About the event

This year, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology is preparing to expand, with the addition of new 'KICs' between now and 2020. Business participation in KICs, old and new, is vital. So how to make the EIT ever-more attractive to companies and funds, large and small?

Answering that question is the goal of this roundtable event, supported by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. It gathers some of the existing KIC participants from the private sector for a morning of brainstorming with Commission, EIT and KIC representatives, and concludes with remarks and a networking lunch with EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou

Event pack

Preliminary programme
09:00 Welcome by Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business
09:05 Why this meeting? - Lucia Recalde Langarica, Head of Unit, Higher Education, Innovation, Entrep0reneurship, DG EAC, European Commission
09:15 EIT outlook - Alexander von Gabain, Chairman, EIT Governing Board
09:30 Three short case studies - business perspective
  • Javier Alonso Martinez, Director of Technology Portfolio, Gas Natural
  • Christoph Sievering, Managing Director - Strategic Energy Management, Bayer
  • Cesare Sironi, Head of Innovation, Telecom Italia
10:00 Workshop 1 - Expectations and returns (open, moderated discussion)
Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Workshop 2 - Execution and fulfillment (open, moderated discussion)
Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business
12:30 Wrap up and conclusions - Peter Olesen, Member, Appointed Chairman from 1 August 2014, EIT Governing Board
12:45 An appreciation for the KIC business partners: Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
13:00 Informal networking lunch with the Commissioner
Featured speakers
Javier Alonso Martinez (KIC - Inno Energy)
Director of Technology Portfolio, Gas Natural
Alexander von Gabain
Chairman, EIT Governing Board
Richard L. Hudson
CEO & Editor, Science|Business
Lucia Recalde Langarica
Head of Unit, Higher Education, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, DG EAC, European Commission
Peter Olesen
Appointed Chairman from 1 August 2014, EIT Governing Board
Christoph Sievering (Climate KIC)
Managing Director, Bayer
Cesare Sironi (EIT ICT Labs)
Head of Innovation & Industry relations, Telecom Italia
Androulla Vassiliou
EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilinugualism and Youth

Date: 17 June 2014

Venue: University Foundation 11 Rue d'Egmont, 1000 Brussels


This event is by invitation only.

For inquiries please contact Zsofia Bakonyi at zsofia.bakonyi@sciencebusiness.net
or call +32 (0) 2304 7577.

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