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3rd April 2019 - No Comments!

19 EIT Community Innovators listed on the #SET100

Each year the Start up Energy Transition Network, list their top 100 Start-ups in the field of Energy Transition.

Almost 450 start-ups from 80 countries competed in one of five categories to showcase their solutions to climate change, the energy transition and the future of our
very world! The 100 start-ups come from 31 countries, 18 different sectors and cover all regions of the world.

Energy generation, energy use, and everything in between – The SET100
Climate change and the energy transition are some of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced and those named in the SET100 work specifically to overcome them. While other lists purely stress innovation or business success, SET celebrates innovative start-ups that the international community of cross-sectoral experts has acknowledged to have the largest impact in energy and in the fight against climate change. Furthermore, the SET100 is uniquely focused on start-ups. This is a celebration of Innovation, of tenacity, and of companies revolutionizing the energy world.

As the graph below indicates, you can see that European startups have dominated almost every category, which is extremely positive for the future of European innovation.

What is even more pleasing to see is that 19 out of the 100 startups listed globally are alumni of the EIT's Accelerator programmes. A great achievement for our community!

Of the 19 listed, 13 are alumni of EIT Climate-KIC, five of EIT InnoEnergy and one from EIT Digital.

We would like to give special mention to Envelio, Epishine, Flexidao, and Roofit Solar Energy, all of whom have been selected as finalists for the 2019 awards taking place on 9 April 2019.

Good luck!

Congratulations to the following startups listed:

EIT Climate-KIC
Adaptricity (Switzerland),  Coolar (Germany), Envelio (Germany), Epishine (Sweden), Fuelsave (Portugal), , Go To-U (Ukraine), Heliac (Denmark), Zeleros (Spain), SorayTec (Norway), Roofit Solar Energy (Estonia), Nuventura (Germany), Motiontag (Germany), Leaftech (Germany).

EIT InnoEnergy

Glowee (France), Flexidao (Spain), RatedPower (Spain), One Watt Solution (The Netherlands), Instagrid (Germany).

EIT Digital

Enerbrain (Italy)

Read the full list, including an overview of the methodology and selection criteria in the pdf below.

1st April 2019 - No Comments!

Call for applications – EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019

It is already time for us to begin preparations for our favourite event of the year - EIT Alumni CONNECT!

Today we open applications to all members of the EIT Alumni Community who would like to take a leading role in organising EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

As usual this event will be organised by the community, for the community, so we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic alumni to help with the facilitation and organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

Based on the feedback from last year we have decided to host the event once again at the Brody Studios, an entirely unique venue, located in the heart of Budapest.
Other than that? The event is completely in your hands.

This is your opportunity to take the reins of our community, design a memorable event, and steer the future of the EIT Alumni!

We are looking for:

  1. Moderators for EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019
  2. A working group for the organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019

** Deadline for Applications is 1 May 2019 **

What's in it for you?

  • The chance to meet and work with a cross-community working group
  • The opportunity to shape the event and directly contribute to the future of our community
  • Free travel to and from Budapest for the event and kick off meeting
  • A certificate recognising your involvement in the leadership team.
  • An unforgettable experience!

For those of you who took part in EIT CONNECT 2018, we're sure you will remember what a great opportunity this is to network with alumni outside of your sector. For those who couldn't make it, check out our photo album from last year!

 

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.

 

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.

14th August 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni goes to Sziget Festival

On Thursday the 9th of August, the EIT Alumni joined EIT Climate-KIC Alumni at their recycling station at Sziget festival in Budapest!

This year the EIT Climate-KIC Alumni are making a name for themselves once again at Sziget. Stationed at one of the three recycling centres on the island, industrious alumni have been engaging festival goers, both the spritely and the weary, to promote recycling, environmentally sustainable living, and the values of the EIT Community.

One of they key messages of Sziget is environmental consciousness and sustainable development. This year they have made an extra effort to fulfill these goals by promoting a Love Revolution on the island, their way of celebrating that, together, we can achieve sustainable development and environmental awareness in our daily lives.
Of course EIT Climate-KIC Alumni chose to support them on this valiant mission!

We joined them on Thursday to see how they were getting on.

When we arrived at 11am sharp, the island was sleepy but the recycling centre was already in full swing. The ingenious idea of offering gifts and WiFi for plastic bottles and trash was luring passers by into the tent, while also cleaning up the island. Once inside, they were given the opportunity to participate in the EIT Climate-KIC quiz, with the chance to win some sustainable goodies.

This continued for much of the morning, as the sound systems from the main stage rumbled into action and provided a musical accompaniment to our recycling rhythm.

At 2pm we started setting up the area for the first EIT Climate-KIC Alumni workshop of the week - 'Creating your own mini sun collector'. Despite the baking sun (good for solar panels, not so good for festival-goers), over 35 people joined us to listen to Viola's captivating presentation on solar panels and learned how easy it is to make one for yourself.

Viola followed up her speech with an interactive workshop, where participants were taught how to butcher a traditional phone charger and transform it into you very own solar paneled contraption. Ideal for a festival such as Sziget!

For the rest of the afternoon the team fell back into the usual recycling routine. The make-your-own recycled clothing stand proved to be particularly popular, as passers by were inspired by Santhur's home-made, eco-friendly, multifaceted fanny pack.

At the end of a long day a local Hungarian blogger and video crew came by to interview Dorka Bauer, Communications Manager on the CKAA Board for 2018, and seasoned Sziget supporter. We look forward to hearing the interview when it is published!

After just one day of flying the flag of sustainability for the almost 500,000 Sziget visitors, we returned to Budapest, tired yet inspired!

Best of luck to the fearless eco-warriors of the CKAA who continue their crusade for the entirety of the festival, holding another workshop every afternoon at 2pm. For those of you at the festival, why not pop in and meet the team?

Don't forget: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!

 

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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