An induction meeting was held on Friday in the Small Chamber of Lipik Town Hall for the contractors commissioned to renovate the space in which Lipik will create its first digital innovative hub – the Business incubator for artificial intelligence. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Town of Lipik, led by Department Head Veronika Prhal, and Stjepan Posavec, Director of Maksim IV d.o.o., the company commissioned to perform the works. Representatives of supervisory bodies for technical and engineering supervision were also present.
The cross-border cooperation project ‘Development trough digital innovative hubs in Gradiška, Daruvar, Lipik and Kotor’ began in early August of last year. The project is co-financed by the cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IPA CBC-HR-BA-ME and the participants include the City of Gradiška (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Town of Daruvar, the Town of Lipik and the Kotor Municipality (Montenegro). The project is expected to last until the end of July 2022. Its total value is EUR 1,487,795.68, while the project budget for the Town of Lipik is EUR 502,563.87.
Four digital innovative hubs (DIHs) will be set up as part of the project, one for each partner. The purpose of the hubs is to create a competitive economic and technological environment that is based on new technologies and innovation.
The digital innovative hub in Lipik, called the Business incubator for artificial intelligence, will be located on the first floor of the building next to the football field in Lipik. Following the meeting for inducting the contractor into the works, the participants took a tour of the future construction site. With today’s meeting all conditions for starting the upcoming works were fulfilled. They should be completed in ten months and their total value is HRK 2,229,790.30, VAT included.
By renovating this space Lipik will create a new business incubator for undertakings and start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence and programming. This hub will cover an area of more than 200 square metres and it will consist of a working area, an active and a quiet zone, a conference room and educational facilities.
The required technology, software and information technology equipment will also be procured for the purposes of the incubator and the training courses that will be organised as part of the project, but also after the project ends.