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EIT Innovation Forum
Tuesday 05 May
Thursday 07 May
Budapest Congress Centre, Hungary

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The ‘INNOVEIT 2015 – EIT Innovation Forum’ combines the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect event in one Innovation forum!

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The ‘INNOVEIT 2015 – EIT Innovation Forum’ will combine the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect event in one Innovation forum.

The INNOVEIT 2015 – The EIT Innovation Forum’ combines a set of activities which were organised as separate events in the past: the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect event. During three days, INNOVEIT 2015 will bring together 600 participants comprised of start-ups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, higher education and research institutes, EU, national and regional policy makers, as well as over 100 entrepreneurial students and graduates.

In an inspiring and interactive way, INNOVEIT 2015 aims to:

  • Promote innovation and encourage entrepreneurship and celebrate entrepreneurial achievements of the EIT community’ ventures and alumni, and highlight successful innovations and the team that produced these;
  • Showcase selected achievements from the EIT community and share learnings and good practice;
  • Provide a platform for dialogue between the EIT Community and external stakeholders and obtain feedback on the EIT's strategy and EIT-KIC activities, to identify lessons learnt and recommendations for the future;
  • Enhance networking and collaboration across the EIT community, as well as with the wider European innovation community.

EIT Stakeholder Forum

The EIT Stakeholder forum is a platform open to representatives of national, regional and local authorities, organised interests and individual entities from business, higher education, research, associations, civil society and cluster organisations, as well as other interested parties from across the knowledge triangle. “

The EIT Stakeholder Forum aims to:

  • Inform about EIT/KICs activities
  • Discuss and receive feedback and input EIT/KIC activities
  • Share experiences, good practices and concrete results
  • Contribute to EU education, research and innovation policies
  • Ensure synergies and complementarities at EU, national, regional and local level
  • Give a platform stakeholders to express their views
  • Facilitate interaction between stakeholders and the EIT/KIC community

Within the EIT Stakeholder Forum, Member States’ representatives meet in a special configuration, to ensure an appropriate two-way communication, flow of information and experience-sharing with the EIT. This Member State Configuration should also ensure appropriate synergies and complementarities between EIT and KIC activities with national programmes and initiatives, including the potential national co-financing of KIC activities.

Participants to the forum include:

  • National, regional and local authorities
  • EU institutional stakeholders (EP, Commission, DGs)
  • Organised interests (business, research): multipliers and individuals

A meeting of the EIT Stakeholder Forum is convened at least once a year. A first meeting of the Stakeholder Forum was held in 2014 in the form of two half-day meetings with EU Member States and EU umbrella organisations.

EIT Awards

One of the EIT’s main aims is to create an environment that allows entrepreneurship and innovation to flourish - both as a mind-set and activity. In order to support this aim, the EIT organises annual awards to recognise and reward the successful start-ups, innovative projects and young entrepreneurial talent that Europe has to offer.

Every year, each of the KICs (currently Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy) selects two nominees for each award category. 2012 saw the introduction of the EIT Venture Award, which celebrates breakthrough innovations and exciting start-ups; whilst in 2013 the EIT added the EIT CHANGE Award to celebrate Europe’s newest generation of entrepreneurs and the ideas they are producing. In 2015, for the first time, the EIT will also be awarding an Innovators Award aimed at KIC innovation teams that have developed in an exemplary manner an innovative product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact.

EIT Roundtables

The EIT Roundtables gather high level stakeholders in a secluded setting in order to discuss strategies and practices of the EIT and its KICs. This covers the fields of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Education and Knowledge Triangle Integration. The aim of the EIT Roundtables is to obtain expert-feedback and advice on specific EIT strategies. EIT Roundtables also act as an enabler for the EIT and its KICs to develop or strengthen relations with important stakeholders.

EIT Alumni CONNECT event

The EIT aims at developing the community of graduates from EIT labelled educational programmes implemented by KICs through continuous engagement. The EIT Alumni Connect event will provide a platform for students and alumni from across the KICs to meet, share knowledge, experiences and ideas and to further develop the EIT Alumni Community by engaging students and alumni in developing activities for the community.

Day 1 05/05/2015 Day 1: The Case & the Practice

8:30am
EIT Alumni CONNECT - Registration (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The EIT Alumni CONNECT event will bring together more than 100 students and alumni from Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy. The event will give them the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences and discuss their entrepreneurial ideas with fellow students/alumni in a cross-disciplinary way. Furthermore, the KIC students and alumni will have the oportunity to contribute to the development of the EIT Alumni Community by developing ideas and proposing ways to jointly implement them. Last but not least it will be a great chance to find partners for collaboration (e.g. start-ups and for searching for people with specific skills).

Event breakdown:

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome!

09:30 - 12:30 EIT Alumni CONNECT– Let’s innovate together!

  • The objective of the session is to enhance the co-operation among students and alumni from Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy. Students and Alumni are encouraged to bring topics, ideas or their specific projects to the session to share, discuss and develop them together with fellow innovators in this interdisciplinary group work session.

    Facilitation: Marc Gramberger, Prospex

12:30 - 14:00 EIT Alumni CONNECT Networking Lunch

EIT Interim Director
Member of the EIT Governing Board

1:00pm
INNOVEIT 2015 - Registration

2:00pm
INNOVEIT 2015 Opening - Innovation in Europe

  • Info
  • Speakers

The session will highlight the importance of innovation for Europe in tackling societal challenges and the EIT’s role in the EU innovation landscape.

Facilitation:

  • Marc Gramberger, Prospex
  • Diana Madill, Prospex
  • Martin Watson, Prospex

 

Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
CEO and Co-creator, Big Innovation Centre
Co-Founder and Consumer Business Managing Director, TomTom

3:00pm
Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The objective of this session is to highlight the impact KICs are creating in enhancing Europe’s innovation capacity, as well as to give an insight into the world of KICs, touching upon the main key features, such as Knowledge Triangle integration, creating business and jobs, developing entrepreneurial minds and managing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Introducing the new KICs:

  • Ursula Redeker, Interim CEO, EIT Health
  • Jens Gutzmer, Interim CEO, EIT Raw Materials

An insight fromKIC Practitioners:

  • Rahul Bansal, Climate-KIC Education
  • Chahab Nastar, CSO, EIT ICT Labs
CEO, EIT ICT Labs
CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
CEO, Climate-KIC
Interim CEO of EIT Raw Materials
Interim CEO of EIT Health
Deputy Director Education, Climate-KIC

4:00pm
Coffee break

4:30pm
Parallel Session 1: Cross-KIC Learning (Innovating with EIT-KICs)

  • Info
  • Speakers

Target group: KICs and KIC partners

The objective of this session is to enable the sharing of good practice and learnings among KICs, and to support the strengthening of the EIT Community.

Discussions will be based on (but not limited to) the key features introduced in the plenary: Knowledge Triangle Integration, creating business and jobs, developing entrepreneurial minds and managing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Facilitation:

  • Martin Watson, Prospex

 

Interim CEO of EIT Raw Materials
EIT Interim Director
CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
CEO, Climate-KIC

Parallel Session 2: Learning from a unique approach (Innovating with EIT-KICs)

  • Info
  • Speakers

Target group: External stakeholders

The objective of this session is to give external stakeholders the opportunity to discuss key questions with EIT and KIC representatives and share good practice.

Discussions will be based on (but not limited to) the key features introduced in the plenary before: Knowledge Triangle Integration, creating business and jobs, developing entrepreneurial minds and managing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Facilitation:

  • Diana Madill

 

CEO, EIT ICT Labs
Director General, European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture
Interim CEO of EIT Health
Member of the EIT Governing Board

Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The objective of the session is to discuss the next steps for the EIT Alumni Community, building on the co-operation among students and alumni from Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy.

Facilitation:

  • Marc Gromberger, Prospex

 

EIT Policy Officer
KIC InnoEnergy Community Officer
Member of the EIT Governing Board
President of the EIT ICT Labs Alumni foundation
President of the Climate-KIC Alumni Association

5:40pm
Good practices and new questions - Plenary

  • Info
  • Speakers

The session will summarise and discuss the learnings and main issues raised from the parallel sessions.

