Archives for June 2018

25th June 2018 - No Comments!

Dora Palfi, among the 30 semi-finalists of “The European Social Innovation Competition”

Written by Tiziano Antico, Marketing and Communications Officer on the EIT Digital Alumni Board

The European Social Innovation Competition is an initiative of the European Commission that awards three 50.000 Euro prizes per year to the most innovative ideas developed to address social issues in EU Member States and beyond. Now, in its seventh year, the theme of RE:THINK LOCAL, is calling on projects that make use of locations unique characteristics  to create opportunities for young people in our changing economy.

The competition is held in memory of the Portuguese innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, and is a great opportunity for talented people to get their social innovation idea off the ground.

EIT Digital alumna Dora Palfi, co-founder of Women@EIT, decided to make the most of  this fantastic opportunity. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of ImagiCase and joined the competition with her startup. Her company, based in Sweden, wants to provide a mobile platform for tangible and expressive coding education, built by girls for girls. The platform pairs with  imagiCase devices,  a phone case with an embedded LED matrix that can be programmed to display any text or pattern. This way users learn to code by customising their own accessory.

The platform also provides tutorials of coding concepts which guide the user's learning experience in a gamified way, while at the same time fostering an online community of girls, who share a passion for learning to code by giving them the possibility of sharing one’s creations on a design feed.

This year, the competition was very tough, only 30 projects out of 731 eligible entries from 39 countries have been selected to enter the next phase of the competition! It's a huge success already that ImagiCase is one of them!

Dora and Imagicase are now moving to the next stage: an intensive three-day training programme called “The Academy”, which this year takes place in the beautiful city of Cluj in Romania. Here, the 30 semi-finalist projects will receive mentorship from experienced social innovators and entrepreneurs, and will have the opportunity to develop what, for many is just an idea at this stage, into a viable business proposition. Of course, they all hope to secure a place among the 10 finalists in the next selection round, and to, ultimately, be one of the 3 winners in the November final.

We want to wish Dora the best of luck with the next stages of the competition, and many congratulations for her great achievements thus far!

21st June 2018 - No Comments!

EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association takes shape in Berlin

Participants from educational programmes, start-ups and business competitions to play a pivotal role in the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association

Written by Jan Eggert, EIT Raw Materials

On 15-16 June 2018, the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association kicked off its inaugural meeting in Berlin. A diverse group of 25 participants from 17 countries participated in the event, all of whom had taken part in educational programmes, start-ups and business competitions supported by EIT RawMaterials. The enthusiastic group of students, entrepreneurs and other members of the Raw Materials community, who had travelled from around Europe for the event, took part in two evenings of social interaction and a full day of workshops, discussions and networking at a co-working space in Berlin.

Connecting and sharing expertise from across the community through different events and activities

After opening remarks and an introduction to the education and business development activities of EIT RawMaterials by Dr Rima Dapous, Director of Education at EIT RawMaterials, and Mikko Korhonen, Business Developer at EIT RawMaterials, the stage was set for the participants to brainstorm on what the alumni network should offer and on how they would like to get involved. In different breakout sessions, participants presented their visions for the alumni association, with four groups discussing and presenting on career development, business development, mentoring, and lifelong learning courses. The discussions generated a wealth of exciting ideas on how to deliver benefits to the EIT RawMaterials Alumni and the sector as a whole, by connecting and sharing expertise from across the community through different events and activities.

Networking, collaboration and mentoring opportunities

In a speed dating session, participants went on multiple “networking dates” of 7 minutes. Each participant created cards for ideas they are interested in “selling” and “buying” for which they are seeking collaborators, partners, investors, advice, or expertise. This exercise generated lively discussions and fostered early collaboration between participants. With the help of a booklet with pictures and bio texts of all participants, the session was a best practice example of the wide range of networking, collaboration and mentoring opportunities that can be enjoyed as part of the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association.

