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6th March 2019 - No Comments!

Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: An interview with Eirik Eide Pettersen

Interview originally published on EIT InnoEnergy website.

Achieving a spot on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Europe (Manufacturing & Industry) is no small feat. This is the kind of accolade that opens doors and serves as a permanent record, usually the first major one in a series to come, of a person’s career achievements.

Eirik Eide Pettersen, has been recognised for his work as co-founder of Seaborg Technologies. He joins fellow EIT InnoEnergy Alumni, Govinda Upadhya, Allen Mohammadi and Tanmoy Bari who have all earned their spots on this prestigious list. Eirik’s contribution is Seaborg’s exciting innovation in the nuclear energy field – a Compact Molten Salt Reactor for sustainable, safe, and inexpensive nuclear energy – which you can read about here.

Our friends at EIT InnoEnergy caught up with Eirik to hear what he had to say about this monumental success, and to see if he had any advice for other innovators out there who might have their eyes on this prize.

Where were you when you found out about making the list?
“I was actually on a skiing vacation in Oberaudorf, south Germany, with my girlfriend – trying my best to relax, disconnect from work with my phone safely tucked away. By chance, I heard it vibrate… I saw it was my co-worker calling to ask if I’d seen the news and if we have any HD photos for the news outlets that had started writing about us!”

What was your reaction to the news?
“I am extremely honoured, of course, both personally but also for Seaborg. In general, I am very appreciative of the excellent team at Seaborg who is really the main reason this could become a reality. While it is my name there on Forbes, I think it should really be considered a team victory. Also, I can’t help but feel quite humbled – it is not every day your name is featured together with the likes of Harry Potter!”

What can this win mean for you and Seaborg’s future?
“This acknowledgement from Forbes is a milestone for Seaborg, and will certainly give us attention and introduce us to some new circles. Hopefully, the momentum can help us accomplish the next milestones. For example, we have a large fundraising round we’re working on so the acknowledgement and exposure will surely help. And I think in the longer run, it tremendously strengthens both my personal CV and our company CV.”

Was it always a goal to make the list?
No. I doubt that this is the kind of acknowledgement that anyone sets out to win. Rather, it comes as a (very pleasant) side-effect of trying to accomplish overarching goals – in our case: to save the world. And to be honest, if the goal is to be a Forbes 30 under 30, I am certain there are easier ways to accomplish that than with an advanced nuclear energy company.”

Since the article InnoEnergy published in December, is there anything new happening at Seaborg that you would like to share?
The company keeps growing (we are now 18!), and we are gaining footholds outside of Denmark with one new employee based abroad. After the last story, the response from EMINE students has been great, and we look forward to hosting at least three interns this summer. Lastly, I’ll be at the Connect event in Stockholm this April and look forward to seeing new and old InnoEnergiers there!”

Any advice for others wanting to make this Forbes list?
“Don’t fret too much about it. Do something that you are passionate about, try to make the world a better place, and then keep on trucking. Understand that there are only so many things you can control yourself – hard work, personal sacrifices, taking risks – while much relies on luck and privilege. In my case, I have had the extreme luck and privilege to find myself at the right place at the right time to become a part of the amazing journey that is Seaborg Technologies.”

Eirik, and Seaborg Technologies, have since been listed in media articles at a number news agencies in Scandinavia. 

5th March 2019 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ MCAA General Assembly 2019

"There is so much we can learn from each other. I wish I had a sign with me that said: "I am from EIT! Ask me!" 

On Saturday the 24th of February we sent Maria Kanov to the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) General Assembly as an ambassador of our community.

Maria, an alumna of EIT Digital, and co-founder of our Women@EIT Community, kindly agreed to represent us and immerse herself in a day of workshops, talks, and presentations held at the resplendent University of Vienna.

For the past few years, the MCAA and the EIT Alumni have often benefited from a close friendship. Indeed our structures are very similar, with both bringing together highly-skilled professionals and academics from a variety of sectors into a highly engaged, decentralised, European community.

It makes sense, therefore, that we seek to strengthen this bond, and establish a means for continued collaboration between our networks. This is exactly what we plan to do in 2019.

The MCAA event focused on the theme of "Research and Innovation beyond the Information Age" and offered a range of keynotes and training sessions aimed at addressing the evolving research environment - from how to write proposals for individual fellowships and European Research Council grants, to starting an entrepreneurship venture, and transitioning from academia to industry.