Reporting from Parallel sessions:

  • Bertrand van Ee, CEO Climate-KIC
  • Ursula Redeker, Interim CEO, EIT Health
  • Estefania Tapias, President of the Climate-KIC Alumni Association

Facilitation:

  • Marc Gramberger, Prospex
  • Diana Madill, Prospex
  • Martin Watson, Prospex

 

EIT Interim Director
Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
CEO and Co-creator, Big Innovation Centre
Co-Founder and Consumer Business Managing Director, TomTom

6:30pm
Networking Dinner

Day 2 06/05/2015 Day 2: Show & Involve

9:00am
EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities

  • Info
  • Speakers

This session will discuss the role cities play in tackling the societal challenges of our time and what innovations are needed for tackling these.

Facilitation:

 

  • Marc Gramberger, Prospex
  • Diana Madill, Prospex
  • Martin Watson, Prospex
EIT Interim Director
Vice President of Warsaw and Participant in the EU High-level group on Smart Cities and Communities
Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens
Deputy Mayor of Budapest
ICLEI Regional Director for Europe and also the Managing Director (CEO) of the ICLEI European Secretariat

10:00am
Coffee break

10:30am
EIT Innovations in practice: Virtual City Tour

  • Info

Guided tour and interactive pitch-presentations of EIT innovations/innovative activities

The virtual city tour will lead participants on a journey to discover the EIT innovations linked to cities.

12:30pm
Lunch break

GRAFFITI - Developing ideas for innovation

  • Info

The objective of GRAFFITTI is to inspire participants to develop ideas for innovation. Ideas will be gathered and represented in an artistic/visual format.

Investors Roundtable (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The Roundtable will discuss cutting-edge, state-of-the-art practices, emerging markets, trends and insights on investment raising, venture capital, business angels and finance that will make an important contribution to enhance the EIT’s, KICs and their ventures’ know-how on these and other related topics.

The main outcomes of the Roundtable will be shared in the Stakeholder Forum on 7 May.

Speakers:

  • Christine Garburg, Senior Adviser European Investement Bank
EIT Strategy, Impact Analysis and Evaluation Officer
RFP Advisory Services Ltd.
General Partner, Wellington Partners

Knowledge Triangle Integration Roundtable (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The Roundtable on Knowledge Triangle Integration will share and discuss good practices in  integrating research, business and Higher Education to drive Innovation & entrepreneurship .

The main outcomes of the Roundtable will be shared in the Stakeholder Forum on 7 May.

EIT Head of Unit (acting) Policy and Communications
Member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
Innovation Agent, The Florin Partnership
Director, European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

2:30pm
EIT Awards 2015 - Meet the Nominees!

  • Info

The nominees for the 2015 edition of the EIT Venture Award, EIT CHANGE Award and EIT Innovators Award will present and pitch their innovative achievements.

Click here to see who the Nominees are!

4:00pm
Coffee break

4:30pm
EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The session will present and discuss the EIT’s and KICs outreach strategy and present first results from the implementation of the EIT RIS.

Facilitation:

  • Diana Madill, Prospex

 

Interim CEO of EIT Raw Materials
CEO, EIT ICT Labs
EIT Interim Director
CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
Interim CEO of EIT Health
CEO, Climate-KIC

EIT Education Roundtable (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The Roundtable will present and discuss cross-KIC activities in the area of education, i.e. the EIT Label and the online education initiative, identify and exchange good practices and lessons learned between the EIT, KICs and selected external stakeholders.

The main outcomes of the Roundtable will be shared in the Stakeholder Forum on 7 May.

Speakers:

  • Torsten Fransson, Education Director, KIC InnoEnergy
Member of the EIT Governing Board
Director, empirica GmbH
Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs, Member of the ENQA Board

EIT Alumni CONNECT - Matchmaking & Networking @ EIT Community Corner

  • Info

EIT Connect participants have the possibility to use space at the “EIT Community corner“ for specific match-making between alumni.

7:15pm
EIT Awards Celebration

  • Info

The three EIT Award winners will be announced during the celebration dinner.

 

Day 3 07/05/2015 Day 3: Reflect & Conclude

9:30am
Innovation Conversation: “Successful innovation: what the EU and the US can learn from each other”

  • Speakers
President & CEO, SOLVO Biotechnology Ltd.
Global Innovation Policy, Georgetown University

10:30am
Coffee break

11:00am
EIT Stakeholder Forum

  • Info
  • Speakers

Highlights and main outcomes from Day 1 and Day2 will be shared.

The EIT will present its future strategy, plans and activities to its wider stakeholder community. INNOVEIT 2015 participants will have the opportunity to present their feedback and recommendations to the EIT in an open-floor session.

Speakers:

  • EIT Community staff

Facilitation:

  • Marc Gramberger, Prospex
  • Diana Madill, Prospex
  • Martin Watson, Prospex
EIT Interim Director

12:30pm
INNOVEIT 2015 - Closing

  • Speakers
EIT Interim Director

Lunch break

2:00pm
Member State Configuration (by invitation only)

  • Info
  • Speakers

The Member State Configuration is the annual dialogue meeting between the EIT and representatives from EU Members States.

Speakers:

  • Karl Vrancken, EIT Raw Materials

Note: This session is foreseen to finish at 17:30

CEO, EIT ICT Labs
EIT Interim Director
CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
Interim CEO of EIT Health
CEO, Climate-KIC
  • Martin Kern

    EIT Interim Director
    INNOVEIT 2015 - Closing Good practices and new questions - Plenary Parallel Session 1: Cross-KIC Learning (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT Alumni CONNECT - Registration (by invitation only) EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities EIT Stakeholder Forum Member State Configuration (by invitation only) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)
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  • Jeroen van der Veer

    Member of the EIT Governing Board
    EIT Alumni CONNECT - Registration (by invitation only) Parallel Session 2: Learning from a unique approach (Innovating with EIT-KICs)
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  • Peter Olesen

    Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
    INNOVEIT 2015 Opening - Innovation in Europe
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  • Tibor Navracsics

    Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
    INNOVEIT 2015 Opening - Innovation in Europe Good practices and new questions - Plenary
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  • Birgitte Andersen

    CEO and Co-creator, Big Innovation Centre
    INNOVEIT 2015 Opening - Innovation in Europe Good practices and new questions - Plenary
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  • Corinne Vigreux

    Co-Founder and Consumer Business Managing Director, TomTom
    INNOVEIT 2015 Opening - Innovation in Europe Good practices and new questions - Plenary
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  • Willem Jonker

    CEO, EIT ICT Labs
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Parallel Session 2: Learning from a unique approach (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Member State Configuration (by invitation only)
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  • Diego Pavía

    CEO, KIC InnoEnergy
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Parallel Session 1: Cross-KIC Learning (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Member State Configuration (by invitation only)
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  • Bertrand van Ee

    CEO, Climate-KIC
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Parallel Session 1: Cross-KIC Learning (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Member State Configuration (by invitation only)
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  • Jens Gutzmer

    Interim CEO of EIT Raw Materials
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Parallel Session 1: Cross-KIC Learning (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)
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  • Ursula Redeker

    Interim CEO of EIT Health
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Parallel Session 2: Learning from a unique approach (Innovating with EIT-KICs) EIT's impact on Europe's regions: The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Member State Configuration (by invitation only)
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  • Rahul Bansal

    Deputy Director Education, Climate-KIC
    Innovating with EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)
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  • Xavier Prats Monné

    Director General, European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture
    Parallel Session 2: Learning from a unique approach (Innovating with EIT-KICs)
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  • Nadja Dokter

    EIT Policy Officer
    Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only)
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  • Claudio Geyken

    KIC InnoEnergy Community Officer
    Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only)
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  • Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou

    Member of the EIT Governing Board
    Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only) EIT Education Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Germán Leiva

    President of the EIT ICT Labs Alumni foundation
    Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only)
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  • Estefania Tapias

