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4th July 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Board of Boards – The Journey Continues

On Saturday the 30th of June the Boards of the EIT's Alumni Communities assembled once more to discuss strategy, share knowledge, strengthen connections, and define the value of our Community at the annual EIT Alumni Board of Boards meeting.

The EIT Alumni Community continues to expand, as more and more alumni graduate from EIT education and business acceleration programmes, but also as new Alumni Communities join our network of networks.
This growth was certainly displayed at this meeting, where not only did we welcome 30 participants (double the number of last year!), but we also had the delightful opportunity to welcome EIT Raw Materials Alumni into our family for the first time.

To reflect this expansion, we thought it appropriate to host the meetings in a new location -Brussels, an ideal location for collaboration, and, handily, home to the new EIT House! 🙂

The meeting kicked off with a group speed-dating session. A number of highly diverse discussions arose, each presenting very important insights into our fellow members, such as: who liked to dance, and who hated to dance!  Who was allergic to eggs, and who thought beach volleyball was the best sport in the world! (World cup allegiances were kept to a minimum.... we were there to strengthen bonds, not break them.)

Most importantly, of course, we got to know each other, and had the chance to better understand the motivations of why people want to actively engage in the EIT Alumni Community, a desire that was shared by everyone present.

Following a brief round of updates from each Alumni Community, we dove into an intense discussion on a combined Community feedback presentation. This gave all participants the opportunity to outline what the EIT Alumni means to them, how the EIT Alumni positions  itself as the 'umbrella' of the other Alumni Communities, and to explore the added value that arises from being part of a multidisciplinary network of networks such as ours.

Much of the afternoon was taken up by knowledge exchange. Tables were divided into 5 topics: event organisation, leadership, community engagement, team-building, and social media. Participants were invited to flow around the room, engaging in which ever topic best suited them and their position in the EIT Alumni Community.

The chance to exchange knowledge between Alumni Communities is one of the prime benefits of the Board of Boards meeting. All are at different stages of maturity, so an afternoon dedicated to the sharing of best practices was very popular among all who attended.

Thanks again to everyone for attending! We are already looking forward to the next one!

Stay tuned for upcoming action points and feedback from the meeting.

3rd July 2018 - No Comments!

3 EIT Alumni teams selected to take part in HEInnovate 2018!

A key goal of the EIT Alumni in 2018 is to improve its visibility through increased external representation.  One aspect of this is to offer alumni the chance to take part in interesting and inspiring events across Europe.
EIT Alumni Ambassadors will have the chance to further develop their entrepreneurial skills, while also supporting the growth of the EIT Alumni Community.

This June, three EIT Alumni teams were selected to take part in HEInnovate in Ruse, Bulgaria.
The two-day event, designed to support institutional change in higher education in Europe, was organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and Ruse University.

Bulgarian dancers at HEInnovate

A key part of the agenda was the 'Innovative Youth Expo', which featured entrepreneurial and innovative projects of students from Bulgaria and across the European Union. Following an internal selection procedure, the EIT Alumni was able to send three fantastic teams to showcase their ideas and represent our Community at the event.

Of the three teams who attended, two were made up of EIT Health Alumni, and one of EIT Digital Alumni.

Representing EIT Health Alumni: BLAir and Nevrotech.

Team BLAir

Team 1: BLAir
BLAir, consisting of two students from Romania; Maria and Nicholas, have created a life-support drone that offers a very fast response to cardiac arrest patients, therefore increasing their chances of survival from 6% to over 75% by decreasing emergency response time. They see a future where these drones can be strategically located across cities, and activated immediately to provide basic life support to those in cardiac arrest, keeping them alive until paramedics arrive.

Team 2: NevroTech
Nevrotech, based in Portugal, used the opportunity at HEInnovate to showcase their innovative method to treat phobias by connecting virtual reality and neurosciences.

Team Nevrotech

Representing EIT Digital Alumni: Trenvio

Team 3: Trenvio
The idea for Trenvio was developed during the EIT Digital Master's School by six students who were studying in Sorbonne University in Paris. Trenvio, a combination of the words Travel and Envio (shipping in Spanish), is a crowd shipping company by which travelers work on commission to bring products to customers. The idea is to allow customers to purchase products which are either locally unavailable or of low quality. the Trenvio platform offers a safe and reliable alternative.

Team Trenvio

Each team was given a specific stand during the expo and the chance to pitch their idea on stage to all participants. They were also invited to attend the rest of HEInnovate and make the most of the inspirational talks and informative workshops.

Following the event, the teams got in touch with the EIT Alumni to express their pleasure at being selected to attend HEInnovate on behalf of our community.

"Regarding the recent event hosted by the university of Ruse, I was pleased to find such talented students at a relatively unknown university but with a strong back in technology. By going around the Expo hall I was intrigued by the diversity of projects ranging from drones to tourism and from remotely controlled vehicles to sports cars and autonomous agricultural measuring instruments. During the two days of our visit we learned new and interesting details of future developments that are needed in the educational system and also the promoters of a good education. We participated at the Expo after winning an EIT Health Alumni competition to be selected on behalf of the EIT Alumni Association. As a conclusion I would say that this event was definitely a well rounded event as it included all major stakeholder of education from pupils to national and international figures.” Nicholas Kormos, BLAir.

It is great to see the EIT Alumni taking an active role in activities such as this.
Keep up to date with our social media channels for updates on other ways which you can put your entrepreneurial talents to use, attend exciting events and support the EIT Alumni Community.

2nd July 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumna, Swati Pandey, selected as Asia-pacific laureate of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2018!

Earlier this year, Cartier selected EIT Climate-KIC Alumna, Swati Pandey, as the 2018 Asia-pacific laureate for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards!

Swati has been an active member of the EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Association since 2011 when she took part in EIT Climate-KIC's 'The Journey'. In 2013 she was also nominated for the EIT Change award, and presented her idea at INNOVEIT that year.

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve  contemporary global challenges by:

  • supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet
  • bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible.

The award was announced at the awards ceremony held in Singapore in April. The awards were adjudged by Cartier, McKinsey and INSEAD Business School, where they selected 6 laureates (one from each continent) from a pool of more than 2800 businesses from 130+ countries, and awarded each laureate a cash prize of USD 100K, along with a seat on INSEAD's executive program on social entrepreneurship, year round mentoring by INSEAD and McKinsey, and global media exposure! This is the largest program of its kind in the world, in terms of geographical coverage, number of applicants, and the prize money awarded!

Being selected as the laureate for the Asia-Pacific region is a massive achievement for Swati! Her company, Arboreal Agro Innovations, oversees the production of an innovative, high-yielding variety of Stevia, which is fast emerging as a low-calory, environmentally friendly natural sweetener.

You can find out more about Swati and Arboreal Innovations, in this interview on BBC World News!

We wish Swati the best of luck in her already illustrious career!