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Social innovation and education at heart of plans to boost European entrepreneurship

Two-day conference debates best ways to join forces for innovation in Europe

Europe needs to focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and breaking down barriers between technologies and disciplines, according to participants at a two-day conference organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Speaking at the conclusion of INNOVEIT 2016 in Budapest, which was attended by more than 350 European entrepreneurs and innovators, Martin Kern, the EIT Interim Director, said:

Innovation often occurs at the intersection of different disciplines and based on emerging technologies. At the EIT, we are working effectively across borders and disciplines and are increasingly seeing the results from our five innovation communities. Now, the EIT is looking to further improve collaboration both within the EIT Community and with new stakeholders, so as to continue to accelerate the delivery of innovations that meet the current needs of Europe’s citizens and society as a whole to address major challenges.’

INNOVEIT 2016 featured presentations by 17 innovators and entrepreneurs who were nominated for three EIT Awards. These awards highlight the most successful start‐ups, the most innovative projects and the best entrepreneurial talent that Europe has to offer.

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