    President of the Climate-KIC Alumni Association
    Parallel Session 3: EIT Alumni CONNECT - The EIT Alumni Community (by invitation only)
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  • Michał Olszewski

    Vice President of Warsaw and Participant in the EU High-level group on Smart Cities and Communities
    EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities
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  • Martin Powell

    Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens
    EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities
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  • Balázs Szeneczey

    Deputy Mayor of Budapest
    EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities
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  • Wolfgang Teubner

    ICLEI Regional Director for Europe and also the Managing Director (CEO) of the ICLEI European Secretariat
    EIT innovations in practice: Spotlight on our cities
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  • Vasco de Oliveira Janeiro

    EIT Strategy, Impact Analysis and Evaluation Officer
    Investors Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Richard Pelly

    RFP Advisory Services Ltd.
    Investors Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Christian Reitberger

    General Partner, Wellington Partners
    Investors Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Mathea Fammels

    EIT Head of Unit (acting) Policy and Communications
    Knowledge Triangle Integration Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Patricia Reilly

    Member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
    Knowledge Triangle Integration Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Chris Shilling

    Innovation Agent, The Florin Partnership
    Knowledge Triangle Integration Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Richard Tuffs

    Director, European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
    Knowledge Triangle Integration Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Werner Korte

    Director, empirica GmbH
    EIT Education Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Teresa Sánchez Chaparro

    Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs, Member of the ENQA Board
    EIT Education Roundtable (by invitation only)
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  • Ernő Duda

    President & CEO, SOLVO Biotechnology Ltd.
    Innovation Conversation: “Successful innovation: what the EU and the US can learn from each other”
    Read more
  • Charles Wessner

    Global Innovation Policy, Georgetown University
    Innovation Conversation: “Successful innovation: what the EU and the US can learn from each other”
    Read more

EIT AWARDS

The objectives of the EIT Awards are to promote innovation and encourage entrepreneurship by putting the most innovative ventures, entrepreneurial graduates and innovation teams emerging from the KICs in the spotlight and to create role models to drive future change. More specifically:

  • The EIT Venture Award puts successful entrepreneurial start-ups that have been supported by the KICs through a dedicated business creation or business development process in the spotlight;
  • The EIT CHANGE Award celebrates graduates from EIT labelled education programmes that spur innovation and entrepreneurship and bring about a change in the thematic areas addressed by the EIT and its KICs.
  • The EIT Innovators Award recognises KIC innovation teams composed of individuals from across the knowledge triangle that have developed a product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact.

Within the EIT Community, the EIT Awards play an important role in celebrating achievements and success, identifying role models and increasing opportunities for the further development of the EIT Award winners.

Rajai Aghabi

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Winner

Rajai Aghabi

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Winner

Project: Neptune

Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Video: Discover the innovation project

  • Key words: Affordable wind energy
  • Project aim: To develop a cost-effective, accurate and reliable offshore wind measuring system
  • EIT Community connection: KIC InnoEnergy Iberia Barcelona

About...the project

  • The idea: With our experience in offshore wind, we detected that there was a need to develop a more costeffective way to measure the wind speed potential at an offshore site. This is when we started looking for support and funding schemes which could allow us to build up a product-oriented innovation project. And we found KIC InnoEnergy.
  • Inspiration for change: We want to foster the development of renewable energies. Renewables are a clean and natural source of energy, which will help Europe (and the rest of the world) reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and therefore build a ‘greener’ future.
  • EIT Community support:KIC InnoEnergy has supported us at every stage of the project. Its wide network has provided access to specialised and sector-oriented knowledge, which has helped us to define the product requirements targeted to the real needs of the market. The KIC’s business-oriented approach has also helped us to focus on delivering timely results and to cross-check the results obtained from our research with the market, in order to detect the technical, economical and added-value approach of what we are doing.
  • Generating impact:Wind energy is currently one of the sources of renewable energy with the highest potential – offshore wind in particular, given its scalability. EOLOS helps to encourage its use by reducing the cost of developing offshore wind projects.

About...the team

  • Formation: After having the idea of creating a project to develop a floating lidar system [a remote sensing technology that uses a laser and reflected light to measure distances], we gathered the most suitable and fit-for-purpose team, which covered the main technical and business areas we needed for the project. For this we looked to KIC InnoEnergy’s network.
  • Embracing diversity: Working with many partners is not easy as there are always different opinions, timings, and ways of working. This made managing things difficult, but a common goal, and a clear work plan and distribution of tasks quickly put everyone to work, with very satisfying final results.
  • Looking back: Since the project began we’ve got to know each other better and work has become more effective. While there have been ups and downs, the prototype is now finalised.
  • Moving forward: After a final validation period of six months, our prototype will be ready to be commercialised. Looking further, we want to see EOLOS fully active in the offshore wind market and our product being used as the reference for offshore wind measurements.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is turning knowledge into creativity
  • Dream team: My dream team is the team I currently have!

More Information

www.eolossolutions.com  
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Regnar Paaske

Award Category: 
Venture Award Winner

Regnar Paaske

Award Category: 
Venture Award Winner

Project: Nordic Power Converters

Nominated by: Climate-KIC

Video: Meet the Nominee

  • Key words: Small, long-lasting power converters
  • Venture aim: To become the new standard for electric power converters for LED, chargers and other applications
  • EIT Community connection: Supported at Climate-KIC’s Nordic Co-location Centre through the Accelerator programme and runner-up in the Climate-KIC Venture Competition 2014

About...the project

  • The idea: Nordic Power Converters (NPC) began with a technical breakthrough during the Master’s thesis of Mickey Madsen, Cofounder and CEO of NPC, enabling the switching frequency of resonant power converters to increase 1 000 times without the circuits failing. In short, NPC has found a way to produce a Formula 1 engine using standard components.
  • Inspiration for change: Billions of everyday products require electrical power converters, but the technology has not changed significantly for the past 30 years. Power converters cause more than half of the failures for LED products, represent 15-25 % of production costs and take up most of the space inside LED bulbs. They are the reason for bulky chargers for laptops and other devices.
  • EIT Community support: We have worked with Climate-KIC’s Nordic Colocation Centre and especially Jakob Steen Jensen, Entrepreneurship Lead. The support we have received has enabled us to meet customers and investors, as well as formulate, test and adapt our business plan.

About...you

  • How it began: I met Mickey Madsen at start-up events and instantly had a gut feeling about the large-scale potential of the idea. I recognised that I could contribute valuable experience to the team, so I began to help with business development matters and soon focused fully on NPC.
  • Venture evolution: We had just incorporated and joined a soft money supported research project when we applied to take part in the Venture Competition 2014 at Climate-KIC’s Nordic Co-location Centre. We also joined an elite hardware accelerator program called Danish Tech Challenge where we received an office, coaching and other support over 4-5 months. This combination of multiple support sources has allowed us to move our start-up from a plan to the first € 1 million customer contract within just over half a year.
  • Looking forward: We are launching the first power converter products for the LED lighting market in 2015 Q4, with the next three products following in the first half of 2016. From there, it is only our bandwidth limiting the rollout of the technology to improve LED products and save resources.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is the result of a desire to change and improve products, processes, services and, ultimately, real lives.
  • World-changing inventions: Modern communication tools, which enable people to work and live better together.

More Information

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Govinda Upadhyay

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Winner

Govinda Upadhyay

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Winner

Project: LEDsafari

Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

Video: Meet the Nominee

  • Key words: Low cost, do-it-yourself, solar LED lamp
  • Project aim: To empower people in developing countries to make their own solar rechargeable lamps, using locally available material to promote sustainability and health, develop skills and gain jobs
  • EIT Community connection: KIC InnoEnergy SELECT Master programme – graduated in 2012

About...the project

  • The idea: We have designed an innovative solar lamp, made up of only five carefully chosen electrical components, which can be self-assembled by anyone. It is the cheapest solar lamp available ($ 5.00), which has the potential to replace kerosene lamps ($ 2.00 per week for fuel). It can be assembled without prior technical knowledge, using locally available material, and is easy to repair at village level after some basic training.
  • Inspiration for change: Over 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity and rely on kerosene lamps for lighting, a harmful and expensive solution, which emits high quantities of CO₂. Existing solar lights are too often hard to repair at village level, are expensive and are difficult to handle for people who are not familiar with new technology. This represents a big barrier for people to switch to a modern and safe energy form such as solar light.
  • EIT Community support: This company is a direct result of the Master thesis I completed as part of the KIC InnoEnergy SELECT Master programme. Taking part in the programme was a great experience; I learnt about new trends in sustainable energy and also how to see technologies from a social, as well as business, perspective.

