49. With the criteria mentioned is it realistic to expect that small enterprises will take part? Aren't the large companies the HEI's & Research Institutes exclusively the coordinators?

Answer: 

Partnership is an essential feature of a Knowledge Innovation Community, and a requirement of the EIT’s aim to bring together players from across the knowledge triangle in a balanced and collaborative manner. This is determined, to a large extent, by the commitment of each individual partner involved and the respective framework determined by each KIC. This reflects not only the diversity of partners – from start-up companies and SMEs to major universities, from students to experienced researchers and entrepreneurs – but also of the different excellent approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship. EIT encourages the participation of SMEs in KIC Partnerships.