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.

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.

A circular economy at the heart of climate action: how materials connect the dots in the EU Green Deal

MEPs Maria Spyraki and Mohammed Chahim are to host an online event on the importance of materials in Europe's green transition.

Early-stage investors (who they are and what they are looking for)

The AAL programme is running a webinar that aims to prepare early-stage start-ups for approaching the right investors with the right tools to secure financing. 

Meet Industry 4.0 start-ups and SMEs

The Gazelle Accelerator programme (set up in the framework of EIT Manufacturing) invites you to its 1st Roadshow Day taking place on June 30th.

Workshop on state of the cities and regions in the COVID-19 crisis - Barometer of cities and regions

The European Committee of the Regions' upcoming workshop will consist of a qualitative assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on Europe's regions and cities.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

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.

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.

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.

Update from the ERRIN Secretariat – Our work policy

As Belgium moves away from confinement, the ERRIN Secretariat has developed a new work policy with necessary safety measures in line with national guidelines for the coming months.

€314 million granted to innovative commpanies to fight virus & support recovery

The European Innovation Council (EIC)'s Accelerator Pilot has awarded €166 million to 36 companies fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Monitor regional post-lockdown recovery with EC & European Space Agency's RACE tool

The Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation tool (RACE) allows economic, environmental and agricultural indicators impacted by the pandemic to be viewed and compared at regional, national and global levels.

Latest Updates

  • 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.

  • By Hilary Webb

Experts needed for EIC Accelerator evaluations

Experts in the fields of innovation, finance, business and investment are sought to join a panel of evaluators in the EIC Accelerator.

  • By Hilary Webb

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.

  • By Hilary Webb

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.

  • By Hilary Webb

Country contact points for European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs)

The European Commission has published a comprehensive list of the contacts for all European Digital Innovation Hubs.

  • By Hilary Webb

FET Innovation Launchpad call

The FET Innovation Launchpad call will support short individual or collaborative actions focussed on non-scientific aspects of an ongoing or recently finished project funded through FET in FP7 or H2020,