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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.

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!

 

 

30th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ Trento Smart City Week

In what proved to be a great collaboration between EIT Alumni board members past and present, on the 12th of April, former EIT Alumni President, Estefania Tapias, spoke at Speck&Tech, an event co-organised by our current EIT Alumni Community Officer, Francesco Bonadiman as part of Trento Smart City Week 2018.

The main topic of the week was 'Future Cities'.

With the event title: "From Smart Cities to Responsive Cities: how to bring citizens back to the center of urban planning processes", Estefania was the first speaker of the night.

Her talk looked at how a Responsive City can be seen as the next generation in urban development after the Smart City. Cities become first smart and then responsive and the two are differentiated by the dynamic behavior evident in responsive cities.

Smart Cities are technology-driven and produce large amounts of data, and so Smart Cities and Smart Buildings are in an early stage of development, as every building and every city is a prototype.
The Responsive City builds on Smart City technology, but places humans at the centre of decision-making, design, and management of the city. It uses the stocks and flows of information as the main driver of change. Data for the Responsive City come from smart buildings, smart infrastructure, and most important, from its citizens.

To deepen the knowledge about Responsive Cities, we define the concept of Citizen Design Science, a combination of Citizen Science and Urban Design. Both are conducted, in whole or in part, by citizens or non-professional scientists.
This approach is still in an early stage of development and, with the Responsive Cities research, we aim to explore its potential together with participants around the world.

Watch Speck&Tech's awesome video coverage of the event here!

 

5th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2017

We have now officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2017!

This looks at some of our highlights of the year, including the annual events of the Alumni Communities, EIT Alumni Connect 2017 and an exclusive interview with the founders of Women@EIT.

31 December 2017 marked the end of the second year of an EIT Alumni Community guided by the EIT Alumni Board. As ever, the community continued to expand, as more EIT Label students graduate from their degrees and join the global network of EIT Alumni.

Want to know read more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2017 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

Or, check out our flip book version below:

17th May 2017 - No Comments!

Inspiring Women leaders from the EIT Community – Estefania Tapias

On Friday the 12th of May, we launched the first of our profiles of 'Inspirational EIT Community Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs'

These profiles are designed to highlight some of the great and successful women in our community, to inspire a future generation of women entrepreneurs, and to create a buzz around the opportunities an entrepreneurial education can offer.
Unfortunately, it is true that there is a gender imbalance in the field of entrepreneurship. We hope that these profiles will be one small step towards improving this!

Without any further ado, allow us to introduce Estefania Tapias, current President of our EIT Alumni Board and former President of the Climate-KIC Alumni Association!

 

Estefania Tapias

 

Our next profile will be posted on Friday the 2nd of June. Keep an eye out!

 


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5th April 2017 - No Comments!

Climate-KIC’s Green Business Ideas Competition is now open

EIT Climate-KIC's ClimateLaunchpad competition is your ticket to European and global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur. (As EIT Alumni you should be one step ahead of the game!!)

Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

Train. Compete. Launch.

How it works


To enter the competition you submit an idea or innovation that can make environmental impact. The climateLaunchpad will help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Once you are selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final. The top 3 winners of each national competition will go on to compete in the Grand Final.

Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join. National Juries select the best proposals to join the National Finals.

Climate Launchpad countries


In 2017 the competition is open to participants based in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom (England: Birmingham & London), and Ukraine.

Some of the deadlines are in the next few months, so get involved now! You don't want to miss your chance.

Check the submission deadlines per country.

The programme


Once you’re accepted into the competition, the games begin:

Step 1: Boot Camp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in your own country. Trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals

The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. We’ll make sure you are ready to rock the National Final where you get to pitch in front of your National Jury. The Top-3 of each country enters the Grand Final held in October in Limasol, Cyprus.

Step 3: Grand Final in Cyprus in October

The Top-10 competitors in the Grand Final will get direct access to the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that there is also prize money. The overall winner of the Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500.

All other National Finalists who made it to the Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to their programme.

