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IDEASCANNER

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From Education to Entrepreneurship

What if we don't let the next generation of founders make the same mistakes as others before them? How about if we use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify those mistakes? How about we use machine learning to transform human learning?

IDEASCANNER does just that and should be the standard digital tool in college and university accelerators/incubators and startup/transfer centers across Europe.

With IDEASCANNER SaaS, the next generation of founders can:
1. scan business ideas within minutes,
2. improve their ideas in a peer-2-peer approach, and
3. face questions from venture capitalists (VCs) at eye level.

IDEASCANNER is the "pre-flight check" for business ideas, making ideas measurable for the first time and showing how to improve them by democratizing the knowledge of successful VCs based on AI.

From education to entrepreneurship by turning knowledge and ideas into value, successfully with IDEASCANNER: https://www.ideascanner.com

Scala Clinical Research

Entrepreneur

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Women-led VCs and Startups

A clinical trial to be successful requires more than a good investigational drug or medical device. It requires people to participate in it. Today only 3% of the population participates in clinical trials. The reason is a lack of information. Both doctors and patients do not know much about clinical trials. My idea, based on 18 years of experience and a successful social awareness proof of concept project for patients (studiiclinice.org), approved by the Romanian National Ethics Committee, is translation into each EU language of information and currently available clinical trials run in EU countries, on a dedicated platform, integrated with the EU main clinical trials sites (EudraCT/EMA) and EOSC.

EIT RawMaterials

European Partnership under Horizon Europe

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Green Transition

Minerals, metals and advanced materials are key enablers to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Today, only a fraction of the most relevant raw materials is produced in Europe. This can be changed through a circular economy approach, through innovation in recycling, substitution, processing, mining, and exploration. Europe needs to secure a sustainable raw materials supply by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship across European industrial ecosystems.

From Education to Entrepreneurship

EIT RawMaterials provides a collaborative environment for disruptive and breakthrough innovations by connecting business with academia, research, and investment. We invest in a future generation of innovators for the raw materials sector through initiatives ranging from education of school students to higher qualifications for industry professionals.

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

EIT RawMaterials is committed to supporting Europe’s transition towards a circular, green, and digital economy whilst strengthening its global competitiveness and securing employment. On this foundation, EIT RawMaterials has been mandated by the European Commission to lead and manage the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). ERMA will identify barriers, opportunities and investment cases to build capacity at all stages of the raw materials value chain, from mining to waste recovery. It complies with EU competition rules and EU international trade commitments.

WLOUNGE

Incubator/Accelerator

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Accelerator pushing the mission, bringing innovators with experienced investors. industry and VCs and nurture them for growth made in the EU ! access, access , access by a strong key players m community and network .and support their needs with skills , mentorship and capital

Women-led VCs and Startups

as an investor, VC and accelerator roles, this is close to my everyday activity m nurture the women/diversity / diverse teams by access to skills, entrepreneurship, role models , leadership and support their needs with skills, mentorship and capital

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

Oly financing innovation will drive us forward and outperform other ecosystems on a global level.

Lambert van Nistelrooij Regional, Former MEP, President K4I 2010-2020

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

The Manifesto will boost the synergies between the EU Structural Investment Funds and HorizonEurope all over Europe. The Convergence Member States have big chances in their Regions and Cities; a game changer for their emerging excellence ecosystems!

e-Strategy srl

Innovative SME

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Green Transition

Phasing out fossil fuels is essential to meet carbon emission targets and limit global warming to 1.5 °C. This phase-out will require that all gas- and oil-fired building heating systems be converted to electricity. The most efficient electric heating is provided by heat pumps that can extract and deliver heat from the outside air or soil. This conversion will be a massive effort that must be undertaken as soon as possible. A Europe-wide program should be launched to: 1. inform homeowners and building managers about heat pumps - how they function, their advantages, their cost and technical requirements - 2. train technicians to specify, install and maintain heat pumps, 3. make the conversion affordable for low-income citizens through subsidies, low- or zero-interest loans, and third-party financing, 4. fund R&D to ensure European leadership in heat pump technology, 5. support the manufacturing of heat pumps within the EU.

From Education to Entrepreneurship

As a senior advisor to JEUNE aisbl, the Young Entrepreneurs Organization of the European Union, I am leading a task force to establish a mentoring program for youth interested in entrepreneurship or who have just started their business. Experienced entrepreneurs and businesspeople should be encouraged to become mentors, dedicating some of their time to advising and assisting young entrepreneurs, sharing their knowledge, experience and networks of business contacts. By adopting the practice of "paying it forward", once those young entrepreneurs have themselves gained experience and maturity, they in turn will become mentors, thereby ensuring continuity and growth of mentoring as a core element of European business culture (as it is in Silicon Valley for example).

Novitech a.s.

Innovative SME

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Green Transition

Reduce CO2 by Hybrid Teleworking ( reduction of travel to and from workplace)
Digitalization of manufacturing activities using VR and AR technologies.

From Education to Entrepreneurship

Develop online learning curriculum for workplace digitalization

Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Develope and share repeatable innovation solutions EU-wide

Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

Augmented reality and AI for manufacturing

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

More simple and target oriented grant proposals with measurable business results

Natuurinvest

Local government

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Green Transition

valorizing grass clippings unfit foor feed into different materials like insulation material, paper or growth substrates

Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

National government

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Tech Sovereignty

In order to be able to insert national discussions and interests into a European debate, it would be important to establish national forums of continued exchange between policymakers, stakeholders, and foresight specialists. Such forums should be organised as an inter-service working group, hosted, for example, by the National Councils for Research and Innovation. Importantly, these working groups should not only facilitate the exchange among experts but they should also have the capacity to conduct foresight studies to inform the discussions and to build consensus based on sound evidence.

