Internal Newsletter: June 2018
Future funding - EIT Digital co-authors letter to European Commission
EIT’s six Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) write to Commissioners as part of consultation for the next funding programme for research and innovation.
Innovation, entrepreneurship and education are all key ingredients when it comes to successfully addressing the global challenges our societies face, today and in the future. Tackling issues around climate, digital transformation, energy, food, health and raw materials are at the forefront of our national agendas.
As the European Commission looks at how to maximise its investment in the next Framework Programme (FP9) from 2021, EIT/KICs have written to the Commissioners to explain the need to be firmly positioned in the global challenges pillar, as the builder of the largest pan-European innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In order to continue delivering increased impact and to build on their strong foundations, the EIT/KICs have asked for appropriate financial investment, requiring a financial budget allocation in the range of €4.6 to 5.9 billion in FP9. This will allow them to strongly continue contributing to solving these global challenges, and support EU priorities through the delivery of the innovation, entrepreneurship and talent that Europe needs in order to be globally competitive.
Results from EIT Digital Innovation and Education Call 2019
More than 130 proposals have been submitted with strong support from 150 partners. The submissions are being reviewed with a response due in early July.
Independent experts and the Management Committee will be reviewing 134 proposals at the end of June thanks to the successful launch of the Innovation and Education Call 2019. The Call received strong support from our partners with 150 submissions coming from our network.
A total of 107 Innovation Activity proposals were submitted for consideration, broken down as follows:
- Digital Infrastructure: 21
- Digital Industry: 32
- Digital Wellbeing: 17
- Digital Cities: 25
- Digital Finance: 12
On the Education side, 27 proposals were submitted, with the following breakdown:
- Master School: 9
- Professional School: 15
- Summer Schools: 3
The proposals should expect a response by early July.
ARISE Venture Program selects winning projects in Balkans
15 starts ups are participating in the ARISE Europe Venture Program designed to help startups develop and finalise a minimum viable product.
Selected startups from Bulgaria to Solvenia are taking part in the ARISE Europe’s Venture Program this summer following a successful call for entries.
The selected projects are:
For East Balkans:
- Scoop Rewarding
For West Balkans:
- Simple Luxuries
- New Evangelization
- WB Digital Team
- Gasper Kos
- Milos Jokic
Aimed to help startups to develop their businesses and finalise their minimum viable products, up to €15,000 has been made available to the winners.
The businesses will now receive training in entrepreneurial skills at a two-day bootcamp as well as business mentoring.
The program is equity based (7%) and executed in two Regional Editions delivered by Innovation Partners of EIT Digital ABC Accelerator and Found.ation.
Fabio Pianesi, head of external partnerships at EIT Digital, said: "This is a great opportunity to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and in Europe with the best talents based in the Balkans."
EIT Digital Italy opens a new Satellite location in Milan
The new centre is housed in the heart of the city’s industrial district close to the headquarters of EIT Digital partner Cefriel, and will focus on Industry 4.0 activities.
In line with the strategy to focus more on the Digital Industry Action Line, EIT Digital Italy has opened its Milan Satellite centre to the city’s industrial district.
The new centre is located in the same building that houses EIT Digital's partner Cefriel, in Viale Sarca 226. The move to larger, more modern spaces will make it easier to intensify operations in the city, while continuing to work in synergy with the Italian Node’s Trento headquarters.
"We are entering a new phase of our presence in Milan," said Node Director, Gian Mario Maggio. "The fact we have moved to a new location in the heart of the city's industrial district is in line with our overall strategy, which envisages focusing more on the Digital Industry."
Save the date - 11 September - EIT Digital Conference 2018
More than 30 keynote speakers, 45 innovation pods, 13 start ups - and your chance to be a part of it. Sign up today.
Now in its third year, EIT Digital is excited to be bringing experts and opinion leaders from around the world, alongside decision makers, innovators, startups and scaleups to Brussels, for its annual conference.
Running alonside the conference is our exhibition, offering you an inspiring walk through the digital landscape - drawn from from EIT’s five innovation activities and scaleups, bringing digital solutions to market. Those eager to learn more as digital professionals, and organisations looking for highly competent digital specialists will be able to visit EIT’s Academy Zone
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Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Three new companies jump onboard the Digital Accelerator
We welcome Indexima from France, Germany’s MatchX and RebelRoam from Estonia to our business scaleup service.
Since the our last issue, EIT Digital Accelerator has welcomed three new scaleups. They are:
Located between data sources and analytic solutions (Tableau, Excel, SAP, BO, QLIK, etc) Indexima allows users to drill the entire set of Big Data with an instant dashboard display, searching tens of billions of rows in just a few milliseconds.
