WATCH THE VIDEO: Ten years of supporting creativity and talent - what's next for the EIT?

The European Commission and the EIT are celebrating ten years of powering innovation and are looking ahead to the future of the Institute.

Over the past five years, the EIT has made great strides. The number of EIT Innovation Communities supported has grown to eight and our wide range of innovation support activities has already resulted in:

  • a new generation of entrepreneurs with over 2 300 graduates from our entrepreneurial education programmes and thousands of other entrepreneurs trained through EIT education programmes
  • generated more than 900 new products and services brought to the market and more than 6 100 jobs created
  • powered over 2 000 innovative start-ups and scale-ups that have raised well over EUR 1 billion in external investment

If you were not able to join, you can find a video of the event below:





Against the backdrop of Horizon Europe, the proposed Research and Innovation Framework Programme for the years 2021-2027, the event will provide a moment to look ahead and discuss the EIT’s role in helping our society tackle pressing global challenges. You will hear from Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner responsible for the EIT and Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chairman of the EIT Governing Board. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the successful innovators and entrepreneurs who have benefited from EIT Community support.


17:00 - 17:30 Registration and welcome coffee
17:30 - 17:35

Welcome and introductions

  • Jennifer Baker - Master of Ceremony
17:35 - 17:45

EIT: Europe's tried, tested and proven innovation engine

  • Dirk Jan van den Berg - Chairman of the EIT Governing Board
17:45 -17:55

EIT: fit for the future

  • Tibor Navracsics - European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the EIT
17:55 - 18:15

EIT: Powering entrepreneurs and innovators across Europe 

  • Isabel Hoffmann, CEO Tellspec, EIT Woman Award winner 2018
    supported by EIT Food
  • Maria Luisa Hernández Latorre, CEO Ingelia, EIT Woman Award nominee 
    supported by EIT InnoEnergy
  • Carsten Mahrenholz, CEO Coldplasmatech, EIT Public Award winner 2017
    supported by EIT Health
18:15 - 18:35

EIT: Innovation in Action

Moderated by Maria Kanov, EIT Digital Alumni and Women @ EIT co-founder

  • Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
  • Borce Stojkovski, PhD researcher at University of Luxemburg and EIT Digital Alumni
  • Yiannis Pontikes, KU Leuven Professor
    supported by EIT RawMaterials
  • Sonia Neary, Founder and CEO Wellola
  • supported by EIT Health
18:35 - 19:00 Q&A and wrap up
19:00 - Networking Cocktail


Rue Guimard 7, 1000 Brussels