About...you

  • How it began: I have always been interested in sustainable technologies, which have a huge impact on the society. While travelling in Indian rural areas, I observed that a lot of social problems could be solved if we can involve local people in the development process. This gave me the idea of a bottom-up approach to technology development.
  • An ideal world: I would like to bring high quality education to everyone on this planet irrespective of their economic situation. I strongly believe that by sharing and providing knowledge we can overcome extreme poverty significantly faster.
  • Moving forward: In the future I want to be working for LEDsafari and have products in clean water, energy efficient housing, solar home systems, refrigeration and other essential technologies that people need for their livelihoods.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is a smart way to solve a certain problem.
  • Would like to meet: Elon Musk. I have always been inspired by his world- changing ideas and out-of-the-box thinking.

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www.ledsafari.com    

 

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Hidde-Jan Lemstra

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Hidde-Jan Lemstra

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Project: Reduse

Nominated by Climate-KIC

  • Key words: Remove print from paper
  • Venture aim: To have an Unprinter for every printer
  • EIT Community connection: Climate-KIC Accelerator, UK

About...the project

  • The idea: We remove toner print from paper, using laser ablation. Printed paper in, empty paper out, as simple as that. Our technology works on all paper, on all colour, with no special equipment required.
  • Inspiration for change: We want people to always consider the option of reusing material. Paper is a prime example where we have gone from disposal to recycling, but there is no technical reason why paper cannot be reused. Through Unprinter we now enable the reuse of paper (and are the first to do so!).
  • EIT Community support: Climate-KIC UK welcomed us onto their Accelerator programme. This was pivotal in our development; it allowed us to really understand customer demands, and make an important hire for our team (Chief Technology Officer Tony Dunn). The network opportunities and brand of the programme have also been extremely valuable. We have been able to accelerate our development and, due to the support from Climate-KIC, have just closed a significant equity seed funding round.

About...you

  • How it began: Our Chief Scientist and co-founder David Leal wanted to put his engineering skills to use for society. He decided to join Professor Julian Allwood at the University of Cambridge to explore the options of reusing paper. I was extremely impressed with the technology and worked hard to convince David to take it forward, eventually becoming CEO and co-founder of Reduse.
  • Venture evolution: We were pre-start, in stealth mode. We had done desk work on our development, but realised we needed proper support to develop this further. Climate-KIC UK has enabled a real, measurable acceleration of our progress.
  • Being a nominee: We want to use this platform to show our technology and engage people in the change to reusing key materials. With sufficient resources for the Seed Phase, we are now poised for great progress and value creation.
  • Looking forward: We have been able to accelerate our development, and due to the support we have received from Climate-KIC, we have just closed a significant equity Seed Funding round. In the future we are planning products related to Unprinting, including consumable and key enablers of paper reuse.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is a clever solution to real problems.
  • World-changing inventions: Laser. Without laser we wouldn’t be Unprinting!

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www.reduse.co.uk    
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Emanuela Zaccone

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Emanuela Zaccone

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Project: TOK.tv

Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Second screen, sport, emotions
  • Venture aim: To never let those who are passionate about sport watch a game on TV alone again
  • EIT Community connection: Part of the Smart Spaces Action Line at EIT ICT Labs

About...the project

  • The idea: TOK.tv has built the first voice social platform designed to help football clubs offer their fans a unique engagement experience. Our platform lets users talk to their friends while watching a game, read the latest news, send stadium sounds and take social selfies together. Teams on the other side can engage their fans in a brand new way and monetise their engagement.
  • Inspiration for change: People love watching football games on TV with friends, but what if these friends are far away from each other? We recreate the experience of watching a game together on the same couch.
  • EIT Community support: We are part of the Smart Spaces Action Line. EIT ICT Labs is supporting TOK.tv to identify potential customers for our market in Europe in the sport and TV field. We are also looking for additional funding and to establish an office in Trento, Italy.

About...you

  • How it began: When I started my PhD thesis in 2007, I decided to focus on social media marketing and audiovisual products. I was told that this ‘social stuff’ would never be that relevant, but I saw that things were evolving and TV shows were leading a huge change in the way they approached and involved audiences. Social TV was born and it was love at first sight. Some years later, I received an email from Fabrizio Capobianco (now CEO of TOK.tv). He had read my thesis and was thinking about social TV and a second screen too. We had a long Skype talk and that was the moment in which my passion turned into a start-up.
  • Venture evolution: When we became involved with EIT ICT Labs, we were in our seed funding stage. Now we’ve raised € 1 million and have Juventus and Real Madrid as partners.
  • Looking forward: We are going to launch other apps with major football teams in the next months.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is about life improvement and continuous learning. Searching for something new and ground-breaking, and aiming to improve the world around us. Rejecting the fear of failing, and having the willingness to reinvent and create.
  • World-changing inventions: The internet, without any doubt. It is a sum of all our greatest inventions and it enhances them – there would be no code without writing, for example. Today the internet gives us the chance to connect with each other, collaborate across the world and stay updated. It is our future and it is up to us to make it even better.

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www.tok.tv    
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Stefano Calderano

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Stefano Calderano

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Project: JUSP

Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Mobile POS solutions
  • Venture aim: To become a leading mobile commerce service provider, helping our customers to maximise revenues, reduce costs and increase their overall customer satisfaction
  • EIT Community connection: Coached by the Business Development team at EIT ICT Labs’ Trento Co-location Centre

About...the project

  • The idea: Jusp is the first provider of an all-in-one chip-and-pin Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) solution for smartphones, tablets and PCs. Jusp allows you to accept any credit, debit and prepaid card by paying a small fee per transaction with no additional monthly charge.
  • Inspiration for change: We saw the huge success of Square in the US and we realised that in Europe, where cards work with a different technology than in the US, there was no equivalent solution.
  • EIT Community support: We received help in contacting telco partners from EIT ICT Labs’ network across Europe and have been able to close distribution agreements with players introduced to us by EIT ICT Labs.
  • Generating impact: We are revolutionising the world of money. Our role is fundamental for the diffusion of electronic payment even in areas where cash is still largely used. Mobile POS is an opportunity for those who already have standard POS payment systems to update their traditional concept of sales points, thus allowing their clients to avoid long lines at checkout counters.

About...you

  • How it began: After 20 years of experience in the retail banking industry, I invested in Jusp, where I became CEO in September 2012. I have always been fascinated by the Square idea in the US and was excited to join Jusp’s founder in this idea.
  • Venture evolution: In 2012, we raised € 500 000 from a group of angel investors, in 2013 we raised € 3.7 million equity with two Italian venture capital firms, and in 2014 we received a € 700 000 Regional Government Grant from Sardinia. We are also in another fundraising stage at the moment.
  • Looking forward: We believe the mPOS market will become mainstream, not only targeting mobility needs but also substituting current fixed POS. Also, we believe large enterprises can get great benefits from the use of Jusp to increase sales and improve the efficiency of their back offices. With the increasing market demand, Jusp is planning to reach 30 full time employees by the end of 2015 and to open a subsidiary office abroad to support international business expansion.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is looking at the same thing as everybody else, but being able to see something different from others.
  • World-changing inventions: The iPad redefined the way we do and think about everyday tasks. I constantly live together with my iPad.

