2022 saw incredible advances in our effort to close the geographic disparity in innovation here in Europe. In the pages of our latest report, you'll get the latest stats, info, and success stories of how our Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) is getting the job done.
We launched the RIS in 2014 to help all countries and regions that the European Innovation Scoreboard ranks as "emerging" or "moderate". At the time of the programme's establishment, our community had limited or no activities in RIS-eligible countries. Today, RIS-eligible countries make up 56% of EIT activity participation.
Get a snapshot of what our activities accomplish
Just like last year's edition, you'll get updated examples of EIT RIS activities from each EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community, our innovation networks individually dedicated to fighting different global challenges.
That includes success stories from entrepreneurs and innovators like OptySun, a Ukrainian start-up that was among the first to ever benefit from the EIT's new EIT Jumpstarter pre-accelerator for Ukraine. This programme was specially dedicated to Ukrainian innovators hoping to turn their ideas into businesses. OptySun won first prize in the competition for its fully self-contained device for rapid water purification and disinfection, which works even in emergency conditions.
You'll also meet alumni of the EIT RIS' programmes like Fabia Miorelli, an alumni from EIT InnoEnergy, who made two separate Forbes' 30 under 30 lists for her contributions to energy innovation. She continues to bring a fresh perspective to the impact of futuristic electric vehicles and energy system mobility concepts through her PhD research. She and other alumni will tell you all about how their respective communities helped them reach success.
I strongly believe in the benefit of professional and personal versatility. EIT InnoEnergy provides a great addition to engineering studies by offering a broad range of business management and entrepreneurship courses. This additional business knowledge and skills are useful in entrepreneurial settings and research, making me better in my scientific field. The hands-on projects are also invaluable for our development.
Fabia Miorelli, PhD candidate at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)