EIT Deep Tech Talent Call for Training Proposals

The Call for Training Proposals supports outstanding organisations dedicated to enhancing skills, fostering diverse training collaborations and developing tertiary educational opportunities within the deep tech sector.

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative has launched its Call for Training Proposals, an instrument through which the initiative aims to fund up to 20 collaborative projects to generate high-quality tertiary training programmes addressing specific skills gaps in deep tech. The EIT Deep Tech Talent will grant a total amount of €2.000.000 (between €100,000 and €150,000 per project) to foster the creation of innovative and creative training, targeting underrepresented groups or mitigating talent shortages in specific deep tech fields.

If you are a/an:
👉 Educational institution
👉 Non-profit
👉 Start-up
👉 Company

and want to design and launch ground-breaking courses and skills development programmes that fill critical knowledge gaps in the specific deep tech areas proposed, then this Call is for you. Apply by 20 June.

EIT Urban Mobility RIS Winter Schools wrap-up: Driving change for sustainable cities

Over the past few weeks, the inaugural RIS Winter Schools Series, co-founded and supported by EIT Urban Mobility, saw a gathering of almost 120 bachelor students from various RIS countries in three European cities to delve into the realms of sustainable urban mobility. During one week, participants were involved in different workshops and lectures to enhance their knowledge and skills on innovation and entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to different real-life challenges faced by cities. 

Here’s a peek into the highlights and achievements of each Winter School: 

Innov4mobility Winter School

Aveiro, Portugal.
Organising partners: BGI, S.A and Technical University of Berlin.

At the University of Aveiro, students dived into challenges such as micromobility and pollution reduction, culminating in the winning project “ReNEW a BOAT”, which aims to convert combustion boats to electric ones. Maria Bike, Pedalar sem Idade, and CER FF showcased their prototypes. Additionally, the EcoVoltas initiative by Ecomood Portugal provided students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to test drive electric karts and witness first-hand the potential of eco-friendly transportation solutions. 
 

WINSCOOL Winter School

Tartu, Estonia.
Organising partners: Kimitisik B.V and University of Tartu.

Against the picturesque backdrop of Tartu, participants engaged in a collaborative endeavour to tackle the city’s pressing urban mobility challenges. Visits to local institutions like the AHA Center enriched their understanding of Tartu’s unique mobility landscape. The teams grappled with issues ranging from traffic congestion to winter walkability, culminating in presenting innovative solutions. The standout proposal from team “StreetHeat”, incorporating an array of heating systems to enhance road safety during winter, garnered praise from both peers and mentors. 

EXCEL Winter School

Gozo, Malta.
Organising partners: Cleantech Bulgaria, MCAST and Project Aegle Foundation.

Nestled in the idyllic settings of Malta & Gozo, participants delved into the complexities of transitioning towards sustainable transportation solutions. Challenges centred around modal shifts and renewable energy integration for ferries prompted teams to think outside the box. The winning team “Sustainable Innovators”, captivated the audience with their vision of hydrogen-powered ferries navigating the Maltese archipelago, showcasing the potential for eco-friendly maritime transportation. 

Beyond the academic rigour, the Winter Schools provided ample opportunities for social engagement and networking. From citizen engagement initiatives to lively karaoke nights, students forged bonds and shared insights, enriching their learning experience. 

The RIS Winter Schools not only showcased the students’ dedication but also underscored the power of collaborative innovation in tackling pressing urban challenges. As these young innovators return to their respective communities armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration, they stand poised to make a tangible difference in the realm of urban mobility. 

First EIT Alumni Node set up at EIT Urban Mobility HQ

In a move aimed at fostering collaboration and networking among alumni of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (EIT KICs), the first EIT Alumni Node is set to open its doors at the EIT Urban Mobility headquarters in Barcelona. 

Commencing on 22 March 2024, the EIT Urban Mobility HQ located at Torre Glories will provide a dedicated space for EIT Community Alumni to convene and engage in various activities, including networking sessions, startup idea development, and meetings with potential investors and customers. EIT Community Alumni will have the opportunity to book an office space three times a month. 

