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 its 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.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

I&I WG meeting

I&I WG coffee meeting: Joint Cluster Initiative and European Innovation Ecosystems

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

We are happy to welcome you to the next meeting of the Innovation & Investment Working Group, which will focus on the Joint Cluster Initiative (Single Market Programme) as well as on the European

European Innovation Council

I&I WG: Exploring the European Innovation Council

Ilaria d'Auria

Following the successful European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot phase, the fully-fledged EIC will be launched in early 2021 under Horizon Europe. Equipped with a budget of €10 billion, it will

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

WG Related Events

WG Related Events

European Innovation Council Summit 2021

In November the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will launch the one and a half day hybrid EIC Summit. The 2021 summit will be a chance for innovation actors to network and connect, as well as to learn more about ecosystem policy and emerging technologies. 

Gender smart mobility - TInngO project final event

The 10th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management is being held in collaboration with the EU projects DIAMOND and TInnGO’s final conference and will take place from 17th – 19th November 2021. The event will be held virtually with the theme of 'Creating a paradigm shift towards gender and equality in smart mobility'. The final outcomes of both projects will be presented.

Annual Research Conference 2021: Charting the European economy post COVID-19

The 2021 Annual Research Conference will focus on the theme 'Charting the European economy post-COVID-19: unusual times require unconventional policies.'

EWRC 2021: Innovation and cohesion for a resilient, green and digital transition

The workshop will highlight different regional best practices, which will showcase from multiple angles how cohesion funds support citizens by placing them centre stage. The common objective at the subnational level is to enable the transition towards a sustainable and digital society.

EWRC 2021 - The role of demo farms in the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems: a policy perspective

Emphasising the importance of peer-to-peer learning in agri-food innovation uptake and building on the experience of the H2020 NEFERTITI.

EWRC 2021: Digital Transformation for SMEs: Added value of a regional EDIH built upon a S3

ERRIN member Centre Val de Loire is organising a workshop at the European Week of Regions and Cities on the added value of regional European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) for S3. ERRIN's Director, Pirita Lindholm, will moderate the session.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Management Board elections 2021 – 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 18 October.

Stakeholder survey on Europe's innovation ecosystem

The European Commission is running a survey to gather views on challenges faced by European innovation ecosystem actors, their future opportunities and expectations.

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2021

The 2021 Regional Innovation Scoreboard has been published, revealing that innovation performance has increased for 225 out of 240 regions over the last seven years.

European innovation scoreboard 2021

The 2021 European innovation scoreboard is now available, showing that the bloc's innovation performance continues to improve. Innovation performance across the EU has increased by 12.5% on average since 2014, while the 2021 innovation leader was named as Sweden.

Consultation on first ERA industrial technology roadmap on low-carbon tech

The co-creation process of the first European Research Area (ERA) industrial technology roadmap on low-carbon technologies has begun with a stakeholder consultation.

Making digital transition work for all SMEs: study available

A new CoR study "The state of digital transformation at the regional level and COVID-19 induced changes to the economy and business models, and their consequences for regions" is now available for download.

Latest Updates

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Management Board elections 2021 – 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 18 October.

  • By Hilary Webb

Stakeholder survey on Europe's innovation ecosystem

The European Commission is running a survey to gather views on challenges faced by European innovation ecosystem actors, their future opportunities and expectations.

  • By Hilary Webb

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2021

The 2021 Regional Innovation Scoreboard has been published, revealing that innovation performance has increased for 225 out of 240 regions over the last seven years.

  • By Hilary Webb

European innovation scoreboard 2021

The 2021 European innovation scoreboard is now available, showing that the bloc's innovation performance continues to improve. Innovation performance across the EU has increased by 12.5% on average since 2014, while the 2021 innovation leader was named as Sweden.

  • By Hilary Webb

Consultation on first ERA industrial technology roadmap on low-carbon tech

The co-creation process of the first European Research Area (ERA) industrial technology roadmap on low-carbon technologies has begun with a stakeholder consultation.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Making digital transition work for all SMEs: study available

A new CoR study "The state of digital transformation at the regional level and COVID-19 induced changes to the economy and business models, and their consequences for regions" is now available for download.