EIT Digital 2021: boosting digital entrepreneurship and education

EIT Digital 2021 is set to boost digital entrepreneurship and education for a stronger and more secure Europe by supporting five strategic digital work programmes.

EIT Digital has launched the construction of the ‘EIT Digital 2021’, which is accepting submissions until 7 May 2020. EIT Digital 2021 is aimed at those planning to launch a digital startup as well as entrepreneurs who wish to start a digital education programme.

The EIT Digital work programme 2021 is guided by the EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda 2020-2022. The EIT Digital Strategic Innovation Agenda identifies five strategic work programme areas: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing and Digital Finance. The objective of these work programmes is to support future digital champions in a world hungry for more wellbeing, Artificial Intelligence and cyber security projects.

The window to submit projects opened 5 March 2020 and is to close 7 May 2020. These selections will be finalised by the end of June 2020 followed by the launch of activities on 1 January 2021.

“Digital deep tech will continue to impact all aspects of our society”

The EIT Digital Innovation Factory supports pan European entrepreneurial research teams to launch deep-tech startups and new products, with the goal to enhance the global impact of Europe’s digital industry. The EIT Digital Innovation Factory aims to boost sustainable economic growth while also improving the quality of life of citizens.

Willem Jonker, EIT Digital CEO, emphasises: “Digital deep tech will continue to impact all aspects of our society. To strengthen Europe’s position in the digital world, the EIT Digital ecosystem will increase its delivery of disruptive innovations, launch and scale more ventures, and deliver even more of the entrepreneurial tech talents the market is longing for.”

The EIT Digital Entrepreneurial Academy provides support for the development of programmes and courses with business development-orientated components. Partners are invited to co-invest with EIT Digital, in order to benefit from the creation of a digitally skilled workforce and the subsequent digital transformation of Europe.

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