InnovEIT 2015 Conference discusses new ways to innovate
InnovEIT 2015, a large conference on innovation which is organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is taking place from 5 to 7 May 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. The forum is attended by more than 600 participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers, business leaders and students from across Europe. The events aims at showcasing selected achievements from the EIT Community and share learnings and good practice; promoting innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship; providing a platform for dialogue between the EIT Community and external stakeholders and obtaining feedback on the EIT's strategy and EIT-KIC activities; and enhancing networking and collaboration across the EIT Community, as well as with the wider European innovation community.
Speakers at the event include European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics, Birgitte Andersen, CEO and co-creator of Big Innovation Centre, and Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and Consumer Business Managing Director of TomTom, as well as the leaders of the KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) that have been established so far. The event will also host the EIT Awards 2015 for successful European innovators, for which 17 individuals have been nominated.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: “The European Commission has made restoring economic growth and job creation its main political priority. Innovation and education have a crucial role to play in this. The EIT is already making a valuable contribution: by fostering a more innovative and entrepreneurial culture and by leading to tangible results – for example helping to bring more than 120 new products and services to the market, creating 141 start-ups across Europe and training 472 graduates.” He added that there was now a need for building on these first results and deciding how to ensure the EIT has an even bigger impact in the future.
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