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 AI Challenge: Braga & HaydenAI win Transatlantic AI Award

  • The prestigious Transatlantic AI Award has crowned the city of Braga and HaydenAI as this year’s accolade co-winners. The announcement, made during a ceremony held in Silicon Valley, marks a significant milestone in the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) innovation.
  • This endeavour between the EIT Silicon Valley Hub and the EIT AI Community celebrates collaborations in AI technologies that address critical challenges and contribute to advancing digital transformation globally.

The Transatlantic AI Award, known for its rigorous selection process and an esteemed panel of judges comprising experts from both sides of the Atlantic, aims to foster collaboration and recognise excellence in artificial intelligence. This year’s joint winners, Braga and HaydenAI, epitomise the spirit of innovation and international cooperation, setting a high standard for the global AI community to aspire to.

  • Challenge addressed: Automated bus Stop – Enforcement pilot
  • Achievement: Braga & Hayden AI have been recognised for pioneering work in developing an automated enforcement system that enhances the efficiency and safety of bus operations. Their solution significantly contributes to improving urban mobility and public transportation systems.

The Transatlantic AI Award underscores the importance of international collaboration in fostering innovation and driving technological progress. Braga & Hayden AI’s collaboration exemplifies the impact of combining expertise and resources to tackle complex challenges in the public transportation sector. The EIT Community will continue its efforts to bridge ecosystems towards trustworthy and robust AI development & implementation in Europe.

Click here to learn more about the AI Challenge 2023

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! 

EIT Community’s AI Challenge: Transformative Triumphs Unveiled

  • The EIT AI Community hosted the AI Challenge closing event in December 2023, where several start-ups pitched their solutions to the business challenges handed in by organisations during the year.
  • EIT Urban Mobility’s partners Braga and MOVEN were the winners of the “Urban mobility mode prediction challenge”, presenting a solution that implies a significant impact on urban planning and sustainability.
  • The EIT Community’s AI challenge is a call to action for developers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts to tackle real-world problems through innovative AI solutions.
  • EIT AI Community is made up of EIT Climate-KIC. EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Digital, EIT Health and EIT Urban Mobility.

Fuelling digitalisation in mobility with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly popular for addressing various demands within the mobility industry. Nowadays, most of these challenges can be solved using artificial intelligence (AI). However, the lack of familiarity with this topic often leads to uncertainty about how to get started. The EIT Community AI Challenge is a door into AI.

The EIT Community AI Challenge looks for corporates who want to tackle their digitalisation and sustainability transformation challenges with the help of AI solutions, presenting an exciting opportunity for businesses to leverage the power of AI to improve their competitiveness.

The EIT Community AI Challenge

The EIT Community’s AI challenge has been a call to action for developers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts to tackle real-world problems through innovative AI solutions. During the challenge, all participants addressed diverse challenges in sectors such as healthcare, climate change, education, and sustainable energy. The goal was not just to demonstrate technical expertise, but to create tangible solutions with the potential to drive positive change on a global scale.

The winning projects were selected during an event hosted last month in December 2023:

First place: WHO & Turing Biosystems

  • Challenge addressed: Interpretable hybrid AI for determinants of cancer.
  • Outcome: Their approach has significantly contributed to advancing AI applications in cancer research.

Second place: Travna & Asistobe

  • Challenge addressed: Efficient and cost-effective networks for inter-city and local bus transport.
  • Outcome: Their innovative solutions have notably improved the efficiency of transportation networks

Third place: Braga & Moven

  • Challenge addressed: Urban mobility mode prediction.
  • Outcome: Their work in urban mobility prediction stands out for its potential impact on urban planning and sustainability.

All winning projects have the potential to inspire further research, development, and implementation of AI solutions in various industries. From healthcare to climate action, education to sustainable energy, the challenge has demonstrated that AI can be a powerful force for positive change when harnessed responsibly and creatively, highlighting the potential of AI to reshape industries and improve lives.

Furthermore, the challenge has also catalysed the development of a global network of AI experts committed to addressing pressing societal challenges. We are on the brink of a new era where AI-driven innovations will play a pivotal role in shaping a better and more sustainable future!

For those eager to delve deeper into this groundbreaking initiative, there’s more to discover at EIT AI Community – AI Challenge 2023

About the EIT Community

The EIT Community is a collaborative network comprising the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) long-term partnerships, known as Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). These KICs drive systemic change in Europe and beyond, focusing on key areas such as climate change, health, energy, food, manufacturing, digitalisation, raw materials, urban mobility, culture and creativity. By harnessing the collective expertise of the KICs, the EIT Community initiatives power innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in Europe. We believe we can foster a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable European economy for generations to come.

The EIT AI Community unites diverse stakeholders in the AI domain, including startups, scale-ups, established companies, research institutions, and universities. Its primary objective is to promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in AI-related fields.

The EIT AI Community aims to foster collaboration and innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) across Europe. It provides ample support for AI-driven projects and ventures through diverse resources, training programmes, and events.

