The EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs - who & for what?
The EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs have been set up in all EIT Climate-KIC’s current EIT RIS countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia). Hubs are usually composed of several partners/entities and collaborate closely with EIT Climate-KIC programme and activity leads to reach the objectives of the EIT RIS in their countries which ultimately is to increase Knowledge Triangle Integration and boost regional/national innovation capacity.
Due to the limited number of partners in EIT RIS countries to date, Hubs play an important role as a gateway into the country’s innovation ecosystems, connecting EIT Climate-KIC to local stakeholders from industry, business, academia and research as well as the public and non-governmental sector. They are also key in cities’ engagement. Emphasis shall be put on engaging with local (regional and national) authorities as well as, in accordance with EIT Climate-KIC’s new 2019-2022 strategy, demand- and problem-owners, e.g. cities, regions, companies.
EIT Climate-KIC projects have been carried out in Estonia since 2015. In 2017 Estonia joined the EIT Climate-KIC RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme Programme).
What is the EIT and how does it work?
The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth. Information about EIT can be found also in Estonian HERE.
The EIT's mission is to:
Contribute to the competitiveness of Europe, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening synergies and cooperation among businesses, education institutions and research organisations.
Create favourable environments for creative thought, to enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in Europe The EIT is an integral part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
What is EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) and how does it work?
The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is designed for EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries in Europe who are modest and moderate innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard), and where Innovation Communities have few or no partners. Strategically, the scheme is an additional offer to these countries to facilitate their engagement with the EIT Innovation Communities.
What are the EIT RIS objectives?
Widen participation in the EIT Innovation Communities’ activities by engaging players from countries that have lower participation. Sharing good practice, experience and know-how emerging from the EIT Communities’ activities with local innovation ecosystems. Offer tailor-made services to address identified innovation gaps. Ultimately, the EIT will contribute to boosting innovation in EIT RIS countries by strengthening linkages among key innovation actors. More here.
EIT Innovation Communities:
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator: where great ideas grow into great businesses!
The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation - now coming to more countries across Europe. Get access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching and substantial financial support. More info here. For any questions please write to email@example.com
ClimateLaunchpad. Battle your way to global impact.
You have a green business idea and want to take it to the next level. Perfect, you should enter our competition. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business plan just yet. Or if your idea is still on the back of a napkin. You are most welcome to join.
To apply for ClimateLaunchpad 2020, all you have to do is fill out the application form. If you don’t have full answers to all of the questions in the form, feel free to give rough estimates. The important thing is to get your form submitted before 5th April! For any questions please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the actions of EIT and more details on the RIS programme, please visit the following links:
Information about EIT can be found also in other languages:
EIT in your language: https://eit.europa.eu/in-your-language