The EIT Alumni Community is an interdisciplinary and multicultural network of networks gathering graduates and alumni from EIT's education, business creation and/or innovation programs, regardless of what Innovation Community they belong to, what area they specialise in, or what part of the world they live in.
Inspire and facilitate interdisciplinary and multicultural collaboration as well as skill and knowledge transfer to boost entrepreneurial action and career development, and amplify the impact of our innovation activities to tackle major societal challenges.
To be a renowned community of interdisciplinary entrepreneurs and innovators who are actively collaborating to create positive impact to global challenges.
Transparent, Collaborative, Sustainable, Social, Sharing, and Diverse.
By Alumni, For Alumni
Graduates from the Innovation Communities’ entrepreneurial education, business acceleration and/or innovation programmes benefit from being part of a growing EIT Alumni Community. This Community brings together entrepreneurs and innovation enthusiasts who share a common vision for creating positive societal impact through innovation and entrepreneurship. The EIT Alumni Community is an interdisciplinary and multicultural network of networks bringing together professionals from different countries and sectors.
The EIT Alumni Board, made up of representatives of the five current individual Alumni Communities of the EIT’s Innovation Communities, is responsible for the strategic development of the EIT Alumni Community, to further develop it, and to encourage an active exchange between members. In its work, the EIT Alumni Board ensures complementarity and alignment with KIC Alumni Associations and the EIT`s strategies and activities.
To find out more about the EIT Alumni's activities, results, and impact over the course of a year, check out the latest EIT Alumni Impact Report below.
EIT Alumni members undertake EIT entrepreneurial education and business acceleration programmes, helping them develop key competencies in entrepreneurship, innovation and creative thinking. Graduates of EIT-labelled programmes have shown an affinity to staying in connection with their like-minded and industrious peers.
Prior to the conception of the EIT Alumni, the EIT's Innovation Communities developed individual Alumni Associations, creating a strong network of students within their own thematic areas and offering occasional, unstructured opportuities for collaboration between them. In 2013, the first official cross-KIC alumni event took place in which over 150 EIT-labelled students and alumni took part in the first CONNECT event. The community continued to develop and grow over the next few years.
In early 2016, the Alumni Community was strengthened by the election and creation of an EIT Alumni Board. Their mandate is to steer the community in the right direction and foster increased collaboration between the EIT Innovation Communities (KICs).
The EIT Alumni will become a leading educational, business and networking society.
Following the changes in the composition of the EIT Alumni Board, it currently includes:
The EIT Alumni President: Anca del Rio
The EIT Alumni President represents over 14,000 alumni from all the Alumni Communities and leads the Alumni board. Amongst others, she ensures accurate strategic planning and forecasting for the EIT Alumni, represents the EIT Alumni inside of the EIT Community and towards external stakeholders and encourage active collaborations between the EIT Alumni and the individual EIT KICs Alumni Communities. She also coordinates the operations of the EIT Alumni Board members.
EIT Alumni Board members:
- Representative of EIT Health Alumni - Miguel Amador
- Representative of the CommUnity by EIT InnoEnergy - Noran Kamal
- Representative of EIT RawMaterials Alumni - Ali Hassan
- External EIT Alumni Board Member - Peter Olesen
- EIT Representative - Michal Gorzynski
Representatives from other KIC Alumni Communities:
- EIT Climate-KIC - Maria Fernanda Marques Todeschini and Selene Tondini
- EIT Food – Linn Vande Populiere and Lydia Szantova
- EIT Manufacturing - Ivana Lukacova
- EIT Urban Mobility - Gulsah Bilal
- EIT Digital - Jeroen van Lent
With a strong mandate to represent the entire EIT Alumni Community, five representatives have been nominated by the alumni associations and communities of the EIT's Innovation Communities to create a network of networks guided by an EIT Alumni Board. The EIT has given further support to the EIT Alumni Community by providing an EIT Alumni Community Manager and nominating a representative of the EIT to support and provide guidance to the Board.
The EIT recognizes how important EIT Alumni are to the whole EIT Community, and having a Board offers a “powerful platform” to drive collaboration initiatives, to harness the massive potential of all EIT Alumni, and to provide effective representation for the entire community.
The role of the Board is to drive the community’s direction and to further develop it; to encourage an active exchange between members, to plan and implement added-value activities with and for its members; and to represent the EIT Alumni Community vis-à-vis the EIT, the KICs and relevant external stakeholders.
The current focus of the EIT Alumni Community addresses the consolidation of an operational structure for the future of the community and the development of three priority areas:
- Community building and engagement
- Alumni Career Development
- External Outreach and Communications