What is the EIT?
Created in 2008, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a unique EU initiative that boosts innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe with one simple idea: through diversity, there is strength. It supports the development of dynamic pan-European partnerships between leading universities, research labs and companies.
Together, they develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. They bring ideas to market, turn students into entrepreneurs and, most importantly, they innovate. These partnerships are known as EIT Innovation Communities or Knowledge and Innovation Communities.
What are the KICs?
The EIT has established several Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), also known as Innovation Communities. KICs bring together the three sides of the knowledge triangle, Research, Education and Business, to empower innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges.
The Innovation Communities fund three types of activities within their specific focus area:
- Education & Engagement programmes targeting students, professionals and citizens
- Business Creation Activities, e.g.: hackathons, accelerator programmes and start-up competitions
- Innovation Projects to develop research for commercialisation or demonstration