EIT Regional Innovation Scheme Accelerator Bootcamp: Rimini

On 9 and 10 November, Climate-KIC held a bootcamp in Rimini, Italy for start-ups that are participating in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS).

The programme helps regions kick start clean-tech innovation locally and significantly boost their capacity to implement the highest impact ideas.

56 start-up companies from eight different European countries participating in the EIT RIS Accelerator attended the bootcamp, which was held at the Palacongressi di Rimini in Rimini, Italy. Throughout the first day, the start-ups took inspiration from one another and developed their business ideas with guidance and feedback from cleantech experts.

On the second day of the bootcamp, start-ups visited the Ecomondo Tech Fair, where a wide range of technical opportunities, systems and services for solving environmental problems were presented. Here, the start-ups could carry out market research and analysis, as well as being able to see how real-life clean-tech businesses are being run.

Dr. Mike Cherrett, Director- External Partnerships, Climate-KIC, said: “The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme is a fantastic initiative to encourage and nurture more sustainable businesses for the future. By getting so many countries together in the same place, we can focus turning the best ideas into real European clean-tech businesses, helping to make Europe a cleaner, healthier and more environmentally friendly place to live.”

About EIT Regional Innovation Scheme

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme is Climate-KIC’s outreach programme to increase the innovation capacity of European regions that don’t yet benefit directly for the EIT and its Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs).

Since 2014, Climate-KIC has piloted activities in Estonia, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, focusing on professional education as a part of EIT RIS. The scheme has now widened to include more European regions in Serbia, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Bulgaria and Portugal. EIT RIS allows these regions to access Climate-KIC’s mobility funding to ensure that students, researchers, teaching staff and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in the organisation’s activities around Europe.