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5 July 2021 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni join session at European R&I Days 2021

On the 24th of June, during European Research and Innovation Days, EIT Alumni joined a dedicated session: “The Role of Community and Mentoring in Driving Innovation – How to foster knowledge flows: examples from Marie Curie Alumni Association, Erasmus Mundus Association and EIT Alumni”, where Dr Katherina F Heil (President of the Erasmus Mundus Association), Dr Mostafa Moonir Sharaw (Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association) and Ilona Puskas (Member of the EIT Alumni Board) were invited to speak. Urszula Bogatynska, Project Support Officer of EIT moderated the session.  

The discussion focused on how student and alumni associations use community participation and mentors to drive their activities toward research and innovation. The speakers discussed how their communities encourage knowledge sharing across countries and industries. 

Here are two highlights from questions posed by Urszula Bogatynska: 

In view of the topic for today’s discussion, we would like to know how can we engage communities to participate in the creation of innovative ideas focusing on different objectives? 

Illona Puskas (EIT Alumni) stated “The most important is creating conditions so communities can share their ideas, to connect with people and resources, combine all of this into alliances”. 

Mostafa Moonir Shawrav (MCAA), shared that one important question that every community needs to ask is “What do we want to achieve with the community engagement?”. Is the engagement object-oriented or curiosity-driven? Once defined, they can use effective communication skills and bring stakeholders together to listen to the community and establish different ideas of co-creation. One good example from the MCAA Erasmus+ project is OEduverse. 

Katherina Heil (EMA) added that more tools should be given to empower the community to be innovative and to encourage the sharing of good examples. Lastly, she stated that there is a lot of room for innovation and the most important is to get information out there, to create opportunities for members to meet. A good example is a hackathon, where members can put their ideas into practice.  

How do you see the role of mentors and mentees in the facilitation of knowledge sharing across different sectors? Do you think that Alumni communities fulfil their potential? 

Mostafa Moonir Shawrav (MCAA) shared that in past surveys the intersectoral mobility is not as popular as interdisciplinary or international mobility and intersectoral collaboration is lower than in academic collaboration. When talking about mentoring, Dr. Shawrav encourages mentoring programmes that can be helpful for researchers to define and plan the next stage of their career. Regarding the last part of the question, he mentioned: “Are we utilizing our full potential? The honest answer is no, not yet.” 

Katherina Heil (EMA) highlighted “the benefits of a mentoring programme for mentors, but also for mentees.” She shared that these programmes are extremely beneficial to every person involved. EMA has had a mentoring programme for several years, designed to pair individuals to have a traditional mentoring relationship. This year they have tried to add lectures and interactive sessions to the mentoring programme, and create a safe space in which mentors and mentees could work together; for example, looking at a CV together or designing a future career plan. Regarding using the full potential of Alumni communities, she said: “we are not yet using our full potential, but we are working towards engaging as many people as possible and spreading the word about the success of smaller activities. This is how people move forward as well” 

Illona Puskas (EIT Alumni) finalized the discussion, adding “there are a lot of improvements to be made, but [there are] very positive tendencies as well.” In the EIT community, when individuals are still active participants in one of their programmes, most students already cultivate a relationship with the network coach, instructors, and invited experts. “There is a very healthy and quite organic mentor-mentee relationship,” she added, even if it not a formalized mentor-mentee relationship.  

The representatives from each community also debated the high demand of mentees, and the lack of mentors and incentives for them to use their free time to help people from their community. Mostafa Moonir Shawrav added that in an organization like MCAA, EMA or EIT Alumni, every member is a volunteer, so finding members and engaging them is always a challenge. Fortunately, there are a lot of members that are committed to the organization and want to share their free time and knowledge amongst the community.  

25 May 2021 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni get a taste of Israeli Bites!

The EIT's Israel Hub run a two-day training workshop, providing EIT Alumni with the opportunity to interact with the Israeli innovation ecosystem

As part of the European Commission’s strategy to build global partnerships, to collectively solve the most pressing societal challenges, and to showcase European innovation globally, the EIT Community has expanded its footprint beyond Europe. In addition to establishing Community Hubs in Silicon Valley and Beijing, the EIT Israel Hub was established in 2019 as a bridge between the EU and Israeli innovation ecosystems.  

The Hub serves to expand the EIT Community’s presence and volume of activities in the country, and to enable European innovators to attract Israeli customers, partners and investors. Last week’s Israeli Bites training workshop is the latest example of the success of this collaboration, and the kind of collaborations the EIT is looking to have with global partners. 

Members of the EIT Alumni were invited to attend, and take part in, an intensive two-day workshop. The Alumni’s entrepreneurs varied in size, scope and represented different domains, including the RawMaterials, Climate, Digital, Health, Food, and InnoEnergy Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).  Over two days, the EIT's 'Network of Networks' was exposed to Israeli’s industry and learned how to implement key elements of Israeli innovation ecosystem into their everyday work. 

The Israeli approach was framed around five words: 'Firgun', 'Yalla!', 'Hutzpah', 'Tachles', and 'Fryer'.

An impressive lineup of speakers – from successful ventures such as Fiverr, Walnut, and AnD Venture – illustrated the meaning of these words in the context of Israeli innovation, covering topics such as personal branding, business environments, networking and communication skills. Together they constitute the unique value proposition of Israel – the spice! 

This status quo challenging of reality is probably the most fundamental aspect of 'Hutzpah': that you can say "yes, I can build something that doesn't exist"

- Uri Adoni, General Partner of Sanara Ventures

The workshop’s cherry on the cake saw the participants given the opportunity to pitch their products and services in front of Israeli venture capitalists and experts – a fast-tracked opportunity to receive high-level feedback and further advice.  

Follow the Israel Hub on LinkedIn and the EIT Alumni's news and social media to learn about similar opportunities in future. 

2 July 2020 - No Comments!

Become more familiar with Intellectual Property

The EIT Alumni Community collaborates this year with the European IPR Helpdesk and the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk, dedicated to help cross-border, SMEs protect and enforce their Intellectual Property rights in, through the provision of free information and services.

Together we offer online trainings to EIT Alumni members around Intellectual Property.

These IP related skills, knowledge and tools are key to master when it comes to creating a new tech venture or for any innovation that is launched on the market: knowing what your IP rights are, strengthening your position on the market or in negotiations, protecting your solution from copying or counterfeiting or avoiding law suits, scaling your product or service in other countries with the right strategy. This discipline also applies to new technologies such as Artificial intelligence, which is a quite recent area of research, still to be explored and which raises questions.

4 webinars have been organised so far for EIT Alumni but also for EIT supported startups and scale-ups, that we want to share with you.

Good trainings worth watching this summer 😉

April 28: Introduction to IP and IP rights (EIT Alumni session)

Start building your IP knowledge and skills, get an overview of this field of expertise.

More info HERE

Watch the recording HERE

May 12: Commercialisation of IP (EIT KICs supported startups session)

Learn how to make IP an integral part of your business strategy.

More info HERE

Watch the recording HERE

May 13: AI and IP (EIT Alumni + EIT KICs supported startups session)

Learn how IP can be applied to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

More info HERE.

Watch the Recording HERE

May 28: IP and internationalisation of AI - in China and Southeast-Asia (EIT Alumni and Startups)

The China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks equip people willing to explore opportunities to cooperate or use AI when doing business in China or South-East Asia.

More info HERE

Webinar Presentation available HERE

Stay tuned as other trainings will be scheduled for the next part of the year on other topics

24 June 2020 - No Comments!

Be part of EIT Alumni CONNECT’20 Organising team: apply NOW!


The EIT Alumni Community wants to offer you the best experience possible again this year, by getting inspired, connecting with your peers, starting new projects and collaborations. That's the essence of EIT Alumni Connect.

This years' edition, due to the current context, will be held in virtual format. But we will make sure that networking and the memorable moments you spent last year remain qualitative and authentic also this year.

When ? On November 28-29, 2020 (2 half days with a nice entertaining time to close the event)

We have launched 2 open calls to select the best crew that will be organising and moderating our flagship event:

If you want to be part of the Volunteer Working Group and get the chance to design and organise the whole event, find out more HERE

If you feel more like being on stage as a Moderator, in the spotlight with the speakers, and put your own spin in the moderation of the event, find out more HERE

This great opportunity is only dedicated to Alumni members from the different EIT KIC Alumni Communities, so only Alumni can apply.

We look forward to receiving your applications and get to know you (better)

15 April 2020 - No Comments!

Apply to Market survey on support and coordination of our EIT Alumni Community

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is planning to launch a procurement procedure to request the provision of services for the development and support of the EIT Alumni Community, for the period Q4 2020-Q3 2022 (two years).

The EIT has launched a market survey to assess the potential interest in providing EIT Alumni Community coordination and management services, in a pan-European context, under the supervision of the EIT and with the support of the EIT Alumni Board.

The EIT Alumni Services will have to support the development of the activities of the EIT Alumni Community, particularly in the implementation of its annual Work Plan, which includes activities towards its more than 8 000 EIT Alumni members.

The overall objectives of the requested services are the development, growth, and increased operational capacity of a visible and impact-oriented EIT Alumni Community, and in line with the mission of the EIT. It also includes measuring the development and impact of the EIT Alumni Community, and providing advice for the future evolution of the Community, based on the services provided and their results.

Find out more to complete the survey here

Deadline: April 29, 23h45 CET

28 April 2017 - No Comments!

Call for applications – EIT Alumni Startup Days & EIT Alumni CONNECT 2017

Two of the biggest annual events held by the EIT Alumni Community are fast approaching! We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic alumni to help with their facilitation and organisation.
Further detail is outlined below.

EIT Alumni Startup Days

The EIT Alumni Startup Days bring together graduates, researchers, developers, designers, young professionals, entrepreneurs, and start-up enthusiasts under one roof, over a weekend to share ideas, form teams, build future products and services, and embark on new entrepreneurial adventures.



Taking place in the lead up to The EIT's INNOVEIT conference more than 100 EIT students and alumni will share their knowledge, enthusiasm and experience with each other at EIT CONNECT in Budapest on October 15 & 16.



