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EIT Community Strengthens Innovation in EU-13 Member States

We're celebrating 20 years of engaging and supporting high impact ventures throughout the EU-13, the countries that joined the EU from 2004 onwards!

In our new success stories publication, we picked one top venture from each of the EU-13 Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. These 13 ventures were chosen for their valuable contributions to Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, the EIT Community. This publication will provide a factsheet on each of these ventures, showcasing:

  • their innovative solutions
  • their approaches
  • their successes
  • how the EIT Community was part of their development

13 ventures that show how the EIT Community is helping the EU-13 meet their potential

The accession of the EU-13 Member States has led to a growing awareness of persisting regional disparities in innovation performance across Europe. These disparities prevent the EU from reaching its full research and innovation potential and present a threat to its growth and stability. 

In response, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) in 2014 to provide tailored capacity building support and widened regional outreach to what the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) designates as ‘moderate’ and ‘emerging’ innovator countries. 

Throughout its history, the EIT Community has fully recognised the enormous innovation potential present in the EU-13 Member States. Using all the tools at its disposal, it has invested significantly in supporting the innovation capacities and activities of local ecosystems through capacity building activities. The EIT Community has also been providing tailored support to highly promising innovators, start-ups, and scale-ups in the EU-13 Member States to realise their innovation potential and find breakthrough commercial success. That includes the companies presented in our latest publication!

 Read the success stories