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A landmark in the development of the European innovation system. Karen Maex EIT Governing Board Vice-president K.U.Leuven. Aalborg, 30 October 2009. The Economist - October 10th 2009. Wake up Europe! “Could Europe become an economic trendsetter?”

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A landmark in the development of the European innovation system

Karen MaexEIT Governing Board

Vice-president K.U.Leuven

Aalborg, 30 October 2009

The economist october 10th 2009
The Economist - systemOctober 10th 2009

Wake up Europe!

“Could Europe become an economic trendsetter?”

“Will Europe wake up and take a bigger role in the world?”

“At present Europe is a weak actor on a stage dominated by America and China; India and Brazil are in the wings. Can this change?”

Innovation requires an integrated knowledge triangle
Innovation requires an systemintegrated knowledge triangle

  • Actors in the knowledge triangle areat the core of the innovation web

    • Enhanced capacities +

    • High degree of integration +

    • Leadership are prerequisitesfor scaling up Europe’s innovationperformance

  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT):

    • simultaneously addresses all three sides of the knowledge triangle

    • thrives on synergies with other EU and national actions

    • addresses leadership in the business sense

Eit mission
EIT mission system

“To be the catalyst for a step change in the European Community’s innovation capacity and impact.”

What is special about the eit
What is special about the EIT system

All stakeholdersin the innovation chain: industry, higher education, research and technology institutes, entrepreneurs

One goal:a positive social economic impact for Europe

new business creation in existing industries and SME’s

creation of new businesses, job creation, delivery of new generation entrepreneurs, brain gain

Knowledge and innovation communities kics
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) system

EIT through KICs

is challenging (few) tough challenges towards European world-class innovation impact in the knowledge triangle and

is thus creating a new European way to deliver essential economic growth through innovation, whilst addressing global challenges

KICs as innovation test beds addressing critical questions:

What makes people and teams innovative?

What makes an innovative place?

What builds entrepreneurship?

How do we educate and train entrepreneurs?

How can open innovation work for advanced industry?

How can we measure innovation?

Kics testing the knowledge triangle in practice
KICs – testing the systemknowledge triangle in practice

KICs = collaborative partnerships, legally and financially structured entity of internationally distributed but thematically convergent partners

KIC partners = key actors from the knowledge triangle: research, education, and innovation-entrepreneurship-business

KIC co-location = people from diverse backgrounds (industry, SMEs, academia, nationality, gender, discipline …) working together across the innovation web

KIC - essential for impact = CEO type leadership to drive and focus

 KICs build innovative webs of excellence across the knowledge triangle: Innovation can start at any place in the web

Kic deliverables and focus
KIC deliverables and focus system

New Business Creation

For existing industry

For new endeavours

Education and development of entrepreneurial people

Societal impact (a.o.) job creation and brain gain

Current focus

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption

Sustainable Energy

Future Information and Communication Society

Our vision kic impact
Our vision: KIC ‘impact’ system

Excellence in a web of innovation leading to KICs competitive on a world scale

Contribute to ongoing developments in higher education and acting as a catalyst for changes in curricula and l earning and teaching methods

Entrepreneurship education delivering top entrepreneurial people

Exploiting entrepreneurship through new and existing private companies, SMEs, start ups, and new business models/approaches leading to new business creation

Our vision kic impact 2
Our vision: KIC ‘impact’ (2) system

Technical and non-technical research and technology leading to full exploitation of innovation opportunities

Bridging local capabilities to Europe wide opportunities

Working in co-location centres encompassing the larger part of the innovation web with face-to-face contact, thus leading to greatmobility of knowledge and underpinning the bridging

With an IPR policy motivating for the stakeholders allowing broad usage of IPR in and outside Europe

With a strong EIT brand restoring pride in Europe’s innovation and international recognition

The way forward
The Way Forward system

Consolidation and learning from KICs

Building a culture of performance oriented innovation and new business creation through

highly interactive physical and virtual communication

recognition of exceptional performance

an entrepreneurship academy

Help universities build innovative new curricula and education

targeting strong multi-disciplinary and entrepreneurship skills

branding through EIT labeled degrees and diplomas

an entrepreneurship award

The way forward 2
The Way Forward (2) system

Foster new business creation through

New business and innovation models

New ways of financing: business buy-in and EIT Foundation

Bringing in best practices through the Entrepreneurship Academy

Deliver world-class impact measured through

Simple performance score cards

Simple benchmarking on a world scale

Shape the EIT agenda and KICs for the future (SIA of EIT)

 for all actions: EIT will work with all actors of the knowledge triangle and in a context of other EU and national initiatives

The knowledge triangle shaping the future of europe
The knowledge triangle systemshaping the future of Europe

 The knowledge triangle will shape the future of Europe, if

we recognise and accept challenges

we build entrepreneurship as the ‘glue’ of the triangle

we act and deliver