Calls for applications 2018

This year we have decided to hold these two events in succession. The Startup Days will take place in September, and EIT Alumni CONNECT will be held on the 15th & 16th October.
We would like you, the alumni, to be as involved as possible in the organisation of these events and so offer the following ways for you to get involved.

We are looking for:

  1. A Moderator for EIT Alumni CONNECT 2017
  2. A working group for the organisation of EIT Alumni CONNECT 2017
  3. A working group for the organisation of the EIT Alumni Startup Days 2017

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

And of course, all travel expenses for those involved will be covered by the EIT Alumni Community!


6 April 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Digital Alumni Annual Meeting 2017 #digitalumni17

2nd annual meeting of the EIT Digital Alumni a triumph.

On the 20th of March, EIT Digital Alumni held their 2nd annual community meeting, this time gathering in Brussels. The idea was to create a memorable and exciting platform, a forum for discussion, a journey for the alumni.
They aimed to inspire. They succeeded.

The event began in the late hours of the 19th. As the last rays of sun shining on the Grand Place were slowly eclipsed by the towering steeple of the City Hall, alumni assembled in the square for a night of networking, sightseeing, lively conversation and (we can only presume) the sampling of a few Belgian beers.

The next morning, fresh faced and ready to collaborate, the alumni streamed down the thin winding veins of Brussels town centre. Their destination? The European Parliament; the heart of Europe.

After a stirring tour of the site where unanticipated exits are taken and passionate speeches are given, the alumni were transferred back to the Egg, suitably inspired.

After a quick registration, the alumni were treated to a keynote speech from the unconventionally captivating Mills, the co-founder of ustwo.

His key points?
- Follow your passion! Don't let anyone say you can't do it. Live your dreams. If you have an idea, dare to pursue it. Don't be afraid of what other people think about it. JFDI!
- Know that it's going to take all your time!
- Embrace succailure. Learn from your failures. Use them to mould you into the person you want to be.
- Love your 'fampany'. Companies shouldn't be about the individual. It's all about the collective, looking out for each other and growing together.

After a tasty bite to eat, the participants reconvened for a panel discussion from three illustrious figures of EIT Digital. Willem Jonker, the CEO, Anders Flodström, Chief Education Officer, and Edna Ayme-Yahil, the Head of Communications, took to the stage offering a fine balance of personal insights and practical advice to spur the alumni forward.

The latter half of the event was given to presentations delivered by alumni, for alumni.

Reports from board members on successful events gone by, plans for the future, and new intriguing opportunities were intertwined with the presentations of alumni working groups, eager to display and discuss their new initiatives and the benefits they would bring. Not only to their alumni family, but to society as a whole.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Almost 24 hours after the initial Grand Place reunion, alumni had the chance discuss the day’s events, mull over ideas and reinforce new bonds.

So as you can see, the event was, by all accounts, legendary!

Check out more #digitalumni17 photos on our Facebook photo album!
See the full collection in Google Photos.

5 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.

15 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.


You can see a video of the event here.

Apply now for EIT InnoEnergy Master's School programmes


5 July 2016 - No Comments!

Europe’s largest climate action innovation summer school, the Journey, kicks-off for 2016

More than 220 students from over 45 countries, representing 50 disciplines, will embark on Europe’s largest climate change education programme – the Climate-KIC summer school.

The five week-long course will offer a unique combination of academic study and real-world business experience with the aim of creating the climate change leaders of tomorrow. For first time this year a shorter three-week edition of the Journey has been introduced, which will culminate in an international final in Bologna, Italy.

Encompassing 13 locations across Europe, this year’s programme is Climate-KIC’s largest summer school to date and is divided into six separate groups. Students from each group will journey across two to three different European locations, gaining insight and experience from a selection of Europe’s best universities and most innovative businesses. It brings together students and young professionals all over the world.

The programme culminates in a challenge where students pitch their ideas for solutions to real-world climate related issues. Based on their own creativity and climate change knowledge, students must present a detailed business plan to a judging panel consisting of venture capitalists, start-up entrepreneurs and scientists.

Look back into Journey 2015
Journey 2015 student, Laura Vicini commented, “I think that I have overcome a lot of challenges: from the language to the business’s field. I learnt a lot: from lectures, from the group and about myself. I feel different: I changed my perspective about the future, what to plan and I feel more confident to face problems.” The majority of the students from the 2015 summer school said the programme improved their understanding of the business opportunities resulting from the climate change challenge.

Last year’s summer school student Christina Skjolding Hjelm shares her experience, “We are offered so many opportunities by being part of the Climate-KIC network and it is a very stimulating environment. The Journey is a unique experience and setting and I can’t help feel overwhelmed. We have diverse group both in terms of age, gender, and geographical and academic background. I enjoyed the mix of activities, because we do not only have lectures about climate change and innovation but also coaching, so the five weeks were also a personal journey.”

Follow Journey 2016
Throughout the summer school students will be given a thorough analysis of the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change through academic lessons and practical business and entrepreneurship tasks.

Over the next few weeks, you can find out more about Climate-KIC’s approach and follow the students on the Journey 2016!