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Enterprise Ireland funded Innovation as a Service (IaaS Project) lead partner the ERNACT network hosted the Interreg Europe funded CARPE DIGEM project's North West Ireland study visit on the 10-11 May to discover Donegal and Derry’s digital ecosystem in peripheral and emerging Europe. During the second day of North West Ireland study visit attendees discovered Donegal’s digital innovation ecosystem.

At CARPE DIGEM project 10 partners from 7 countries in peripheral, rural and emerging European regions are collaborating to help each partner develop inclusive digital innovation ecosystems and services that meet the current and future needs of their economies and society to become dynamic players in local and global development.

Leah Ryan, Project Assistant-Digital Innovation Ecosystems at ERNACT presented Innovation as a Service project at Colab innovation centre based in the Atlantic Technological University/Donegal Letterkenny Campus for the CARPE DIGEM project partners and stakeholders from Slovenia, France, Sweden and Portugal. She demonstrated that the IaaS Project and service, how thanks to the wonder of Virtual Reality, SMEs will be able to experience a variety of promising solutions from a range of technology providers without leaving their factories.

Leah Ryan stated that 'It was a wonderful opportunity to present the IaaS project to our visitors. The discussion highlighted the project's unique promise to manufacturing SMEs in the Border region that they can have the same access to Ireland’s most advanced digital solutions, technology and knowhow from their own factory premises as if they were in Dublin, Galway or Cork. Increasing their competitiveness, innovation levels and resilience is key'.

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