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www.jusp.com    
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Rolf Huiberts

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Rolf Huiberts

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Project: Sensus Energy

Nominated by KIC InnoEnergy

  • Key words: Intelligent solar electronics
  • Venture aim: To provide technology for the next generation of high performance, aesthetically pleasing, building-integrated solar systems
  • EIT Community connection: Supported at KIC InnoEnergy Benelux and winner of the KIC InnoEnergy Business Booster 2014 pitching contest in Barcelona (2014)

About...the project

  • The idea: Typical solar systems harvest energy at system or panel level. Sensus Energy offers intelligent electronics, which enable energy harvesting at cell level. This approach means that the solar system always operates at maximum performance, even under suboptimal conditions. Strong system simplifications result in significant cost benefits and the modular approach creates many new aesthetically pleasing design opportunities.
  • Inspiration for change: Solar systems placed on top of building roofs are aesthetically unattractive and existing attractive alternatives are expensive. We started to look deeper into the technology and discovered why solar systems can’t be integrated into construction materials like roof tiles with the currently available technology. This inspired us to develop a solution for this drawback.
  • EIT Community support: KIC InnoEnergy Benelux helped us with financial planning and business model development. We also received extensive support on patent strategy, along with financial support – something which is always appreciated in the start-up phase!
  • Generating impact: We want to increase the applicability of solar systems in the built environment by offering maximum performance in areas that are partially or temporarily shaded. We also want to make solar systems more affordable.

About...you

  • How it began: I have been working in the sustainable energy field for many years and was inspired to start my own company after experiencing the valorisation of fuel cell technology. One of the earliest projects I worked on was related to aesthetically pleasing solar technology, which I realised was a market with enormous business potential. When I met my associate Callie Peters, who held a patent relating to the solar harvester, we decided to join forces and establish Sensus Energy.
  • Venture evolution: We are very pleased to get this opportunity to present ourselves during this prestigious event. We feel like we’re playing in the Champions League Final!
  • Looking forward: We are continuing to work with stakeholders on the development of aesthetically pleasing, building-integrated solar products. Besides this, we are rolling out our technology in appealing off-grid solar applications like solar-powered e-bikes and drones. And we are looking for investors to bring out technology to the next level!

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation means to make money out of inventions in the broadest sense.
  • World-changing inventions: The invention of the dynamo and the combustion engine. These inventions form the basis of current society.

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www.sensusenergy.com  
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Pascal Boulanger

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Pascal Boulanger

Award Category: 
Venture Award Nominee

Project: Nawa Technologies

Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

  • Key words: Save energy, preserve environment, empower citizens
  • Venture aim: To change electric storage usages with a new generation of ultra-fast batteries
  • EIT Community connection: KIC InnoEnergy Highway

About...the project

  • The idea: Within the CEA Laboratory, where our company began, I contributed to the development of an innovative nanomaterial, whose nanostructuration increases the capability to store more electricity, faster and for longer. We also developed a manufacturing process to produce this material, an electrode and, at the end, a battery with a safer-by-design and sustainable approach.
  • Inspiration for change: Electricity storage has always been the bottleneck for energy transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources. As they are basically unpredictable, renewable energy sources are easily criticised. We have developed electricity storage technology that could help renewables become more predictable by smoothing their production in the short-term in the same place. Instead of having a few big plants, we envision millions of sources with their own storage.
  • EIT Community support: The EIT’s KIC InnoEnergy helped us to launch the first tests that demonstrated the basic steps towards industrialisation. Their support plays a great role in the credibility of the project as well and we’ve been introduced to many people and companies that have been essential for our development.

About...you

  • How it began: I had worked in many fields (nuclear, solar photovoltaics, nanotechnology) and all of these pieces organised themselves like a puzzle and the idea became inescapable. Then I decided to strengthen my skills in economics and did an MBA where I met NAWA’s cofounder, Ludovic Eveillard. He started as a scientist but switched rapidly to the private sector and now has more than 20 years of experience in business and marketing.
  • Venture evolution: We took part in the KIC InnoEnergy Highway development programme, where we received a grant to develop the weakest technical aspects of the project. As a part of this programme, KIC InnoEnergy helped us to find contacts, and increase both our visibility and credibility so that we could attract investment.
  • Looking forward: We will never stop innovating. Like the internet we have for data, an internet for electricity is emerging. We envision our technology as pervasive in all future ‘connected’ objects (e.g. ferries, buses, cars, but also mobiles, wireless energy, etc.). NAWA is the 5G of electricity.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: It’s a frame of mind: the desire to always improve, change your viewpoint, think differently, but at the same time always deliver.
  • World-changing inventions: The wheel: a simple and mathematically perfect object that’s so useful.

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www.nawatechnologies.com  
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Jelmer Van Veen

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Jelmer Van Veen

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Project: AQGRI+

Nominated by Climate-KIC

  • Key words: Wastewater as a resource
  • Project aim: To recover resources and reuse them
  • EIT Community connection:Climate-KIC’s summer school (The Journey) and Climate-KIC Master programme

About...the project

  • The idea: The AQGRI+ station treats domestic wastewater in a natural way and produces high quality compost, fish (as a by-product) and nutrient-rich irrigation water.
  • Inspiration for change: A vast amount of resources are wasted on a daily basis, while the need for such resources is ever-increasing. We want to change the way that water is used in agriculture nowadays, to avoid seeing farmers dig deeper and deeper wells while polluted rivers flow alongside their fields. We want to make a business out of adapting to climate change.
  • EIT Community support: An entrepreneurial spirit was instilled in me during Climate-KIC’s The Journey and several Spark lectures and networking events that I participated in. The skills that I acquired were mostly the guts to try and the perseverance to keep on trying. I also learned the importance of a good and genuine vision. Entrepreneurship is engaging in uncharted territory, so you need to have a good idea of your direction and purpose. Those were very valuable lessons.

About...you

  • How it began: When people talk about sustainability, the thing they often talk about is environmental or social sustainability and too often it gets forgotten that without a sound economic foundation every project is doomed to fail. When no money is made, the environment and the people also lose. I became, and am still, very passionate about the power of harnessing economic forces for a good cause. Directing growth to ensure impact. The most impact is not to be expected from large-scale, donor-driven projects with big budgets but without the power to generate more, but from small ones with the power to sustain themselves and grow.
  • Being a nominee: I decided to run for this award because it means more exposure for my start-up and because it’s a great honour.
  • An ideal world: If I could change one thing about the world right now… that’s a hard one. I’m going to go with free education for all.
  • Moving forward: Next for us is building our first AQGRI+ station in Vietnam!

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation means not only conceiving something that no one has thought of before, but doing it.
  • Would like to meet: I would like to meet Derren Brown [a British illusionist who specialises in psychological manipulation] to learn all his mind skills. I’m a big fan!

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www.aqgriplus.org    
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Arno Zimmermann

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Arno Zimmermann

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Project: Coolar (main product: Coolar Fridge)

Nominated by: Climate-KIC

  • Key words: Sustainable, anywhere, fridge
  • Project aim: To help medical providers, food vendors and households store medicine and food autonomously from the electricity grid, with much lower CO₂ emissions and higher durability
  • EIT Community connection: EIT Climate-KIC Journey (2012), EIT labelled Master degree (2013), Climate-KIC Accelerator (2013), Climate-KIC Greenhouse (2014), EIT labelled PhD degree (since 2014)

About...the project

  • The idea: We at Coolar have built and tested a prototype for a new and green type of refrigerator. The innovation lies within the radically different cooling technology and the fact that the system is powered by heat rather than electricity. Furthermore, Coolar does not contain any environmentally harmful substances – it simply uses purified water as a cooling liquid. Overall the Coolar system saves up to 85% running costs and 94% CO₂ emissions compared to conventional devices.
  • Inspiration for change: Cooling is part of everyday life in industrialised countries. In developing regions however, many communities cannot afford reliable cooling due to instable or no power networks, which has consequences for a healthy and balanced diet, and the storage of drugs or vaccines. Improving reliable cooling in these regions would greatly improve everyday lives, while fostering clean development pathways at the same time. Furthermore cooling is something that poses a crucial environmental challenge in developing and industrialised regions alike.
  • EIT Community support: It was exactly what attracted me to the EIT programmes: newest insights and inspiring talks, better understanding of the start-up process, and many new friends and role models from all around Europe.

