Making Innovation Happen!

Our vision is to become the leading European initiative that empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges and creates growth and skilled jobs.

The EIT is a body of the European Union

Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Contribute to the competiveness of Europe, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening synergies and cooperation among businesses, education institutions and research organisations.

  • Create favourable environments for creative thoughts, to enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in Europe.

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HORIZON 2020

The EIT is an integral part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Horizon 2020 is a key pillar of the Innovation Union – a Europe 2020 flagship initiative that aims to enhance Europe’s global competitiveness.

EIT Community at a glance

Data: November 2015

INNOVATION THROUGH INTEGRATION

We have a pioneering role in increasing European sustainable growth and competitiveness by reinforcing Europe’s innovation capacity in a dynamic global context.

We are connecting communities with knowledge and creativity to empower innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • EIT 2008
  • 3KICs 2010
  • 5KICs 2014
  • 7KICs 2016
  • 8KICs 2018

EIT 2014-2020

The EIT is an integral part of the Horizon2020.

Within this programme, the EIT has been allocated more than 2.4 billion EUR to achieve its goals and to further develop its activities between 2014 and 2020.

It is almost an 800% increase since the EIT’s first funding period (2008-2013).

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Partners

Today the EIT Community brings together more than 800 partners across Europe, making it one of the most successful public private partnership projects within the EU.

470COMPANIES (inc. SMEs)

159HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

114RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS

72CITIES, REGIONS, NGOS

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In partnership we can face challenges ahead and enhance Europe's growth, competitiveness and well-being.

Funding

The EIT’s smart investment strategy combines 25% investment from the EIT with 75% investment from the KIC partnerships.

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Education

EIT-labelled educational programmes at Master and PhD levels foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs.

EIT-labelled programmes ensure that students demonstrate skills and competences in all the following  areas:

  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Research
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Collectively we can change Europe's mind-set towards a more innovative and entrepreneurial culture.

Entrepreneurship

EIT KICs manage an integrated portfolio of entrepreneurship activities mainly investment funds, Business Modelling, Access to Finance, SMEs support, Scouting of Entrepreneurs & Business Ideas (Pre-acceleration services), coaching (acceleration), incubation services, networking events, and entrepreneurial education.

The EIT Community aims to create an entrepreneurial culture and environment in its innovation hotspots

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A number of activities in support of the KICs’ entrepreneurship activities have been setup, a prime example being the EIT Awards

ABOUT THE EIT AWARDS

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EIT Community

The EIT Community is a growing, evolving and thriving community that brings together like-minded individuals from the EIT, existing and upcoming Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), and the EIT Alumni Community.

EIT - Making innovation happen!
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