The raw materials and mining sectors must undergo deep changes to adapt to current trends and technologies. Industrial modernisation and digitisation are not only keywords for big companies, but also for SMEs. However, in day to day business, small and medium enterprises might find it more difficult to invest in a greener and more digital future.
Collaborations with emerging industries can help SMEs in the raw materials and mining sectors to create new value chains and integrate novel materials, techniques, and processes into their ecosystem. By cooperating with other enterprises that offer solutions related to circular economy, resource efficiency, advanced manufacturing, and/or ICT, they can boost their capabilities, competitiveness, and growth. At the same time, technology “providers” can benefit from new cross-sectoral approaches and ideas. The SMEs can integrate their solutions into new sectors and amplify their portfolios.
MINE.THE.GAP is a support platform for companies from these “provider” and “target” sectors. Through funding, business support services, communication and dissemination activities, and links to other projects, networks, and public authorities, MINE.THE.GAP aims to:
- Promote cross-sectoral innovation
- Serve as a starting point to boost strategic interregional collaboration
- Provide direct financial support to SMEs
- Integrate in one single platform a variety of support innovation tools
- Establish close-links and suitable complementarities with regional policies and related schemes through its consortium partners
- Foster the participation of cluster organisations as facilitators
Through the direct financial and the business support, MINE.THE.GAP want to help tackle the current top 10 challenges and needs of the raw materials and mining value chain: