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

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.

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

RTO Innovation Summit

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this event has been rearranged for November 2020.  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. The second edition of the Research and Technology Organisations' (RTOs) Innovation Summit will invite innovators to solve the challenges of our time. Parallel sessions will take place under three headlines: The European Green Deal A Europe fit for a digital age Industrial competitiveness  The sessions will…

The Green Deal & Recovery Plan: a new economic model for Europe?

As the European Commission announces its proposal for the EU multi-annual budget for 2021-2027, Forum Europe has rearranged its event to be able to include discussions on the announced proposals.  The online event will analyse how the EU's flagship Green Deal will be impacted by the coronavirus crisis and how it might play a central role in Europe's recovery after COVID-19.  To view the speakers click here and to register, click here. 

#EUvsVirus Matchathon & Demo Day

During the EUvsVirus Hackathon the European Commission and a jury of experts selected 120 winning teams and innovative solutions. Universities, companies, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists and public authorities will now be matched at the EUvsVirus Demo Day and Matchathon.  A demo day will take place on 21st May and the Matchathon itself will run from 22nd - 25th May.  The Matchathon will take place on the platform Converve. Partners in the Matchathon will be able to add up to 4 person profiles to their account, and they can then arrange meetings and suggest contacts to each…

Webinar: Financing green transition

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 will receive the information on how to connect directly to your inbox.  Significant investments from both the public and the private sectors will be necessary within the European Union for it to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. With over 50% of public investments done at the subnational level (OECD, 2016), the role of regions in financing the green transition will…

Demand-driven ePitching session facilitated by the EIC to fight COVID-19

The European Innovation Council is organising an ePitching session on 30th April 2020 to match innovative solutions developed by companies to the emerging needs of the healthcare sector. The starting point of the process is the demand expressed by hospitals and healthcare procurers: the EIC-funded companies will be selected on the basis of procurers' needs for innovative solutions in all forms in facing COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare procurers:  Express your needs on the Excel sheet Register by sending an email Procurers should register by 8th April 2020.  The objective is to gather…

Opportunities to tackle the COVID-19 Crisis through Innovation Procurement

This one-hour webinar provides guidance to public buyers on how to proceed in the short- and middle/long-term periods in procuring the supplies and services required. The webinar offered through EAFIP will be hosted by experts from Corvers & Vtrek. Click here for more information & registrationThe webinar will be available for a limited number of attendees, so don’t hesitate to register upon interest.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Next Generation EU proposed as recovery programme in new EU budget

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for the recovery plan, Next Generation EU, which will be included within the long-term EU budget. The recovery instrument should ensure the sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery for the EU. The budget earmarks €94.4 billion for Horizon Europe where research in health and green and digital transitions will be crucial. Next Generation EU will have a budget of €750 billion, as well as targeted reinforcements to the long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 – making the EU budget’s new total for this period €1.85 trillion. The money raised for…

EUvsVirus Matchathon extended following success

Following the largest ever match-making event, the EUvsVirus Matchathon is being extended to allow its projects and partners to keep developing solutions.  The event already achieved a world-record with the most curated 1-to-1 meetings in a single matchmaking event. All of the event's projects have at least two pledges of support. As part of the extension, there will also be two more speed-dating style matching events, which have already created hundreds of random meetings that were followed up on the Matchathon platform. The platform will now remain open until Thursday 28th May at 18:00…

EIT Crisis Response Initiative launched

EIT has launched the EIT Crisis Response Initiative as part of the EU's collective response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. €60 million have been mobilised to support innovators powering high-impact solutions that tackle the social and economic challenges caused by the pandemic. The funds will support the lanch of new projects as part of the 'Pandemic Response Projects' scheme and help SMEs, scale-ups and start-ups through the 'Venture Support Instrument'.  The investment will power innovations in health, climate change, digitalisation, food, sustainable energy, urban mobility,…

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award applications re-open

Applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award have re-opened with the 2021 and 2022 application process being merged for the EER label to be extended over two years. The lead theme for the 2021-2022 special call is 'Entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery'. The EER is a label awarded by the European Committee of the Regions for up to three cities or regions with outstanding, future-orientated strategies to support SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups. It is also a growing network of territories working to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems, exchange good practices…

Additional €150 million for EIC to fund coronavirus innovations

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot now has an extra €150 million on its budget as it supports game-changing innovation in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The European Commission last week approved the additional funding, which will fund start-ups and SMEs tackling the coronavirus crisis in outstanding ways.  The Commission will also award Seals of Excellence to high quality applications that cannot be funded.  The €150 million comes on top of €164 million announced in March to support breakthrough innovations. A record number of almost 4000 start-ups and SMEs…

EIT Health opens 'Rapid Response' option for new COVID-19 proposals

EIT Health has opened the 'Rapid Response' request option for incoming proposals in a bid to support the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  New projects or extensions of existing projects that address the COVID-19 outbreak in an innovative way will be able to create a short-term impact in light of the ongoing crisis with scalability in the future.  The projects must: Address COVID-19 with an innovation element Have a means to be implemented quickly (generate impact by the end of 2020) Generate an internationally scalable impact Be grounded in scientific and technological…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Next Generation EU proposed as recovery programme in new EU budget

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for the recovery plan, Next Generation EU, which will be included within the long-term EU budget. The recovery instrument should ensure the sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery for the EU.

  • By Hilary Webb

EUvsVirus Matchathon extended following success

Following the largest ever match-making event, the EUvsVirus Matchathon is being extended to allow its projects and partners to keep developing solutions.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Contribute to the EASME study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs

The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) commissioned a study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe.

  • By Hilary Webb

EIT Crisis Response Initiative launched

EIT has launched the EIT Crisis Response Initiative as part of the EU's collective response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

  • By Hilary Webb

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award applications re-open

Applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award have re-opened with the 2021 and 2022 application process being merged for the EER label to be extended over two years.

  • By Hilary Webb

EIT Manufacturing: Gazelle Accelerator programme

EIT Manufacturing is calling for participation in a Call of Interest for SMEs and start-ups as part of the Gazelle Accelerator programme.