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Digitalisation of Construction SMEs

IMP³ROVE contributes to a project supporting the digitalisation of construction SMEs and is part of a consortium which acts on behalf of the European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA) of the European Commission. Its purpose is to support the digitalisation of SMEs in the sector, foster their growth, enhance their productivity and efficiency, and prepare them for the challenges of an increasingly connected and digitalised world. To deliver on this mission, a new portal to access the services has been launched. The services offered, as well as the research required to design them, are based on the recommendations of a European Commission study on Supporting digitalisation of the construction sector and SMEs.

European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP)

Strengthening the European economy trough collaboration

Following in very successful footsteps we are proud to announce that IMP³ROVE will lead the extension phase of a EU-funded project: ECCP, to continue the journey in becoming the European online hub for cluster stakeholders in Europe and beyond. We have all learned to overcome a lot of unexpected hurdles and challenges, especially over the recent years and that has only confirmed: We become stronger through collaboration. Since 2015 the ECCP has acted as a platform for clusters to come together and support the European economy in its constant growth. We see a lot of potential in the current clusters, but also have faith in future clusters and envisage an even stronger European economy through collaboration, increase in efficiency, productivity and sustainability, especially with the many promising SMEs that represent the backbone of the European economy. While there are many brilliant clusters, we can only imagine the impact that they would be able to deliver through connecting and collaborating with other actors and clusters even more.  

Thus, our vision and mission is to:

  • collaborate
  • build capacity in clusters and community among them
  • provide data-driven information and feedback for cluster policy and
  • continuously improve the hub and strengthen and expand the community

In fulfilling these missions, we aim to boost SMEs’ internationalization and innovation efforts, create high-value jobs, whilst securing the SMEs’ position and increasing their resilience against external forces.

With the planned efforts in this continuation of the ECCP project, we strive to create long-term impact on the development of better evidence-based cluster policies and cluster initiatives, which will empower SMEs in growing globally across sectors, ecosystems and competences and in developing themselves into lighthouses for the green and digital transition, whilst building resilience.

Join us on our journey of uncovering hidden champions, facilitating inter-regional collaborations, and getting one step closer to making Europe a global best practice example.

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Manufacturing SMEs becoming ‘Factories of the Future’

  • IMP³ROVE supports manufacturing SMEs within the ADMA TranS4MErs project by preparing them for the ecological, digital, and societal challenges across Europe until 2025.
  • With the expertise of consortium partners from all EU member states, we promote the competitiveness of SMEs in the manufacturing sector through advisory and training services in the field of advanced manufacturing.
  • Click here and find out more about the project
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Digital@Utility 2021

What is the status of digital transformation in the energy industry?

  • With the help of Digital@Utility, energy suppliers can determine their level of digitalization, compare themselves with other companies and take concrete measures by identifying the potential for improvement.
  • Together with KearneyBDEW and VSE  and based on data from over 100 energy suppliers, we provide an up-to-date picture and practical case studies from AusNet Services, e.kundenservice Netz, EDP, Gasnetz Hamburg, GEN-I, LWA, Stadtwerke Essen, Stadtwerke München and VNG.
  • Energy suppliers of all sizes from all stages of the value chain from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Asia and Australia took part in Digital@Utility 2021.
  • All participants received a individual feedback report based on their results. The generation of the reports was automated via Slidefab.
  • The importance of a digital transformation for long-term economic success is high on the corporate agenda: more companies are developing new digital business areas and using these as the primary ways to grow sales. The companies in our study say they expect sales of digital products and services to grow more than 10 percent a year for the next three years.
  • Download the the study to find out more about the results:

Crisis-driven innovation

Efficient adaptation in and beyond the crisis

  • The manifold measures taken in our global fight against COVID-19 represent a turning point in recent history and the extent to which these measures affect the ways we live, work and play will likely have lasting effects on our society.
  • At the same time, many firms are confronted with scarce financial resources after tough economic times. Hence, what is needed is a game change plan for efficient adaptation to a ´new normal´.
  • Download the paper and find out more about a game plan for a ‘new normal’.
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The benefits of circular economy

Discover the advantages for your company

  • The importance of the circular economy is enormous when you consider our scarcity of resources. 13 tons of materials are processed each year per person.
  • A study demonstrates the benefits for companies that break linear material cycles by using all materials at the end of their life cycle as input for new production cycles: Companies that implement circular economy practices not only protect the environment, but also benefit economically in the long term.
  • Benchmark your company with our Corporate Sustainability Navigator Assessment to learn more about what corporate sustainability is about and to evaluate your sustainability performance that will result in long-term competitiveness.
  • Find more information on how companies can position themselves in a circular economy by following the link to Kearneys’ article “How do you move from laggard to leader in the circular economy?”
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Highspeed @ Homeoffice

Experts interviewed by Dr. Nils Dülfer

  • The lockdown caused an unexpected speed in digitization. This fact is also challenging for tele- and network providers.
  • Nils Dülfer spoke about the impact of innovations in this context with Elke Anderl and Stefan Groß, General Managers at Telekom Service (German).


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