EIT Digital: Enhancing the Global Impact of European Innovation

BRUSSELS, February 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

The EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda 2020-2022

EIT Digital presented its Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2020-2022, outlining plans to strengthen Europe's position in the digital world and to help business and entrepreneurs to be at the forefront of digital innovation. The document was officially handed over to European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and MEP Eva Kaili.

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"We have identified five core challenges that need to be addressed in order to build a strong digital Europe," said EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker.

1) We need to bring European values to the digital world by building global European
digital businesses and scaling up disruptive digital ventures that have potential for
global success.
2) We have to further address fragmentation to support digital enterprises and
entrepreneurs. The completion of the Digital Single Market must be accelerated and the
whole of Europe turned into a "de facto" domestic market for European entrepreneurs.
3) It is necessary to raise R&D investments in digital technologies and emphasise on
software, where currently American and Asian companies are leading the way.
4) We must strongly increase deep tech innovation investments and take mature research
results from laboratory to market, especially by means of entrepreneurship.
5) And we have to adapt the European education system to the digital reality, to equip
people with the right digital skills, and to deploy digital technology in order to
support education.

The Strategic Innovation Agenda outlines EIT Digital's strategy for the coming years and provides concrete answers to these core challenges.

"EIT Digital builds on strong achievements and will focus in coming years on further increasing the global impact of European actors in the digital world," emphasised Willem Jonker. "We will do so by selecting and growing the most promising European digital technology from our ecosystem and beyond, and by supporting the attraction and education of necessary digital talent."

Building on a strong partner ecosystem of business, research and academia, EIT Digital applies key instruments to strengthen European digital innovation: 

- Drive market uptake of top European research results: EIT Digital facilitates
cross-border innovation collaboration to bring promising, mature research results out
of the lab and quickly into the market. For the first time ever, EIT Digital opens in
2019 its call for proposals beyond its 200-strong partner network to generate even
more commercially competitive innovations.
- Support international growth: The EIT Digital Accelerator helps fast-growing European
deep tech scaleups to expand internationally and become dominant global players.
- Fuelling the European market with digital entrepreneurs through education: The EIT
Digital Academy equips talents with solid technical knowledge and the necessary
entrepreneurship and business skills to spot opportunities, understand market needs
and capitalise on them.

For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu

Follow EIT Digital on Twitter: @EIT_Digital


CONTACT: Vanessa Perez, Head of Communications, T: +33-613-54-41-11, E: vanessa.perez@eitdigital.eu

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