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The EIT Roundtable: The business case for participation

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



09:00Welcome by Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

09:05Why this meeting? - Lucia Recalde Langarica, Head of Unit, Higher Education, Innovation, Entrep0reneurship, DG EAC, European Commission

09:15EIT outlook - Alexander von Gabain, Chairman, EIT Governing Board

09:30Three 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

10:00Workshop 1 - Expectations and returns (open, moderated discussion)
Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

11:00Coffee break

11:30Workshop 2 - Execution and fulfillment (open, moderated discussion)
Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

12:30Wrap up and conclusions - Peter Olesen, Member, Appointed Chairman from 1 August 2014, EIT Governing Board

12:45An appreciation for the KIC business partners: Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

13:00Informal networking lunch with the Commissioner

Practical Information

Date: 17 June 2014

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