"Sustained Impact" - EIT Digital releases 2016 Annual Report

EIT Digital Annual Report 2016

EIT Digital today released its 2016 Annual Report. Titled "Sustained Impact", the organisation's 2016 motto, the report sets out EIT Digital’s achievements across its pan-European Ecosystem in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as Entrepreneurial Education.

Key 2016 highlights:

Pan-European Ecosystem

  • 26 new partners added to the consortium-of which 22 were industrial partners-resulting in a total of over 130 partners in 10 European countries

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • 9 new companies created
  • 75 products and services commercially launched
  • Over 120 startups coached by the EIT Digital Accelerator
  • €22m in capital raised for Accelerator-supported startups

Entrepreneurial Education

  • More than 500 students were enrolled in one of eight Master programmes
  • 30 new students joined the Doctoral School bringing the total number of enrolled students to over 140 students studying in seven countries
  • Over 20 courses launched for professional students
  • Over 20,000 students have taken one of EIT Digital's 25 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker said:

"As we prepare to host our 2017 Annual Conference on March 21, it’s good to take some time to reflect on both our challenges and achievements of the past year. A year that saw us sign a new seven-year Framework Partnership Agreement with European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). We also launched our Strategic Innovation Agenda 2017 - 2019, which will guide our growth and development as an organisation. We saw a continued stream of entrepreneurial graduates from our education programmes and greater market uptake of the products and services coming out of our Innovation Activities. It was also a year that saw us add even more scaleups to our Accelerator portfolio."

"It was a year where our organisation, our people and our network of partners all went from strength to strength. As now we look ahead to the even greater heights we want to attain this year, we do so knowing that we are starting from a strong foundation in which our 2016 achievements form a large part."

The full 2016 Annual Report is available here.

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