According to Maria's report, the EIT was mentioned by a number of the MCAA speakers. As a community of academics and researchers, an exciting next step for many of them is to look towards the world of business and entrepreneurship.

"I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to join the MCAA General Assembly in my home city of Vienna. An impressive crowd of about 700 researchers from various scientific fields came together to discuss, network and experience what it's like to be part of this community. The energy and enthusiasm I could feel at the event reminded me a lot of the EIT network. It was also striking that there was a lot of interest in the EIT from both speakers and participants, as it is an opportunity for bridging the gap between academia and business.
I wish I had a sign with me that said: "I am from EIT! Ask me!" There is so much we can learn from each other. Let's get this collaboration started!"
Maria Kanov, EIT Digital Alumni & Women@EIT

This is something we would very warmly welcome. Bolstering the growing number of EIT Community entrepreneurs by inviting MCAA Alumni to take part in EIT Business creation and Accelerator programmes would be be a valuable addition to the ever expanding EIT Alumni Community. Of course the MCAA also offers a lot of opportunities for our own members, and we look forward in working together more this year!

We would like to thank the MCAA once again for giving us the opportunity to take part in this event, and learn from their members.

We look forward to inviting you to EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

13th February 2019 - No Comments!

The XX Factor: Pitching Challenge

Where: EIT Digital CLC, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven
When: March 8th, 17:00
Who: This event is open to all EIT Alumni and students

Apply here!  - Application deadline: February 15 

More details about the event, organizers and the judges can be found on the EIT Women Facebook event. Food and beverages will be provided by the organizers 🙂

7th January 2019 - No Comments!

Women@EIT – Women4IT

At the end of last year, the EIT Alumni were contacted by Digital Europe to take part in the 'Releasing Women's Potential for the Digital Economy - Women4ITevent in Brussels on December 12th.

Taking full advantage of this opportunity to boost the visibility of our activities related to Women entrepreneurship, we reached out to the co-founders of Women@EIT.

Dóra Pálfi, alumna of EIT Digital, agreed to take part on our behalf. She presented the activities of the EIT and EIT Alumni, and offered some insights into Women@EIT and her own career in ICT. Dora sat on the panel ' Why Women in ICT' alongside Eva Fabry from the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), and and Susanna Makela from Microsoft.

Following the event, Dora got in touch with us and shared her account of the event. Read her take below:

"On December 12th, the “Releasing Women's Potential for the Digital Economy - Women4IT" launch event was hosted by DIGITALEUROPE. Policy makers, leading representatives of the digital economy ecosystem represented in Brussels, the founders of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, and representatives of the media all had a chance to discuss the issue of diversity and gender equality in the tech sector.

Changing this situation will take time. Meanwhile, engagement and actions at all levels are paramount to show young women that technology provides valuable tools for boosting creativity and real-world problem solving.

The first panel “Why women in ICT?” addressed questions around why the lack of women in the ICT is even a “problem” and what understanding we have about the root causes of this issue. Speakers on the panel included Eva Fabry from the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) who discussed the Norwegian approach, and Susanna Makela from Microsoft who has presented Microsoft’s recent study that has found that girls already at a young age, before starting high school, begin to shy away from technology and engineering.

As the co-founder of women@EIT and a woman starting her career in tech I had the unique opportunity to contribute to the discussion from the perspective of female students aspiring for a career in ICT. Beyond discussing the various initiatives the EIT supports in order to encourage female participation in technology and entrepreneurship I had the chance to share how women@EIT brings a unique addition to the ecosystem: while we also believe that role models are important, one of our key pillars is having an active peer network of female students and professionals in technology/entrepreneurship."

You can view the full album of photos from the panel “Why Women in ICT?”  here.

4th January 2019 - No Comments!

Look for your wing-person and be one for others, too

By Mark Aguinaldo, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Representative to the EIT Alumni Board

That's my takeaway from the workshop session at the EIT Health Alumni Summit held in Lodz, Poland earlier this month. Indeed, pursuing one's goals becomes manageable when you're receiving support from people you trust. Like in an air combat mission, the lead pilot needs a wing-person - someone to guard their blind-spots and ready to support their next, often daring, maneuvers.