The primary objective of the EIT Alumni Node project is to offer EIT Community Alumni to boost their business ideas and ventures, and maintain engagement within the EIT community, thereby expanding and strengthening professional networks. Additionally, the initiative is expected to facilitate collaboration with the local ecosystem of startup founders and innovators. 

Why in Barcelona? 

Factors considered in the selection process included CLC (Co-Location Centre) density, the startup, and investment landscape, alumni presence, and connectivity, among other factors. The decision underscores Barcelona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and its potential to serve as a hub for alumni engagement. 

Looking ahead, plans are underway to establish a second Node elsewhere in Europe in the near future, further expanding opportunities for alumni engagement and collaboration across the continent. 

How to book your office space? 

This initiative is designed to benefit all alumni of EIT Community, encompassing individuals who have previously participated in programmes offered by any KIC branch. EIT Alumni members can register here.

See you in Torre Glories!  

EIT EdTech Conference 2024: A resounding success at The EGG Brussels

We are proud of the success of the very first edition of the EIT EdTech Conference, an EIT Community event organised by EIT Urban Mobility last 23 January at The EGG Brussels.

The event gathered more than a hundred high-level European representatives from education and innovation communities, including Higher Education Institutions, EdTech companies, and representatives of EU Institutions and national governments to discuss the current state of EdTech in Europe, explore the existing challenges it faces, as well as the opportunities to boost cooperation and support Europe in becoming a global frontrunner in EdTech.

Key highlights from the EIT EdTech Conference 2024

  • Noteworthy keynote speakers, moderators, and panellists: An outstanding line-up delivered thought-provoking insights, sparking meaningful discussions on the challenges and innovation in European Education to build a better future for EdTech, unlocking its power in the digital age. 
  • Interactive Workshops: Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops to discuss the past, present, and future of EdTech. The last workshop of the day consisted of a participatory space for participants to put in common what concrete ideas they believe are key to move the EU EdTech agenda forward.   
  • Networking Success: Attendees made valuable connections that have the potential to foster collaboration and future partnerships, working towards concrete outcomes.  

Explore Further: In-depth insights and resources

Delve into additional details about the EIT EdTech Conference 2024:

The EIT EdTech Conference 2024 has been the first spark to ignite an EU vision for EdTech. We look forward to seeing you at the EIT EdTech 2025 conference! 

Access Your Next Client City: Empowering Urban Mobility Innovators with TICER

We are thrilled to join forces with Green Brother, RMIT Europe, Szombathely City, and Frontira with the goal of improving urban mobility and enhance the quality of life for citizens. The world of urban mobility is on the cusp of a transformative revolution. Start-ups in this sector hold immense potential to shape the way we navigate our cities and embrace sustainable transportation options.

However, to fulfil their market potential, these start-ups face numerous challenges, including aligning innovations with city regulations and meeting the needs of citizens. That’s where TICER comes in – an innovative educational programme designed to empower start-ups and bridge the gap between entrepreneurial vision and real-world success.

The deadline for application is 31 August, 2023, on the website: https://www.ticer.city/#registration.  The programme will take place from September 2023 to November 2023. It will start with a kick-off event, followed by three online training modules as well as a pitching ceremony.

In the realm of urban mobility, the ultimate clients are the citizens themselves. We recognize the critical role cities play in shaping the needs and aspirations of their inhabitants. However, aligning innovative mobility solutions with both city regulations and citizen requirements is no easy feat. TICER steps in as the bridge that connects innovators with the needs and expectations of cities and citizens alike. The programme has 3 main moduls:

  • Entrepreneurial Training
  • Co-creation Workshop (UX)
  • City regulation Landscapes Workshop

Three Key Challenges and How TICER Addresses Them

Challenge 1 – Sustainable mobility as an alternative

How can we foster a culture of sustainable mobility in Szombathely so people become more inclined to embrace eco-friendly transportation options such as buses, bikes, scooters, or walking instead of using a car?

