EIT at a glance

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body created by the European Union in 2008 to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT is an integral part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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What does the EIT do? 

The Institute is a unique EU initiative that drives innovation across Europe by integrating business, education and research to find solutions to pressing global challenges.

We support the development of dynamic, long-term European partnerships among leading companies, research labs and higher education. These partnerships are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge, from climate change and sustainable energy to healthy living and food.

Bringing together more than 1 000 partners, the EIT is Europe’s largest innovation network; it connects the dots. We power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth. This is crucial to fulfilling the EIT’s mission: creating jobs and delivering sustainable economic growth opportunities for Europe. 

Together with leading partners, the EIT Community offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities: education courses that combine technical and entrepreneurial skills, tailored business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects. This brings new ideas and solutions to the market, turns students into entrepreneurs and, most importantly, delivers innovation.