EIT and the New European Innovation Agenda

Language of the event: Spanish

On October 9th, Madrid will become the epicenter of European innovation. Spanish Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are ready to unleash an unprecedented event that promises to transform the innovation landscape in Spain and Europe. This gathering will be an enriching and inspiring experience, bringing together nine KICs (Climate, Culture, Digital, Food, Health, Innoenergy, Manufacturing, Raw Materials, and Urban Mobility) to shape the future of innovation.

Under the title “EIT and the New European Innovation Agenda: Contributions of KICs to Spain’s Innovation Leadership within the European Union,” this event will serve as a platform to deeply assess the invaluable contribution of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation (EIT) from their inception to the present. Their role in driving innovation in Spain and alignment with the New European Innovation Agenda will be thoroughly explored.

Key event details

  • Historical overview: The event will offer a detailed retrospective analysis of how EIT’s KICs have shaped the innovation landscape in Spain and Europe over the years. 
  • Future perspectives: KIC leaders will share their strategic vision on how these communities will continue to drive innovation in the region, aligned with the ambitious New European Innovation Agenda. 
  • Distinguished speakers: The event will feature prominent speakers, including KIC leaders, government officials, and experts in innovation and education, who will provide valuable and strategic insights. 
  • Interactive discussion panels: Discussion panels will allow participants to delve into crucial topics related to innovation, such as support for entrepreneurs, social and economic progress, and talent retention. 
  • Commitment to the New European Innovation Agenda: The event will highlight concrete initiatives aligned with the New European Innovation Agenda, demonstrating the EIT Community’s strong commitment to Europe’s innovative future. 

This gathering promises to be a milestone in promoting innovation in Europe and Spain. Attendees are expected to gain a comprehensive understanding of how EIT’s KICs have been and will continue to be catalysts for innovation in the region. 

Here is the agenda for the event:

  • 16:00h – 16:30h – Attendee Reception
  • 16:30h – 17:10h – Opening: Accelerating and Strengthening Innovation in European Ecosystems
    • Javier Ponce, General Manager at CDTI
    • Martin Kern, Director at EIT
    • Jean-Marc Bourez, CEO at EIT Health
  • 17:10h – 17:50h – Panel: Support programmes for innovators and entrepreneurs
    • Juan Ignacio Zaffora, Regional Startup Manager at EIT Food
    • María Encinas López Arias, Business Development Manager at EIT Raw Materials
    • Elena Contioso-Fleming, Interim Regional Director South at EIT Digital
  • 17:50h – 18:20h – Panel: Transforming innovation into social and economic progress
    • Maria Paula Caycedo, Head of Innovation Hub South at EIT Urban Mobility
    • María Garcia, Spain Director at EIT Climate KIC
  • 18:20h – 19:00h – Panel: Promoting, attracting and retaining talent and new skills
    • Aurea Rodríguez, Interim Director CLC South West at EIT Culture & Creativity
    • Carolina Torregrosa, Education Program Manager at EIT Manufacturing
    • Izabel Alfany, Managing Director at EIT Health Spain
  • 19:00h – 19:30h – Closure: EIT: A key player in the development and implementation of innovation
    • Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation in the Ministry of Science and Innovation
    • Caroline Viarouge, CEO of EIT Manufacturing
  • 19:30h – 21:30h – Networking Cocktail

Registration is needed to attend the event