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1 European Commission DG Education and Culture

2 1. Policy context 2. University-Business Forum - Knowledge Alliances 3. HEInnovate 4. European Institute of Innovation and Technology

3 1 - Policy context Education and training are the foundation of fair, open and democratic societies and of sustained growth and employment. Communication on a Renewed Agenda for Higher Education; May 2017 Tackling future skills mismatches and promote excellence in skills development Building inclusive and connected higher education systems Ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation Supporting effective and efficient higher education systems Europe needs individuals and organisations more entrepreneurial and innovative

4 2 - University-Business Forum Provide a platform for a structured dialogue between the stakeholders Allow for exchange, discussion, sharing of good practice and mutual learning Knowledge Alliances (Erasmus+ KA2) HEInnovate

5 Knowledge Alliances Transnational projects which bring higher education institutions and business together to work on common issues. Aim : help strengthen Europe's capacity to innovate and to support the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems. Focus on one or more of the following: developing new, innovative, and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, stimulating entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial skills of higher education and company staff, exchanging knowledge and working together on new solutions.

6 The Knowledge Alliances Community KA 2014 KA 2015 KA 2016

7 3 - HEInnovate Online self-assessment tool Country reviews Policy learning network (coming up next!)

8 HEInnovate describes with seven dimensions the innovative & entrepreneurial HEI

9 4 - European Institute of Innovation and Technology Our vision is is to become the leading European initiative that empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges, and create growth and skilled jobs. 1 st EU initiative bringing together the three sides of the Knowledge Triangle: business (companies and SMEs), education institutions and research centres. The EIT aims to increase the cooperation and integration between higher education, business and research to facilitate the transition from: student to entrepreneur idea to product lab to customer

10 EIT s Innovation Communities EIT Climate-KIC EIT Digital EIT InnoEnergy EIT Raw Materials EIT Health EIT Food

11 The KIC model A business logic High degree of integration: each KIC is an The co-location model: each KIC consists of 5- independent legal entity, gathering worldclass partners from across the knowledge leveraging on existing European capacities. 7 world class innovation hotspots building and triangle based on a contractual Effective governance: run by a CEO and a lean relationship/partnership with the EIT. management team at central and co-location Long-term strategic approach: each KIC is set centre level. up for a minimum of 7 years to eventually become sustainable. Autonomy and flexibility: to determine organisational structure and activities governed by a Board of KIC partner organisations.

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13 Innovation ecosystems and Knowledge Triangle Integration Entrepreneurial, creative and innovative people Networks Capital Markets Environment (Inst. Infrastructure, instruments, regulations, etc. EU National Authorities SMEs Businesses End users Local Authorities Enablers Innovation Ecosystem Concertation Resource suppliers Research function NGOs Business function Innovation & Entrepreneurship HEIs Public Bodies Education function Citizens RTOs Regional Authorities VCs Business Angels

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15 EIT Community achievements The EIT's Innovation Communities are growing into thriving European innovation hubs: 1224 number of graduates 2242 number of business ideas incubated 305 number of start-ups created 1232 number of knowledge transfers/adoption 430 number of new or improved products, services and processes launched Figures August 2017

16 Our vision is to become the leading European initiative that empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges, and create growth and skilled jobs. Kristina Tsvetanova of EIT Digital-supported BLITAB Technology wins EU Rising Innovator Prize

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