Wednesday, 11th April 2012, the chairman of the EIT Governing Board, Alexander von Gabain, and the Deputy-Director General of the DG Education and Culture, Xavier Prats-Monné attended the meeting of the Supervisory Board of KIC InnoEnergy SE.
In a genuine open atmosphere all parties exchanged views and thoughts on the state of play of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC), and the required positioning for the period 2014-2020.
Both guests acknowledged the past performance of KIC InnoEnergy in its first year of operation which includes the education of 155 top selected students in the new KIC InnoEnergy Masters, the filing of 13 patents and the delivery of 27 new products and services created in the 35 on-going Innovation Projects, as well as the 52 ventures currently nurtured in KIC InnoEnergy’s European incubator, the Highway™.
All parties agreed to further increase the joint dissemination of achievements so the potential of EIT/KICs is fully understood by all relevant stakeholders, further develop a common taxonomy and focused brand, foster the outreach in the new Members States, as well as cooperate in preparing the practical pathways for the new KICs. KIC InnoEnergy Supervisory Board Chairman Karl Friedrich Ziegahn welcomed the EIT’s proposal to host its September meeting at the EIT Headquarters in Budapest.
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