Small Print


You have been challenged, join the competition. But before you do, make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • have attracted no more than € 200,000 in investment;
  • have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

For more information, please check the FAQ.

All good? Don’t miss out: enter your idea by filling out our application form.

ClimateLaunchpad. The world’s largest green business ideas competition.

 


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15th March 2017 - No Comments!

EIT InnoEnergy and Climate-KIC students win at Energy Efficiency Hack 2017

On March 6 2017 the German Business Association for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF), organised Europe's first Energy Efficiency Hack in cooperation with several companies, including EIT InnoEnergy and the EIT Climate-KIC. The Hack took place in Berlin to develop new ideas, concepts and prototypes to successfully tackle the Energy transformation.

The #eehack2017 was aimed at students from all fields and attracted a large number of EIT InnoEnergy students from several of the EIT InnoEnergy Master’s School programmes such as ENTECH, RENE or Energy for Smart Cities.

Picking one of three challenges, the diverse teams had to work on them and pitch them to a jury at the end of the hack.

The three challenges were:

  • Making heating smart for everyone, powered by Danfoss.
  • Ensuring electricians pick the more sustainable parts for retrofits, powered by Sonepar and co2online.
  • Making energy consumption data actionable for industrial managers, powered by Veolia and Ökotec.

Several of the winning teams included EIT InnoEnergy students, for example Swaroop Rao, Dev Mishra, Giulio D’Ambrosio and Adam Nagy.

Congratulations!

You can see a video of the event here.

Apply now for EIT InnoEnergy Master's School programmes


 

 


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28th February 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2016!!

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We have finally, officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2016!

This looks at some of our highlights of 2016, including the Start-up days event, EIT Alumni Connect and various cross-KIC events and workshops.

These events offer a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and experiences, discussing entrepreneurial ideas with fellow students/alumni in a cross-disciplinary way and finding partners for exchange of ideas and potential collaboration.

Want to know more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2016 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

you can also check out the image gallery from the EIT Alumni Connect event at INNOVEIT 2016 here!

If you have any questions or want to let us know what you think, leave a comment below.

Follow the EIT Alumni Community:

EIT Alumni Facebook page  EIT Alumni Twitter
Are you a studying in a EIT labelled-educational programme? Or you have already graduated and you would like to keep in touch with the community and connect with the other EIT Alumni? Join the LinkedIn group at http://linkd.in/1b8pfme .

 

28th February 2017 - No Comments!

Create your team for EIT Climate-KIC supported ENGIE Hackathon 2017: IoT for Greener Cities Challenge

Further to 2015’s success, ENGIE is coordinating their Decarbonathon for the second time, with support from EIT Climate-KIC. The challenge this time focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) for Greener Cities – leading to a two-day hackathon event in Brussels on 15-16 May 2017.

EIT Climate-KIC are supporting this event together with NPL (National Physical Laboratory) and EnergyVille, a new European research and development centre that combines digital and new energy technologies.

Internet of Things (IoT) market

IoT or connected objects have a good potential for innovation and represent a serious asset to reduce global CO2 emissions. IoT is growing rapidly in health and in digital sectors. By 2020, the IoT market could represent US$90 billion.

The challenge

IoT could be a source of numerous smart solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of houses, buildings and transport in cities. This challenge is open to startups or students about to graduate. The teams are expected to provide new, digital and smart solutions based on IoT and to other IT innovations to tackle climate change.

The competition comprises three categories: smart solutions for households, smart solutions for energy-efficient buildings and sustainable mobility in an urban environment.

Benoist Vercherin, Innovation Lead, EIT Climate-KIC comments: “IoT is one of the most promising areas of green growth. By supporting this challenge,  EIT Climate-KIC is able to bring these cutting-edge innovations to its dynamic community of innovators across Europe.”

Your mission: Decarbonise cities

You are a start-up founder? A student with a great idea? An innovative project holder? Everyone can offer innovative solutions to limit global warming, especially by reducing CO2 emissions in cities. Why not you?

We are looking for innovative uses for the Internet of Things to help reduce our cities’ environmental footprint.

