L-R: Sasha Baillie, CEO Luxinnovation; Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy; Marina Guérin-Jabbour, Head of Digital Innovation Hub, Luxinnovation; Gail Kent, DG Connect - European Commission; Credit: Luxinnovation / Marie De Decker

Monday marked the official launch of the Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub (L-DIH), in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider.

Hosted and managed by Luxinnovation, the L-DIH platform is a key element of the national strategy for a data-driven economy. It forms part of a European initiative aimed at bringing together supply and demand in the context of the digitisation of industry, in particular SMEs. The establishment of the L-DIH is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of the Economy, FEDIL, Luxinnovation, the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR).

Its mission of is to actively contribute to digital transformation by supporting companies in their strategic thinking and concrete actions. It will facilitate contacts between companies that need access to digitisation skills, technologies, services and support mechanisms on the one hand, and digital technology and service providers that meet the needs of industry, on the other.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, said: "As an Industry 4.0 platform helping companies to successfully enter this new era, the Digital Innovation Hub further complements Luxinnovation's service offering. As part of our digital innovation strategy, the platform supports the digital transition of the economy and is fully aligned with the efforts to diversify the national economy”- 

The L-DIH initiative was led by Luxinnovation and FEDIL and supported by a survey conducted in spring 2018 among 123 companies (of which nearly half belonged the industrial sector) on their digital transformation needs. The agency will be the European Commission's national contact point in the context of the establishment of national and regional digital innovation hubs across Europe.