Diva - Development of ecosystems and innovation value chains: supporting cross-border innovation through Creative Industries


from 01.03.2019 to 28.02.2022


Regional development | Industry


Overall Objective of the Project: 

The overall objective of the project is to create a recognizable ecosystem of cross-border cooperation in which social and technological innovations for the society of the future will arise. The main intention is to improve cross-border cooperation between Italian and Slovenian innovation platforms, educational institutions, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with special attention being paid to the development and implementation of methodologies that will enable the flow of visionary ideas into technological, commercial and social innovation.


Project summary: 

The basic purpose of the DIVA project is to create an innovation environment related to the economy (SME), which will successfully perform on the global market in the field of digital transformation and smart technologies and communities. Within the framework of the project, we will establish ecosystem connections between existing and newly established innovation platforms in which the co-creation of economy, art thinking, design thinking and various social initiatives will take place.
By mapping, analyzing, modelling and piloting, we will enable the inception of an innovation, production and user ecosystem, in which chain structures will be established in which different chain-rings cling innovators with the economy, so that the flow from idea to verified and practical solution is as fast and long-term successful (sustainable) as possible.

Creating cross-border ecosystem connections is seen as an opportunity to connect and develop the capacities of advanced technology companies and technologically literate social groups that will take the lead in raising the readiness level of traditional industry and mainstream society to adopt the principles of digital transformation and the circular economy.

Main results: 

In the first phase of the project DIVA we will create the conditions for a better understanding of the innovation dynamics in which we will collect, systematize and analyze various examples of collaborations between intermedia art, creative practices and the economy. In this way, we will create methodological frameworks for establishing innovative development platforms that will take part in technological and social innovations for the society of the future.

In the second phase of the project, we will establish regional innovation hubs that will be linked to interested SMEs. Here we will develop methodological approaches for cooperation with modern and traditional companies that will be able to participate in innovation protocols to address their needs. At the same time, we will lead a series of support activities to create a participatory environment for individuals and social groups, which will be sensitized and educated for quality and participatory coexistence with new high-tech solutions.

The third level of the project will be the realization of concrete pilot projects with which we will test the cooperation between individual actors in the innovation, development and application processes regardless of whether the results of pilots are technological application or social innovation. In this regard, it is important to emphasize that due to their experimental and developmental nature, pilots are not necessarily directed towards actual results on the market.




Project in numbers:

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Start: 01.03.2019
  • End: 28.02.2022
  • Nr. of partners: 15
  • Total budget: 3.525.018,70 EUR
  • EU Contribution - ERDF fund: 2.996.265,87 EUR