Startups and entrepreneurs boosting big data corporate-innovation through DIHs and Data Innovation Spaces

From November 29 until December 3, the European Big Data Value Forum 2021 took place as a hybrid event, both physical in Ljubljana/Slovenia and online. MediaFutures’ coordinator Alexandra Garatzogianni acted as a panelist in the session “Startups and entrepreneurs boosting big data corporate-innovation through DIHs and Data Innovation Spaces” on Friday, December 3rd.

A representative of EUHubs4Data moderated the session where different approaches represented by DIHs and incubators to boost Big Data Innovation, connecting Big Data providers with Data-driven Innovators were presented. EUHub4Data aims to create a federation of Hubs in Europe and, hence, is interested in exploring the role played by DIH in the incubators to foster Data Economy. Big Data incubators want to use DIH and Data Innovation Spaces as levers of cross-sector multi-stakeholder sustainable data value chain solutions.

The session explored each initiative concept & methodology, as well as their ongoing outcomes, lessons learnt and identified barriers. Additionally, an invited DIH or company from each incubator spoke to illustrate the work carried out in each incubator. The final aim was to share lessons and best practices, and to showcase how SMEs in Europe are able to get onboard the Data Economy wagon with the support of Big Data incubators and DIH networks. The session showcased how incubators can leverage DIH and vice versa to improve the innovation potential of startups and SMEs in the areas of AI and Big Data. 

Alexandra Garatzogianni, Head of Tech Transfer and Coordinator of EU projects and Leibniz University of Hannover represented MediaFutures. She was accompanied by other industry experts: Juanjo Hierro (FIWARE Foundation), Diego López de Ipiña González de Artaza (Full Professor at University of Deusto), Réda Nouacer (Research Programs Officer at REACH) as well as Daniel Sáez-Domingo (Technology Transfer Director at ITI – Instituto Tecnológico de Informática). 

About BDVA:
The Big Data Value Association – BDVA, (from 2021, DAIRO – Data, AI and Robotics aisbl), is an industry-driven international not–for-profit organisation with more than 230 members all over Europe and a well-balanced composition of large, small, and medium-sized industries as well as research and user organizations.

The mission of the BDVA is to develop the Innovation Ecosystem that will enable the data and AI-driven digital transformation in Europe delivering maximum economic and societal benefit, and, achieving and sustaining Europe’s leadership on Big Data Value creation and Artificial Intelligence. BDVA is open to new members to further enrich the data value ecosystem and play an active role. These include Data Users, Data Providers, Data Technology Providers and Researchers. BDVA enables existing regional multi-partner cooperation, to collaborate at European level through the provision of tools and know-how to support the co-creation, development and experimentation of pan-European data-driven applications and services, and know-how exchange.