One of the EIT’s main aims is to create an environment that allows entrepreneurship and innovation to flourish - both as a way of thinking and as an activity.
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.
The objectives of the EIT Awards are to:
- Promote innovation
- Encourage entrepreneurship
- Celebrate European success
Launched in 2012, the EIT Awards highlight successful entrepreneurial start-ups that come out of the EIT’s innovation communities, and showcase the talent that emerges from the EIT-labelled educational programmes. For both the nominees and the winners, the awards are a great opportunity to share their ideas with the world.
Every year, each of the innovation communities (currently EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Health, EIT Raw Materials and EIT Food) selects two nominees for each award category. 2012 saw the introduction of the EIT Venture Award, which celebrates breakthrough innovations and exciting start-ups; while 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 awarded an Innovators Award to innovation teams from our innovation communities that have developed in an exemplary manner an innovative product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact
Find out more about EIT Awards winners and nominees in our EIT Awards pages.