On June 17, 2022, the European Commission (EC) accepted the association “Digital Accelerator of Latvia” as one of the two Latvian European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) in frames of project No. DIGITAL-2021-EDIH-INITIAL-01.

The implementation of the project will start on September 1, 2022 and will last until August 31, 2025.

As part of the project, the main office of the Digital Accelerator of Latvia will be established in Riga, on the basis of which the testing and experimentation infrastructure for the development of new digital solutions with specialization in the fields of AI R&D, 5G and GovTech will be created. In cooperation with partners, services will be provided throughout the territory of Latvia through LDA regional centers, which will operate in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Rezekne, Valmiera and Ventspils. The total financing of the project is 3.5 million EUR, where 50% is covered by Europe, while the other 50% by Latvia.

The target audience of the project services are small and medium enterprises, large enterprises and public institutions. The services provided within the project can be divided into four blocks:

  1. Digital transformation (test before invest), which consists of 16 services, including consulting for awareness raising, digital maturity test and innovation test, digital strategy and innovation consulting, strategy development, as well as technical consulting, testing, prototyping and product development.
  2. Training and skills development, which consists of 8 services, including the promotion of digital skills training opportunities, intensive digital skills and digital transformation courses, innovation introductory courses, as well as providing internships to promote the digitization of companies and strengthen the ecosystem.
  3. Fundraising, which consists of 5 services, including fundraising consultations, preparation of project applications and business plans, fundraising and implementation support, as well as innovation procurement consultations.
  4. Innovation ecosystem and networking, which consists of 7 services, including large-scale project creation and management, digital innovation platform services, organization of networking seminars and thematic events of digital transformation and innovation, as well as provision of digitalization international skills transfer and technology research in AI, GovTech, 5G, etc. areas.

Further information on project implementation will follow. If you want to be one of the first to be informed about news in the context of the EDIH project, apply by writing to info@digitallatvia.lv!