who we are

Welcome to EIT Hub Silicon Valley. We are the bridge between the EU and California, making innovation happen and creating a societal and economical impact.

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ABOUT US – EIT HUB Silicon Valley

EIT Hub Silicon Valley is an outreach location of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The Hub creates synergies between the EIT community and the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem to support the growth of innovative startups and increase the numbers of the Europe-California and Cross-KIC collaborative projects.

Building on the accomplishments and the network of the EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) opened the EIT Hub Silicon Valley in 2019 as its first community hub outside of Europe. It is supporting European innovators to attract US customers, partners and investors by showcasing innovation made in Europe to the California innovation and education ecosystem. 


Bringing Europe and California even closer


To be the bridge between Europe and California, leveraging both economies and empowering entrepreneurs and corporates alike to make a societal impact. 

our mission

The EIT Hub Silicon Valley strives to create synergies between the EIT community and the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem to support the growth of innovative startups and increase the number of Europe-California and Cross-KIC collaborative projects.

Meet our Team

Orestis Trasanidis

EIT Hub Silicon Valley - Managing Director

Pui San Tam

EIT Hub Silicon Valley - Deputy Hub Manager
Pui San Tam – Project Manager

Dorottya Csak

EIT Hub Silicon Valley - Communications and Marketing Manager
Dorottya Csak - Communications and Marketing Manager

Katarina Djuric

EIT Hub Silicon Valley - Ecosystem Lead
Katarina Djuric

Fabrizio Della Pace

EIT Hub Silicon Valley- Venture Capital & Access to Market expert
Fabrizio Della Pace

what we do

EIT Hub Silicon Valley enhances European leadership and know-how in California to address the world’s major challenges and establishes itself as an effective liaison between the innovation ecosystems of Europe and California.

EIT Hub Silicon Valley focuses its activities in: 

  • Supporting the recruitment of US students to Europe and facilitating internships for EU students to the US

  • Assisting European entrepreneurs with doing business in the US

  • Developing contacts for the participating KICs and their partners (especially Universities)

  • Creating a network that includes the EU Delegation, European Consulates, T&I Offices, etc.


Disrupt Me


Connect & Experience

Mind the Gap

Mission Innovation

Bridging the Horizon

Horizon Europe Eligibility for Associated Countries

Participation and funding eligibility in EIT Community activities for legal entities from third countries (associated or non-associated to Horizon Europe), is fully aligned with eligibility rules of Horizon Europe Regulation (articles 22 & 23)’

The following categories are identified as EIT Global Outreach countries:

i. Third countries that are Associated (AC) to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

ii. Third countries, that are not Associated to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

It should be noted that the Global Outreach activities of the EIT and its KICs aim to third countries that do not directly benefit by other KIC activities and are complementary to other outreach schemes of the EIT, such as the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), since they aim to Associated Countries that are not covered by the EIT RIS.



Full access to the community network

Connect & Experience offers more than training. The C&E community network is an active EU online and offline community offering easy access to opportunities, curated content, matchmaking, soft landing services, and support. The community provides a space for community builders from Europe and Horizon Europe associated countries to interact, share best practices, and collaborate to enhance your startup community.

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Access to Healthcare

The Health not The Death is a fundamental human right. A healthy population is not to be seen as human and social capital, an input, or by-product, towards economic growth. Alongside a healthy and sustainable environment, a solidarity, a healthy population must be the ultimate goal especially nowadays in helping Ukrainian migrants with cancer and their families.

Solidarity in health is a cornerstone of EU health policy. There are wide disparities in many health outcomes across the region and those outcomes. The access rules dramatically affect healthcare systems which are at the forefront of the migrant way, the people who are searching for help and the way how we could enhance and support their healthier and wellbeing status.

In order to ensure their access to care and continued cure in need, the probability of receiving a timely diagnosis and of surviving differs greatly from country to country where they are now. There is lack of information, help and inequalities in access. People need help in navigating cancer knowledge, diagnostics, secondary monitoring and prevention, way of treatments, and care.

