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4th July 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Board of Boards – The Journey Continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3rd July 2018 - No Comments!

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

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

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

Bulgarian dancers at HEInnovate

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

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

Representing EIT Health Alumni: BLAir and Nevrotech.

Team BLAir

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

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

Team Nevrotech

Representing EIT Digital Alumni: Trenvio

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

Team Trenvio

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

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

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

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

25th June 2018 - No Comments!

Dora Palfi, among the 30 semi-finalists of “The European Social Innovation Competition”

Written by Tiziano Antico, Marketing and Communications Officer on the EIT Digital Alumni Board

The European Social Innovation Competition is an initiative of the European Commission that awards three 50.000 Euro prizes per year to the most innovative ideas developed to address social issues in EU Member States and beyond. Now, in its seventh year, the theme of RE:THINK LOCAL, is calling on projects that make use of locations unique characteristics  to create opportunities for young people in our changing economy.

The competition is held in memory of the Portuguese innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, and is a great opportunity for talented people to get their social innovation idea off the ground.

EIT Digital alumna Dora Palfi, co-founder of Women@EIT, decided to make the most of  this fantastic opportunity. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of ImagiCase and joined the competition with her startup. Her company, based in Sweden, wants to provide a mobile platform for tangible and expressive coding education, built by girls for girls. The platform pairs with  imagiCase devices,  a phone case with an embedded LED matrix that can be programmed to display any text or pattern. This way users learn to code by customising their own accessory.

The platform also provides tutorials of coding concepts which guide the user's learning experience in a gamified way, while at the same time fostering an online community of girls, who share a passion for learning to code by giving them the possibility of sharing one’s creations on a design feed.

This year, the competition was very tough, only 30 projects out of 731 eligible entries from 39 countries have been selected to enter the next phase of the competition! It's a huge success already that ImagiCase is one of them!

Dora and Imagicase are now moving to the next stage: an intensive three-day training programme called “The Academy”, which this year takes place in the beautiful city of Cluj in Romania. Here, the 30 semi-finalist projects will receive mentorship from experienced social innovators and entrepreneurs, and will have the opportunity to develop what, for many is just an idea at this stage, into a viable business proposition. Of course, they all hope to secure a place among the 10 finalists in the next selection round, and to, ultimately, be one of the 3 winners in the November final.

We want to wish Dora the best of luck with the next stages of the competition, and many congratulations for her great achievements thus far!

21st June 2018 - No Comments!

EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association takes shape in Berlin

Participants from educational programmes, start-ups and business competitions to play a pivotal role in the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association

Written by Jan Eggert, EIT Raw Materials

On 15-16 June 2018, the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association kicked off its inaugural meeting in Berlin. A diverse group of 25 participants from 17 countries participated in the event, all of whom had taken part in educational programmes, start-ups and business competitions supported by EIT RawMaterials. The enthusiastic group of students, entrepreneurs and other members of the Raw Materials community, who had travelled from around Europe for the event, took part in two evenings of social interaction and a full day of workshops, discussions and networking at a co-working space in Berlin.

Connecting and sharing expertise from across the community through different events and activities

After opening remarks and an introduction to the education and business development activities of EIT RawMaterials by Dr Rima Dapous, Director of Education at EIT RawMaterials, and Mikko Korhonen, Business Developer at EIT RawMaterials, the stage was set for the participants to brainstorm on what the alumni network should offer and on how they would like to get involved. In different breakout sessions, participants presented their visions for the alumni association, with four groups discussing and presenting on career development, business development, mentoring, and lifelong learning courses. The discussions generated a wealth of exciting ideas on how to deliver benefits to the EIT RawMaterials Alumni and the sector as a whole, by connecting and sharing expertise from across the community through different events and activities.

Networking, collaboration and mentoring opportunities

In a speed dating session, participants went on multiple “networking dates” of 7 minutes. Each participant created cards for ideas they are interested in “selling” and “buying” for which they are seeking collaborators, partners, investors, advice, or expertise. This exercise generated lively discussions and fostered early collaboration between participants. With the help of a booklet with pictures and bio texts of all participants, the session was a best practice example of the wide range of networking, collaboration and mentoring opportunities that can be enjoyed as part of the EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association.

The day ended with information about the existing EIT Alumni Community, including a live discussion with Francesco Bonadiman, currently the Community Officer of the EIT Alumni Board. and the President of the EIT Digital Alumni Board. Finally, the formation of the founding EIT RawMaterials Alumni Board took place, by which time a wealth of connections, friendships and ideas had been created – a fantastic taste of the future of our EIT RawMaterials Alumni Association.