Straight from the last EIT Alumni Board meeting for 2018, hosted at the EIT Health headquarters in Munich, I traveled to Lodz as an EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Community representative to the 1st EIT Health Alumni Summit. As an additional privilege of being part of the EIT Alumni network, I got the chance to attend the 3rd edition of the annual EIT Health Summit. Both events, hosted at the Medical University of Lodz, celebrated the tremendous efforts of EIT Health's network of best-in-class healthcare innnovators in delivering solutions to enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives.

At the EIT Health Alumni Summit, Alumni & Communications Manager, Miriam Irle and EIT Impact Officer for Entrepreneurship and Business Creation, Laurent Roux, delivered the welcoming remarks. Miriam reported on the steady growth of the EIT Health Alumni community in terms of membership since their foundation in 2017. This gave them the impetus to intensify their efforts in providing job offers, mentoring activities and workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs, and developing an attractive platform for Startups to promote their businesses and touch base with potential partners within the healthcare sector and beyond.

 

Later that day, Miriam presented the EIT Health Alumni board members, and gave a recap of their activities in 2018 which focused on enhancing the wider EIT Health community by bringing into contact their members to the different initiatives of EIT Health Campus, Innovation Projects, and the business creation program EIT Health Accelerator, among others. She also announced the appointment of Miguel Amador as the incoming President of the EIT Health Alumni board.

Source: EIT Health Alumni Facebook page

On the other hand, Laurent introduced the EIT Alumni as a community for all graduates and alumni of the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs), which so far includes those of EIT Climate, EIT Digital, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, and EIT Raw Materials, making it an interdisciplinary and multicultural network of networks where every member can learn from each other, and potentially form multi-skilled teams to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Summit participants also learned about the EIT Alumni flagship activities namely the EIT Alumni Startup Days, a hackathon style event held several times a year where participating alumni from different Innovation Communities challenge themselves to co-design solutions to societal challenges, and the EIT Alumni CONNECT which serves as an annual meetup event where members can partner and co-create on projects and collaborate on how to further strengthen the community.

Using tools from positive psychology, team-building activities were facilitated for the rest of the afternoon by Yunel Founder & Managing Partner Kerstin Humberg. The ice-breakers were so entertaining that in no time, us participants have created circles of friends. For instance, the speed dating style session gave us the opportunity to discover our partner's motivation and expectation to join the Summit. By the way, we definitely enjoyed the coffee breaks in between, a smörgåsbord of delish Polish snacks.

"At some point during the group exercises, Kerstin highlighted the significance of being a wing-person to one another. It resonated with me. Be it in building a startup and pursuing professional success or when it comes to our personal endeavors, we tend to be more and achieve more with trusted friends and allies around. Now imagine we belong to a community full of wing-people. We've got nothing to lose. Only endless possibilities."

For the next workshop, the participants were divided into groups and were tasked to brainstorm and visualize what constitutes a healthy city of the future. Oh what fun it is, knowing that we were in a safe place to discuss ideas, not to mention the diversity of talents in the room, we're able to come up with innovative ideas for our vision boards.

I came to the Summit with my personal advocacy, which is climate action. So I envision a healthy city as a climate-resilient city, where healthcare management is responsive to the changing climate. While I believe that we still have time to limit climate change catastrophes, small and poor countries in the Pacific such as mine have long been affected by climate change disproportionately. Definitely closer to home.
The Philippines was listed as the No. 1 country most affected by climate change in the 2015 Global Climate Risk Index. The most glaring health issues relating to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change are the prevalence of Dengue, Thyphoid, Cholera, and Malaria epidemics during seasons of higher temperatures while more women are endangered and killed, even at a younger age, when impacted by natural hazards such as droughts, storms, and floods (Climate Change and the Philippines: Executive Brief, 2018).

Hopefully, as we collect and analyze climate and health data, more targeted developmental and humanitarian assistance can be extended to the most affected areas of the world. How much more if we do our part? Well, how about having wing-countries?

This article was taken from Mark's personal blog. Read the full article here.

 

11th December 2018 - No Comments!

Intelligent Alumni @ Artificial Intelligence workshop

On the 23 November, the EIT held a joint workshop with the JRC in Brussels on the Legal and Regulatory Implications of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on autonomous vehicles, e-health and data mining.

We thought this would be a great opportunity to involve some of our EIT Alumni members, so carefully selected two who were working in the field of AI and who brought their own innovative ideas to the table.

The first was Julia Wache, alumna of both EIT Health and EIT Digital, and a 2017 EIT Award nominee for her company Feelspace, which produces a vibrotactile compass belt that functions as a sixth sense.

