EIT Food and EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Manufacturing are looking for external contributors in the role of experts and mentors to support them in implementing the EIT Community initiative: “Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe”.
On the one hand, the EIT Innovation Communities are looking to select 45 experts with relevant education and professional experience in the water sector in Southern Europe. The 45 experts will integrate the Body of Knowledge (BoK) and form a pool of experts acting as ambassadors of the Project. Some of them could be assigned to delivering some actions as described in the main document.
The experts should have at least one of the following profiles:
- Policy/governance experts: Individuals highly familiarised with European Water Framework Directive, as well as national, regional, and local initiatives on water scarcity in Southern Europe, especially for the key countries directly targeted in the Project: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Malta.
- Tech experts: Individuals highly familiarised with state-of-the-art technologies and market trends. Several sectors will be represented, including water management, water use in agriculture, water efficiency in manufacturing and raw materials, water treatment and distribution.
- Private-sector experts: individuals with extensive experience working with private sector companies in the water sector and another economic sector with challenges relevant to water scarcity.
- Financing experts: Individuals with deep knowledge of public financing schemes (i.e., Horizon Europe, public procurement, etc.) and private financing opportunities (credits, angel investors, funds, VCs, etc.).
On the other hand, the EIT Innovation Communities are looking for 40 mentors to support innovators in the water sector. More specifically, we are looking for a variety of profiles, ideally, senior executives who have the network, the experience, and the skills to bring the most value to the startups/scaleups / SMEs we work with; serial entrepreneurs with expertise in business growth; Venture Capitalists; industrial parties, and business consultants with experience in water technologies.
With their experience, mentors will support startups, scaleups and innovative SMEs in the upscale, demonstration and commercialisation of their solutions to tackle water-related challenges.