Challenge 2 – Demand-driven mobility design

How can we channel the needs of citizens and urban stakeholders into the mobility-related decision-making process of the city?

Challenge 3 – Data-driven synergies for mobility

As a municipality, how can we use existing and yet-unknown data to – directly and indirectly – encourage the public and economic sectors to improve traffic flow?

Who Can Apply?

TICER welcomes participation from a diverse array of entities, including University teams and Spin-offs, Start-ups, and SMEs from the EU and Horizon Europe Associated Countries, including the UK and Switzerland. Whether you are an established start-up or an emerging entrepreneur, TICER is your ticket to unlock new markets and expand your reach.

The benefits of participating in TICER are manifold:

  • Quick access to cities and markets
  • Expansion opportunities
  • Collaboration with city executives on local regulations
  • Access to invaluable city mobility data for market fit testing
  • Opportunity to pitch for budget allocation for piloting
  • Invitations to further EIT Urban Mobility programs for scaling
  • Enhanced entrepreneurial knowledge
  • Real-life market feedback and validation
  • Workshops with experts and clients to develop user experience and product market fit

Curious to learn more about TICER and how it can transform your start-up’s journey in the urban mobility space? Join our online info-sharing event on 17 August at 15:00 hours CET. During this event, you will receive comprehensive details about the TICER programme and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of urban mobility!

To register for the event, click here

For any inquiries, feel free to contact us at ticer@greenbrother.hu or visit our website at ticer.city.

TICER is supported by EIT Urban Mobility in partnership with Green Brother, RMIT Europe, Szombathely, and Frontira.

Recognizing Outstanding Deep Tech Training: EIT Deep Tech Talent Training Prize is now open for applications!

About the Prize

The Deep Tech Talent Training Prize celebrates the best-in-class organisations committed to upskilling, diversifying training partnerships and building inclusive training offerings in deep tech. The Deep Tech Talent Training prize aims to celebrate and reward organisations including training providers, universities, and industry partners for their exceptional contributions in tackling deep tech training challenges.

We encourage applications from a range of backgrounds and organisations. To be eligible for the prizes, applicants must meet the Deep Tech Talent Initiative pledger criteria and have successfully completed the pledge registration and quality check of the training.

Entry categories include:

  • Partner Training: This celebrates the training providers that have come together to develop robust and comprehensive courses that complement one another supporting our goal of upskilling 1 million learners in deep tech. Entering as a partnership allows all partners to become part of our Pledger community. Entries to this category must be made up of a minimum of two entries. Read here to find out more.
  • Targeted Training: This category is for individual training providers who have demonstrated excellence in a specific, targeted approach to address challenges in Deep Tech training. The target approach may address targeted audiences that are often underrepresented in Deep Tech fields(e.g., women, disadvantaged background, individuals re-entering the job market, etc.) or may address an immediate market or training need that is underdeveloped.

For more details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please check the Deep Tech Talent Initiative website.

Why enter?

  • To have the chance to collect Prize funds up to up to a maximum of 60,000 EUR per entity.
  • An opportunity to celebrate your excellence and be recognised as a leaderin the field of deep tech training in the EU.
  • Entrants will be benefit by becoming part of the EIT Deep Tech Talent Pledger community with access to larger, Europe-wide exclusive events, and numerous networking opportunities with leaders in deep tech.
  • Prize winners will get their hard work recognised and their training offer will get a quality seal by the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative.

One application per category – for evaluation and Prize criteria, please see www.eitdeeptechtalent.eu/calls-and-opportunities/training-prize

Deadline: 31 October 2023, 17hr CET

Shaping the Future of Innovation in Europe: EIT Urban Mobility joins the new Start For Future Cooperative

EIT Urban Mobility is delighted to join the Start For Future (SFF) Cooperative, recognising it as a significant milestone in fostering long-term collaboration and cooperation among European universities and innovation actors.