The second was David Pribil, an alumnus of EIT Digital who participated in EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018. He currently works on AI solutions in Healthcare for Kheiron Medical in London.

"In the workshop I learned a lot about the background and current challenges of AI. With our health product at feelSpace there are some interesting links and I became more aware of possible future applications and combination possibilities. I feel more informed about the topic and better prepared to reach out for corresponding opportunities. " Julia Wache, Feelspace

This one day event, held at the EIT House in Brussels, consisted of a series of speeches in the morning, looking at the various AI related activities of the European Commission, the EIT and the JRC. The afternoon offered 3 parallel workshops.

Given their background in E-health, both Julia and David chose to participate in Session II Legal challenges in e-health. Both found the discussions informative, and felt like their input was a valuable addition to the event.

"This workshop was very useful for me to understand the regulatory perspective a bit more and I also feel that my input was useful for the other participants." David Pribil, Kheiron Medical

David has put together a great photo diary of the whole day. Read his story here! 

3rd December 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ CommUnity Days, Lisbon

Written by Stefano Imoscopi, EIT Digital Alumni Representative to the EIT Alumni Board.
(Originally posted on EIT Digital Alumni website)

As an Alumnus of EIT Digital appointed to shape the future of the broader EIT Alumni community, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Community Days by our friends at InnoEnergy. This is their flagship event, taking place once a year. It brings together alumni of InnoEnergy programs with leaders and entrepreneurs in the energy sector, to network, co-create and discuss the challenges and opportunities of transitioning towards a sustainable energy economy. This year the event took place in Lisbon from the 26th to the 28th of October.

I was keen to meet people from a different background than mine and curious to learn more about the energy transition in Europe and beyond. The event kicked off on Friday evening at the Academy of Sciences in the center of Lisbon, a beautiful 18th century building with a stunning library hall and an inner garden. After the welcoming and inspirational words from the CommUnity Manager Falko Döring, the CommUnity Officer Claudio Geyken updated us on the state of their community and their vision for the future. Claudio highlighted the importance of communities dedicated to energy transition, with their goal of becoming the reference European community in the field. He stressed he is strongly inspired by TEDx and would love to push their Community to organise more local, high-quality events on topics related to energy transition.

Mathis Wackernagel, CEO at Global Footprint Network, gave an inspirational keynote on the importance of measuring the energy and waste impact of each person on the planet and made us reflect on the effects our actions have on the environment. After that, we had dinner in the beautiful inner garden, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and discuss ideas over a nice glass of Portuguese wine.

The Community Manager Falko Döring welcomes us at the event, with his emphasis on not being greedy and self-centered during the event, but rather being open to give before asking.  

Saturday followed with the Open Space Studio, a co-creation session in which we came together in small groups to brainstorm and reflect on challenges brought by startups and SMEs. In my group the topic was brought by Greenlytics, a startup based in Stockholm trying to predict future wind power generation accurately using machine learning and weather data. This was an interesting opportunity for me to hear perspectives from people from an energy-engineering or energy-policy background, as we discussed and tried to come up with ideas and solutions on how to unleash the power of data for the energy markets.

Open Space Studio, the co-creation session between alumni and industry taking place in the beautiful library hall of the Lisbon Academy of Science on Saturday morning.

After a tasty lunch, the event went on with the career fair, where many startups and institutions presented their career opportunities to the attendees. I took the chance to present the EIT Alumni community along with Robin Maxton from the EIT and the other Alumni Community representatives at our booth. The sun was shining on the inner garden and managed to keep everyone warm despite the cold wind. We talked with many interesting people who were happy to learn about EIT Alumni and the growing synergies between all our alumni communities.

After talking with many companies and learning about their job offers, it was time for a coffee break before going into the speaker sessions, divided into 3 themes: “Growth and Sustainability”, “Tech and Human Behaviour” and “Governance and Individual Responsibility”. I liked how they had a combination of both senior speakers from the industry and alumni presenting their experiences and ideas.