Shifting our mindset, supporting healthcare connectivity, removing inequalities overall across Europe is our mission and even more now in a time of crisis, helping the Ukrainian people dealing with cancer is a good place to begin this transformative revolution.

1) Whether we have a chance to foster more holistic and integrated approaches to receive information and care, by supporting coordination and maximising an enabling and health-enhancing effect of care across services from different countries?

2) Whether actions should address the social determinants of health, the countries where they are now, the health need which they have, the social and language barriers are the conditions which have to be taken into consideration in a coordinated manner?

How might we improve patients and /or people who seek healthcare support, access to healthcare services at an EU & the Member States Healthcare systems level? Especially in a time of crisis in Europe.

How might we support refugees fleeing from their countries by navigating them to medical centres to receive best available care?  


Predictive Treatment

Precision medicine aims to personalise care for every individual. Nongenomic and genomic determinants, combined with information from patient symptoms, clinical history, and lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, stress etc.), can facilitate personalised diagnosis and prognostics. Yet this goal requires access to massive amounts of data which may come from different structured and unstructured sources; these can be our medical records, laboratory testing, a range of medical devices as well as from the patient himself. AI & ML can combine input from these multiple sources, analyse them and identify biomarkers that can support health professionals make more informed decisions. The convergence of precision medicine with the advanced AI capabilities will improve the ability to personalise care – improve diagnosis, risk prediction as well as therapy planning.  

HCPs want to better predict treatment response, given uncertainty around which treatment to prescribe to which patient and when to prescribe. How do we risk assess the patients, match them with the right treatment (personalised). How can we transform the wealth of data and link it to the predictive nature of how the patient will respond?


Patient Journey Navigation

Being diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming and comes as a blow. Patients may feel on a roller coaster of emotions—they are scared, lost & confused not knowing what to expect, who to refer to, what to do and how to tell their loved ones.  They directly refer to “Dr. Google” to look for information about their disease, possible treatments, QoL strategies with the aim to have better understanding of their disease and learn how to better cope with their disease & treatment, yet information is not always valid, accessible, nor personalised or tailored to the patient’s status and needs therefore left with huge amounts of non-relevant information. Coming to the doctor, the physician’s time is limited and mostly focusing on the physical aspects of the disease & treatment, not leaving much time to ask questions nor discuss more holistic aspects of the disease such as emotional, psychological, social aspects. The patient (& caregiver in many cases) leaves the room with unanswered questions, doesn’t remember much of what has been said, and feels he is not heard, nor seen as a whole.

The need for navigating this journey along the emotional psychological stress is overwhelming & patients and their caregivers look for support (case manager/companion/partner) to help manage their disease holistically – starting from having clarity around their disease and treatment by having access to reliable and personalised information during their journey as well as having an integrated holistic care system , supporting them and their loved ones to navigate through the different aspects of their disease – medical, emotional, logistical, psychological, social, rights.

How can we support patients to navigate through the complexity of their disease and treatment ensuring they have validated holistic information about their disease journey & treatment and be empowered to  effectively manage their care 


Peer-to-Peer Medical Exchange

As medical events pivoted from conference centres and meeting rooms to the virtual settings, learning opportunities continue. Lectures and presentations are translated to the new digital world, yet the ability to connect and network is relatively lost. Peer interaction is essential not only for information exchange but to share practical insights, allows consultation & in-person experience cross country and across borders leading to better disease management.

This peer-based learning/ consultation is highly valued amongst practising clinicians and was generally achieved when HCPs and KOLs met their peers in national & Intl conferences, group debates, advisory boards and even during quick corridor conversations. Attempting to replicate these in-person experiences into the digital space creates challenges and are not effective nor impactful as face-to-face engagements. 

How might we improve HCP medical exchange enabling physicians to easily communicate, consult, exchange opinions leveraging individual experts & centres of excellence knowledge, experiences, and practices?

How can we leverage the technological expertise to allow HCPs to connect with leading experts across countries to get advice / counselling for their cases?


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