Towards A European Innovation Area
An Open Call for Actionable Ideas
About The European Innovation Area Manifesto
In July 2019, the K4I Forum presented its 2030 strategy ‘Towards A European Innovation Area’ at the Welcome Reception for New and Returning MEPs. The need for a European Innovation Area has since been discussed on multiple occasions with members of the European Parliament, Commissioner Gabriel, and stakeholders most recently in December 2020 at the 12th European Innovation Summit.
Innovation is key in accelerating the green and digital economy of tomorrow. Now is the time to bolster Europe’s innovation landscape to foster this transition. In order to tap into the full potential of Europe’s knowledge and talent, there must be a cohesive network linking together all innovation actors. To achieve this, it is imperative to establish a robust framework for innovation policy in the EU. The time is now for a European Innovation Area that empowers all innovators and entrepreneurs across the continent to realise their full potential.
Making the European Innovation Area a reality will require the input of all relevant stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors. Our Manifesto outlines the key focus areas for accelerating Europe’s transition toward a single European innovation ecosystem. Together with the K4I Forum Chair, MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho and other K4I Forum political members, EIT KICs, European Partnerships, universities, and innovation support organisations, we present the Manifesto calling for actionable ideas and work with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to build a powerful European Innovation Area for the benefit of Europe, its citizens, and its enterprises.
Initially we have identified
the following EIA Focus Areas
- Tech Sovereignty
- Green transition
- From Education to Entrepreneurship
- Fostering Innovation Cohesion
- Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity
- Women-led VCs and Startups
- Regulating Emerging Technologies
- Financing Innovation and New Technologies
European Innovation Area Event Series
In June 2021 we are organizing a series of three events related to the European Innovation Area. On 1st of June, the “EIA Manifesto Handover Ceremony to Commissioner Gabriel”. On the 7th of June on “Fostering Innovation Cohesion” and on the 14th of June on “Innovation at the Heart of the NextGenerationEU”. More information can be found on the K4I website.