EIT Awareness Day Croatia (Zagreb), 24 Feb 2020

EIT Manufacturing was represented on the EIT Awareness Day that took place in Zagreb, Croatia on the 24th of February. The Awareness Day attracted around 200 participants with high-level participation from Croatia. Among the speakers were the Croatian ministers Darko Horvat (Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts) and Blaženka Divjak (Education and Science) together with EIT Director Martin Kern. All the eight EIT Innovation Communities were represented and Marie Pauli, the interim Director of Finance from EIT Manufacturing participated in the panel session “From Student to Entrepreneur” where the concepts of Industry-driven education and Teaching and Learning Factories were shared with the audience.

EIT Manufacturing also had the chance to present up-coming opportunities e.g. the recently opened call for 2021 activities, the Jumpstarter as a cross- KIC activity and the call for RIS Hubs which will soon be launched.

Martin Kern, EIT Director, emphasized that: “Croatia can be proud of the progress made in the development of its innovation capacity since it joined the EU. Today is the day to focus on Croatian’s innovation talent and to better connect them to Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with more than 1 500 partners and 50 innovation hubs across Europe. I encourage all Croatian entrepreneurs passionate about delivering innovation to benefit from the EIT’s programmes which provide, among others, entrepreneurial skills development, business creation and acceleration services. We want you to be part of a growing and dynamic community that is jointly tackling Europe’s challenges.”

As usual, a lot of networking and exchange of ideas was taking place between sessions.

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