DIHNET Webinar: 'Cooperation between Start-Ups and Digital Innovation Hubs'

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Discover how Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) can support start-ups to commercialise their technologies to end-users.

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Digital Innovation Hubs are one-stop-shops that support organisations, such as SMEs and the public sector, in their digital transformation journey. In this webinar we will focus on how DIHs can support start-ups to commercialise their products and services.

The objectives of this online session are:

  1. To explain the services that DIHs offer and how they can generate leads for start-ups.
  2. To describe how tech providers (start-ups) can work with DIHs to offer digital services and solutions to SMEs.

At the end of the webinar there will be a 25 minutes Q&A to encourage start-ups to ask all their questions and doubts to DIHs.

The conclusions of this webinar will be posted in the DIHNET Community, where all attendees will be able to further discuss the topics tackled during the webinar. Check this tutorial to have a preview of what's in the community and join us!


10:00h - Introduction to the topic and to the session - Mayte Carracedo, Partner & Business Development Manager at FundingBox.

10:05h - Concept/Definition of DIHs from the start-up perspective - Maurits Butter, Senior Scientist at TNO.

10:10h - The SME Service portfolio of Digital Hub Logistics Dortmund - Thorsten Hülsmann, CEO, Digital Hub Logistics Dortmund / SME Enabling Center "Digital in NRW".

10:15h - The role of start-ups in the cooperation with DIHs for the digitisation of SMEs - Bogdan Ceobanu, Policy Officer in Start-Up Europe.

10:20h - Cooperation with start-ups: What are the benefits for both parties and how can it work? - Mayte Carracedo as a moderator.

  • Alicia Gómez, Project Manager at Digital Innovation Hub Industry 4.0 (DIHBU).
  • Claudio Rubio, Business Development Manager of the start-up Tacticatic.
  • Anita Lieverdink, Manager of TekDelta and Coordinator of the Working Group 'Startups & Scale-ups' of the Dutch AI Coalition.
  • Camiel R. Verschoor, CEO at

11:05h - Feedback from the audience on their experiences and Q&A session.

11:30h - End of the webinar.

About the speakers

Mayte Carracedo: Chief Business Developer & Co-Founder from FundingBox. She has a degree in Political Sciences and International Studies by the University of Santiago de Compostela, master in European policies by the ULB (Belgium) and MBA by EAE. Mayte has been active for the last 17 years in public funding for innovation, taking part in international projects with different roles. Mayte is currently leading the coordination of the I4MS Initiative, to build the most dynamic community in Europe around the digitalization of manufacturing SMEs, and supporting Digital Innovation Hubs through different initiatives at European, national and regional level.

Maurits Butter: Maurits is a Senior Scientist at TNO. His interests focus on the cross section between future developments in innovation and policy/strategy development. His carrier included working for industry, government and research and technology, and included many multi-disciplinary projects. His aim is helping governments and industry to efficiently and effectively make use the opportunities of innovation, with a holistic, systemic, but also practical approach. Specialties: Strategy development, foresight, mapping the future, initiating innovation in networks, innovation portfolio management, network analysis, feasibility studies.

Thorsten Hülsmann: Thorsten holds a Master in Economic Geography, Organisation Studies and Communication Sciences from University of Bonn and Bologna. From 2000 - 2003 Thorsten worked as Research Fellow at the Universities of Bonn and Bristol within a research project on regional innovation development. From 2003 - 2010 he worked as Project Manager and Deputy Head of Unit at the Economic Development Agency Dortmund and was responsible for acquisition campaigns in ICT, MEMS and logistics industries in South-Korea, Singapore and Turkey. In 2010 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH. In 2016 he was additionally appointed as Head of Unit Strategic Initiatives at Fraunhofer IML and in 2018 as CEO of International Data Spaces Association. In 2017 he established the Digital Hub Logistics Dortmund as a joint initiative of Fraunhofer IML, Fraunhofer ISST, Technical University Dortmund and EffizienzCluster Management GmbH.

Bogdan Ceobanu: Bogdan Ceobanu works as a policy officer in the Digital innovation and blockchain unit of the European Commission, within the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology. Within the Startup Europe initiative, he engages in policy, programs, events and analysis around startup ecosystems, community building and mechanisms to enhance the launch and growth of European startups. You can connect with him @studios.

Alicia Gómez: With a background in Genetics and Bioinformatics, she has done a range of internships at Campofrio Food Group or Institut de Recerca de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. She joined Digital Innovation Hub Industry 4.0 (DIHBU) in October 2019 as a trainee of the R&D - Internationalisation Programme from ICE (Institute for Business Competitiveness). Her current position in DIHBU is as Project Manager.

Claudio Rubio: Claudio Rubio is in charge of Business Development and Project Management activities in Tactica TIC. He has studies in mineral resources and energy engineering, completed with two master degrees (project management and business administration). Currently he is about to end a course in big data architecture. He began his professional career in the management and execution of innovative projects for the Public Administration in Asturias, working for SERPASA. Later, he carried out engineering technical tasks for companies such as EDP and ARCELOR MITTAL. For two years he participated in engineering projects at an international level, related to quality control and digitization tasks for ALSTOM HYDRO and DEGREMONT. In 2016, he joined the CTIC Foundation and Technological Centre, carrying out digital transformation consultancy, as well as advising and training people and companies in topics related to innovation, agile work methodologies and digitization of processes. He joined Tactica TIC in March 2018 to lead the industrial innovation department and define projects in this area.

Anita Lieverdink: Anita Lieverdink is a Senior “Orchestrator of Innovation” at TNO. Her motto: “If you want to be incrementally better, be competitive; if you want to be exponentially better, be cooperative.” Orchestration is needed to address major societal challenges, and to respond to the emergence of disruptive technologies. In her role as Orchestrator of Innovation at TNO, Anita sets up and manages public-private partnerships to achieve an impact that none of these parties could have achieved individually. The two programs she is managing today are TekDelta ( and The Dutch AI Coalition ( As founder and managing director of TekDelta -a joint initiative of large Dutch organizations, knowledge institutions and the startup community- Anita is committed to connect tech startups and scale-ups to large organizations to create and speed up innovation. Within the Dutch AI Coalition Anita works on improving access to data, risk capital and ecosystems for Dutch AI startups and scale-ups.

Camiel R. Verschoor: Camiel is the Founder and CEO of He has over five years of experience as an entrepreneur and secured for over 1 million euro in revenues and funding. Camiel is passionate about bridging technology and society to tackle the challenges of humanity. At, he drives insights from images for society, by converting images into meaningful figures and numbers. enables production managers and asset owners to reduce revenue loss due to errors and degradation. Camiel owns a Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence of the University of Amsterdam, published several scientific papers, and has worked for the National Aerospace Laboratory prior to his adventure as an entrepreneur.

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