The HIGHFIVE project “enHancing dIgital and Green growtH in the Food processing industry via Interregional innoVation invEstments” aims to support and facilitate the implementation of digital solutions in food processing SMEs, through interregional investments in innovation to accelerate the dual transition (digital and green) in Europe.
HIGHFIVE has a budget of more than 11 million euros and is supported by the European instrument Interregional Innovation Investments (I3), which aims to promote innovation through smart specialization and interregional collaboration.
HIGHFIVE Specific Objectives
The HIGHFIVE specific objetives are:
- Create a portfolio of industry-driven implementation projects that will serve as demo cases and provide valuable lessons learned for both cluster partners and other SMEs.
- Apply a vouchers system, through cascade funds, to finance investment projects in innovation of SMEs in the participating regions.
- Provide personalized individual and collective support actions that allow SMEs to overcome obstacles related to the application of innovative digital technologies.
- Extract the results and lessons learned throughout the project activities and valorise them within the SS4AF network and transfer them to other European stakeholders.
The HIGHFIVE consortium is coordinated by the Flanders Food cluster and includes more than 20 partners, representing 39 regions from 9 European countries. Clusaga and ITG are the Galician partners involved on this project.
Both the more developed regions and the transition and developing regions will benefit from the actions and results of the project. HIGHFIVE reinforces the cooperation between these regions and will contribute to a stronger European food value chain and a more digital, sustainable and resilient European food sector.
All project partners are members of the S3 association Smart Sensors 4 Agrifood (SS4AF).