12th June 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumnus and EIT Award winner Allen wins Startup Open

EIT Award winner and EIT InnoEnergy alumnus Allen Mohammadi's start-up Hippogriff AB won the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) start-up competition.

Hippogriff AB has developed Heartstrings, an accurate, non invasive and low-cost technology for screening and early diagnosis of heart disease. The Global Entrepreneurship Network's Startup Open recognises the top promising young firms that haveEIT InnoEnergy Hippogriff AB yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding. Hippogriff AB won the competition because of its potential to make a change with their ground breaking technology, beating more than 1 000 start-ups from 82 different countries. Hippogriff AB has won membership to the GEN Starters Club, which will give them access to GEN mentors in 170 countries, enhanced exposure and network opportunities around the world.

Allen Mohammadi said the following about the start-up competition: 'Winning Startup Open was an unforgettable achievement for us. Being ranked 1st startup in the world is a great honor for Hippogriff AB. This shows that we are on the right track, that our break through innovations are very important and contribute to a better future at the highest possible level.'

EIT Alumni connection

Allen Mohammadi is an EIT alumnus of the EIT InnoEnergy Master in Energy Technologies that explores a broad range of energy technologies, engineering disciplines and business models.

Mohammadi co-founded Hippogriff AB with his brother and has had impressive achievements since their founding.  They have been featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and in 2016 Allen Mohammadi won the EIT Change Award, the award that celebrates entrepreneurial graduates from EIT labelled education programmes.

He said the following about the support of the EIT: 'My education at EIT played a significant role on developing my entrepreneurial skills. In fact, EIT was not only providing a unique opportunity for education but also acted as a great supporter.'

Watch Allen's interview with the EIT, following his 2016 win below:

 

16th May 2018 - No Comments!

Call for applications – EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018

Our biggest annual event, bringing together EIT Digital Alumni, the CommUnity by InnoEnergy, EIT Health Alumni, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni, and EIT Raw Materials alumni is fast approaching!
We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic alumni to help with the facilitation and organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018!
Further details are outlined below.

EIT Alumni CONNECT


Taking place on the 5th of October in Budapest more than 100 EIT alumni and students will come together to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and experiences with each other at EIT CONNECT.

 

Calls for applications 2018

This year we are holding our event independently from the EIT's INNOVEIT. This means we really have the opportunity to shape this event as we like, and create something truly memorable..
We would like you, the alumni, to be as involved as possible in the organisation of this events and so offer the following ways for you to get involved.

We are looking for:

  1. Moderators for EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018
  2. A working group for the organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018

Have a read of the calls, see where your skills may be applicable, and get involved!

What's in it for you?

  • the chance to meet and work with a motivated and enthusiastic cross-community working group
  • the opportunity to shape the event and directly contribute to the future of the EIT Alumni community
  • an exclusive invitation to attend INNOVEIT on October 4th
  • free flights to and from Budapest for the event

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2018

We look forward to hearing from you!

16th May 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Startup Days 2018 – Berlin

On Saturday the 5th of May, the EIT Alumni held the second edition of the 2018 EIT Alumni Startup Days.

Following on from a successful event in Barcelona, which invited those involved to redesign the port of Badalona, this event took a more technical direction, challenging participants to expand the use-cases of Blockchain technologies for the benefit of society.

leveraging on the hype of Blockchain as one of the most disruptive technologies of 2018, and the business model orientated format of the EIT Alumni Startup Days, this event drew a lot of interest from alumni in Berlin, attracting a fine balance of highly skilled Blockchain enthusiasts, and Blockchain 'first timers' eager to throw their own ideas into the mix, while also learning a thing or two about this innovative technology.

Our event partner this time was the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), who provided the following challenge:
How do we use blockchain technology to decentralise and democratise our inefficient systems?.

Oriol Pujoldevall, a Business Development Associate at the EWF, and EIT InnoEnergy Alumnus kicked off the day by explaining a little about the platform his company work on, and why they decided to purposefully shape day's challenge in vague terms, to open it up to all sectors.

Following the same structured sessions as the Barcelona edition, teams began to take shape as a plethora of ideas were thrown around the room. Under the guiding hands of Francesco Bonadiman, the moderator for the day, the teams then got down to the details of their business models and prepared for the pitching competition at the end of the day.

Taking full advantage of Berlin in spring, some of the groups even decided to take their ideation process outside, soaking up the innovative surroundings of the Green Garage campus, and making use of some of the on-site activities when they felt like they needed a break.

