Enhancing the global impact of European Innovation

EIT Digital presents its Strategic Innovation Agenda 2020-2022

Brussels, 7 February 2019

Earlier today, EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker presented the Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2020-2022 to European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, MEP Eva Kaili, and EIT Digital Supervisory Board chairman Raymond Freymann. The SIA outlines plans to strengthen Europe’s position in the digital world and to help business and entrepreneurs to be at the forefront of digital innovation.

"We have identified 5 core challenges that need to be addressed in order to build a strong digital Europe,” said EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker. 

  1. We need to bring European values to the digital world by building global European digital businesses and scaling up disruptive digital ventures that have potential for global success. 

  2. We have to further address fragmentation to support digital enterprises and entrepreneurs. The completion of the Digital Single Market must be accelerated and the whole of Europe turned into a “de facto” domestic market for European entrepreneurs. 

  3. It is necessary to raise R&D investments in digital technologies and emphasise on software, where currently American and Asian companies are leading the way. 

  4. We must strongly increase deep tech innovation investments and take mature research results from laboratory to market, especially by means of entrepreneurship. 

  5. And we have to adapt the European education system to the digital reality, to equip people with the right digital skills, and to deploy digital technology in order to support education. 

The Strategic Innovation Agenda outlines EIT Digital’s strategy for the coming years and provides concrete answers to these core challenges. 

Building on a strong partner ecosystem of business, research and academia, EIT Digital applies key instruments to strengthen European digital innovation: 

  • Drive market uptake of top European research results: EIT Digital facilitates cross-border innovation collaboration to bring promising, mature research results out of the lab and quickly into the market. For the first time ever, EIT Digital opens in 2019 its call for proposals beyond its 200-strong partner network to generate even more commercially competitive innovations. 

  • Support international growth: The EIT Digital Accelerator helps fast-growing European deep tech scaleups to expand internationally and become dominant global players. 

  • Fuelling the European market with digital entrepreneurs through education: The EIT Digital Academy equips talents with solid technical knowledge and the necessary entrepreneurship and business skills to spot opportunities, understand market needs and capitalise on them.

Author: Peter Strempel

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