The EIT Global Outreach Programme expands EIT’s footprint in innovation hot spots around the world, connecting talents, knowledge and key players worldwide to tackle societal challenges faced by Europe and the world.
Acknowledging the importance of international cooperation in tackling such challenges, the EIT and its KICs established together in 2018 the EIT Global Outreach Programme - the first EIT Community coordinated effort at global level. The programme builds on EIT’s signature Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI) model, linking business, research and education to create relationships and market opportunities in key locations outside Europe.
One of the key goals of the Global Outreach Programme is to position EIT’s innovation model at international level, thereby strengthening the EIT Community and EU brand globally. By working together, the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities develop activities that showcase EIT-supported innovations at international level and create tailor-made support to facilitate the internationalisation efforts of European entrepreneurs and innovators. They also bring together knowledge and resources from the EIT innovation ecosystem and the selected outreach locations to tackle global challenges and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The programme also provides a platform for the EIT Community to team up with EU Member States and other European Union programmes and initiatives, to achieve greater impact in full alignment with the EU Global Approach in research and innovation.
Currently the EIT Global Outreach Programme is available in two locations and its activities are delivered by EIT Community Hubs.
United States - Silicon Valley
The United States is a leader in top-class science, technology and innovation. Links with the EU have been strong since the US established various scientific and technological cooperation agreements in the 1990s, while also having been a privileged partner of many EU Member States in science, technology and innovation collaboration.
There are two main drivers behind the choice to establish the US EIT Hub in Silicon Valley. Firstly, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area at large are renowned as having a highly innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, a high density of talented and skilled workers, and an abundance of private and institutional funding. The region is, therefore, very valuable to European entrepreneurs. Secondly, the established presence of EIT Digital since 2014 provides an excellent basis on which to build a cross-Innovation Community presence. Experience from the initial years of operations of the EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub will shape the development of the cross-Innovation Community EIT Hub Silicon Valley.
The EIT Hub Silicon Valley opened on 27 March 2019. Watch a video of the event!
Pui San Tam; Cross-KIC Events and operations organizer, EIT Hub Silicon Valley; EIT Digital
Israel – Tel Aviv
Israel has seen tremendous change over the past 30 years with a substantial increase in population and economic growth and the development of a strong and dynamic academic sector. This innovation and entrepreneurial hotbed has already resulted in the presence of partners of both EIT Health, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility in Israel, while the country has close links with Europe through its strong participation in the Horizon 2020 programme. The EIT Innovation Communities involved in the cross-Innovation Community KIC work in this location are: EIT Health, EIT Food, EIT Climate-KIC and the newly designated EIT Urban Mobility, led by EIT Health.
The EIT Community has asked EIT Health to lead on the establishment of an EIT Office in Tel Aviv with the official opening is planned for the winter of 2019.
The EIT Innovation Communities involved in the cross-Innovation Community work in this location are: EIT Climate-KIC and EIT Food, led by EIT Health.
Adi Barel, Cross-Innovation Community Manager, EIT Hub Israel; EIT Health