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Programme

Join us for the EIT Summit on 20 February 2024 hosted in the EGG Brussels (Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels, Belgium). As the kick-off event of INNOVEIT, the EIT Summit will bring together the entire EIT ecosystem – Europe’s largest innovation network! Meet EIT-supported entrepreneurs and innovators and join us for round table discussions with Members of the European Parliament, European Commissioners, leading experts and industry players. find out which finalists will be crowned Europe's most promising innovators during the EIT Awards. And in a special new feature for this year’s Summit, we will announce alongside our friends at the European Innovation Council (EIC) the finalists for the new European Prize for Women Innovators.

Due to high demand, the EIT Summit registration is now closed. But don't worry – we're bringing the summit to you online! We will stream the EIT Summit on our YouTube page. You do not need to register to watch the livestream.

EIT Summit
9.00 CET
Registration and Welcome
10.00 CET
EIT Summit Opening
  • Nektarios Tavernarakis, Chair of the EIT Governing Board
  • Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President
  • Iliana Ivanova (video message), European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
10.30 CET
Keynote Speech
  • Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Pilot and Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation
11.00 CET
EIT: Making Innovation Happen
  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  • Martin Kern, EIT Director
11.30 CET
Panel Discussion: Educate | Imagining 2050 - skills to design our future
  • Silvia Lenearts, Member of EIT Governing Board
  • Brando Benifei, MEP
  • Riam Kanso, Founder & CEO, Conception X 
  • Cybelle-Royce Buyck, EIT Food Supervisory Board Member
12.15 CET
Cultural Interlude
12.25 CET
Networking Lunch
14.00 CET
Panel Discussion: Innovate | The innovation potential of water, marine and maritime ecosystems
  • Martina Larkin, Member of EIT Governing Board
  • Braulio Eduardo Morera, Head of Resilience Solutions, World Economic Forum
  • Andy Zynga, EIT Food Ambassador
14.45 CET
EU Women Innovators Prize Finalists Announcement with the EIC
  • Pia Sandvik, Member of EIT Governing Board
  • Ana Barjasic, EIC Advisory Board member
15.15 CET
Coffee Break
16.00 CET
Panel Discussion: Accelerate | Investing in start-ups for a greener, healthier, and digital Europe
  • Mark Boris Andrijanič, Member of EIT Governing Board
  • Alessandro Tappi, EIF Chief Investment Officer
  • Caroline Viarouge, EIT Manufacturing CEO
  • Marc Dechamps, CEO of Bioxodes
16.45 CET
EIT Awards Prize Ceremony
  • Opening of Ceremony by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission 
  • Pitching and announcement of the EIT Awards winners 
  • Congratulatory video message by Commissioner Iliana Ivanova
18.00 CET
Networking Cocktail