 

An Ukranian affordable electric enterprise truck manufacturer wins the EIT Jumpstarter urban mobility prize 

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, the cradle of history, democracy and arts. The Greek capital is also the heart of the ancient agora, former marketplace, the open spot where all the citizens gathered to trade, discuss and vote.  

This is exactly what over a hundred innovators did the past 30 November in Athens during the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final, the annual EIT Community celebration of new start-ups created and the birth of innovations made in Europe. The participants, from countries located in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, including Western Balkans, the Baltics and Ukraine, showcased their deep-tech innovations. This year 52 teams presented their ideas in nine categories – digital, food, health, energy, manufacturing, raw materials, urban mobility, New European Bauhaus and Rebuild Ukraine.  

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

The EIT Jumpstarter acceleration programme has been helping early-stage innovators develop their business ideas and launch new products on the market. I warmly congratulate all winners on their award, but also all participants. Your ideas will help us build a better, greener future. It’s particularly heartening to see the remarkable commitment of many innovators from Ukraine. The increasing engagement from the Western Balkans is also encouraging, as it aligns with our aim to bolster and unify the European innovation ecosystem.

The first winner in the Urban Mobility Category is MegoElectric from Ukraine, a solution for the production of affordable light and medium-sized electric enterprise trucks, that received an award of €10,000. Their main innovation is that their platform can be built on one assembly line, while accommodating batteries of different power, various cabs, body types and payload capacities. The platform’s re-thought design will allow the trucks to be very light-weight and energy efficient to achieve minimum price and maximum functionality. 

Another awarded idea comes from MOBILIB, a software-defined vehicle application development platform from Türkiye which won the second Urban Mobility prize. 

The third winner in this category is a wheelset protection to extend the railway axel lifecycle, ideated by RECHARGE, from Spain. 

In the urban mobility field, a total of 23 teams applied for the programme during 2023, whilst 10 made it to the Local Joint Trainings, and finally six teams arrived to the Grand Final in Greece. The other participants were Veloled from the Czech Republic, BPARCO from Croatia and TheBellBoy from Italy. During the 2023 edition of EIT Jumpstarter, 3 companies have been created in the urban mobility field already and more are expected to be registered. 

This year, for the first time, a new category emerged: ‘Rebuild Ukraine’. The top prize went to the Ukrainian team GAPPO. They provide an AgriTech B2B SaaS solution, aligned with Global G.A.P. standards, that aids in digitalising operational reporting and compliance procedures. To learn about the rest of the winners check EIT Jumpstarter’s website.  

EIT Jumpstarter’s mission is to strengthen entrepreneurship culture, support start-up creation, and contribute to building a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem with regular cross-thematic and cross-regional collaboration. The programme is powered by seven of EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities: EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Urban Mobility. The programme aims to nurture young innovators with the tools and knowledge to transform their early-stage ideas, secure the necessary funding, and, last but not least, build self-sustaining and profitable ventures. 

Pre-registration for the EIT Jumpstarter 2024 is now available at https://eitjumpstarter.eu/pre-register-for-eit-jumpstater-2024. Participation in the programme comes without any fees.  

The EIT Community boosts innovation in Spain and reaffirms its leadership in Europe

  • Organised by the EIT Community under the title ‘The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the new European Innovation Agenda’, the Spanish innovation ecosystem met yesterday in Madrid.
  • The event was attended by the Director General of the CDTI, Javier Ponce, the Secretary-General for Innovation, Teresa Riesgo, and brought together a large part of the Spanish innovation ecosystem.
  • The EIT Community has renewed its commitment to innovation in Spain through various communities and programmes. In the last two years, EIT has supported hundreds of startups and invested more than €100 million in Spain, helping to bring more than 80 innovative products to market.

Madrid, 10 October 2023 – The EIT Community, the most significant innovation ecosystem in Europe, is a decisive agent for boosting innovation in Spain and contributing to its leadership in Europe. This was stated yesterday by the heads of the different knowledge and innovation communities in Spain of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

This satellite event of the official agenda, organised on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, brought together a large part of the Spanish innovation ecosystem. It emphasised the importance of the collaborative and interdisciplinary work promoted by the different EIT communities to tackle today’s society’s complex challenges, focusing on the various cross-sectoral programmes developed by the EIT Community to boost Spain’s innovative leadership in Europe and to support the New European Innovation Agenda, approved by the Commission in July.

The impact of the EIT in Spain and the need for cross-sectoral collaboration
“The EIT, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, can be proud of its active presence and support for innovation in Spain. Our innovation and knowledge communities have attracted 250 partners from different sectors, including academic institutions, companies, and research organisations. Together, we have supported hundreds of start-ups and thousands of students on their journey through innovation, investing around EUR 100 million in Spain in the last two years alone and helping to bring more than 80 innovative products to market. Our commitment to Spain will continue to grow because innovation is needed more than ever to tackle some of the biggest global challenges and drive a more sustainable future for Europe,” said Martin Kern, Director of the EIT.

