EIT InnoEnergy

Pioneering change in sustainable energy

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About the community + Programmes

The focus is to create sustainable energy in every sense of the word so the entire production process is being looked at. The three parts of the knowledge triangle are involved with the focus on enhanced collaboration between them and on innovations that should be taken up by the market.

They are focusing on these broad areas:

  • Energy storage
  • Sustainable cities and buildings
  • Renewable energies
  • Smart electric grid
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy for the circular economy
  • Energy for transport and mobility

If you are an innovator and it fits within one of these eight thematic field and contains a promising technology or service then you can apply for their Investment Round programma where they will not just help you with the funding but also with making the product or service market-ready and turn it into a viable business.

When you already have a company then there are other options to accelerate commercialization and market take-up of your products and services. For start-ups there is the highway accelerator programme, for scale-ups the boostway programme and for more established companies there is also a guidance trajectory.

Apart from the business part, this EIT also had an education pillar where they want to train the workers who will be active in these innovative areas.

How to get involved?

The EIT publishes regularly calls for proposals for these different programmes. You can find out the opportunities and latest news at the webpage of the innovation community.

There are several region innovation hubs within this community and one is based in Genk you can contact them by mail:

You can also attend or watch InnoveEIT, the annual conference of the EIT where you can meet other members of the communities and experts of the EIT itself.

Finally you can contact the NCP for energy,

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