About...you

  • How it began: Studying and working in business and chemical engineering made me realise the impact our current lifestyle has on the environment and climate, so I decided to specialise in energy and chemicals. There, much needs to be re-invented to shape a low carbon future, which will than have a gigantic impact not only on climate change, but also on business and societies alike.
  • Being a nominee: I want to raise awareness for a sustainable lifestyle, find potential collaboration partners and meet the inspiring people and partners of the EIT in Budapest!
  • An ideal world: Allocate everyone a fair share of resources and emission rights. Then climate change, resource wars, poverty or even mass emigration would not be such a problem anymore. How would we implement that? Let’s discuss!

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is bringing something existing to a new market or something new to an existing market.
  • Would like to meet: Jules Verne! What would his visionary books be like if they were written today?

More Information

www.coolar.co    
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Steven Tait

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Steven Tait

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Project: Favour Exchange

Nominated by EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Sharing, neighbours, community
  • Project aim: To bring back ‘social inclusion’ by exchanging favours while avoiding consumption of finite resources, pollution and waste production
  • EIT Community connection: EIT ICT Labs Master School graduate with a MSc in Service Design and Engineering

About...the project

  • The idea: The idea is to create several trusted, geo-located communities, where people can share goods and services via an online platform that manages both virtual and real interactions. Ideally the application will have three main sections: ‘gift’, where people can give away or request something physical (e.g. baby clothes); ‘borrow/lend’, where people can borrow or lend something physical; (e.g. a drill) and ‘time’, where people can request help with, or offer to help with, a service (e.g. buying groceries).
  • Inspiration for change: Together with other partners, Telecom Italia manages a ‘living lab’ – a real-life community of 150 families where they test ideas. As part of my internship at the company, I analysed the community and found that some members were actively seeking help for their needs. This led me to develop the idea of a service that could connect neighbours and help them exchange goods and services.
  • EIT Community support: During my studies at the EIT ICT Labs Master School, I learned how to understand customer needs in order to shape a service in the real/digital context. Along with colleagues and friends, I studied and applied methods and techniques to real cases in real companies, while also participating in internal teamwork and project management courses.
  • Generating impact:

About...you

  • How it began: I have always been passionate about economics and technology. Nevertheless, in the last few years thanks to the entrepreneurial education path I followed, and different books and articles I have read, I have become increasingly interested in how technology is quickly changing our economy and the way we do business.
  • An ideal world: If I could wave a magic wand, I would like every country to invest 2% of their GDP (around the average military expenditure) in open and collaborative research to solve problems that mean a lot to mankind, such as the shortage of drinking water and poor sanitation.
  • Moving forward: I would like to be in a position that allows me to stay close to innovation activities in the field of ICT, allowing me to contribute to a better future.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is a step forward – or better a ‘giant leap’ – towards a better future by increasing efficiency in processes and value proposition in products.
  • Would like to meet: Several people come to my mind, but if I have to choose one I would go for someone that can drive significant change. Since I love my country, that person would be the Prime Minister (Matteo Renzi).

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Favour Exchange    
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Zhenyu Lin

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Zhenyu Lin

Award Category: 
CHANGE Award Nominee

Project: Sensory Media LTD.

Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Affective interaction, Internet of Things, big data analysis
  • Project aim: To enable computers to understand emotion, allowing for more intuitive and emotional interactions between humans and computers, as well as creating impressive multi-sensory experiences
  • EIT Community connection: EIT Community connection: EIT ICT Labs Masters School – graduated in 2014

About...the project

  • The idea: Sensory Media is developing and selling an intelligent LED lighting system, SoundGlow, which synchronizes with music emotionally, offering a one-stop solution for customers to create impressive ambient atmospheres with much lower control costs.
  • Inspiration for change: Multi-sensory experiences are already being developed as a response to increasing competition within the entertainment and dining industries. However, the approach they are using is costly and I wanted to make the creation of such experiences much more intelligent and affordable for customers.
  • EIT Community support: I took part in the EIT ICT Labs Masters programme from 2012-2014 and had a really positive experience. I got to work with students from different backgrounds, which greatly enhanced my teamwork capability and cross-culture communication skills. I learned essential business knowledge and got a lot of real experience of developing an idea into a product or service. The entrepreneurship atmosphere within the community is quite inspiring!

About...you

  • How it began: I’ve been fascinated by interactive design and music for a long time, and have always wanted to create innovative products that influence people’s lives. I saw great potential in making computers understand emotion and building products based on that.
  • Being a nominee: Innovation and entrepreneurship have been the core ideals I have learned from the EIT and have been key to helping me establish Sensory Media and drive my company forward. Through the EIT Change Award, I would like to share my experience of the EIT programme, to inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and create innovative products that may change our world.
  • Moving forward: I want to create an ecosystem of products that connects information from all the senses. In the near future, Sensory Media will have products that understand the emotion behind the tone of a user’s speech or movements and link it with lighting or music. By creating this ecosystem, we want this new interaction method to influence people’s way of using computers and building applications.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is the intersection of creativity, design, technology, business and humanity. It works to convert findings into products and distribute them, therefore positively influencing our society and people’s lives.
  • Would like to meet: Steve Jobs. He is the perfect example of someone who pushed innovation to the limits of technology.

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www.sensorymedia.co  
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Sander de Vries

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Sander de Vries

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Project: Biogas ETC

Nominated by Climate-KIC

  • Key words: Reducing energy wastage
  • Project aim: To produce biogas in a more efficient and profitable way, realising a de-central supply of renewable energy all over Europe
  • EIT Community connection: Project developed with Climate-KIC partners from the Dutch, French and British Co-location Centres

About...the project

  • The idea: The project is about building and running a pilot plant for small-scale biogas upgrading, and developing a European market strategy for it.
  • Inspiration for change: The fact that many anaerobic digesters are not running efficiently since they produce both heat and electricity, while often not having a demand for the heat anywhere nearby.
  • EIT Community support: Climate-KIC has been very helpful in maximising the chances of a successful market launch through its innovation know-how, link with education through the Education pillar, and strong community network, which has made it easy to approach people from different institutes. The geographical proximity of the Climate-KIC staff in the Co-location Centres and the Regional Innovation Centres has also been ideal, as has the fact that they are always very helpful, friendly and easy to approach!
  • Generating impact: We want to make biogas production from manure much more efficient and profitable, contributing to a de-central supply of sustainable energy.

About...the team

  • Formation: Some partners were contacted through the KIC channels, others were approached because they were essential to the project; they became Climate-KIC (affiliate) partners later on.The KIC staff helped us by suggesting possible partners to approach that could strengthen the proposal and project.
  • Embracing diversity: It’s been lively and inspiring to work with such a diverse group of people. Our skills have complemented each other well, which is exactly why the project partners were chosen.
  • Looking back:  It took quite some energy to get the project up and running, and there was a lot of paper work. There were also some setbacks in the construction of the demo plant. However, we have persevered as a team and are now seeing the project start to bear fruit. We’ve developed a string market strategy and the demo installation is now up and running.
  • Moving forward: Next for us is a market launch and then getting ready for the next innovation… who knows what’s cooking?

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is bringing research outcomes to the market, in order to make an impact in the real world.
  • Dream team: Jimi Hendrix for inspiration, the Dalai Lama for wisdom and Sir Winston Churchill for leadership.

More Information

http://biogas-etc.eu/    
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Gian Autenrieth

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Gian Autenrieth

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Project: Off4firms

Nominated by Climate-KIC

  • Key words: Climate employee engagement
  • Project aim: To enable companies to engage their employees in taking climate action at home
  • EIT Community connection: Climate-KIC Co-location Centre in Zürich

About...the project

  • The idea: Private households are responsible for over 40% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and while a range of solutions and schemes are available, people don’t adopt them. On the other hand, companies are increasingly developing their corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies, but struggle to anchor them into their daily operations and encourage all their employees to act on them. This led us to developing a service which brings those two points together. Building on research into environmental decision-making and social behavioural studies, Off4Firms assesses different incentives with which companies can stimulate their employees to adopt energy-saving practices and technologies.
  • Inspiration for change: We want to help countries reduce their energy demands and CO₂ emissions in order to contribute to solving the global climate change problem. We want to put the private sector in a leading role, leveraging its potential to engage private individuals in clean-tech adoption and behavioural changes.
  • EIT Community support: The facilitation of the exchange with other KIC partners was enriching. Both the Co-location Centres and the central office were a great source of support. The funding that Climate-KIC provided as part of this project was also economically crucial, as innovation activities are sometimes not pursued because of the potential costs.

About...the team

  • Formation: Some of the partners knew each other, but hadn’t worked together before. Our competences were quite complementary and we all learned a lot from each other. The chance to have scientific concepts and findings assessed from a business perspective was inspiring.
  • Embracing diversity: Working with partners has been enriching. It has required some understanding between partners as time sensitivity, budget restraints, etc. have different meanings or importance in the academic and the business world. The direct and open communication we have within the team has prevented such matters from becoming a problem though.
  • Moving forward: We are looking scale up the service and bring it to more companies through marketing and sales activities. One thing we’re looking into is the connectivity of the service, meaning its compatibility with industry-leading reporting standards.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is what enables people to improve their every activity. It isn’t limited to technology – it can be found wherever an open human mind challenges the status quo!
  • Dream team: Richard Feynman (theoretical physicist), Alexander von Humboldt (explorer of Latin America) and Jonathan Ive (Senior Vice President of Design at Apple).

More Information

www.off4firms.ethz.ch  
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Markus Löchtefeld

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Markus Löchtefeld

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Project: DA4RBI

Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Indoor analytics, customer insights, retail experience
  • Project aim: To enable retailers to scrutinise the full potential of their store through analysing their customers’ behaviour and enriching their retail experience
  • EIT Community connection: Project selected through EIT ICT Labs’ Call for innovation activities

About...the project

  • The idea: With the DA4RBI project we have created a platform that, based on an unobtrusive customer tracking system, allows us to analyse customer behaviour inside a physical store.
  • Inspiration for change: We want to help keep physical stores competitive, and safeguard all connected jobs, and our inspiration for achieving this comes from current online retailers. For them it is easy to follow their customers’ journeys through their store and recommend products accordingly. So therefore we decided to take a technique from the digital world into the physical.
  • EIT Community support: We had access to brilliant and well-connected partners for our project, who followed the open innovation culture of EIT ICT Labs. Furthermore, the business development team provided us with a supportive environment and opened unique opportunities to connect with experts and customers.
  • Generating impact: For the economic side, we see a huge potential to increase the revenue of retailers, especially in grocery retailing. The societal impact we want to achieve focuses on keeping the current model of physical, offline retailing alive.

About...the team

  • Formation: The core team of DFKI, University of Helsinki and U-Hopper met at the EIT ICT labs partner event in 2013, while talking with Fabio Belloni of Quuppa about their high accuracy indoor positioning system, and soon realised our common interests and problems.
  • Embracing diversity: The diversity of the group was extremely helpful, as the different backgrounds, insights and knowledge helped us to avoid many mistakes, and we were able to face the different national problems of retailers more easily.
  • Moving forward: We expect DA4RBI technology to be responsible for a significant amount of the retail and logistics software market. Especially as we have the market-leading platform involved (SAP Retail, who we met through the EIT ICT Labs network), but also because we believe in the opportunities that smaller business owners can expect from the Retailer-In platform of U-Hopper, which is connected to much smaller initial investment costs compared to SAP’s solutions.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: For me, innovation is the transformation of new ideas that ocus on relevant and current real-world problems into readily available processes and services for market.
  • Dream team: Elon Musk (brilliant technological vision, while trying to advance mankind), Marie Skłodowska- Curie (devoted scientist and inspirational figure) and Leonardo da Vinci (imaginative and a skilled artist).

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Bruno Crispo

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Bruno Crispo

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Project: MobileShield

Nominated by: EIT ICT Labs

  • Key words: Security, privacy, smartphones
  • Project aim: To protect the privacy and security of personal, business and governmental data that may reside on phones
  • EIT Community connection: Project team combines EIT ICT Labs partners from the Trento, Berlin, Helsinki and Stockholm Co-location Centres

About...the project

  • The idea: Mobile Shield consists of several different solutions. Freedome is an app that can protect user data such as location, websites visited and searches. Moshi is a solution for companies that protects the mobile transactions of their customers. Simko3 allows a secure and default environment to be created on a phone, where applications and sensitive data can be contained and protected.
  • Inspiration for change: Use of smartphones is growing rapidly, as is the ability to perform more and more advanced activities on them. At the same time the number of malware and attacks targeting these platforms is also booming. This has created a business opportunity and user need that we want to address.
  • EIT Community support: EIT ICT Lab’s unique environment has allowed us to create a project team with highly qualified members in the security field. It has facilitated contact with stakeholders to promote our services and products, and gather feedback. We have also been able to approach the EU market, rather than just a single, country-specific one.
  • Generating impact: Our solutions are simple to use and are essential to protect personal, business and governmental data kept on mobile phones. Our services and products also have clear and well-defined business models to make them tangible sources of revenue and profit.

About...the team

  • Formation: All of the project partners operate in the area of security and privacy, so we had some prior knowledge of each others’ skills and expertise. The actual team was formed during events organised by the Privacy, Security and Trust Action Lin (PST AL) to enable and stimulate contacts and networking. These took place at the EIT ICT Labs Co-location Centres in Trento and Berlin.
  • Embracing diversity: Most of us are used to working at an international level, so it has been enriching and interesting. We built the project team to make sure we have complementary skills and all the competencies required to succeed in the project.
  • Moving forward: The project will continue with the same team in 2015, even though the goal has slightly changed and we will be following the market and increasing threat-levels by focusing on mobile malware detection.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation: Innovation is transferring research results to market and making a profit out of it.
  • Dream team: Martin Cooper, the ‘father’ of the mobile phone; Steve Jobs, inventor of the iPhone; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose phone was reportedly hacked last year and would therefore be a great potential customer for our services and products.

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Xavier Pain

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Xavier Pain

Award Category: 
Innovators Award Nominee

Project: PLESMO

Nominated by: KIC InnoEnergy

  • Key words: Energy efficiency in industry
  • Project aim: To help industrial plants to save energy by tackling the energy consumption of non-production modes
  • EIT Community connection: Supported at KIC InnoEnergy France

About...the project

  • The idea: PLESMO stands for ‘Plant Low Energy Standby Modes’ and offers the Stop&Start range of non-invasive, non-intrusive, easy to use and easy to set up services and products in order to manage and reduce energy consumption.
  • Inspiration for change: We want to prove the performance of the concept in the field: real percentage of saving, final customer value, business opportunities and technical feasibility.
  • EIT Community support: Through KIC InnoEnergy, we have been able to find the relevant framework for a collaborative project. We have also experienced a great workshop about IP production and freedom to operate and identified the right source of funding for the implementation of the PLESMO project in the field.
  • Generating impact: We want to save 10% of industrial energy consumption, which consists of 25% of the total energy consumption in Europe. The European Commission plans to reduce this total consumption by 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030. Therefore, we aim to contribute to 10% of the general effort.

About...the team

  • Formation: The PLESMO project has a cross-cultural, collaborative team consisting of INSA (academic), Fenwick (customer) and Schneider Electric (industry leader). The idea originated in Schneider Electric’s innovation team and with assistance from KIC InnoEnergy France, the team came together.
  • Embracing diversity: Such a diverse team requires the right leadership, with a clear vision, a flexible attitude and a high level of trust. You learn how to focus on priorities, remain on track and not be indiscriminate.
  • Looking back: Launching a new start-up has been the main change since we started this project!
  • Moving forward:  Next we plan to transfer the Stop&Start range to the Global Solution Business Unit of Schneider Electric to more effectively manage the process and address market needs. With the support of KIC InnoEnergy France’s business creation services, we have also launched a start-up, Gulplug, to provide a wireless and self-powered energy sensor.

