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European Innovation Area being built “by innovators for innovators”

Next month will be a milestone moment in the journey towards creating a new European Innovation Area (EIA) dynamic enough to scale solutions that can deliver the world’s first climate-neutral continent.

Building on ideas first debated during the 2020 European Innovation Summit led by Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), the EIA will, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation says, “nurture a networking culture fit for the 21st century, where all players are able to easily connect at a local and European level.”

To make this happen the K4I Forum in the European Parliament has developed the European Innovation Area Manifesto, which “outlines the key focus areas for accelerating Europe’s transition toward a single European innovation ecosystem”. The 8 Focus Areas, including the Green Transition, described in the EIA Manifesto will be cornerstones of next month’s first ever European Innovation Area Summit, being held in the European Parliament in Brussels – and online.

Dr Strauss, co-founder of the K4I Forum in the European Parliament, which is organising the summit, wants the EIA to be a “single market for innovation” that scales “solutions that can cure the planet and avoid the breaking of our planetary boundaries”.

Next month’s EIA Summit, being held in the European Parliament in Brussels and online, from 27-30 June, is going to bring together the MEPs, innovators, corporations, academics and startups ready to move forward with creating this European Innovation Area.

Mariya Gabriel added: “By taking a decentralised co-creation approach we can develop a European Innovation Area which offers equal access to funding and where startups in one country can easily bid for public contracts in another. I also want it to increase the participation of women-led startups.”

You can secure your invitation to the inaugural EIA Summit by signing the EIA Manifesto.

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Iain is a creative writer, journalist and lecturer, and formerly an editor of two international business publications. Iain is now editor of Innovators Magazine, as well as the strategic content director for OnePoint5Media.


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