GLOBAL PLATFORM

Expanding EIT’s
Global Presence

We connect talents, knowledge and key players worldwide to tackle societal challenges.

A Global Approach to Global Challenges

Over the past decade, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) established 9 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) to strengthen Europe’s capacity to innovate and find solutions to global societal challenges.

In 2018, acknowledging the importance of international cooperation in tackling such challenges, the EIT and its KICs established together the EIT Global Outreach Programme. Contributing to the EU’s Global Approach in Research & Innovation, it is the first EIT Community coordinated effort at global level.

The EIT Global Outreach programme acts as a bridge linking the EIT’s innovation ecosystem with those of outreach locations, forging synergies with global innovation leaders.

Global Outreach Locations

ISRAEL

Renowned as the “start-up nation”, Israel is the world leader for number of start-ups per capita, with Tel Aviv constantly ranked with the world’s most innovative cities.

A vast number of unique factors contribute to Israel becoming such a tech powerhouse, making it a strategic location for an EIT global outreach hub that focuses on creating synergies between the EIT community and the Israeli innovation ecosystem.

EIT Hub Israel supports the growth of innovative start ups and increases the number of EU-Israel and Cross-KIC collaborative projects.

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KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION COMMUNITIES (KICS) INVOLVED

EIT Health

Giving EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthy life
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EIT Culture & Creativity

Unite Europe's creatives
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EIT CLIMATE-KIC​

Working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy
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EIT Manufacturing

Strengthening and increasing the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry
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EIT DIGITAL

For a strong digital Europe. Inclusive. Fair. Sustainable.
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EIT FOOD

Leading a global revolution in food innovation and production
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The EIT Story – By Numbers

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EIT at a Glance

The EIT Global Outreach Programme is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union established in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe and to strengthen Europe’s capacity to innovate and find solutions to global societal challenges.

Over the past decade, the EIT established 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that bring together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. Each of these communities (KICs) is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. 

EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) 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.

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The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union established in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe and to strengthen Europe’s capacity to innovate and find solutions to global societal challenges.

Over the past decade, the EIT established 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) that bring together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. Each of these communities (KICs) is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. 

EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) 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.

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Bringing together more than 2900 partners, the EIT is Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem and connects innovators and organisations. We power innovators and entrepreneurs across the EU and beyond to turn their best ideas into cutting-edge products and services. This is crucial to fulfilling the EIT’s mission to create jobs and deliver sustainable and smart growth for Europe. 

We support the development of dynamic, long-term European partnerships among leading companies, research labs and higher education. These partnerships are called EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge, from climate change and sustainable energy to healthy living and food.

Together with leading partners, the EIT Community offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities: education courses that combine technical and entrepreneurial skills, tailored business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects. This brings new ideas and solutions to the market, turns students into entrepreneurs and, most importantly, delivers innovation.

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the mission

The EIT’s mission is to increase Europe’s competitiveness, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening cooperation among leading business, education and research organisations.

our vision

To become the leading European initiative that empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges and create growth and skilled jobs.

EIT Climate-KIC brings together a community of large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 450 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts.

EIT Health is a network of best in class health innovators backed by the EU. We deliver solutions to enable European citizens live longer and healthier lives. Our network connects world-class organisations across Europe from the three worlds of business, research and education.

EIT Digital embodies the future of innovation by mobilizing a pan-European multi-stakeholder open-innovation ecosystem of top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and investors address the technology, talent, skills, business and capital needs of digital entrepreneurship.

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. Its mission is to future proof our food, so we are on a mission to build an inclusive and innovative community where the consumer is actively involved.

EIT Culture & Creativity is a Knowledge and Innovation Community that’s bringing creatives from all walks of life together to rethink how we live as Europeans. That includes rethinking the way we currently run our cultural and creative sectors and industries from fashion to film and empowering creatives to transform it according to their vision of the green and digital transitions.

EIT Manufacturing is an innovation community that brings together 60 European leading partners from business, education and research, from 17 countries across Europe. EIT Manufacturing’s mission is to bring European manufacturing actors together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes and  services and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

EIT Raw Materials vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

EIT Urban Mobility works to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. EIT Urban Mobility aims to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility.

EIT InnoEnergy works to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. EIT Urban Mobility aims to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility.

Testimonials

Arunas

Arunas Karlonas

”We had a chance to meet the key stakeholders, government experts, tech entrepreneurs, VCs, etc. We had a unique possibility to learn the ways the Israelis create and develop innovative products and services, establish connections in the ecosystem, jointly develop technologies and projects”.
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Rosemary Gallagher

“Besides fostering solid professional relationships through Connect and Experience, I also managed to accumulate over 50 practical tools and models that I am already adapting and implementing in my own region.” (Connect & Experience IL, 2019)
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Martin

Martin Giese

״A rapidly growing impact investment market is taking the world by storm and Israel, the startup nation, is well placed to play a leading role because it’s all about changing the world for the better through innovation.״ (Connect & Experience IL, 2019)
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Marco

Marco Senigalliesi

“Through Connect & Experience I have a better appreciation of the value of the community and the related management tools to support startups and to build a solid network with the aim of allowing the exchange of information, the contamination of skills and cultures, and the creation of a sense of belonging”
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Jb Labrune

“I joined the programme because I want to collaborate with EIT and exchange insights with other diplomats. Even though we represent different countries, we have one goal and we can support each other. The first programme is the very first of this kind. It helps us work on the shared ground.”
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Dušan Vujović

Dušan Vujović

“Diplomats on-site need to wear a lot of hats. We’ve just opened our office in Jerusalem, with a focus on innovations. Thanks to this programme I can better understand the Israeli ecosystem and stakeholders’ perspectives.”
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