Bulgaria, Sofia, 18 April 2018 – innovators in Bulgaria are set for new innovation cooperation opportunities. These are being discussed today during an Awareness Day in Sofia, organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in the Sofia Tech Park.
Europe’s future is connected to its power to innovate. The EU is facing an 'innovation emergency' with its global economic ranking changing rapidly. We need to do much better at turning our research into new and better services and products if we are to remain competitive and improve the quality of life of citizens across Europe. The EIT was created in 2008 to do just that.
Martin Kern, EIT Interim Director, remarked: ‘We are the EU body that drives Europe’s ability to innovate. In Sofia, we are encouraging Bulgarian stakeholders from education, business and research to cooperate with us by highlighting how the EIT Community accelerates job creation and economic growth. Some Bulgarian students and ventures that want to make innovation happen are already working together with the EIT Community on finding solutions to global challenges. We will explore how others can join us and how Bulgaria can strengthen its innovation capacity with the EIT’s support.’
The EIT Awareness Day in Sofia will showcase the EIT’s unique innovation model that sets up dynamic pan-European partnerships between leading universities, research labs and companies (programme of the day). These are called Innovation Communities and they support entrepreneurs and innovators in bringing ideas to market, turning students into entrepreneurs and, most importantly, stimulating innovation. The EIT’s six Innovation Communities tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our societies from climate change to sustainable energy to healthy living and active ageing. They will present how organisations and innovators
and Bulgaria can join their wide range of activities to boost innovation.
Looking at the European Innovation Scoreboard Bulgaria ranks as a modest innovator. According to the scoreboard, relative strengths of the Bulgarian innovation system are in intellectual assets, employment impacts, and human resources. Relative weaknesses are in innovators, finance and support, and attractive research systems. Martin Kern added: ‘Bulgaria is at the crossroads of European innovation and our message at the Awareness Day is simply ‘We are here to innovate with you – let’s get started now’.
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