MatchX is developing superior LPWAN (Low-Power-Wide-Area-Network) hardware, offering heavy-duty sensors with long-range, low-power consumption and long battery life. Additionally MatchX has built a cloud service, as well as an in-depth data reporting tool, helping companies and end-users to measure and analyse their devices data.
RebelRoam helps transportation and travel companies to reduce costs and improve user experience of inflight/on-board Wi-Fi, by filtering, shaping and accelerating network traffic with its proprietary RebelRocket data traffic optimisation service.
European innovation: What new disruptive technologies are expected in 2018?
By working in five key areas of digital deep tech, EIT Digital will deliver more than 50 new products and services this year, that will reshape Europe’s digital landscape.
EIT Digital is ensuring that Europe plays a leading role in the race to find deep tech innovations - defined as disruptive solutions built around unique, protected or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances.
Here is a summary of the work from our five Action Lines:
Digital Cities is developing nine Innovation Activities, including security services to make cities more resilient, mobility products that will make our towns better connected and cleaner, and information technologies to make cities more transparent and open to citizens’ participation.
Digital Industry is progressing 13 new solutions. These will cover industrial fields such as the use of drones and automated vehicles to move goods more effectively, as well as tools to reduce production- and assembly-related errors.
Digital Infrastructure is working on 10 new services and products, including security services for critical infrastructures, API-based technology safety, and Ultra-Low Energy wireless sensor nodes.
Digital Wellbeing has 11 disruptive technologies being developed, which include new assistant solutions for the elderly, ways to fight cyberbullying and asthma control innovations.
Digital Finance’s eight Innovation Activities cover a wide range of technologies from financial services on-demand, to identity chain.
EIT Digital Professional School and Berkeley Executive Education co-host Cybersecurity 360° exec programme
Unique two-week face-to-face programme in October, showing senior management the best European and US strategies to managing cyber resilience.
The hot topic of cybersecurity is the subject of a joint exec program designed by the EIT Digital Professional School and Berkeley Haas School of Business. Taking place in two locations, participants will learn how to design a 360° cybersecurity strategy using the best US and European approaches from both industry and academic fields. It is open to all managers involved in technologies, regardless of their background.
The first week at the Berkeley campus on October 1-5 will focus on online, platform and cloud services. The second week takes place in Munich on October 15-19, where participants will explore cybersecurity issues and solutions related to network, manufacturing, and hardware.
Look out for more details of the programme content in the next newsletter.
In the meantime, for more information, please visit: https://professionalschool.eitdigital.eu/course-portfolio/cybersecurity-360-for-executives/ or contact the Professional School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a digital step forward this summer at EIT Digital Academy Summer Schools
EIT Digital Academy will be welcoming professionals at 10 summer schools on digital transformation.
This year’s Summer Schools programme follows a successful series of pilot trials in previous years, where professionals have learned from and collaborated with EIT Digital Master School students. Now Anders Flodstrom, EIT Digital Academy Director, says, "We want to offer all professionals this unique learning experience."
For Dr Roland Clarke, CEO of an energy consultancy firm in Barbados, joining Master School students for two weeks at last year's Digital Finance Summer School was inspirational. "The students, who have a technology background that I do not have, are a bonus of the Summer School. When we worked in groups, they elaborated more on the very high level lessons. Here, you will learn the skills to evolve your business using digital transformation."
Meet Sharable Dahlan and Teemu Moisala
Digital Master School graduate Sharbel Dahlan and Futurice CEO Teemu Moisala share their experiences of EIT Digital’s education programme.
Sharable Dahlan: "I want to solve real-life problems"
At the same time as Sharbel Dahlan arrived in Sweden to start his EIT Digital Master School course, his cousin arrived from Syria as a war refugee. Dahlan had travelled for about six hours; it took his cousin 15 days. The war of his motherland inspired Dahlan to work on innovations to help refugees. He dedicated his Master School thesis to the topic.
"Their plight inspired me. The idea only arose at the EIT Digital Summer School, when a friend wanted to team up and create a solution to help refugees. We worked on that, pitched our idea and won the business challenge. That triggered the idea that this subject could be worth working on some more. That is why I decided to make it a subject for my master thesis."
Teemu Moisala: "Industrial doctorates perfectly fit in"
The concept of industrial doctorates is, according to Futurice Finland CEO Teemu Moisala, a smart response to a changing world. "You can directly apply academic thinking and frameworks to customer cases."
Moisala says this from experience, as an EIT Digital industrial doctorate joined his firm in September last year. "We are deep diving into areas to strengthen our knowledge and apply this to the business as quickly as possible. The industrial doctorate strengthens Futurice's consultancy power."