Digital Innovation Hub North

DIH North was founded by three partners Technology park Varaždin, Technology Innovation Centre Međimurje and ENTER Koprivnica.

DIH have several infrastructural units at disposal for potential users of the DIH’s services. There is total of six buildings (two in Koprivnica, three in Čakovec, one in Varaždin) with high-speed optical network available for users. The buildings are equipped with modern network infrastructure including multiple high-speed performance servers, with addition of multiple high-speed performance workstations ready for prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. Workstations are equipped with a 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters (basically, a fab lab), with access to necessary hardware and software for prototyping. DIH offer a wide range of services for SMEs, from basic incubation to more advanced business and IT support.

DIH North support the local SMEs with their digital transformation through activities such as building ecosystem, mediation and networking, development of strategies for companies, concept validation and prototyping, pre-competitive series production. Also SMEs can use infrastructure, can get digital maturity assessment, incubator / accelerator support and mentoring and mentoring.

Since DIH has all the necessary machines for fab lab production available for its clients, prototyping, product development and small scale production are one of the most valuable services that DIH can offer, because region that this DIH covers (Northern Croatia) is support for SMEs in terms of prototyping and product development. DIH has all the necessary software licenses for 3D modeling, design and visual prototyping. Part of DIH's infrastructure are 3D printer, Hologram, VR equipment, 3D scanner for rapid prototyping, CNC machines and laser cutter for rapid prototyping and production of small series, wood and metal processing machines.

DIH supports industries that are of strategic importance in partner regions.
TICM is focused on support for IT sector, metal industry, automotive industry and various types of service industries in Čakovec and Međimurje county.

ENTER Koprivnica in Koprivničko-križevačka county is focused on connecting different industries with experts especially with focus on creative industries sector since ENTER is managing Incubator of Creative Industries. ENTER has focus on SMEs, connecting them with experts from Industry 4.0 and working on digitization of their business.

Technology park Varaždin and Varaždinska county deal with IT sector, Iot, creative industries with focus on audio-visual and IT sector) and renewable energy.

Non-profit aim of DIH North is to provide access to know how, best practices, education and experts. Through DIH North we are aiming to encourage ecosystem members to be actively involved in SMEs digitization processes to help them deal with their challenges and achieve competitiveness.

DIH North has strong connections with its ecosystem members, among which are Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), University North, Development and Educational Center for Metal Industry - Metal Center Čakovec, cities Varaždin, Čakovec, Koprivnica, clusters (Croatian cluster of competitiveness of creative and cultural industries), Međimurje IT cluster (MIT Cluster).

Technological competences:

  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Inteligence and cognitive systems
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualisation
  • Simulating and modeling
  • Software as a service and service arhitectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies