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Digital Innovation Hub South

The DIH SOUTH initiative was launched by institutions based in the provinces of Styria, Carinthia, Burgenland and East Tyrol to provide optimal support for SMEs in southern Austria as they face the ongoing digital transformation.

The consortium, which spans both provinces and sectors, consists of five digital centres and the BABEG, which are central players in regional research and innovation. One of these digital centres is located at TU Graz and offers SMEs various forms of support in the area of digitalisation, helping them to sustainably increase productivity and quality, accelerate growth and remain competitive.

Key areas

The following thematic areas are prioritized by the initiative:

  • Production and manufacturing technologies
  • Security
  • Data science
  • Digital business models and processes
  • Logistics
  • Human resources & young scientists

You can learn more about the individual areas and the associated offers on the initiative's website.


Digital Centres:

  • Graz University of Technology
  • University of Klagenfurt
  • Kärnten University of Applied Sciences

BABEG Carinthian Agency for Investment Promotion and Public Shareholding is a strategic partner and contributes information and infrastructure.

Network Partners: CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH, KnowCenter, Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien, ASMET Research GmbH, Lakeside Labs GmbH, Lakeside Science & Technology Park, build! Gründerzentrum Kärnten, UMIT Tirol Private Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Medizinische Informatik und Technik – Campus Technik Lienz, Verein N’Cyan, Forschung Burgenland GmbH


The Programmes are offered in German only. For further Information, check the German Page.

Funding agencies

DIH SOUTH is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) for the next three years and is also supported by the provincial governments of Carinthia and Styria.


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