisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stefano Ellero, also spoke before the audience at the conference and emphasized the importance of digitalisation for small and medium-sized companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Panels such as Digital Challenge: Entrepreneurship, ITourism, Innovation – BH TechLab Platform, Digitalisation of the Society: Technological Milestones, Adaptation of the Mind through Digitalisation, AGILE Technology and Copyright Protection of Local Musicians were presented at the conference. The EU4Business Recovery Project was also presented at the conference, with a focus on its Green Recovery component, which is closely related to the modernisation of business operations.
Institutions, but also representatives from international and domestic companies, organisations and youth, had a chance to present their ideas, successful business models and practices, and share international and regional experiences in different fields that are related to innovation, new technologies and entrepreneurship as part of the key topic of the conference, Smart-up Developments.