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Diego De Biasio Assumes Role of President of EBN, European Business and Innovation Centre Network

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[Brussels, 14 June 2023] — The European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) is pleased to announce the appointment by the EBN Board of Directors of Diego de Biasio as its new President. Mr. de Biasio, a seasoned leader in business and innovation, brings a wealth of expertise and a strong vision to propel EBN forward in its mission to foster entrepreneurship and support the growth of innovative businesses across Europe – and beyond.

As the new President of EBN, Diego De Biasio will lead the organisation in promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange among EU business and innovation centres (EU|BIC) across the continent. With his extensive background in leadership, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, Mr De Biasio is ideally positioned to drive EBN’s strategic initiatives, strengthen its network, and champion the interests of its members in the pan-European EU|BIC community.

Commenting on his appointment, Diego De Biasio expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, saying,

It is an absolute honour to lead EBN and work alongside such talented and dedicated professionals. I am deeply committed to fostering a thriving environment for entrepreneurship and innovation across Europe, and I look forward to leveraging EBN’s extensive network and expertise to support the growth of innovative businesses and drive economic development.”

Diego De Biasio, President at EBN

Diego De Biasio’s impressive career spans over 16 years, during which he has held various senior executive roles, demonstrating his commitment to fostering innovation and economic growth. His remarkable track record includes successful stints in the Luxembourg innovation ecosystem, where he spearheaded transformative projects and facilitated the success of EU|BIC Technoport, where he currently functions as CEO.

Diego de Biasio succeeds Ms Cristina Fanjul (CEO at EU|BIC CEEI Asturias), who expressed her deep gratitude for having had the opportunity to lead EBN as President and guiding the organisation through the challenging period marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the appointment taking place at the 2023 EBN Congress held in Brno (Czechia) today, Ms Fanjul reflected:

EBN Congress is a great opportunity to stand as a community. EBN makes us work better to maximise the impact of our work in our region. We are EBN, and EBN is us.”

Cristina Fanjul, parting EBN President and CEO at EU|BIC CEEI Asturias (Spain)

As a first act of his Presidency, Mr De Biasio appointed Mr Pietro de Martino as Vice President. EU|BIC F.I.L.S.E.’s (Italy) Incubation Manager and the Italian representative on the EBN Board of Directors, Mr De Martino held several senior business management responsibilities within public initiatives. He has been extensively involved in national and European enterprise creation initiatives for over 25 years, including acting entrepreneurship, innovation and incubation advisor at the international level with collaboration experience with the European Commission, and other international organization like UNIDO and ILO.

As EBN’s new President, Mr De Biasio will collaborate closely with the Board of Directors, member organizations, and various stakeholders to develop and implement strategies that promote entrepreneurial growth, knowledge transfer, and collaboration within the European business ecosystem.

The EBN Secretariat team led by CEO Laura Lecci and the Board of Directors express their utmost confidence and excitement looking to the upcoming leadership term under Mr De Biasio’s Presidency supported by Vice President Mr De Martino. EBN is confident that Diego De Biasio’s extensive experience and visionary leadership will guide the organization to new heights, further cementing its position as a leading facilitator of business and innovation in Europe.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Diego De Biasio, please contact Bram Pauwels, Chief Strategy Officer, EBN, via +32 2 761 1088, bram.pauwels@ebn.eu.

About EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network)

EBN is a pan-European network of business and innovation centres that aims to promote entrepreneurship, foster innovation, and support the growth of innovative businesses across Europe. With a diverse membership comprising incubators, accelerators, research centres, and other key players in the innovation ecosystem, EBN serves as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the exchange of best practices. By leveraging its extensive network and expertise, EBN plays a pivotal role in driving economic development and facilitating the emergence of innovative startups and scaleups across the continent.

For more information about EBN, please visit www.ebn.eu.

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