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13.02.2019 – 08:01

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EIT Digital: Enhancing the Global Impact of European Innovation

Brussels (ots/PRNewswire)

The EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda 2020-2022

EIT Digital presented its Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2020-2022, outlining planstostrengthen Europe's position in the digital world and to help business and entrepreneurs to be at the forefront of digital innovation. The document was officially handed over to European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and MEP Eva Kaili.

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"We have identified five core challenges that need to be addressedin order to build a strong digital Europe," said EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker.

1. We need to bring European values to the digital world by building 
   global European digital businesses and scaling up disruptive 
   digital ventures that have potential for global success.
2. We have to further address fragmentation to support digital 
   enterprises and entrepreneurs. The completion of the Digital 
   Single Market must be accelerated and the whole of Europe turned 
   into a "de facto" domestic market for European entrepreneurs.
3. It is necessary to raise R&D investments in digital technologies
   and emphasise on software, where currently American and Asian 
   companies are leading the way.
4. We must strongly increase deep tech innovation investments and 
   take mature research results from laboratory to market, especially
   by means of entrepreneurship.
5. And we have to adapt the European education system to the digital 
   reality, to equip people with the right digital skills, and to 
   deploy digital technology in order to support education.

The Strategic Innovation Agenda outlines EIT Digital's strategy for the coming years and provides concrete answers to these core challenges.

"EIT Digitalbuilds on strong achievements and will focus in comingyears on further increasing the global impact of Europeanactors in the digital world," emphasised Willem Jonker. "We will do so by selecting andgrowing the most promising European digital technology fromour ecosystem and beyond, and by supporting the attraction andeducation of necessary digital talent."

Building on a strong partner ecosystem of business, research and academia, EIT Digital applies key instruments to strengthen European digital innovation:

- Drive market uptake of top European research results: EIT Digital 
  facilitates cross-border innovation collaboration to bring 
  promising, mature research results out of the lab and quickly into 
  the market. For the first time ever, EIT Digital opens in 2019 its 
  call for proposals beyond its 200-strong partner network to 
  generate even more commercially competitive innovations.
- Support international growth: The EIT Digital Accelerator helps 
  fast-growing European deep tech scaleups to expand internationally 
  and become dominant global players.
- Fuelling the European market with digital entrepreneurs through 
  education: The EIT Digital Academy equips talents with solid 
  technical knowledge and the necessary entrepreneurship and business
  skills to spot opportunities, understand market needs and 
  capitalise on them.

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