The founders of Baltic Tech Park are implementing an ambitious vision – in August 2020, a project to construct the Baltic Maritime Digital Innovation Hub was approved. Part of the financing will come from EU funds.

This year marks the start of the construction of the Baltic Maritime DIH where a 2000 sq. m area will house 3D printing, robotics, digital design, electronics, neuromarketing, IT, and metalworking/woodworking labs that will allow the personnel to perform testing for clients with the help of state-of-the-art technology. Expert assistance and advice will be provided in the fields of technology development, artificial intelligence, digital engineering solutions, production planning and the financing of innovative projects.

Baltic Maritime Digital Innovation Hub has united companies from the Klaipėda Region

The Baltic Maritime Digital Innovation Hub was established in April 2019 as part of a cooperation agreement. The first 11 members included Klaipėda City Municipality, Klaipėdos Nafta, Klaipėda University, Klaipėdos Energija and Klaipėdos Autobusų Parkas among others. Those who have already signed the agreement agreed to the development of new services and products, while providing consultations to support the implementation and management of digital innovation projects, develop cooperation between the public sector, business and science, and to establish the appropriate infrastructure for scientific research and experimental development.

The services in this hub are expected to be particularly beneficial for organisations operating in the industrial and maritime sectors, with a special focus on start-ups with good growth potential and high added-value organisations.

The developers of the project are aiming to become a leading business and innovation valley in the Baltics

The project that is about to be implemented will create a significant stimulus for the development of the Baltic Maritime DIH. It is hoped it will become a valley for business and innovation, as well as providing a wide range of business digitisation services in the Baltic Region.

The activities of the Baltic Maritime DIH will contribute to the development strategy called “Klaipėda 2030” that has been approved by the Klaipėda City Municipal Council. One of the strategic directions is the development of an advanced industrial economy featuring high added-value technologies.

According to the Mayor of Klaipėda, Vytautas Grubliauskas, establishing an innovation hub is necessary for the development of the city: “Not long ago, a digital innovation hub sounded like a fantastic idea and today it is already our reality. Klaipėda is quickly becoming a prominent player in digital innovation processes and that is all because of the great work that has been done by the young members of the Baltic Maritime Digital Innovation Hub. This gives me hope. Such projects could lead the way towards breakthroughs in our city development strategy, and the most exciting part is that this is only the beginning.”

Development of an innovation and business valley

The idea for the Baltic Tech Park innovation valley was created and implemented by Šarūnas Butkus from Klaipėda. He revealed that the DIH development has been incredibly organic to this stage: “In January 2019, we opened one of the most modern coworking spaces – Light House. It currently houses over 200 professionals and companies, including Interactio, Iscope, Devbridge, Software Development Academy, Craftsoft, Biomapas, AmberCell Solutions and Rehau, as well as the business incubator Spiečius that is operated by Versli Lietuva. During the first year of Light House’s operations, over 100 internal and external events and trainings were organised. This meant a community of regional start-ups, advanced organisations and highly qualified professionals was gradually formed under its roof. It makes perfect sense that the same area on Liepų Street will become the site for the Digital Innovation Hub.”

Ignas Aničas, DIH Coordinator, revealed: “This project is just the beginning – we are also planning to actively participate in the European digital innovation hub by uniting the AI, cyber security, RPA, digital engineering, construction solution and production sales competencies of members of the Baltic Maritime DIH and other partners that could be used for creating innovations in the maritime industry.”