Our organisation proudly stands among the 18 prominent founding partners from the existing alliance, which consists of universities, incubators, research organizations, business entities and cities. The inaugural meeting held during the SFF Varna Summit on June 24, 2023, marked a momentous occasion as the Start For Future Cooperative officially became a unified legal entity, set to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of innovation in Europe. 

We believe that volume is required to achieve excellence. Volume is achieved with an inclusive and democratic model, where success benefits the entire network rather than just a select few. A scalable and democratic approach – such as the one taken by the Start for Future Cooperative- is essential for promoting an eco-centric rather than an ego-centric view. As already demonstrated by the organizations involved in SFF, potential for innovation and entrepreneurship is to be found and nurtured in every corner of Europe, leveraging European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in combination with regional stakeholders.”

stated Martin Vendel, Academy Director of EIT KIC Urban Mobility. 

What is this cooperative about? 

Among the ambitious goals set forth by the cooperative: nurturing 1 million start-ups in Deep Tech, training and mentoring 2 million talents, involving 1,000 universities in Europe and globally, and fostering connections between 3,000 industry partners by 2035. By actively promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange between universities and innovation actors, the SFF Cooperative cultivates an environment that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurship, characterised by openness and democracy.

The cooperative’s unwavering focus on systemic innovation perfectly aligns with EIT Urban Mobility’s broader commitment to address societal challenges and enhance the well-being of European citizens.  

This alliance marks an inspiring new chapter in the European innovation and entrepreneurship landscape, where collaboration thrives, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future. 

Who are the founding members?

How did everything started?

In 2020, Start for Future (SFF) – a Pan-European student incubation programme – took its initial steps, fuelled by support and funding coming from the EIT´s HEI initiative and backed by Germany´s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). EIT Urban Mobility has been actively supporting the alliance’s development since then.  

Over the past few years, SFF has emerged as one of Europe’s most vibrant and rapidly expanding innovation alliances, bringing together academia, start-ups, industry, and public organizations. Now, it is embarking on its next phase, by formally establishing itself as a European Cooperative Society / Societas Cooperativa Europaea (SCE). With an ambitious vision to boost systemic innovation, the SFF Cooperative is poised to drive transformative advancements that will shape the future of innovation in Europe. 

Learn more about Start for Future here.

Call for proposals 3 for HEI Initiative

The third Call for Proposals for the HEI Initiative (Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education) will remain open until 28 February.

This call aims to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in higher education by bringing together HEIs in innovation value chains and ecosystems across Europe.

The call will select up to 16 consortia, who will receive a maximum of EUR 750 000 with up to EUR 350 000 for Phase 1 (May−December 2023) and up to EUR 400 000 for Phase 2 (January−July 2024). This call for proposals is open to all types of stakeholders. For the first time, the call is open to both new organisations and existing partners from the Pilot Call and the second call for proposals.

The selected consortia should show how they will build innovation capacity through the integration of deep tech talent-fostering activities. They must also demonstrate how their applications align with the Deep Tech Talent Initiative and contribute to deep tech innovation.

The goal of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative is to develop and offer pan-European talent and skills development programmes to skill, re-skill and up-skill at least 1 million talents in the coming next three years (2023-2025). In this way, the Europe’s labour force is expected to be expanded in high growth companies working in deep tech fields, encompassing advanced materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, blockchain, robotics, aerospace, photonics, electronics, quantum computing, sustainable energy and cleantech. The Deep Tech Talent initiative is led by EIT under the new European Innovation Agenda adopted by the European Commission in 2022.

Consortia must submit their applications until 28 February 2023, by 17:00 CET. The selected projects will be announced in May 2023.

Networking and Matchmaking platform

For organisations that would like to apply to the initiative but are missing participants for creating a full cohort, the initiative has a Conversation Starter platform available exclusively for this Call 3. Register in the platform to meet and match with other organisations whose HEI proposal concepts are aligned.

 Registration link.

Further details and supporting documents

The HEI initiative is an activity part of the EIT Community portfolio. The KICs participating in the HEI initiative are: EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Climate-KIC.