Climate-KIC in Budapest this week: New European ways to INNOVEIT

600 innovators from across Europe, including a Climate-KIC delegation, look at new ways to innovate at the EIT #InnovEIT Forum in Budapest.

#InnovEIT 2015, one of Europe’s most important fora on innovation, opened today in Budapest, Hungary. Taking place from 5 to 7 May, the Forum brings together more than 600 entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers, business leaders and students from across Europe.

The Forum is organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent body of the EU set up to develop new ways to boost successful entrepreneurship and innovation. Climate-KIC – as well as other public-private partnerships EIT ICT Labs, KIC InnoEnergy, EIT Raw Materials and EIT Health – is supported  by the EIT.

Restoring economic growth and job creation

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: “The European Commission has made restoring economic growth and job creation its main political priority. Innovation and education have a crucial role to play in this.”

“The EIT is already making a valuable contribution: by fostering a more innovative and entrepreneurial culture and by leading to tangible results – for example helping to bring more than 120 new products and services to the market, creating 141 start-ups across Europe and training 472 graduates,” Navracsics said.

He added: “We now need to build on these first results and decide how to ensure the EIT has an even bigger impact in the future. InnovEIT provides a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas that will help pave the way for the next steps.”

Speakers at the EIT Innovation Forum include Commissioner Navracsics, Birgitte Andersen – CEO and Co-Creator of Big Innovation Centre, and Corinne Vigreux – Co-Founder and Consumer Business Managing Director of TomTom.

EIT Awards 2015

The event will host the EIT Awards 2015, which will recognise the success of European innovators. 

“We have 17 enormously talented individuals with great ideas and ardent passion nominated for the EIT awards this year,” said Peter Olesen, Chair of the EIT Governing Board. “They are tomorrow’s innovation leaders and I am certain they will each go on to emulate the success of previous winners.”

Such winners include Climate-KIC’s Kate Hofman, who won the EIT 2013 CHANGE Award for “GrowUp”, an urban farm concept and David Tacconi, who won the EIT 2013 Venture Award for Riablo, a rehabilitation product.

Since winning, Hofman has built a prototype, taken on staff, raised over £1m in funding and is currently building her first commercial farm. Tacconi has enjoyed huge international exposure and a growing network of investors since his success at the awards.

Nominees for the EIT Awards are from:

  • Denmark: Climate-KIC’s Regnar Paaske (EIT Venture Awards);
  • France: Pascal Boulanger (EIT Venture Awards) and Xavier Pain (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • Germany: Arno Zimmerman (EIT CHANGE Awards) and Markus Loechtefeld (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • Italy: Stefano Calderano (EIT Venture Awards), Emanuela Zaccone (EIT Venture Awards), Steven Tait (EIT CHANGE Awards) and Bruno Crispo (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • Spain: Rajat Aghabi (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • Switzerland: Govinda Upadhyyay (EIT CHANGE Awards) and Gian Autenrieth (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • The Netherlands: Rolf Huiberts (EIT Venture Awards), Climate-KIC’s Jelmer van Veen (EIT CHANGE Awards) and Climate-KIC’s Sander de Vries (EIT Innovators Awards);
  • United Kingdom: Climate-KIC’s Hidde-Jan Lemstra (EIT Venture Awards) and Zhenyu Lin (EIT CHANGE Awards).

“The InnovEIT Forum is a great chance to study all the elements of innovation in action. Innovation is what creates sustainable jobs and growth. That growth has a trickle-down effect on everything around us, our communities, our cities and our society,” said Birgitte Andersen, CEO of Big Innovation Centre, UK.

“We work with innovative companies, thought leaders and ‘what works innovators’ to act as growth catalysts by fostering innovation, particularly across cultures, technologies, sectors and disciplines. Organisations like the EIT tackle this problem by bringing people from business, higher education and research together and creating a bridge that connects researchers to industry and entrepreneurs to new markets, with powerful results.”

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