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EBN joins new EIC, EU-funded project set to empower innovation across Europe

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Press release, Brussels, 18 September 2023

In a rapidly evolving global landscape, the European Innovation Council (EIC) recognises the crucial role technology plays in driving economic growth and sustainability. Thanks to the EIC Fund, numerous startups, SMEs, and small mid-caps across various sectors receive support every year.

In this environment, the project EIC Communities, funded under the Horizon Europe Programme, will take a significant step forward in empowering European innovators and fostering collaborations between different stakeholders. The project aims to support the impact of EIC projects by developing three thematic Communities of Practice (CoP): green, digital/industry/space and health.

Various initiatives will be launched to foster engagement both within and among the CoPs. In pursuit of this goal, EIC Communities will take the lead in developing and powering the DeepSynC platform, which will serve as the primary gateway for all EIC innovators and stakeholders.

Furthermore, in line with the EC’s recommendations, the project will pay special attention to the topics of inclusiveness and diversity in the innovation and deep tech sector. As such, it will offer new collaborative structures that will ensure the evolution of the technology industry towards a more equitable path.

To do this, together with EIC representatives and EIC Programme Managers (PMs) the initiative will create new engagement practices and policy recommendations for research and innovation in future deep-tech.

“The EIC Communities project has been elaborated to support EC to fully exploit the potential of EIC breakthrough projects and speed up their market access. We are excited to start working in synergy with the EIC Programme Managers to achieve these challenging goals”

Chiara Pocaterra, Head of APRE Projects Department.

The project involves four partners: APRE, the project coordinator, ICONS, EBN and EurA. EIC Communities kicked off on 1 September 2023.


Coordinator: Chiara Pocaterra, APRE, pocaterra@apre.it  

Project Management Officer: Covadonga Rayon Barcelona, EBN, covadonga.rayon@ebn.eu.


Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Innovation Council. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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