Sebastian Haglund El-Gaidi, CEO and cofounder of Greenlytics, during his talk “AI and Energy: going from data to decisions”

After a dinner discussing about all we learned and shared during the day, the party started with live music from Penelope (voice, piano) and Victor (guitar, electronics), two InnoEnergy Alumni who invited us to sing along with their music. The live session lasted much longer - since it became a jam session/karaoke in which all of us sung and played music together. It was a great moment of bonding between people and plenty of fun! Something we could take inspiration from for our next Annual Meeting too! 🙂

On Sunday most of us made it on time for “Live the life of an entrepreneur, interactive session” by Renato Braz, Business Creation Manager at InnoEnergy. He shared his most important insights on how to succeed as an entrepreneur. Know yourself was the one he stressed as most relevant, inviting us to reflect on the necessity of sacrifice that comes with the choice of becoming an entrepreneur.

Renato Braz’s key points on how to succeed as an aspiring entrepreneur.

After a coffee, it was time for the Idea Accelerator, where everyone was encouraged to share startup ideas around which teams would form for discussion and improvement. It was a great way for people interested in launching a business to network, find weak spots in their ideas and even possibly find a co-founder. I liked the bravery of this session and the fact that we were in a non-judgmental environment where people felt safe to share their business ideas, no matter how crazy and far-reaching they were.

Unfortunately the event had come to an end, and after the farewell lunch all together, it was time to say goodbye to each other and go back to the airport and to real life.

I am very thankful to both the EIT Digital Alumni and InnoEnergy for the opportunity to attend this event. I have seen a community of talented and driven alumni and learned a lot by talking to them. I hope most of them will get active also within the broader EIT Alumni family too, and that the possibilities of collaboration and the sharing of ideas between us and the other alumni communities will keep on growing in the future.

26th November 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT Leadership Intensive: Watch out for our new events in 2019!

Written by Shruti Kuber (EIT Digital Alumna) and Giulia Marzetti (EIT Climate-KIC Alumna)

Women@EIT was started with the passion to work towards a common goal: ‘Bringing the  female community of the EIT together and creating a sense of belonging’. After receiving a great response in Stockholm and Berlin, it was time for us to expand across Europe.

From our experiences, we found that while there is a lot of enthusiasm around such communities, very few want to lead. We realised a potential in these shortcomings and decided to organize a workshop to impart the necessary leadership skills.

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Thus was born the idea of the ‘Leadership Intensive’, an annual workshop aimed at empowering women from across the EIT Alumni Community who are eager to take the initiative of Women@EIT forward.

The first edition of our leadership intensive took place from the 9th to the 11th of November, 2018 at the EIT Digital CLC, London. Special thanks to CLC manger Justina Senkus for supporting us and offering the venue.

We had the privilege of hosting speakers like Gen Ashley: Director of Women Who Code London, Reemma Puredath: Co-Director of She++ and Catalina Butnaru: CITY.AI Ambassador for London.

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Our founders Dori Palfi and Maria Kanov conducted interesting discussion and team bonding sessions. Meanwhile, I talked about the aspects we need to touch upon as organizers. The participants were then provided with templates for event proposals. At the end of the event, the participants presented their event proposals and received valuable feedback from the organizers and other participants.

View the full event photo album here.

Read what Climate-KIC Alumna Giulia Marzetti has to say about the event:

"On 9th-11th November I was honored to take part in the first cohort of the Women @ EIT leadership intensive course. I was one of the 10 women alumni selected. The weekend brought together some amazing women with varied backgrounds, who have already contributed to building and supporting the EIT Alumni community. Almost all the Innovation Communities were represented, with attendees from EIT Climate-KIC, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Digital and Health joining us.

The Leadership Intensive weekend aimed at strengthening the community, fostering initiatives to promote women in STEM fields and increasing the visibility of the EIT among potential female applicants of the EIT’s education and business acceleration programmes.

During the 3-day event, we got introduced to leadership techniques to encompass the Women@EIT core values of Diversity, Professionalism, and Integration and we had the chance to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences among us.

During the weekend, we had the chance to submit event proposals for 2019 and discuss the future of Women@EIT. These ranged from talks with female leaders, coding boot-camps, hackathons aiming at solving real issues, and summers schools.

A major takeaway from the event was that I am finally part of a community of driven women who are passionate and committed to make the EIT thrive and to share their love for science and STEM. I felt empowered, part of a community, and I can tackle going out there and organize events and creating opportunities.

I am looking forward to organize events in my city, bringing female influencers on board and to organize the next Leadership Course and welcome attendees of all the Innovation communities.

Do you have any ideas of a good event to promote women and EIT? Feel free to get in touch."

