Working Group Leaders

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

Innovation & Investment WG Leader


Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader


Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen


Wim De Kinderen

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Siri Raahede Bentzen


Siri Raahede Bentzen

South Denmark

Loles Vidal


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.

Last Working Group Meetings

Previous Related ERRIN Working Group Meetings

Policy WG meeting: Looking ahead: Horizon 2025-2027, EU Missions & FP10

Policy WG meeting: Looking ahead: Horizon 2025-2027, EU Missions & FP10

Ewa Chomicz

The next ERRIN Policy Working Group meeting will focus on Horizon Europe strategic planning for 2025-2027, taking stock of EU Missions and preparations to FP10. The event will take place on Thursday


Innovation and Investment WG meeting: Exchange with the President of the EIC Board, Michiel Scheffer

Rodolphe Doité

Taking advantage of the presence of regional stakeholders in Brussels for the 2023 European Week of Regions and Cities, ERRIN’s Innovation and Investment Working Group organised a meeting with EIC

Policy WG meeting: Regional Innovation Valleys call under Horizon Europe – dealing with co-funding

Policy WG meeting: Regional Innovation Valleys call under Horizon Europe – dealing with co-funding

Ewa Chomicz

In the frame of ERRIN’s focus on the Regional Innovation Valleys call under European Innovation Ecosystems part of Horizon Europe (EIE RIV call), its recent launch and related ERRIN mapping and

WG Related Events

WG Related Events

Creating Value in Mobility ecosystems

Coventry University & BOOSTERLabs, members of the Inno-Mob project consortium, are holding an online workshop, "Creating Value in French #Mobility Ecosystems," on 12 December 2023. The workshop will present the upcoming funding opportunities under Horizon Europe 2024 calls and will feature an interactive co-design session using the #EIT Value Creation Model.

ERRIN end-of-year Reception

We warmly invite you to the ERRIN end-of-year Reception to take stock and celebrate the network’s accomplishments in 2023. The reception will take place on 7 December at 18:00 at the ERRIN premises, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels.

Online Info Session on the I3 Instrument Call "Strand 2b Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions"

On 23 November 2023, EISMEA and DG REGIO will organise an informative session about the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) Instrument call for proposals "Strand 2b - Capacity Building in Less Developed Regions", expected to be launched on 15 November 2023. Registration is open until 20 November.


The Industry Contact Points within the Łukasiewicz Research Network invite you to the largest matchmaking event – Horizon4Poland’23, which will take place on 21-22 November 2023 in Norblin Factory in Warsaw.

ERRIN Extraordinary General Meeting

The ERRIN Extraordinary General Meeting will take place on 16 November 2023 from 14:00-16:00 CET in the ERRIN premises, with participation possible online. This Meeting is organised to make the necessary changes to the ERRIN Articles of Association following requirements by the new code for Belgian companies and associations. A minimum of 2/3 of the ERRIN members must be represented at the Meeting, and therefore engagement of each member is of crucial importance.

Sustainable Economy in Horizon Europe: International matchmaking & networking (INSE)

On October 25-26, 2023, the second edition of Sustainable Economy in Horizon Europe: International matchmaking&networking (INSE) will take place in Warsaw. Sustainable Economy in Horizon Europe is a unique opportunity to establish direct contacts between scientists/researchers and entrepreneurs.

WG Documents

WG Documents

ERRIN Year in review 2022

The ERRIN Year in review 2022 is out! Read the report to see the numerous activities ERRIN and its members have been involved in throughout the year.

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

Management Board elections 2023 – call for nominations launched!

Every year ERRIN holds elections for the Management Board. Becoming a member of the Board offers a great opportunity to develop ERRIN further and strategically lead the network’s activities. You can put forward your candidature for this year’s elections until 5 October.

Regional Innovation Valleys: interest so far & matchmaking map

On 6 September, the European Commission published a matchmaking map showcasing European regions that have so far expressed their interest to become a Regional Innovation Valley (RIV) by applying to the call for Expression of Interest launched in March 2023. The call for EoI is still open for new submissions until 18 September 2023.

ERRIN Extraordinary General Meeting on 16 November 2023 – important announcement for members

All ERRIN members are invited to save the date for the ERRIN Extraordinary General Meeting, which will take place on 16 November 2023 in the ERRIN premises. The meeting is organised to make the necessary changes to the ERRIN Articles of Association and a minimum of 2/3 of the ERRIN members must be represented. Therefore, the engagement of each member is of key importance (participation is possible online for associate members).

Two ERRIN members win European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2024

Congratulations to ERRIN members, South Moravia and the City of Brno (Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU) and Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia on winning the European Entrepreneurial Region 2024 award!

ERRIN Spring AGM 2023 – taking stock of the EU Missions

ERRIN’s Spring Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 took place on 22 June this year. As always, it brought together the large and dynamic community of member regions and cities. Following the format part with the update from the network, the main focus was the EU Missions, approached in two policy debates, on the support and implementation frameworks in Adaptation, Ocean and Waters and Soil Missions, and the governance innovation and the perspective on Cities and the Cancer Missions.

Regional Innovation Valley for Circular Economy (RIVCircular) - Madrid

Comunidad de Madrid is looking for partners to join a consortium for the first call worth € 60 million linked to the Regional Innovation Valleys initiative: Horizon Europe, Interconnected Innovation Ecosystems (2023.3) (HORIZON-EIE-2023-CONNECT-03), in which about 6 projects are expected to be funded.

Latest Updates

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules for Hotel accommodation services: join the Technical Secretariat

In support of the sustainable tourism policies initiated by the European Commission, a collaborative, multi-stakeholder Technical Secretariat will develop PEFCRs for Hotel accommodations in the European Union. Stakeholders of the hotel industry, as well as NGO representatives, are invited to apply as a member of the Technical Secretariat.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

A look forward: Launching ERRIN reflections on regional dimension in R&I post-2027

Autumn 2023 marked the start of ERRIN’s targeted reflections on regional dimension in research and innovation in the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework post-2027, relating to the next EU Framework Programme for R&I (FP10) and future cohesion policy. We are offering a recap of our activities so far, first messages and planned next steps.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Management Board elections 2023 – results

Following the call for nominations for ERRIN Management Board held between 20 September and 5 October, we are happy to announce the nominated Management Board members. The five nominees will be approved as new Management Board members at the ERRIN Extraordinary General Meeting on 16 November.

  • By Lucy Hammond

HealthChain project is looking for Mirror Regions

HealthChain is looking for 5 Mirror Regions that could mobilise other regional partners needed for the implementation of HealthChain methodology. These organisations will become full partner of the HealthChain Consortium, receiving tailored training and funding. Mirror Regions must be linked with a healthcare organisation who can propose an unmet need that requires an innovative solution and is available to co-create a solution with an SME.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Shape ERRIN's agenda 2024 - Annual Member Survey

In view of the annual strategy workshops that we will organise with all the Working Group (WG) and Task Force (TF) leaders in the second half of November, all members are invited to provide input on priorities, topics, and activities that should be addressed in 2024.

  • By jessica mitchell

Coventry University’s Data Sciences - virtual open house and research vacancies

Coventry University’s Research Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling (CSM) is holding a virtual open house and has a number of research post opportunities.