MinaSmart: The strength of a network

MinaSmart: The strength of a network

New partner member joins MinaSmart EDIH; MinaSmart EDIH submission drafted with Leyton


Stay up to the minute on the latest developments from MinaSmart, the European Digital Innovation Hub for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with a monthly update from MinaSmart Director Pierre-Damien Berger.

June was marked by the arrival of a new partner member,
a partnership with Leyton, and the coordination of the EDIH working group within AFPC, France’s national cluster federation.


ENE, an organization that supports business’ digital transformation, joins EDIH

MinaSmart brings together a variety of stakeholders from across our digital ecosystem. ENE, an organization that supports business’ digital transformation, recently joined the MinaSmart EDIH.

ENE, founded in 2003, is a consortium of eight institutions: The Rhône Board of Trade, MEDEF Lyon-Rhône (an association of business leaders), CPME  Rhône (an association of small business owners), the AURA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the AURA Regional Board of Trade, MEDEF AURA, and CPME AURA.

ENE is run by sixteen business leaders elected by the founding institutions and representatives of its financers (Lyon Intermunicipal Authority, and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council).

ENE’s mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses from across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region leverage digital technology to make their businesses more competitive. Specifically, ENE provides:

  • Information on how digital technology can be used by businesses
  • Support from a neutral party on digital project implementation
  • Experimentation with digital tools on real-world projects before investing
  • Forecasting new uses for digital technology likely to add substantial value for SMEs
  • Project management with a network of local resource persons on region-wide initiatives
  • Communication to share best practices among peers

Partnership with Leyton

The European Commission and the French Directorate General for Enterprise have begun to clarify what the EDIH call for proposals will look like.  The proposals will have to include a wide range of information and be organized to ensure that they effectively communicate the power of our ecosystem, our desired outcomes, and our plan for getting there.

We decided to work with Leyton, one of Europe’s leading innovation financing specialists, to help us analyze our proposal and ensure that it aligns with the specifications and assessment criteria.

French cluster federation EDIH working group

AFPC, France’s national federation of clusters, brings together 56 clusters working to support business growth and job creation. Together, these clusters have more than 12,000 members. One of AFPC’s missions is to encourage and facilitate communication and cooperation among its members to develop a set of best practices and roll out joint initiatives at the national and EU levels.

Minalogic is an active member of several AFPC working groups.

As a member of the Factory of the Future working group (24 clusters), Minalogic recommended creating a joint initiative on the EDIHs to be established at the national level. Several clusters have already come forward to work on a wide range of topics:

  • Missions and objectives
  • Technologies and markets
  • Services (current and future)
  • Governance


  • The role of the clusters

The working group meetings will provide an opportunity to ensure the quality of the EDIH proposals submitted by French clusters, build networks, interact with government agencies, and more.


Would you like to learn more about MinaSmart? Contact :

Pierre-Damien Berger | Director, MinaSmart-DIH Europe | T : +33 (0)4 38 78 06 12 | M : +33 (0)6 84 20 86 67


Want to know more? Contact:

Pierre-Damien Berger
Pierre-Damien Berger
Director, Business Development
+33 (0)6 84 20 86 67
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