About...inspiration

  • Innovation:  Something that is new and progressive on the market with a real customer value and a profitable source of revenue for it supplier.
  • Dream team:  Michel Platini, because football is my favourite sport and he has shown how to succeed both on and off the pitch; Steve Jobs, because he was the source of inspiration for Gulplug’s magnetic plug (through Apple’s MagSafe); and Patrick Burensteinas – if you don’t know him, you should!

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Gabor Bojar

Gabor Bojar

Current position: Founder and Chairman of Graphisoft SE; Graphisoft Park SE; and Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT)

Gabor Bojar founded the architectural software company Graphisoft in 1982 in Hungary, well before the fall of the Iron Courtain. Today Graphisoft is the worldwide market leader in the field of 3D building modelling. Graphisoft Park SE a real-estate enterprise, spin-off of the software firm, re-cultivated an industrial site on the bank of the river Danube and turned it into a state-of-the art science park, which now hosts Microsoft, SAP, Servier and many other high-tech companies.

In 2007, Gabor established a school of information technology and entrepreneurship for an international student body. AIT is an example of social entrepreneurship demonstrating the viability of a self-sustaining investment in higher education.

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Monica Dietl

Monica Dietl

Dr Monica Dietl has been the Director of the COST Office, provided by the ESF, since April 2011. She was appointed Director of the COST Association in June 2014.

Before joining COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Monica Dietl was twice representative and Director of the Brussels Office of the French National Research Centre (CNRS). Prior to that she was responsible for European and industrial partnerships in the CNRS life sciences department.

Previously she worked as Policy Officer at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research, where she was in charge of drafting the FP7 'Ideas' Specific Programme and had contributed to the setting up of the European Research Council (ERC).

Dr Dietl is a biologist specialised in neuroscience. She joined the CNRS in 1990 as researcher. Her research experience includes the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris VI, France; Neurology Department at the Lainz Hospital in Vienna, Austria, the pharmaceutical company Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland, and the Inserm Institute of Neurosciences at the Collège de France in Paris, France, where she had, among others, collaborated with the pharma firma Rhone Poulenc Santé.

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Ernő Duda

Ernő Duda

Ernő Duda is President & CEO of SOLVO Biotechnology Ltd., Hungary’s largest independent biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Duda is also Founder and President of the Hungarian Biotechnology Association and Co-Founder and Chairman of Aquincum Technology Incubator.

As a genuine entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded over 20 companies. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Szeged, and  teaches biotechnology and entrepreneurship at several Universities.

He was the Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary in 1998 and 1999, and President of the Junior Achievement Foundation Hungary from 1997 until 2006. Mr. Duda was a member of the Research and Technology Innovation Council from 2005 until 2010, the Board of Trustees of the Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research from 2004 to 2011.

Besides holding a position in the board of the Hungarian Association for Innovation, he is also a regular contributor to publications, and frequently holds presentations at conferences and various public events. He has been awarded the Dennis Gabor Award and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his distinguished contribution to the development of the Hungarian biotechnology industry.

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Marco Marinucci

Marco Marinucci

Marco Marinucci is an angel investor, startup afecionado and managing partner of Mind the Seed, an early stage venture capital firm.

In Silicon Valley since 2002, Marco has been responsible for Google’s content acquisition activities in several countries from 2005 to 2012. He’s the founder and CEO of the Mind the Bridge (MTB) a San Francisco based foundation, fostering Entrepreneurship education. Marco’s 20+ years professional experience spans from artificial intelligence research to startups in VoIP, Ecommerce, Elearning and Ticketing.

He’s a contributor for Il Corriere della Sera (the leading Italian newspaper) and board member and lecturer of IE Business School (a top tier EU business school). He was awarded Primi-10 2013: «Outstanding human beings that are an example and inspiration for our generation and generations to come.»

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Peter Olesen

Peter Olesen

Prof. Peter Olesen is Chairman of the EIT Governing Board since 1 August 2014 having joined the board in August 2012.

He is Chair of the Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research. He spent 25 years as Research Director, Vice President of R&D and Executive VP/CSO in four major international companies: Danisco A/S (Denmark) from 1983 to 1993; Sandoz Seeds Ltd. (France) from 1994 to 1995; CPKelco/Hercules Inc. (DK & US) from 1996 to 2000; Chr.Hansen A/S (DK) from 2000 to 2008.

He has held three appointments as affiliated professor at the University of Copenhagen: Plant Sciences form 1986 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1998; Functional Foods from 2008 to 2013. From 2009 to 2011 he was professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Copenhagen.

He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research from 2008 to 2014 and is outgoing member of the Danish Innovation Foundation In 2008 he founded his own consulting company.

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Richard Pelly

Richard Pelly

Richard is an advisor and Non-Executive Director in the area of finance and development of entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently Board member of the UK Social Investment Business and the Portuguese Development Institution; member of the High Level expert Group reviewing the FP7 programme and adviser to the European Institute for Technology.

Up until April 2014, Richard Pelly was the Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund (EIF) which is dedicated to enhancing access to finance for SMEs and to the development of venture and growth Capital markets across Europe.

Before joining the EIF in April 2008, he worked for Lloyds TSB in London and for GE, first as Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank in Hungary and then as CEO of UK Business Finance. From 1977-1997 he worked for Barclays Bank in various functions in the UK and in France.

He obtained a BSc in Psychology from Durham University and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau.

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Martin Powell

Martin Powell

Martin is The Head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities. This involves working with City Leadership and providing expert advice and support to those cities striving to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets.

Martin was previously The Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. He was also Director of Environment at the London Development Agency, the Mayor’s agency for economic development in London where he had responsibility for delivery of the agency’s Environmental Projects and Programmes.

As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities, Martin was a Special Advisor to The C40 Cities Group, Chaired by former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin speaks extensively on the topic of cities and the economic models of delivering solutions at scale on television and radio. He is co-author to ‘Our Urban Future’ and contributing author to the Wiley Guide to Project Management and Project, Programme & Portfolio Management.

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Bruno Revellin-Falcoz

Bruno Revellin-Falcoz

Bruno Revellin-Falcoz is the former Vice Chairman of Dassault Aviation Corp. Graduated Engineer of Sup’Aéro, he joined Dassault Aviation in 1963 until 2008.

He was appointed Senior Vice President Engineering in 1982 and carried the technical responsibility of all Dassault’s civilian and military aeronautical and space programmes.

Throughout his career, Bruno Revellin-Falcoz set up and built on partnerships with various public R&D laboratories in order to develop co-operation leading to industrial applications.

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Chris Shilling

Chris Shilling

Chris Shilling is an independent consultant providing innovation project management and planning services to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and Public Private Partnerships.

After training in the UK as a lawyer, Chris worked for several years as a professional musician and then was responsible for document management for SCA’s innovative paper machine construction project in Kent, England. In 1997 he joined Pfizer’s Global R&D division, leading knowledge and information systems projects to support senior management, drug R&D teams and two large mergers. His last role was to manage the Business Innovation Unit, reporting to the R&D and Commercial Leadership, conducting research into business model innovation. As part of this role he chaired the Pfizer Innovation Council.

Chris became an independent consultant in 2007, and has managed innovation and business planning projects for a range of start-ups, SMEs, large companies and PPPs, including Amarin, DDMoRe (an IMI project), DNDi, Lumithera, PHTI and PharmaDiagnostics. Following a year long engagement in 2010 for Novartis’ Pricing & Reimbursement global group in Basel, Chris has continued to provide research services to Akceso Advisors, a specialist consulting company in the field of drug pricing, reimbursement & market access. He is also a consulting advisor to i2e Consulting, a world leader in developing business Apps for mobile devices.

Chris chairs the European Industrial Research Management Association’s Programme Planning Committee, and is a guest lecturer in knowledge management and innovation at Cranfield University, Manchester Business School and TuTech, Hamburg.

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