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

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.

Think Innovative! Unlock the potential of the Innovation Partnership to boost the economic recovery

The first EU webinar on the Innovation Partnership will be a chance to discover the key steps for a successful innovation partnership, best practices developed by public buyers and project advice.

Halmstad University Health Innovation Day 2020

Halmstad University will host its Health Innovation Day 2020 in September, a chance to tackle the healthcare challenges of today.

Moving the frontier of the macroeconomic modelling of research & innovation

The conference will contribute to the further enhancement of macroeconomic modelling tools for R&I to support public policymaking in scientific, technological and economic development. 

The COVID-19 industrial cluster response: the role of European clusters in recovery strategies

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is presenting a capacity-building webinar to conclude its series on the industrial cluster response to the pandemic.

Pilot actions for managing authorities promoting citizen egagement in cohesion policy - kick-off event

The European Commission and OECD will kick-off the first pilot project intended to stimulate citizen engagement in implementing cohesion policy on the ground with a virtual event.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

COSME Clusters Go International: African electrical engineering market

The MEDEE cluster from Northern France is looking for European clusters to build a collaborative answer to the Call for Proposals “Cluster Go International” to be published in Q4 2020.

EIC awards first round of Green Deal funding

The EIC has awarded more than €307 million to start-ups that will contribute towards the European Green Deal Strategy and the Recovery Plan for Europe.    

EU leaders reach agreement on 2021-2027 MFF budget

After five days of negotiation, EU leaders have agreed on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) budget, with €80.9 allocated to Horizon Europe.

First call for proposals under Innovation Fund launch

The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, with the first stage deadline in October 2020.

2020 Innovation scoreboard: EU innovation continues to grow

The 2020 edition of the European innovation scoreboard has been published, drawing attention to the way the EU's innovation performance continues to steadily increase.

European Innovation Council Equity Fund becomes official entity

The EIC equity fund has now become an official entity, funded by a direct equity investment from the European Commission - the first investment of its kind.

Latest Updates

  • By Kalina Mihaylova

COSME Clusters Go International: African electrical engineering market

The MEDEE cluster from Northern France is looking for European clusters to build a collaborative answer to the Call for Proposals “Cluster Go International” to be published in Q4 2020.

  • By Hilary Webb

Built4People R&I Partnership – call for inputs

ERRIN is calling for members from different working groups to form a taskforce aimed at providing inputs on the Built4People R&I Partnership under Horizon Europe.

  • By Hilary Webb

EIC awards first round of Green Deal funding

The EIC has awarded more than €307 million to start-ups that will contribute towards the European Green Deal Strategy and the Recovery Plan for Europe.    

  • By Hilary Webb

EU leaders reach agreement on 2021-2027 MFF budget

After five days of negotiation, EU leaders have agreed on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) budget, with €80.9 allocated to Horizon Europe.

  • By Simon De Wachter

KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts is looking for partners for H2020-call on online radicalisation

The KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Antwerp, Belgium) are part of a consortium of partners in law enforcement and civil society (academia and NGOs) from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

  • By Hilary Webb

First call for proposals under Innovation Fund launch

The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, with the first stage deadline in October 2020.