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L’Istituto Europeo di Innovazione e Tecnologia Roma, 20 novembre 2012

Le strategie globali dell’EIT. Quale futuro in Horizon 2020?

Giovanni Colombo – IstitutoSuperiore Mario Boella

(giàmembrodell’executive committee EIT)




The EIT – a brief and intensive journey towards the knowledge triangle integration

  • EIT launched the 15th September 2008 – set up to revitalise the EU innovation landscape

  • the first initiative of the European Union bringing together the three dimensions of the knowledge triangle

  • Mission:

  • “To be the catalyst for a step change

  • in the European Union’s innovation capacity and impact”

the glue: entrepreneurship

The EIT operates via

Knowledge & Innovation Communities (KICs)

….. to improve European competitiveness by addressing a sustainable economic growth through a stronger innovation capability

  • First action (Dec. 2009) the creation of Knowledge and Innovation Communities aiming at:

    • build innovative ‘webs of excellence’

    • create new business with societal impact

    • educate and develop entrepreneurial people

    • KIC’s Stakeholders:

Business, Entrepreneurs, Research and Technology Organisations, Education, Investment Communities, Local and National Governments




A KIC and its Co-location Centres

  • KICs, highly integrated, creative, excellence-driven, autonomous partnerships; internationally distributed but thematically convergent partners

  • KIC co-location, a geographical location of a KIC where a large part of the innovation web can work in proximity

  • across the innovation web

  • CEO type leadership; a monitored business

  • plan with targeted investment returns and

  • drivers based on achievements

  • Minimum 7 years life

  • Climate-KIC:

    • Co-location centre

    • RIC (Regional Implementation and

    • Innovation Centre)

  • EIT ICT Labs:

    • Co-location centre

    • Associate Partner

  • KIC InnoEnergy

    • Co-location centre

KICs – The first three KICs and the geographical distribution

KICs achievements since 2010

  • 17 innovation hotspots spread across Europe

  • 280 partners from industry, research, academia and other relevant institutions

  • 170 million € EIT seed investment topped by the three KICs with more than 600 million € derived from external sources

  • 1000 students recruited into20 specific educational programmes integrating interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship

  • 100projects initiated by the KICs, 27 start-up companies, 35 patent applications and 100 novel services and products in the pipeline

The EIT/KIC model – essential values

  • Local-global : KIC as a potential model for synergy

    • global dimension of the KIC (coded knowledge, competition)

    • local policies and choices (tacit knowledge) enabling sustainable processes and certifying their feasibility

  • Adopting knowledge-based, open and demand-based innovation models (anticipatory attitude, entrepreneurship, role of PA)

  • Challenging on business models sustainability-enabled

    • and networking mechanisms

  • Exploring new paths to remunerate and exploit knowledge creation efforts (social entrepreneurship, continuous innovation process)

  • A contribution to face European limits in innovation

    • discontinuous innovation in knowledge-

    • intensive sectors, low private R&D spending

    • non-R&D based innovation in SMEs

    • low entrepreneurial culture (firms renewal)

      • and innovation-driven education

  • insufficient organisational and process

  • innovation

  • market fragmentation, weak linkage

  • of local capabilities to global perspectives

  • EuropeanInnovationScoreboard

    A support to European policies

    (challenging on both What? and How?)

    HOW? (contribution to EU policy, new models for business, innovation and education)

    • Horizon 2020

    • integration of R&I from idea to market

    • added value from societal challenges

    • room for discontinuous approaches and creativity

    • simplification


    WHAT? (economic and social value through new innovative schemes and entrepreneurship)








    Education and


    Plans (KIC)

    Investing in KICs by trusting in non-conventional ideas

    • Performance indicators

    • new business created

    • (e.g. #KIC spin-off, market value)

    • talents attraction (#of PhD, Post-doc,

    • courses for entrepreneurship, creativity,

    • mobility levels)

    • industrial partnership attraction (investment, polarisation of activities)

    • development of the EIT brand (culture, innovation and education models)

    EIT, a valuable model for some Italian weaknesses

    • research and market fragmentation

    • limits in knowledge management and firm renewal (entrepreneurship)

    • difficulty to embed R&D national opportunities in the European framework

    • Academia:

    • challenging on multi-disciplinary research and process innovation

    • contribution to new education models

    • Industry

    • widening perspectives: innovative business-driven international chains

    • access to promising innovation models

    • Public entities:

    • exploitation of social value embedded in the grand challenges

    Some hints to try for KICs on the new themes

    Look at social and economic expectation and potential impact (e.g. knowledge jobs, market, sustainability)

    A good candidate KIC shows high elasticity

    (impact incremental growth) to the “EIT production mechanism”

    realising the conditions for added value creation (stakeholders, entrepreneurial capability, local-global juncture, lead market creation)









    An example: healthy living and active aging (°)

    • prevention and personalised health

    • predictive medicine and early diagnosis

    • de-hospitalization, assistance and

      chronic diseases

    • inter-generational contract, active life




    • Essential requirements:

    • preserve wellbeing under pressing financial constraints

    • polarise process innovation efforts by exploiting creativity, dissemination, public adoption and social involvement

    • integrate the management of the overall process


    case file



    (°) linkage with EIP on active and healthy ageing

    An example: food for future (°)

    • food-physiology interaction

    • improve horticultural quality, animal health and welfare

    • rural communities as trustee for management of natural resources and biological diversity

    • Essential requirements:

    • valorise local production peculiarities through new agro-food value chains

    • create sustainable models from fork to farm (healthy nutrition, packaging and distribution, production)

    • consolidation of knowledge-based rural economy, related education models and professional perspectives

    (°) linkage with Food for life platform

    and Extended reflection paper - Theme 2