The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.
EIT was created in 2008 to power Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities work to:
- accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy (EIT Climate-KIC)drive Europe’s digital transformation (EIT Digital)
- lead the global revolution in food innovation and production (EIT Food)
- give EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthy life (EIT Health)
- achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe (EIT InnoEnergy)
- strengthen and increase the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry (EIT Manufacturing)
- develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe (EIT RawMaterials)
- solve mobility challenges of our cities (EIT Urban Mobility)
Together with their leading partners, they offer a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities. This includes education courses that combine technical and entrepreneurial skills, business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects. Some of the award winners of this year.
Michael Dittel, LeafTech (Germany) and supported by EIT Climate-KIC won the EIT CHANGE Award. This award recognises top graduates from EIT education programmes and the winner is awarded EUR 20 000. ‘As a creative person with a passion for engineering and innovation, I never knew where to put my ideas and energy. The EIT Climate-KIC Master label degree showed me the right path’ said Michael Dittel.
Marc Julien, Diabeloop (France), and supported by EIT Health, won the EIT Innovators Award. This award recognises teams with high impact products and services and is awarded EUR 50 000. ‘Partners are essential as nobody has the skills to face all the challenges of building innovative products and entering the market on their own. The EIT Community has helped us foster cross-border cooperation in a major way.’ said Marc Julien.
Matthew Dickson, CorPower Ocean based in Sweden and supported by EIT InnoEnergy, won the EIT Venture Award. This award recognises successful entrepreneurial start-ups and scale-ups and the winner is awarded EUR 50 000. ‘EIT InnoEnergy were the ones who first believed in our product and were ready to actually put money into it, thus attracting other investors.’ said Matthew Dickson.
Sara Guimarães Gonçalves, Trigger.Systems (Portugal) and supported by EIT InnoEnergy, won the EIT Woman Award. This award recognises outstanding women innovators and is awarded EUR 20 000. ‘There is a lot of gender bias in our sector but EIT InnoEnergy provided me with the necessary empowerment tools to make it’ said Sara Guimarães Gonçalves.
David Pistoni Perez, Zeleros (Spain) and supported by EIT Climate-KIC, won the EIT Public Award. This award recognises the public’s top innovation with thousands of votes cast across Europe. ‘The EIT is the perfect bridge to scale our disruptive innovation project at European level’ said David Pistoni Perez.