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

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. The Working Group monitors developments in the areas of industrial and cluster policy and promotes instruments that support innovative financing (e.g., cascade funding, financial instruments) and innovation in procurement. With a view to foster and facilitate entrepreneurship, the WG takes a broad perspective in innovation, including social innovation and the development of new business models within the framework of social economy.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Smart Specialisation WG coffee meeting: I3 Strand 2b call

Smart Specialisation WG coffee meeting: I3 Strand 2b call

Ewa Chomicz

The Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) Instrument call for proposals under Strand 2b Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions is open from 15 December until 16 March 2023. Following the

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Innovation & Investment

I&I WG Meeting - EU Cluster Policies, state of play and future opportunities

Rodolphe Doité

On Wednesday 19 October from 14:00-15:30, the Innovation and Investment Working Group hosted an on-site and online event on the topic of European Clusters policies. The objective of this meeting was

Smart Specialisation WG: I3 Project Development Session

Smart Specialisation WG: I3 Project Development Session

Ewa Chomicz

The Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) Instrument aims at supporting interregional innovation projects in their commercialisation and scale-up phases giving them the tools to overcome

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Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG Meeting: Tourism Transition Pathway

Francesca Pozzebon

This meeting on the Transition Pathway for Tourism echoes the co-creation process with stakeholders, in which ERRIN and some member regions were directly involved. The overall objective of the info

WG Related Events

WG Related Events

Clusters meet Regions event, Lyon

A Clusters Meet Regions event will take place on 8-9 March in Lyon at the French industrial fair Global Industrie (Eurexpo Lyon - Boulevard de l'Europe, 69680 Chassieu, FRANCE).

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2024 award info day

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Info Day, taking place virtually on 3 February 2023 at 10:00 CET, aims to address regions awarded with the EER label as well as candidate cities and regions in preparing their EER application.

Smart Specialisation WG coffee meeting: I3 Strand 2b call

The I3 Instrument call for proposals under Strand 2b Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions is open until 16 March 2023. The S3 Working Group is pleased to invite all members for the online coffee meeting on 2 February from 10:30-11:30 to informally discuss this call, ask questions and exchange ideas for potential collaborations.

I3 Instrument Info Day

European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is hosting an online info day on the I3 Instrument- Strand 2b Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions. The event will take place on 19 January between 14:30 and 16:40. 

Cluster 2 Brokerage Event for Work Programme 2023

Net4Society, the international network of National Contact Points for Cluster 2 "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society" in Horizon Europe is organising an online brokerage event on 18-19 January.

Horizon Europe info day - Cluster 2

The Horizon Europe info day - Cluster 2 (Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society) will take place on 17 January between 09:00- 17:00.

WG Documents

WG Documents

ERRIN input paper on the Implementation Report of the European Innovation Council

ERRIN's input paper on the Implementation Report on the European Innovation Council brings together the first comments and recommendations received from the various stakeholders from ERRIN members.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

I3 Instrument “Capacity Building - Strand 2b” call now open

In the framework of the I3 Instrument, a new “Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions - Strand 2b” call was published in December 2022 with a deadline of 16 March 2023, 17:00 (CET). The objective of the call is to test new approaches in order to increase the capacity of regional innovation ecosystems in less developed regions participating in EU value chains.

Management Board elections 2022 – results

Between 3 and 17 October, ERRIN members could put forward their candidatures for this year’s ERRIN Management Board elections. Five new Management Board members were selected and approved at the Autumn Annual General Meeting on 8 December.

Horizon Europe work programme 2023-24 adopted

The Horizon Europe work programme 2023-24 has been adopted by the European Commission.

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award call for applications

The 2024 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award, promoted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), was launched during the European Commission's SME Assembly. Regions and cities that are ready to implement a future-oriented entrepreneurial strategy are invited to apply until 29 March 2023.

New European Innovation Agenda: Council conclusions adopted

On 2 December, the Council adopted the conclusions on the New European Innovation Agenda. We have collected some key points highlighted by the Council and ERRIN remarks on the document. The CoR opinion on the same topic, to which ERRIN provided comments, was also adopted on 1 December.

Largest public consultation on Horizon programmes 2014-2027 now open

The Commission has launched the largest public consultation ever held on the past, present and future of the European Research & Innovation Framework Programmes 2014-2027. Stakeholders are invited to share their views on the performance of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, as well as shaping the strategic orientations for the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027. The consultation will stay open for 12 weeks, closing in February 2023.

Latest Updates

  • By Ewa Chomicz

I3 Instrument “Capacity Building - Strand 2b” call now open

In the framework of the I3 Instrument, a new “Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions - Strand 2b” call was published in December 2022 with a deadline of 16 March 2023, 17:00 (CET). The objective of the call is to test new approaches in order to increase the capacity of regional innovation ecosystems in less developed regions participating in EU value chains.

  • By Lucy Hammond

HORIZON CL4 2023 TWIN TRANSITION 01 08: Foresight and technology transfer for Manufacturing as a Service (Made in Europe Partnership)

The GIE ALBATROS is a cluster of 16 industrial SME and mid-caps where decision makers are looking for diversification, organic growth and development of disruptive technologies. GIE ALBATROS is looking to join a consortium on Horizon Call HORIZON CL4 2023 TWIN TRANSITION 01 08.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Management Board elections 2022 – results

Between 3 and 17 October, ERRIN members could put forward their candidatures for this year’s ERRIN Management Board elections. Five new Management Board members were selected and approved at the Autumn Annual General Meeting on 8 December.

  • By Lucy Hammond

Horizon Europe work programme 2023-24 adopted

The Horizon Europe work programme 2023-24 has been adopted by the European Commission.

  • By Lucy Hammond

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award call for applications

The 2024 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award, promoted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), was launched during the European Commission's SME Assembly. Regions and cities that are ready to implement a future-oriented entrepreneurial strategy are invited to apply until 29 March 2023.

  • By Susanne Strohm

Vienna Startup Package 2023

The Vienna startup package supports selected international startups, who want to develop their business idea in Vienna. Vienna Business Agency invites applications to the package until 24 February 2023.