About the Organisers
EIT Manufacturing Co-Location Center East
EIT Manufacturing is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is one of eight innovation communities within the EIT. EIT Manufacturing’s main goal is to bring European stakeholders focused on manufacturing together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes and services and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing. EIT Manufacturing brings together more than 70 organizations (universities, research institutes and business).
EIT Manufacturing East GmbH is one of the five Co-Location Centers (CLC) of EIT Manufacturing, located in the Technology Center Seestadt in Vienna, Austria. CLC East serves twelve countries in Central and Eastern Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, of which eleven are EIT RIS eligible countries, being considered modest and moderate innovators according to the European Innovation Scoreboard. CLC East works in close cooperation with its ten full members from industry, research and academia: Atos, the Czech Technical University in Prague, Industry Innovation Cluster (IIC), Joanneum Research, Jožef Stefan Institute, LMS – Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Magna, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, the Technical University Vienna, and voestalpine High Performance Metals, and its network partners AM-Austria, EuroCC Austria, Platform Industry 4.0 Austria, Vestbee and the Vienna Business Agency. EIT Manufacturing CLC East is additionally supported by three Austrian Ministries (Federal Ministry Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; Federal Ministry Digital and Economic Affairs; Federal Ministry Education, Science and Research) as well as the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
EIT Manufacturing — Making Innovation Happen!
Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS)
Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) is Austria’s leading governmental bank providing funding for Austrian companies, in particular small and medium sized innovation driven companies. The bank provides around € 1 billion in development funding, mainly as grants, loans and guarantees. The aws cooperates closely with international financing institutions such as EBRD, European Investment Bank, European Investment Fund, IFC and World Bank. It is member of AECM (European Mutual Guarantee Association), EDFI (European Development Finance Institutions) and NEFI (Network of European Financial Institutions for SME). Apart from funding aws connects the innovation ecosystem, including startups, corporates, investors, and research institutions. In November 2020 aws launched the AI-Marketplace (www.ki-marktplatz.at) that makes AI solutions in Austria visible to potential end users.