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EIT Awards 2013 – spotlight on young, entrepreneurial talent!

Press Release   •   Jun 20, 2013 13:10 GMT

A central part of the EIT’s mission is to create the framework which allows fresh entrepreneurship culture to flourish – both as a mind-set and activity. In order to support this mission, the EIT organises an annual award competition, a conference and ceremony, in collaboration with its three Knowledge and Innovation Communities - KICs: Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy.

In 2013, the EIT Award will be given in two categories: Ventures and Next Generation of Entrepreneurs and Change Agents.

The EIT Venture Award will showcase entrepreneurial undertakings emerging from the KICs and support them in their further development. The award aims to provide nominated ventures with an opportunity to access established management know-how, to open up to new markets, and to raise venture capital financing especially for scaling up their business operations and sales.

The EIT Change Agents and Next Generation of Entrepreneurs (CH.A.N.G.E.) Award puts the spotlight on young entrepreneurial talent from EIT-labelled and KIC education and training programmes for their achievements in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation. It will be awarded for an innovative idea, project, process, new business model, service or product initiated and/or implemented in practice by an individual, that showcases the pro-active attitude and entrepreneurial drive which was facilitated by EIT KIC educational activities and which resulted in change. This award will serve as an additional incentive for entrepreneurship-driven innovation at EIT KIC student and alumni levels.

After the deadline for applications on August 31 there will be a selection and each KIC will nominate three candidates to run for the CH.A.N.G.E. Award. These final nominees will participate in the EIT Awards day and ceremony, which will take place in Budapest on 12 November 2013 where they will pitch their achievements to an international jury.

More details about the EIT CH.A.N.G.E. Award can be found in EIT Awards 2013 section of the EIT website, www.eit.europa.eu

Sustainable energy supply, intelligent traffic management and increasing the quality of life are just some of the challenges that society, business and politics will face in the future. Innovative ICT technologies offer new ways of giving a much needed boost to finding alternative solutions.

Education, Research and Business are three elements in the EIT ICT Labs “Knowledge Triangle” and key drivers of the knowledge-based society. EIT ICT Labs aims to create a new breed of innovators and entrepreneurs that can develop breakthrough ideas - supported all the way to the market. Our motto  - Empowering ICT top talents for the future.

EIT ICT Labs Co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm and Trento play a vital role as virtual and live meeting places for project members, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups as well as major industrial partners searching for new talents and new innovative opportunities. Mobility is a key factor – we bring people together across geographical and organizational borders. EIT ICT Labs – Bringing ICT Innovations to Life!