Initial online meeting as a starting point
“One of the differentiating factors of EIT Manufacturing is the community,” elaborates Dr Christian Bölling, Director EIT Manufacturing Central. “We are glad that we can support Ukrainian SMEs and start-ups by creating connections and establishing new relations between members of our respective ecosystems.” In a first online meeting with 25 participants from innovation and automation manufacturing companies, Mr Bölling had the opportunity to introduce EIT Manufacturing to the audience. There was a big interest from participants. After this initial meeting, there will be another at the end of August, so that questions can be answered.
Network partnership for win-win situations
The agreement of the network partners involves a number of activities such as joint events, communications as well as collaboration in identifying funding opportunities for projects. “Despite the current unstable situation, we should not forget that the Ukrainian people and companies have best practices to share that we as EIT Manufacturing and our community can learn from,” Mr Bölling emphasises. “We are convinced that our collaboration will create many win-win situations.”
Partnership started with networking in Vienna
Olga Trofymova, Cluster Manager of Ukrainian Automotive and Mobility Cluster, joined the UCA and took the responsibility for internationalisation and international relations. “Having networking and common projects with Austrian clusters and Peter Kuen for more than 15 years gave me the opportunity to make a speech at Manufacturing Day in Vienna,” she says. Peter Kuen is Manager Austria and Government Relationsin the Vienna office of EIT Manufacturing.
“A good professional network always gives better trusted results and fruitful relations. Being a contact point for EIT Manufacturing is a big honour for me. I am sure, that our collaboration is the way to become real partners in innovations and technologies for Ukrainian organisations.”Olga Trofymova, Cluster Manager of Ukrainian Automotive and Mobility Cluster