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15th January 2019 - No Comments!

20% discount for EIT Alumni members to attend EU-Startups Summit 2019

This week we have negotiated a 20% discount for any EIT Alumni members who may want to attend the EU-Startups Summit 2019!

The summit takes place in Barcelona on May 2-3

If you would like to make use of this great opportunity, please send an email to  EIT-Alumni@eit.europa.eu to receive your discount code.

What is the EU-Startups Summit?

The EU-Startups Summit is the annual flagship event of EU-Startups.com - the leading online publication about startups in Europe. the event showcases a selection of Europe's hottest startups and offers participants to come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time!

Speakers

At the 2019 edition of the EU-Startups Summit over 1.200 startup founders, tech folks, corporates, business angels, media people and investors are expected from all across Europe. The event offers great networking opportunities, inspiring speakers and a workshop stage. There is also an exciting pitch competition with a prize package worth more than €70,000 and great after-parties in the evening for further networking and drinks! 🙂

More information regarding the EU-Startups Summit can be found here.

You can purchase you tickets here.

Don't forget to contact us for your EIT Alumni discount! - EIT-Alumni@eit.europa.eu.

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! 

8th November 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT Leadership summit taking place this weekend in London

This Weekend, 9-11 November, the EIT Alumni Community are supporting Women@EIT in the organisation of their first Leadership Intensive event in London.

This three day event, which brings together female leaders from four out of five of the EIT Alumni Communities, is designed to scale up the Women@EIT initiative, open it up to new sectors, and expand their presence in Europe.

The goal is to empower a select group of local leaders who will submit a plan to organise their own women@EIT events in major European cities, and who will actively contribute to the development and expansion of the community.

With over 60 applications from eager women entrepreneurs in the EIT Community, co-founders Maria and Dori, had an extremely tough job selecting their first batch of women leaders to join them in London.

We look forward to hearing how the event goes, and are proud to be able to support Women@EIT in reaching their goal.

In case you missed it: Read our 2017 interview with Women@EIT Co-founders Maria an Dori below:

 

 

 

18th October 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018

Written by David Ziegler (EIT InnoEnergy) and Robin Maxton (EIT)

On Friday the 5th of October, over 140 EIT alumni, students, and friends came together once again in Budapest for the 5th edition of EIT Alumni CONNECT.
For the first time since its creation in 2013, EIT CONNECT was decoupled from the EIT’s INNOVEIT, allowing the EIT Alumni Community to venture out and forge their own path in history.

And this EIT Alumni CONNECT was certainly a memorable one! Taking place at the wonderfully unique Brody Studios, this 15 hour event brought together the five current communities of the EIT Alumni to display just what makes our EIT Alumni Community so unique - its diversity, its cross-sectoral nature, and its collaborative spirit.

The event, hosting three fantastic keynote speakers, an array of captivating workshops, and topped off with a fun evening full of networking opportunities, was organised by a volunteer team of alumni from each of the communities, designed by alumni, for alumni.

EIT Alumni CONNECT organising team

In the morning session, the participants had the chance to listen to and engage with amazing success-stories of some of our EIT Alumni members. It was a motivational chance to gain first-hand experience from entrepreneurs such as Swati, Ádám and Mesbah on stage.

Keynote speakers

Swati Pandey presents Arboreal Innovations

Swati Pandey, an EIT Climate KIC Alumni, shared her impressive story of founding and becoming the CEO of Arboreal Innovations, a sustainable food-tech business, and explained how the EIT played, and will continue to play, an important role in her entrepreneurial journey.

Ádám Szücs, an EIT Digital Alumni and CTO of Zenovision, talked about his path towards founding Zenovision, a computer vision company for medical applications. His keynote highlighted the struggles of an early stage entrepreneur, the need for fast pivoting and the importance of persistence on the entrepreneurial journey.

Mesbah Sabur, an EIT Raw Materials Alumni and the co-founder and CEO of Circularise then described what one needs in his eyes to kick start a business. An idea, a business plan, funding and a network. And with this and his experience he built the smart protocol for the circular economy.

Following the exciting chance to learn some fun facts about the EIT and its Innovation Communities through a competitive Kahoot Quiz, we then had the opportunity to catch up on the impressive developments of the individual Alumni organisation, as presented by their respective leaders.  

