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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.  

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


28 February 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2016!!


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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow the EIT Alumni Community:

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Are you a studying in a EIT labelled-educational programme? Or you have already graduated and you would like to keep in touch with the community and connect with the other EIT Alumni? Join the LinkedIn group at .


28 February 2017 - No Comments!

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

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

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

Internet of Things (IoT) market

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

The challenge

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

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

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

Your mission: Decarbonise cities

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

More about Hackathon 2017 here
Register to the challenge here


10 November 2016 - No Comments!

Nuclear fuel concept a winner for EIT InnoEnergy graduate

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

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

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

Award-winning idea

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

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

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

EIT InnoEnergy’s role

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

Onward and upward

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

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!