You are free to submit, in teams of 1 to 5 people, innovative ideas to improve or imagine any solution and business model based on the Internet of Things in cities to reduce the environmental footprint of their citizen and activities. Give free reign to your imagination and put forward an innovative and relevant project.

As a first step, please complete the short presentation file that you can find in the ‘guidelines’ tab and in your participation space. If you are selected as one of the 15 finalists, coaches will be available to help you prepare the file for the presentation to the prestigious jury members.

The on-line expansion and coaching phase will give the finalist teams access to a team of experts from the different challenge partners. During this period, the finalist teams can discuss any technical or business related challenges they have with this team of experts. This coaching phase aims at further developing the team’s solution and in particular assist in replying to the five criteria (see Guidelines) that will be used by the jury in their evaluation on the 16th of May.

There is no time to waste, so rise up to the challenge and join or create a team!

Timeline  

Final

The 15 laureate teams will have access to coaching from the partners to scale up their solution. They will also have the opportunity to pitch their solution before experts, such as European corporate managers and public and private organisations including EIT Climate-KIC and the World Economic Forum.

Three finalists will have the opportunity to present their project during the ENGIE innovation week, in June 2017, and get their project incubated, alongside a €10,000 case prize.

More about Hackathon 2017 here
Register to the challenge here

 

10th November 2016 - No Comments!

Nuclear fuel concept a winner for EIT InnoEnergy graduate

Nothing tops finishing up your master’s thesis with a feeling of a job well done. Except perhaps making a major discovery AND winning a prestigious award! EIT InnoEnergy MSc EMINE student Alicia Raftery did just that when securing the honourable Sigvard Eklund award for 2016.

The late nuclear physicist Sigvard Eklund dedicated his life to utilising nuclear energy for peaceful purposes – and his foundation carries on that tradition. This year Alicia was one of proud winners receiving their award at the SKC (Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology) annual symposium in September 2016 in Hindås.

Alicia shares her passion for nuclear energy with us – and how EIT InnoEnergy has been a big part of the picture.

Award-winning idea

Always having an interest in nuclear fuel fabrication, during a 3-week nuclear fuels course at Cadarache (part of her master’s study) it just clicked. She reached out to KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) to obtain a master’s thesis position in their nuclear fuels lab. This hands on experience allowed her to develop this possible new fuel concept – also the theme of her thesis, “Fabrication and Characterization of UN-USix Nuclear Fuel”.

Working closely with KTH PhD student supervisor, Kyle Johnson, she created a composite nuclear fuel of uranium silicide and uranium nitride using a relatively new sintering method called “spark plasma sintering” (SPS). The project was a great success in the fact that a high-density fuel pellet with enhanced thermal conductivity was created, but it also uncovered a new “unknown” ternary phase. “Westinghouse is going forward with the next step of irradiation testing the fuel in the US, putting the fuel in a research reactor to see how it behaves”, explains Alicia.

Kyle submitted her thesis for the award, recognising the significance of the results. “She was an incredibly talented, knowledgeable, and thorough young scientist – who always willing to get her hands dirty (not something just anyone does in a nuclear fuel lab).“

EIT InnoEnergy’s role

Alicia already felt like a winner, having received a scholarship from EIT InnoEnergy for the entirety of her master studies. “The EMINE programme exposed me to a wide network in industry and academia, both in Sweden and France.” Excited to begin her PhD studies in January 2017, she’ll spend the first two years studying in the US and the second two years in Belgium. “I think the high level of education I received in the EMINE program definitely contributed to my acceptance into this PhD position.” 

Onward and upward

She is currently working at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, gaining experience at a national lab before going on to graduate school. When asked what the future holds, “I’ve really enjoyed studying in an international environment. I see myself as a project manager on international collaborative projects.” But what continues to drive her passion in the field of nuclear energy? “I consider nuclear energy not only to be the most practical energy solution, but also endlessly interesting. And I am a true victim to the notion that my contributions to nuclear research will make a real difference in the world.” It’s clear to see she is already on her way. Congratulations on the discovery and award!