Community Presentations

Francesco Bonadiman, the president of EIT Digital Alumni, showed the impressive growth their community has seen in the past year and invited all to get more involved in the EIT Digital Alumni Community

Esmee Kooijman, the president of the Climate KIC Alumni Association (CKAA) highlighted their aim to facilitate individuals to work together on climate action.

Jagadeesh Gandla, cross-KIC Manager at EIT Health Alumni, defined their mission to promote active aging and healthy living and that they, as an alumni organization, are growing and always looking for new ideas and input.

Denis Gontcharov, President EIT Raw Materials Alumni

Denis Gontcharov, the president of EIT Raw Materials Alumni Board, explained how their field has a rich history, but is in desperate need for innovation, and that their alumni network is young but thriving.

Claudio Geyken, the founder and director of the CommUnity by InnoEnergy, revealed how they are opening up to a broader audience by pivoting into the Energy Transition Community and how important cross-KIC collaboration, for example with Climate KIC, is.

Parallel workshops

The afternoon engagement session offered participants the chance to take part in parallel workshops designed to allow Alumni to present their ideas, stories or challenges to the wider community. The goal was for the Alumni to dive into the other Innovation Communities and foster collaboration between sectors.

This cross-community engagement happened bottom-up and in various ways. One such way was the quiz-style workshop “Keep it RAW!” through which the attendees discovered new aspects of a sector that is often misunderstood, in a fun and exciting way.

Another was the co-creation session by the EIT InnoEnergy Start-up Smartivate on how their technology enables users to bring together utilities and the growing Smart Home market.

In a refreshingly different style, Yoga for Entrepreneurs was a great way to loosen up the conference tension and regain some energy for the rest of the day while learning about Dora’s entrepreneurial journey. One participant described it as ‘a truly uniting 30 minute experience, setting a profound base to continue networking in a family environment’.

Yoga in action!

Evening entertainment

The social session was a fun opportunity to network in a relaxed environment at the end of the event, This was boosted by the fact that the venue offered so many delightful nooks and crannies for alumni to settle down in and bond with fellow Community members.

The evening started with a delicious networking dinner and continued with gatherings all around the amazing Brody Studios. Personal and business stories were shared, common interest were found, contacts exchanged and even some plans forged together. The later hours have shown unforeseen jam sessions on pianos, guitars, drums and vocal cords as well as an amazingly popular and heartwarming Karaoke showdown in the beautiful basement of the location.
Perhaps an EIT Alumni band could be an innovation for next year!

We all agreed we will see each other again soon and hopefully not only next year at EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019

Thank you to the volunteers who put in so much time to make this event possible, the EIT itself for all its support, and of course thank you to you, the alumni who make events like this possible by uniting with fellow alumni and strengthening this wonderful cross-sectoral community of ours.

 

24th August 2018 - No Comments!

SEEDING IMPACT – From EIT Alumni CONNECT ’17 to Addis Ababa

At the EIT Alumni CONNECT event in Budapest last year, EIT InnoEnergy alumna Laura Perez turned a vague idea (that she and fellow student Marc Navarro Sotés came up with) into a viable business concept that is well on its way to success.

Laura recently spoke to EIT InnoEnergy and shared how the initiative was created and offered some inspirational words for other students who are coming up with their own ideas for future start-ups.

SEEDING IMPACT is born

Laura explains, “Marc and I met for a coffee in Stockholm and found out that we both wanted to do things, to be really hands on. This was the start of Seeding Impact. I took our idea of providing students and young professionals with the opportunity to join International development projects to the EIT Alumni CONNECT event and won the pitching competition. It was so empowering to have our idea validated”

Laura Perez and Oscar, a student selected by Seeding Impact to work with the startup Tartarri in Ethiopia

Seeding Impact allows a company to bring a project to the table (perhaps a problem they have not been able to solve in-house), then a team of students or young professionals is selected to work on that project. The company and team can now create the perfect solution by working together.

“We wanted to encompass all the important EIT ideals, but also to include other sectors of industry, such as health – because I think lasting impact is created in many different fields!” With their winning idea and some seed money, they started to build an amazing team of like-minded individuals. “Our work is important, and it’s clear since this start-up is growing out of volunteer’s time with only passion to drive us. We all want to make a difference and have been working non-stop since.”

THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

We all know the enormous amount of hard work it takes to get a start-up off the ground. Laura acknowledges the road hasn’t been easy, with many challenges – but luckily, they’ve received support along the way. “The entrepreneurship knowledge I’ve gotten from the InnoEnergy programme was key. Not only academically, but also to get insights into how to shape a business. I’ve also received a lot of support from the InnoEnergy team at the EIT InnoEnergy Scandinavian office to help me fulfill this dream.”

Seeding Impact has already had some success, such as conducting their first event in Stockholm with another entity “Make a Difference” (MAD) targeting a sanitation problem in Uganda, where they successfully matched up a team to work on the project. Another is Ice Addis, a start-up incubator in Ethiopia, matched with Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWB) to work with local start-ups, empowering local Ethiopian projects (Laura is on location in Ethiopia as we write this article). And just recently, they initiated a collaboration with (B)-Energy to deal with biogas digesters for developing countries. “A lot more projects are coming soon” Laura shares confidently, “we want to expand slowly. Each one must be analysed carefully… but I know we can make this work!”

Views from the office at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

When asked if she had any advice for future entrepreneurs, those perhaps just starting to play with an exciting idea they have for a start-up, Laura was happy to oblige. “It might sound like a typical reply, but being right in the middle of this process I can tell you… enjoy what you do! Stop thinking about the future, worrying about whether you will fail or not. If you fail, that’s okay. The path you take, the experience you gain, it is definitely worth it. There is always something to be learned along the way. The best thing you can do is to follow your ideas where they lead you, take chances and surround yourself with supportive people.”

Excellent advice from a truly passionate entrepreneur.

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!

 

13th August 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ The Innovation Retreat

On the 19th of July, 9 members of the EIT Alumni Community were invited to attend a 2-day Innovation Retreat at the idyllic Tataj Studios in Barcelona.

The retreat, a prize offered by Tataj Innovation to the winning ideas of the EIT Alumni Startup Days - Barcelona, was designed to further develop those ideas created during our event, and connect them with key local stakeholders who have the capabilities and connections to make their ideas a reality.


During the Barcelona startup Days participants where tasked to come up with feasible projects to re-reinvent Badalona, an industrial mid-size city in Spain. Once upon a time, this area was called the ‘Catalan Manchester’. Now it is an extension of the urban transformation known as 22@ Innovation District Barcelona.

On the first day of the retreat, the participants were invited to work on their projects, practice their pitching, create campaigns for their projects, work on video designs, and make use of the team of experts assembled to assist them on their journey.

On the second day the Mayor and deputy Mayor of Badalona were invited to the studio to listen to the pitches of the teams and to discuss how these ideas could be implemented.


It was an inspirational couple of days, and a valuable opportunity to see the impact our community can have in Europe. It's great to see the potential of our community being harnessed in an area such as Badalona.

Hopefully the teams continue to work closely with Tataj Studios and we can see some of the ideas implemented in the Badalona area in the near future!

There were five innovative projects that were invited to the retreat. These consisted of:

1. The Bridge to China

Re-imagine the Port of Badalona and transform the area into a bridge connecting
Europe and China, boost the local economy and revitalize the land. Merge Chinese and Catalan cultures connected by such values as the entrepreneurial spirit and respect for family and tradition.

2. BADALONA 4.0

Develop Moll Capitana in the Badalona Port as the Artificial Intelligence Living Lab: a centralized hub for experiencing AI technologies and a multifunctional space for training and networking. Use the renowned ENDESA power plant with its three chimneys as the global signature building for AI future.

3. eNEUTRAL 

Build an entirely energy neutral district, which combines public, commercial and residential land use. Develop a blueprint for new living schemes, a zero carbon footprint housing, green houses and urban farms, all connected by sustainable mobility solutions.

4. PICO BLAU

Deploy Italian technology to create an artificial reef for surfers at Badalona the city with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Build on Club Natacio Badalona renowned transitions to develop new sport disciplines and promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

5. OPEN SOCIAL LAB

Turn the beloved power plant into a hotspot for social activity and innovation with a 3D Print Hub and a Makers’ Space for global entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, designers and visionaries.

Many thanks to Daria Tataj and the team at Tataj Innovation for joining us in Barcelona for the Startup Days and for organising this fabulous retreat.
We look forward to continued collaboration!

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.