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Welcome to the Digital Innovations for Growth Academy Newsletter

We are excited to bring you news of our Digital Innovations for Growth Academy (DIGA). DIGA is a partnership of dynamic organisations working across Europe who support enterprise development and promote the use of digital technologies.  The partner organisations operate in 7 different countries, work with individuals and businesses and have a common goal of improving information, training and advice available to entrepreneurs and those that support them.  Partners are working together to develop an innovative learning programme for those providing entrepreneurship and business development training and advice.

Full list of partners and more information can be found here. 
DIGA is undertaken in the frame of the DIGA (Digital Innovation for Growth Academy) Project which has been funded with support from the European Commission ERASMUS+ Programme (2015-2017).
Launch of the Digital Innovation for Growth Academy – DIGA 
Learning Programee

12 October 2016, Brussels, European Parliament, 12:00-14:00

The launch of the DIGA Learning programme will be organized in the form of a lunch-meeting in the European Parliament, with participation of MEPs, policy and decision makers and representatives of leading entrepreneurship educators.
The program will include:
  • Latest information about the European Commission´s support to Entrepreneurship
  • Presentation of the DIGA Research and the pilot training programmes
  • Presentation of the DIGA Learning Programme 
Moderated discussion about Digital innovation to promote entrepreneurship 

Participation by invitation only.
The DIGA responsible partner for organizing the Brussels event. is the European Centre for Women and Technology.
For more information contact Eva Fabry, Director  ECWT,

News on Digital Skills

“This report shows the need for businesses to invest more in training British workers. We also must make sure tomorrow's workforce is leaving school or university with the digital skills that employers require. Just as importantly, we must enable people already in employment to retrain or up-skill in order to meet the demands of the changing workplace."
Continue reading here

A new breed of tech-savvy tradesmen and women are reaping the rewards of going online, as the web replaces word-of-mouth as the way homeowners choose tradespeople for essential jobs around the house.
Continue reading here

The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens 

Being digitally competent means 
using digital technologies 
in a confident and safe way 
for various purposes such as 
working, getting a job, learning, 
shopping online, obtaining 
health information, being included 
and participating in society, 
entertainment, etc.

Download the infographic here.

Coming soon to DIGA: initial DIGA Learning Programme pilots

The DIGA partnership are excited to be preparing to pilot the DIGA Learning Programme to Enterprise Educators and Trainers in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain and UK this Summer.
The programme will provide an opportunity for Enterprise Trainers and Educators across Europe to enhance their digital knowledge and understanding and to consider how they can integrate digital skills, tools and processes into their business start-up and development training and support activities.

Informed by extensive research that analysed the needs and experiences of learners considering entrepreneurship as a career option, entrepreneurs running their own small businesses and their teachers and advisers, a 5-module learning programme has been designed. 

The five modules are:

1. Enhancing Digital Awareness and Knowledge
2. The Role and Use of Digital Technologies and their Benefits to Business
3. Making Digital Deliver for the Start-Up and Small Business
4. Enabling and Supporting the Development of an Entrepreneurial Digital Strategy
5. Designing Integrated (Digital Competence) Entrepreneur Support/Programmes

Each module involves sharing information and knowledge as well as small group and individual activities.  Reports, case studies and a range of learning tools are included throughout the programme.  Follow this link for a wider overview on the learning modules.

DIGA Recommends...

During this edition we kept our focus on the latest tools for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs. Check out our findings:
  • Product Hunt - Product Curation Tool
  • Udemy - Online Courses at a very accessible value
  • - Press Coverage for your Start-Up
  • Canva - Tool to create designs for your Social Media channels
  • Issuu - Publishing your own online magazine 
  • Storyboard - Tool to create your digital storyboard 
  • Maitre - Create a viral list for your product launch
  • Pomodoro - Tool to track your productivity
  • Design - Resources and Tools for Start-up founders

This publication has been produced in the frame of DIGA (Digital Innovation for Growth Academy) Project. The project has been funded with support from the European Commission, ERASMUS+ Programme.   The information contained in this publication reflects only the author’s views and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.  Sole responsibility lies with authors.

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