The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an independent EU body set up in 2008 to enhance Europe’s ability to innovate by nurturing entrepreneurial talent and supporting new ideas. Together with its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), the EIT creates favourable environments for creative thoughts to enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in Europe.
The EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are partnerships that bring together businesses, research centres and universities. They allow:
- Innovative products and services to be developed in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing
- New companies to be started
- A new generation of entrepreneurs to be trained
The KICs carry out activities that cover the entire innovation chain: training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects, as well as business incubators and accelerators. The EIT’s role is to guide the process and set the strategies, but it’s up to the KICs to put these into practice and provide results.
There are currently six KICs and each focuses on a different societal challenge:
- EIT Climate-KIC: addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation
- EIT Digital: addressing Information and Communication Technologies
- EIT InnoEnergy: addressing sustainable energy
- EIT Health: addressing healthy living and active ageing
- EIT RawMaterials: addressing sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution
- EIT Food: putting Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production