Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Innovation & Investment Working Group.

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen

Leader

Wim De Kinderen

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Siri Raahede Bentzen

Leader

Siri Raahede Bentzen

South Denmark

Loles Vidal

Leader

Loles Vidal

Generalitat Valenciana

Innovation & Investment

As stated in the mission letter by Ms Ursula Von Der Leyen to the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Mr Thierry Breton, “Europe’s industry provides a livelihood for millions, and is a driver of jobs, growth and competitiveness”. However, only a single market in line with the social market approach, which ensures it adaptation to the modern economy and to new business models, will allow the EU’s industry, small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, scale up and employ more people.


The Innovation & Investment Working Group aims to monitor the main initiatives put in place by the European institutions under the priority “an economy that works for the people” and more specifically targeting SMEs, which have a key role in thriving regional innovation ecosystems as they represent 99% of all businesses and account for 85% of new jobs created in the last five years.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Innovation & Investment

I&I WG webinar: Opportunities for innovative SMEs in the new programming period

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The next programming period 2021-2027 foresees new financial opportunities for European SMEs. InvestEU, being one of them, will build on the model of Investment Plan for Europe and will bring

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Energy

Webinar: Financing green transition

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the event will be organised as a webinar. We thank you in advance for your understanding. Please register via this link. If you have already signed up, you

I&I

Postponed: Improve innovative SMEs access to finance: new SME Strategy and alternative financing models

Ilaria d'Auria

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that this Working Group meeting will be postponed. We will communicate the new date as soon as possible.   Join us for

WG Events

WG Events

2nd EU webinar on the Innovation Partnership

The second EU webinar on the Innovation Partnership will explore laying the foundations for success within the initiative.

Annual Strategy Workshops - co-designing priorities and activities for 2021

To start planning the activities in the WGs for 2021, the WG leaders will meet according to the clusters to discuss the policy context, project development, and possible topics for the year ahead. All members are warmly invited to provide input in advance.

RTO Innovation Summit

An upcoming conference in Brussels will turn to applied research and innovation to develop solutions for competitiveness, sustainability, leadership in the Digital Age and brining about the green deal.

European Cluster Conference 2020

The European Cluster Conference 2020 is a unique chance to discuss and share about current and future priorities for cluster policies and developments to support sustainable industry development, interregional cooperation and to build connections between Europe’s value chains, clusters and ecosystems. 

I&I WG webinar: Opportunities for innovative SMEs in the new programming period

The webinar will explore two instruments: InvestEU and the EU Partnership on Innovative SMEs, and the new opportunities they will bring to innovative SMEs in the 2021-2027 programming period.

EIC Greenathon: Hacking the European Green Deal

From 27 - 30 October 2020 the European Innovation Council (EIC) will host a hackathon to start tackling challenges to help transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Management Board elections 2020 – call for nominations launched!

Every year ERRIN holds elections for the Management Board. You can put forward your candidature for this year’s elections until 26 October.

Commission invites stakeholders to contribute to Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage

In preparation of a Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage that will be organised at the end of January 2021, the European Commission invites stakeholders to share examples of good practices.

Leuven announced as European Capital of Innovation 2020

Leuven has been announced as the winner of the European Capital of Innovation 2020. The city will receive €1,000,000 for its excellent innovation concepts, processes and governence models.

Highlights from President Ursula von der Leyen's first State of the Union

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday delivered her first state of the union speech and addressed EU4Health, increased ambition for the Green Deal and supporting innovation ecosystems with a European cloud for data.

Commission launch survey on first strategic plan for Horizon Europe

In a bid to support the design of an ambitious EU research and innovation programme that supports Europe's recovery as well as the green and digital transitions, the Commission has launched a survey on its first strategic plan for Horizon Europe.

First Innovation Fund call makes €1 billion available for Clean Tech solutions

The first call for large-scale projects from the Innovation Fund has launched. It calls for projects that will bring to market clean tech solutions needed for the EU to reach climate-neutrality. 

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

[Deadline extended: 6th November] Commission invites stakeholders to contribute to Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage

In preparation of a Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage that will be organised at the end of January 2021, the European Commission invites stakeholders to share examples of good practices.

  • By Anna Tranberg

Management Board elections 2020 – call for nominations launched!

Every year ERRIN holds elections for the Management Board. You can put forward your candidature for this year’s elections until 26 October.

  • By Teresa Vio

Commission invites stakeholders to contribute to Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage

In preparation of a Workshop on complementary funding for cultural heritage that will be organised at the end of January 2021, the European Commission invites stakeholders to share examples of good practices.

  • By Hilary Webb

Leuven announced as European Capital of Innovation 2020

Leuven has been announced as the winner of the European Capital of Innovation 2020. The city will receive €1,000,000 for its excellent innovation concepts, processes and governence models.

  • By Hilary Webb

Highlights from President Ursula von der Leyen's first State of the Union

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday delivered her first state of the union speech and addressed EU4Health, increased ambition for the Green Deal and supporting innovation ecosystems with a European cloud for data.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Do you have a strategic interest in food, cleantech or maritime?

ERRIN has been invited to join a Horizon 2020 project proposal for the call on 'Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains'. As part of this, we are establishing the first panel of organisations interested in being part of the project's innovation ecosystem - ERRIN members are invited to express interest by 18 September for this opportunity that will enable you to shape the regional challenges and innovative solutions.