The event discussed the importance of the interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach to boost innovation in our country and its leadership in Europe, in line with the new European Innovation Agenda. In addition, a wide range of topics were addressed during the interventions of the representatives of each of the KICs, from the strategies to support startups, innovation and entrepreneurship to DeepTech, cities and climate transition, or the role of culture in innovation, skills and the talent of the future.

During the event, three main ideas were highlighted:

  • Innovation is, more than ever, cross-cutting. The majority the initiatives and projects fit into various Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)
  • We face a systemic transformation that needs collaborative solutions to adapt to the current societal challenges’ scale, urgency, and complexity.
  • Co-creating solutions is not enough: Innovation has to be consolidated; it has to be implemented.

The EIT Day ended with the intervention of Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, who highlighted the long history of EIT in supporting innovation in Europe and stressed the importance of cross-cutting meetings such as this one. Finally, Riesgo warned of the need to develop policies that do not contribute to generating inequality in access to innovation between the different regions of Europe.

About the EIT Community

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

EIT Urban Mobility announce the 3 selected mobility start-ups receiving support through the New European Bauhaus programme

In total 12 innovative start-ups selected for second edition of New European Bauhaus programme

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – The EIT Community New European Bauhaus have today announced the 12 innovative start-ups and scale-ups they will be supporting through their NEB Booster 2.0  programme. The programme will support innovative organisations to grow their businesses and help them become international gamechangers. Each of the selected businesses is working on ideas that make Europe more sustainable, inclusive and improve the quality of a wide range of citizens’ lives. EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union and part of EIT Community, has three of start-ups selected to receive support.

Initially announced by President Von der Leyen in her State of the Union address and launched by the European Commission in early 2021, the New European Bauhaus (NEB), translates the European Green Deal into a tangible, positive experience in which all Europeans can participate and progress together.

The EIT Community is ideally placed to support implementation of the NEB as it has created Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with over 2,000 partners (business, research, education, cities) cooperating in over 60 hubs across Europe. By engaging with European innovators and civil society at large, the community is promoting business through start-up creation and growth, as well as contributing to citizens’ education and engagement.

The NEB Booster 2.0 programme will offer them a prize and acceleration support services worth a total of €50,000 (each), including business coaching, mentoring, internationalisation, and fundraising support as well as access to the vast network of the most prominent innovation community in Europe.

Meet the start-ups

3 start-ups on mobility

SEADS Sea Defence Solutions

SEADS Blue Barriers are an award-winning solution that collects about 100% of mixed plastic in rivers, capturing also microplastic.

Find out more here.  

BeTRITON

We build Amphibious Camper Tricycles, offering the most sustainable, unique, and continuous mobility over land and water. BeTriton is a fully electric three-in-one vehicle that seamlessly combines the functionalities of an e-boat, an e-bike, and a compact e-camper.

Find out more here.  

Parkly

Parkly is a movement with a mission – connecting people and transforming urban spaces into green, inviting places. The multifunctional and modular urban furniture helps to rapidly change and reimagine our cities, while pioneering circular economy solutions.

Find out more here.  

Other start-ups

NATIVES

NATIVES is the Impact Digital Platform for schools, integrating sustainability through multimedia best in class contents and project proposals based in real life learning scenarios.

Find out more here.  

Agua de Sol SAS

Agua de Sol developed the SunAir Fountain®, which is a solar/water panel transforming air moisture into carbon-free, fresh drinkable water, thanks to solar heat, in complete autonomy.

Find out more here

Imperfect 

Imperfect does not just reimagine housing and renovation; we are reshaping them with citizens at the heart of it all, creating local solutions to global challenges.

Find out more here.  

Energy Shift

Energy Shift is a web based, blockchain powered platform that enables citizens to jointly invest in and co-own solar parks, thus democratizing the energy sector and enabling citizens to actively participate in the energy transition to renewable energy.

Find out more here.  

Hempstatic GmbH

Hempstatic specializes in renewable building elements made from high-quality agricultural residues.

Find out more here.  

Novellic

Novellic is a mobile app for readers and book clubbers that curates and personalises book recommendations to each user’s particular reading taste, and provides tools to create, discover, join and manage book clubs to meet like-minded readers and share book recommendations.

Find out more here.  

ParaStruct

We enable a circular economy in the construction industry through digital manufacturing methods and new materials.

Find out more here.  

Geodesic.Life

Geodesic.Life is a sustainable prefabricated dome home at a lower cost with a unique combination of geodesic structure made of Cross Laminated Timber and insulated with Hempctere.

Find out more here.  

Oleago

Oleatex is a plant-based next generation material that is 100% vegan, and sustainable innovation for the textile industry. It is crafted from bio-wastes with an awarded formula.

Find out more here.  

About the call

The New European Bauhaus Booster 2.0 supports socially conscious innovators across the continent. The call was launched by EIT Digital, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility, and looked for the most innovative ventures developing solutions that make Europe more sustainable, inclusive and improve citizens’ quality of life. Stay tuned for NEB Booster 3.0, the first-ever NEB acceleration programme bringing together both entrepreneurship and business skills with NEB training and coaching.