The DIVA project kicks off with the celebration in Brussels (Belgium) of its first consortium meeting in April 12th, where all the participating partners coming from 6 European countries (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Ireland)  have had the opportunity of first met personally and start to work together.

The DIVA project, whose full name is “Boosting innovative DIgitech Value chains for Agrofood, Forestry and Environment”, aims the promotion and support of cross-sectorial activities in the ICT, agri-food, environmental and forestry sectors. Specifically, DIVA fosters the creation of innovative value chains introducing digital technologies in the named industrial sectors, for which the project will support innovative SMEs operating in these areas through the provision of funding vouchers and support services for technological maduration, demonstration and internationalization activities.

Over the next three years, the project will distribute around 3 million euros, provided by the European Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020) to European SME’s. These funds, will be articulated through specific open calls for projects launched this year and in 2019, that will be aimed at small and medium-sized companies, and will be granted both in the form of direct financial assistance and external support services of high-quality experts (including DIVa partners). Support can be provided on activities such as mentoring, coaching or consulting about  market analysis and prospection, management of the IPR, maturation of ideas or support for internationalization, among others.

All partners in DIVA consortium have a strong involvement and extensive experience in digitization initiatives in the ICT, agri-food, forestry and environment sectors. The general coordination of the project comes under the responsibility of the French cluster Agri-Sud Ouest Innovation. The rest of the entities that complete the consortium are: , Digital Place from France, AMETIC and CTA from Spain CRPV and H-farm from Italy, Inovisa and InescTEc from Potugal, GRNET from Greece and Teagasc from Ireland.