Bericht Forschung und Transfer 2019


Our hub pro_digital is a candidate European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH), invited to the second stage of the EDIH call by the European Commission (DG CNECT) of the Digital Europe Programme.

You can find the description of our EDIH pro_digital in the Catalogue of candidate EDIHs.


Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (THW) –coordinator-

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU)

Target groups: 

  • Companies, especially SMEs and midcaps (SMEs)

  • Public services (GO)

EDIH four services: Test before invest, skills and training, support to find investments, support to the innovation ecosystem and networking.

EDIH five focus areas: Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Digital Skills, Cybersecurity and Trust, Supercomputing, Ensuring the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and the society.

Sectors: Given the profile of the Brandenburg region, we are supportive of all business sectors.

Our EDIH Main Objectives:

  • Enhancing the digitalisation processes and digital transformation for / in SMEs, midcaps and the public sector;

  • Supporting the green development of innovation in the regional ecosystem through advanced approaches in knowledge and technology transfer, in line with the European Green Deal goals;

  • Increasing the competitiveness and visibility of the regional ecosystem at European level.

Our Approach:

  • Establishing a one-stop shop for the actors of the local ecosystem to access knowledge and technology for the digitalisation and digital transformation of their business (SMEs) and services (GO);

  • Applying the established qualification model developed by the consortium, the “Learning, Training, Assistance“ (LTA) to set up new and consolidate knowledge and technology transfer instruments characterised by a high degree of digitalisation (e.g. web-based innovation radars, digital workshop offerings, virtual test fields & environments);

  • Adapting and combining new knowledge and technology transfer instruments with existing (and continuously enhanced) instruments: testbed, showroom, workshops, makerspaces, conferences, co-working spaces, fab labs;

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the transfer instruments applied as well as the Digital Transformation processes.

Maturity stage: high. The consortium has a long and consolidated experience in knowledge and technology transfer to SMEs. Our portfolio includes a number of demonstration projects we have set up for the digitalisation of companies in our region.

Current and previous expertise has been gained through national funded projects such as the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Cottbus (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, this is a competence center for the SMEs), the Innovation Hub 13 (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), and the the Digital Innovation Hub Innovation Center Modern Industry Brandenburg (DIH IMI).

What we are looking for:

We would like to connect to other candidate EDIHs who are

  • interested in establishing collaborations and providing joint services;

  • interested in addressing similar target audiences (SMEs and GOs);

  • located in European regions with a similar profile to the region of Brandenburg;

  • with similar and/or complementary expertise.

Contact details

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

TH Wildau:

Markus Vossel, mvossel(at), Team Leader, Research Service, Center for Research and Transfer

Chiara Bearzotti,, Project Advisor, Research Service, Center for Research and Transfer


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Berger, ulrich.berger(at), Chair of Automation Technology

Grit Rehe, rehe(at), Coordinator of the Mittelstand 4.0-Competence Center Cottbus

Networking with European Initiatives

We have recently joined two major European initiatives: the AI4EU and the I4MS.

AI4EU: Building the European AI on-demand platform

The AI4EU is the initiative promoted by the European Commission to create a supportive platform on AI for European organisations for sharing a repository of AI knowledge and align experts in AI research to support innovation and technology transfer to SMESs and low tech SMEs.

As Supportive Partner of the AI4EU, we promote knowledge exchange from AI experts to AI receivers, encourage the use of the platform, provide access to funding opportunities.

The Platform can be accessed here:

I4MS: ICT Innovation for manufacturing SMEs

The I4MS is the initiative promoted by the European Commission to foster the digital innovation of manufacturing SMES and midcaps in Europe in order to boost their competitiveness in the digital era.

As a Gold Contact Point of the I4MS Initiative, we promote knowledge exchange, encourage cross-border cooperation, inform about the latest market trends and provide access to funding opportunities.

Get to know more about the initiative: and


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Contact us

Markus Vossel


Phone: +49 3375 508-673

Marianne Polkau


Phone: +49 3375 508-362

Chiara Bearzotti


Phone: +49 3375 508-233

Get to know our EDIH

If you are interested in our EDIH and want to collaborate, please feel free to get in contact with us!