29. How do EIT KICs work? Where can I find information about the EIT innovation model?


EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities are dynamic and creative partnerships that harness Europe’s innovation and entrepreneurship potential to find solutions to pressing societal challenges in areas with high innovation potential and to create quality jobs and growth. Since 2010, the EIT has established eight EIT KICs, tackling challenges from climate change to food sustainability to urban mobility to healthy living and active ageing.

An EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community carries out activities that cover the entire innovation pipeline: entrepreneurial training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market through innovation projects, as well as business incubators and accelerators. The EIT’s role is to guide these activities and set the strategies, but it is up to each EIT KIC to put these into practice, deliver opportunities to beneficiaries and provide results.

The EIT published a paper on its innovation model that is available here. Meanwhile, information about how existing EIT KICs work and the activities they deliver is available on the EIT website and EIT KICs’ websites: