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“The time is now for a European Innovation Area”

The inaugural European Innovation Area Summit will be held in Brussels this summer.

And organisers Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) want it to be a milestone moment for the continent in its journey towards creating a vibrant new European Innovation Area (EIA).

“If we want to overcome Europe’s innovation deficit and improve the impact from our wealth of knowledge and ideas, we need to improve our support on the way from knowledge to innovation and market creation,” says K4I.

At the June Summit K4I will present The European Innovation Area Manifesto, which is crafted around eight focus areas designed to accelerate ‘Europe’s transition toward a single European innovation ecosystem’. It has been developed with input from the K4I Forum Chair, MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, other K4I Forum political members, EIT KICs, European Partnerships, universities, innovation support organisations, as well as European Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel.

“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,” Gabriel said. “Where startups and corporates work more closely together and where we have strong European associations bringing together all the actors of the European innovation ecosystems. I want us to achieve this and to nurture a networking culture fit for the 21st century, where all players are able to easily connect at a local and European level. And I also want to see the increased participation of women-led startups.”

The first ever EIA Summit will take place from 27-30 June in Brussels and online.

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Innovators is a long time media partner with K4I and we will collaborate together to produce a special digital edition for the inaugural EIA Summit.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and co-chair of the APOPO Foundation UK board.

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