At the end of a productive day, three teams took to the stage to present to our expert jury made up of Rosen Dimov (IYPF),  Oriol Pujoldevall (EWF), and Xin Hu (Match X).

The ideas were very well developed, with one team even having a prototype app ready to display with their pitch! The three final teams consisted of:

  1. Med Ac
    Use Blockchain to tokenize prescriptions to make the system more efficient and reduce costs.
  2. Plafair
    Regulate the recycling of plastic, and ensure fair pay for plastic collectors in developing countries.
  3. Stoken
    Using Blockchain to create a stock market for startups, using crypto-currencies.

Finally, over some well-deserved Vietnamese curry, the jury announced their decision to award 1st prize to team Med Ac. They were given an EIT Alumni Raspberry Pi 3, and exclusive access to incubator.coop. An international incubator run by the IYPF, which will give Med Ac the chance to properly take their idea to the next level.

We look forward to hearing how all the teams progress!

Thanks again to our dedicated coaches and jury, our organising team, and all the participants who took the time to join us for this edition of the EIT Alumni Startup Days.

You can view the full photo album here. 

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!

 

26th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ EURODOC Conference 2018

By Falko Döring, President of the EIT Alumni Board

On behalf of the EIT Alumni, I was invited to the EURODOC Conference 2018 in Tampere as a speaker on the topic “Research career – a living dream?”. As the title suggests, most participants had an academic background, either as a researcher, PhD candidate, professor or post-doc. They all agreed that the landscape for an academic career is changing and that there is a challenging future ahead of us. While the number of PhD graduates is increasing, the academic career options are decreasing.

To preprare for my talk I listened to my personal network, talking to two PhD graduates who exchanged their academic career for an entrepreneurial adventure. Here, I would like to thank Sandro, CTO of Thermovault, and Alex co-founder of Caala for their inspiring input!

A few things I learned on this journey and I would like to share:

First, PhD candidates gain many competencies through their academic life, which are very relevant in their entrepreneurial adventure, in particular:

  • Trust and knowledge in their topic/product/service
  • Persistence (Every no brings me closer to a yes – Mark Cuban)
  • Communication skills (PhD candidates are always defending their topic to their supervisor, in papers, on conferences)

Second, an external opinion on one’s topic can actually be the trigger to leave the academic path and pivot towards starting your own company. I received feedback from many PhD candidates, that being exposed in depth to one topic feels like wearing blinders to alternatives.
This is one of the benefits of the EIT Alumni. Being part of an interdisciplinary community allows you to step outside your field and gain invaluable expertise from fellow innovators from other sectors.

I took this as my mission for the conference, to encourage PhD candidates  to combinine their academic knowledge with industry contacts and venture into the entrepreneurial world.

You can watch Falko's presentation here.

EIT PhD Programmes

The EIT supports the creation of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and promotes a real change of mindset towards an entrepreneurial culture and attitude. With this perspective, the EIT's various Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) have developed their own PhD and Master's programmes that have a very strong focus on the delivery of entrepreneurship and innovation skills.

EIT Climate-KIC PhD Education

All EIT Climate-KIC's Ph.D. candidates work on solutions that either have a clear path to climate innovation or directly support one or more of EIT Climate-KIC's main climate change challenges.Students will participate in the Journey, an intensive climate innovation summer school and can follow up with the EIT Climate-KIC PhD Catapult.

 

EIT Digital Doctoral School

The EIT Digital Doctoral School educates the technical leaders and entrepreneurs needed in Europe. The EIT Digital Doctoral School provides, as one of the few European academic institutions, industry embedded, market focused industrial doctorates. The Industrial Doctorates bridge the present to the future to lead the digital transformation.

EIT InnoEnergy  PhD School

Join the sustainable energy revolution and boost your personal and career prospects. Combine your current PhD studies with customised training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Positions throughout Europe. Mobility support included. The EIT InnoEnergy PhD School is tailored for students who have technical excellence together with a drive for Business and Entrepreneurship (B&E).

EIT Raw Materials PhD education

EIT RawMaterials’ PhD Education strand provides students with an outstanding foundation for their future career. Programmes enable students to strengthen their technical expertise while fostering the entrepreneurial and innovation skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to ensure a sustainable future for the raw materials sector.

 

About EURODOC:

Eurodoc’s mission is to represent and consolidate the community of doctoral candidates and junior researchers in Europe in their pursuit of a decent professional life. We aim to be the effective and efficient voice of doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level.

Their vision is an ERA (European Research Area) and EHEA (European Higher Education Area) in which doctoral candidates and junior researchers are duly recognised and respected for the essential roles they play.

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: