Vision and mission

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an independent EU body. We increase Europe’s ability to innovate by nurturing entrepreneurial talent and supporting new ideas.

Our vision  '...is to become the leading European initiative that empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges and creates growth and skilled jobs.'

Our mission is to:

  • Increase Europe's competitiveness, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening cooperation among leading business, education and research organisations.
  • Power innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe by creating environments for creative and innovative thoughts to thrive.

Innovation through integration

To strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate, action is needed to overcome the fragmented European innovation landscape. This is where the EIT comes in. We have a pioneering role in increasing European sustainable growth and creating jobs by reinforcing Europe’s innovation capacity. The EIT brings together leading organisations from business, education and research, the so-called ‘knowledge triangle', to form dynamic cross-border partnerships - EIT Innovation Communities.

The Innovation Communities:

  • Develop innovative products and services;
  • Start new companies; and
  • Train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

EIT Community Values

The EIT Community values describe our philosophy as to how business should be conducted by our organisations. These values reflect our joint vision and mission statements, and should be used as a guide for all our communication, as well as the way we work and make decisions.  

Inspiring: we inspire entrepreneurs and innovators to create solutions for the future by sharing knowledge and experiences.

Passionate: we are passionate about bringing Europe’s innovators together to create a better and more sustainable future – both economically and socially.

Engaging: we are committed, innovative and results-oriented when we engage with our stakeholders – we accelerate processes and work with our stakeholders to make ideas a reality.

Open: as an engine for a brighter future, we cultivate openness, transparency and interaction together with the stakeholders that we serve. We support the development of future innovations, and believe in sharing knowledge and co-creating with our stakeholders.

Dynamic: to help innovators and entrepreneurs live up to their potential, we meet them with enthusiasm, creativity and energy – presenting the EIT Community as dynamic and flexible.

Excellent: we strive to achieve excellence in our work through our professional, efficient and results-orientated approach.

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