The day ended with information about the existing EIT Alumni Community, including a live discussion with Francesco Bonadiman, currently the Community Officer of the EIT Alumni Board. and the President of the EIT Digital Alumni Board. Finally, the formation of the founding EIT RawMaterials Alumni Board took place, by which time a wealth of connections, friendships and ideas had been created – a fantastic taste of the future of our EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association.

12th June 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumnus and EIT Award winner Allen wins Startup Open

EIT Award winner and EIT InnoEnergy alumnus Allen Mohammadi's start-up Hippogriff AB won the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) start-up competition.

Hippogriff AB has developed Heartstrings, an accurate, non invasive and low-cost technology for screening and early diagnosis of heart disease. The Global Entrepreneurship Network's Startup Open recognises the top promising young firms that haveEIT InnoEnergy Hippogriff AB yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding. Hippogriff AB won the competition because of its potential to make a change with their ground breaking technology, beating more than 1 000 start-ups from 82 different countries. Hippogriff AB has won membership to the GEN Starters Club, which will give them access to GEN mentors in 170 countries, enhanced exposure and network opportunities around the world.

Allen Mohammadi said the following about the start-up competition: 'Winning Startup Open was an unforgettable achievement for us. Being ranked 1st startup in the world is a great honor for Hippogriff AB. This shows that we are on the right track, that our break through innovations are very important and contribute to a better future at the highest possible level.'

EIT Alumni connection

Allen Mohammadi is an EIT alumnus of the EIT InnoEnergy Master in Energy Technologies that explores a broad range of energy technologies, engineering disciplines and business models.

Mohammadi co-founded Hippogriff AB with his brother and has had impressive achievements since their founding.  They have been featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and in 2016 Allen Mohammadi won the EIT Change Award, the award that celebrates entrepreneurial graduates from EIT labelled education programmes.

He said the following about the support of the EIT: 'My education at EIT played a significant role on developing my entrepreneurial skills. In fact, EIT was not only providing a unique opportunity for education but also acted as a great supporter.'

Watch Allen's interview with the EIT, following his 2016 win below:

 

4th June 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT makes its way to Budapest

Written by Dora Palfi, Co-founder of Women@EIT

When we started women@EIT a year and a half ago we wanted to bring together the female students, alumnae and women affiliated with the EIT to form a community, a network. We have been working towards that goal through local events in Stockholm and Berlin and through our online community as well. Our goal has been to not only develop our own network, but also to inspire female students and professionals to become part of the EIT network, and we have also been hoping to reach to other Communities of the EIT.


In May 2018, for the first time, we organised an event at the Budapest EIT Digital CLC where we showcased two inspiring stories.
Dora Ballo is a Senior Project Manager at HungaroControl where she is currently managing the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program. Dora shared details about four projects she is working on and how she is bringing innovation into her industry, and also talked about her experience in coming from a management background and entering a technical, male-dominated field. It was through her perseverance and commitment to acquire industry specific knowledge that allowed her to become successful in her job!

Our second speaker, Sara Volom told her story about following her passion and how she started Photon right after graduating high school! Sara already worked as a professional photographer for years as a teenager and as she participated in Uschool, an entrepreneurship program for high schoolers, where she became equipped with the basic knowledge needed to start one’s own venture. Combining her experience with the photography market and the knowledge acquired at Uschool she took a leap and started Photon.  


The event in Budapest has a special place in my heart. Not only because of the two amazing speakers who shared their stories with great enthusiasm but also because i was able to organise an event in my home town!

When I started my studies with EIT Digital at KTH in Stockholm I was suddenly in an environment where there is a lot of conversation about how to bring more women into technology and entrepreneurship, and where there are events and various initiatives targeted to promote role models and teach the necessary skills for women in tech on a regular basis. In Budapest this topic is starting to receive more and more attention and therefore it was very exciting to organise an event bringing together not only students, alumni and staff of the EIT but also professionals from outside our network and to tell them about the work of the EIT and women@EIT.

If you missed this opportunity don’t worry - there will be many more events for you to join, both in Budapest and across Europe! If you’d like to get involved you can always join our facebook group, follow our page or reach out directly! We would love to see more women@EIT events take place all around Europe!

Dora Palfi