effective support of DIGITalization of small and medium Manufacturing Enterprises

International 12-month research project, ending 30 April 2022

Mapping existing tools to support the digitisation of SMEs, identifying the main barriers to digitalisation and proposing new support measures to facilitate the digitalisation process.

Project director:
Toruń Regional Development Agency (Toruńska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A.)

Project partners:
Innovation Centre of the Usti Region and Turku Machine Technology Centre (Koneteknologiakeskus Turku Oy Oyj)

Project activities:
T1. Research on policies and tools to support digital innovation for SMEs by regional and national agencies and policy makers.
T2. Research on digital innovation needs and their level of development using the IMP3rove Digital Innovation Quotient (IMP3rove DIQ).
T3. Creation of a map of support for digital innovation in manufacturing SMEs.
T4. Provide recommendations based on the information obtained in tasks T1, T2, and T3.
T5. Delivery of a programme to support effective innovation through digitalisation measures.
T6. DOP delivery
T7. Publishing of project results
T8. Meeting for mutual learning

Project output:
Design Options Paper – a document summarising the lessons learned from peer learning, workshops and online consultations. It also contains recommendations to improve systems supporting innovation in manufacturing companies in the field of digitalisation.



Just as Porta Bohemica is an imaginary gateway to Bohemia, the Portabo data platform is a gateway to regional data and efficient work with it.

What does it bring?

  • data for municipalities, companies and the public
  • data in a uniform format from the entire region
  • data for sharing and comparison
  • data for analysis and planning
  • open data for building apps, etc.

On 1. 1 February 2022, PORTABO became part of the newly established contributory organisation Data Centre of the Usti Region. The data platform is thus gaining a great technical background that will enable its further growth.

This technology project focuses on big data, interoperability, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. It aims to turn cities and regions into smart places with interconnected and open data.