13th November 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumna represents the Community at EIT Awareness Day in Malta

On 31 October, the EIT held an awareness day in Valetta, Malta to showcase the EIT Community, and help power Malta's innovators.

The EIT Alumni, as the direct link between the EIT and the young professionals and innovators of the EIT community, were invited to send a representative to sit on the afternoon panel discussion: 'Experiences and insights: What is it like being part of the EIT Community?'

Ayse Tolunay, EIT Health alumna and board member, was selected to attend on our behalf and present her journey in the EIT Community.

Read Ayse's story of the event below:

"I worked as a lecturer at a technical university for eight years. In 2017, I decided to change my career to work with refugees, which brought me back to being a student. Now I’m a Master's student at the University of Copenhagen, studying Migration.

My first experience with EIT Health was through a Global Health Case Challenge: Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrating Women. This challenge brought together students with different backgrounds. I, a migration studies student, was in a team with students of medicine and public health. The 24 hours we worked as a team proved what I have advocated for for many years: that we need more interdisciplinary work to address global issues.

Currently, I’m doing my internship with UNHCR. I work with the tertiary education team, trying to provide equitable tertiary education for all. Through the EIT Health Alumni Network, I was given the chance to participate in a training program on Micro Learning. This made it possible for me to get in touch with other disciplines and widened my horizons.

I believe through interdisciplinary work we can create a better world and the EIT Community seems to be the right place to do it!

One of the latest examples that confirms this belief was the EIT Awareness Day in Malta which I participated in last week.

Firstly, the warmth hit my face as soon as I got out of the plane. It made me think: it took 8 hours to get there, and it was totally worth it. Like many islands, Malta is not an easy place to get to, but once you do it gives you the full Mediterranean experience with open arms and heart.

I went straight to the get-together organized by EIT from the airport, and although I was perhaps a little under dressed I was warmly welcomed by the EIT Malta team. It was so nice to be in an amazing venue with a beautiful view, great food and surrounded by so many interesting and engaging people. The get-together was a very nice introduction to Malta and its relationship to the EIT.  For me, the talk about block-chain and how a musician uses it was particularly inspiring.

The day of the event was gainful. I had the opportunity to listen to interesting talks that also relate to what I do as an intern with UNHCR. For instance, there was a lot of emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also education in the morning sessions, especially in relation to Malta.

I took part in the panel discussion in the afternoon session. It was exciting to talk in front of everyone about my experience as an EIT alumna and how the EIT helped me to widen my horizons by providing cross-cutting opportunities: being a humanities “person” and having access to the EIT Health Alumni Network and partners provided me with a great network and the possibility to work on issues related to the health of people on the move. Even after this talk, people approached me and we discussed topics related to migration, education and health.

Although the Innovation Communities seem to stand on their own, the fact is that people who are part of the EIT Community are aware of the fact that cutting-edge solutions come out of cross-sectoral work, and the EIT Awareness Day in Malta was a proof of this approach."

You can read Ayse's full speech from the event here.

If you would like to get more involved in the EIT Community and represent the EIT Alumni at events, make sure to regularly check out opportunities page.

6th November 2018 - No Comments!

WeSpace, the first women focused co-working space in Switzerland

EIT Climate-KIC Alumna, and EIT Awards 2018 nominee, Estefania Tapias has recently launched the first-to-open women focused co-working space in Switzerland with her co-founder Laura Seifert.

The venture, named WeSpace, offers the renting of a co-working space for events and meeting in the heart of Zürich. Their slogan? - "co-working and community space designed by women, for women."
Their goal is to empower women by providing a platform to grow and become part of a larger community.

Earlier this month, their idea - Wespace - was featured in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading daily newspaper in Zurich.

The EIT Alumni got in touch with Estefania this week to learn more about her new initiative and to see how they plan to put it into practice. She said the following:

"Together we imagine a working world where feminine values and sensibilities are an asset rather than a liability. WeSpace is a co-working and community space designed by women for women. Our mission is to provide a space-based community to facilitate the leadership journey of more women across a variety of sectors within corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures. We provide an inspirational space to work, socialize and network as well as a community that empowers women."

Once they have developed a strong pool of members in Zürich, Estefania and Laura plan to expand all over Switzerland. Make sure to look out for them if you are in need of a co-working space in the future!

If you want to learn more about WeSpace, Estefania and Laura were recently interviewed by Startupticker about their intentions and ambitions. You can read the full interview here.