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

Innovation&Investment

Innovation & Investment WG: Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs

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On 23rd October 2019, the Innovation and Investment Working Group is organizing a meeting on “Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs”. The presentation of the report “Assessing the

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Understanding the panorama of European Research Infrastructures for improved investments

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The main challenge for research and innovation policy in the EU continues to be the “innovation gap” between first-class research results and the fragmented capacity to convert these in societal and

WG Events

WG Events

Innovative procurement in small municipalities for digital and circular transformation

The Swedish municipalities of Ystad, Trelleborg and Skurup will share their thoughts on innovation procurement in small municipalities for digital and circular transformation at a seminar next month.  The three municipalities will discuss how, by working together efficiently, it is possible to use innovation procurement as a tool to develop and share digitised public service resources. The seminar hopes to equip attendees with the ability to transform good ideas into smart solutions within the public sector. For the agenda and registration, click here.    

Place-based innovation ecosystems: why context matters

A workshop asking 'is there a relationship between innovation and place-based conditions?' will take place in Brussels in March. The question will be tackled by the Joint Research Centre, in partnership with the Committee of the Regions' dedicated research line on Place-based Innovation Ecosystems (PIEs).  The case-studies orientated research, formed from five different PIEs in EU countries and one US country, will be presented at the event. The workshop will scrutinise the key enabling conditions needed for each investigated local innovation ecosystems to flourish.  The case studies that…

Free entrepreneurship workshop for researchers on creating Innoven-driven enterprises

The European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF), together with the National University of Ireland Galway, IESE Business School, Venture Hub, RomaTre University and Translated, are presenting an event as part of the STARTED project. The research-focused workshop will offer training by members of the STARTED project to empower and equip researchers with the skills needed to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The aim is to promote and ecourage innovation and entrepreneurship in research and design.  It is an opportunity not only to gain new, practical skills but to network with other innovators…

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

Innovation & Investment WG: Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs

On 23rd October 2019, the Innovation and Investment Working Group is organizing a meeting on “Diving into the European Single Market – Tools for SMEs”. The presentation of the report “Assessing the Investment Potential of SMEs Emerging from the EU R&I programmes” will serve as a starting point to foster the discussion on the negotiations around the Single Market Strategy and relevant initiatives for SMEs. The agenda can be found in the attachment.    ___________________________________ Thank you for attending this meeting. Please find all the presentations attached.

Understanding the panorama of European Research Infrastructures for improved investments

The main challenge for research and innovation policy in the EU continues to be the “innovation gap” between first-class research results and the fragmented capacity to convert these in societal and commercial value. Recent policy developments, ranging from European research missions to the strategies and tools supporting sustainable Research Infrastructures (RI) or Technology Infrastructures (TI), strive to effectively combine the resources of R&I actors across the EU to achieve solutions for the citizens. The objective is to overcome the barriers for industrial transformation while…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Social Innovation: an add-on to classical technology-focused innovation or a driver of the whole transition process?

ERRIN was last week invited to moderate the KEP peer-to-peer event on ‘quadruple helix approach to social innovation’, which put a strong emphasis on citizens and their needs, in the development of health, social and other related services. The peer-to-peer event of the Knowledge Exchange Platform, organised by the European Committee of the Regions, together with the European Commission (DG RTD) and the City of Zagreb, showed that social innovation takes place in regions, cities, neighbourhoods. Examples supported by ERDF or Horizon 2020 demonstrated the strong transformational function of…

Erasmus+ VET Centres of Excellence: /AI,VR,AR Companies and VET within Healthcare and Technical sector needed

Do you want to be a part of VET EDU 4.0 with Global TNE business perspectives? Goal one; VET TNE business taxonomy. Goal two; Developing VET MOOC platform integrating VR/AR/AI Education and the educational sector are moving towards a digital era where Globalisation and flexibility are determining success factors in the provision of knowledge regionally and across borders and cultures (Tait, Cho, & Tong, 2019). Educational Technology (EDTech) is rapidly developed, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platforms like Coursera (Coursera Inc., 2019), Udemy, etc. are gaining more and more…

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages of education; fostering preventive and early intervention approaches.   One of the Europe 2020 Strategy headline targets is that the share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger…

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business. Especially the digitalisation of products, is predicted to hold a huge potential of innovation, offering new opportunities and possibilities, to both users and companies (Porter and Heppelmann, 2014). As a result of the digitalising, products are transformed into complex systems, where…

Startup Europe Regions Network: open survey on measures to support statups at regional level

SERN (Startup Europe - Regions Network) was officially launched by the European Commission in October 2015. Since then, SERN has been set up as a non for profit organisation with a strong commitment to support startups and its activities, in particular by focussing on the mapping and promotion of support activities at regional level across Europe and by mobilizing regional resources to address relevant barriers to startups’ growth, such as harmonization of regulations, access to talent and to major research infrastructures. SERN aims at providing an annual overview and gauging of the measures…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Social Innovation: an add-on to classical technology-focused innovation or a driver of the whole transition process?

Last week ERRIN was invited to moderate a KEP peer-to-peer event on social innovation in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Erasmus+ VET Centres of Excellence: /AI,VR,AR Companies and VET within Healthcare and Technical sector needed

Partners from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Malta are sought for a VET TNE project.

  • By Hilary Webb

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

The European Commission presents its European Green Deal ahead of a debate in the European Parliament.

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages o

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business.