EuropaBio - the European Association for Bioindustries

Trade association

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Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

EuropaBio firmly believes that one of Europe’s key Deep Tech opportunities is in genome editing. As such, we propose the creation of a Forum on Genome Editing which would encompass all biotechnology sectors and serve as a platform for dialogue, information sharing and trust building. The Forum would be composed of Member State representatives, industry, researchers, academia, and civil society. Its mandate would include advising policymakers on updating legislation, facilitating innovation in biotechnology and unlocking Europe’s competitiveness, effectively supporting the development of this Deep Tech area and identifying strategic priorities within it. It would also help policymakers adopt a science-based approach to biotechnology products to raise awareness of their benefits. The Forum’s advice will help EU policymakers to engage with the public on the role and potential of advanced solutions and technologies to achieve better health and environmental outcomes.

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

IFIP

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Tech Sovereignty

Prioritize the use of technologies (IT and AI) Made in Europe in MS institutions and companies.
Early detection of the innovation capacity of the EU sponsored projects.

Green Transition

Actions for Greening and smarting software.
Simulators for evaluating impact of actions/design before implementation.
Combining the Knowledge-based AI with connectionist AI (ANN, DL).
Apply the software invented in Europe, ex Constraint Programming for optimizing, scheduling, planning actions.
Data sliming as alternative to big data, more Knowledge Scientists.
More circular energy.
Stop programmed obsolescence.
Find alternative to adds-based business model.

From Education to Entrepreneurship

Introduce new educational programs with learning what to learn, problem solving, alternative thinking...
AI education from small school (ex https://portal.pti.org.pl/alicja-w-krainie-przyszlosci-czyli-jak-dziala-sztuczna-inteligencja/)
Education of respect, how our body works, observing nature for learning and inspiration
Introduce collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship.
Replace "shopping, having and show-up" by "being more"...

Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

yes, but prioritize smart and green, useful applications - for ex talents management software, showing the opportunity of jobs/internship "close to my place" (as shops and restaurants.
Help AI start-up to grow by recommending their software.
It will be nice to have equivalent of DARPA in Europe to test new software/devices.
European quantum computer?

Regulating Emerging Technologies

Set the reasonable rules for AI, biotech, transhumanity...
Such rules have to be elaborated by lawers AND given fields experts (practitioners and academic).

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

More investment in "high innovative potential" (HIP) projects. Assessment of innovative capacity is mandatory, ex KSI (Key Success Indicators.

Urb-En Pact working group

Working group for the Municipality of Palma di Montechiaro

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Green Transition

Creation of a zero-emission urban park. The park will also include an outdoor net-zero Community Gym powered by the energy produced by the human body during the training. The goal is not also to make the park sustainable but also practically useful for the community. This project will represent the first urban park in the municipality.

EATRIS ERIC - European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

Research Organization

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Creating Virtual Innovation Eco-systems: most regions don't have critical mass to foster innovation, creating knowledge asymmetries and holding back entrepreneurial mindsets. By creating virtual eco-systems that bring together the full range of disciplines and sectors to mentor, support and collaborate on excellent science, talented investigators and innovative SME will have full support at their fingertips to translate excellence into innovation. Innovation starts at the basic science, and conversely new ideas form in the market - we need to tie these worlds together so that the knowledge journey has no gaps, particularly in complex markets such as healthcare and medicine, technology, energy. By doing this, we reduce both perceived risk - thereby creating more entrepreneurs - and real risk, by helping talented researchers access users, gatekeepers, funders, regulators and more. Happy to explicate this concept in more detail and talk about examples.

Alstoria

Startup/Scaleup

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Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

We propose that the EU should support the creation of a deep tech solutions hub.

Why? Deep tech become ubiquitous. It must be treated as such. A huge amount of the market and society is still far from integrating such technologies.

How? The society can benefit from the creation of an ecosystem of tools, applications and suppliers of deep tech solutions, that aim at solving both critical societal challenges, as well as to improve normal everyday tasks, or support the modernization of Europe's economy, increase the efficiency of the market suppliers, as well as its government and public administration.

The tools that we develop at Hermix support small private organisations to obtain public funding, and to get easier access to government-funded projects.

We support the creation of a functional Business-to-Government market - which doesnt exist yet.
Overall, we support public administration efficiency and transparency.

Collabwith

Startup/Scaleup

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Tech Sovereignty

Create a tax incentive/ reduction of taxes to private organizations which are buying innovative solutions from the European area via the "Innovation procurement process" and "partnership of innovation procurement" where the private organizations have public consultations of innovative solutions for their needs, and they modified and adapt their procurement processes to be able to purchase products, services and solutions from startups and SMEs in Europe.

AMIT-MIT- Network of Women for Innovation &Tecnology- Spanish Association of Women in Science and Tecnology

Trade/Sector Association

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Reduction of Gender Bias and gap in Innovation

Women-led VCs and Startups

Positive actions when using Public Funds. Specific lines in funding programmes.
Support to women through expert advising
Collaboration with Women Assotiations related ti R&D&I

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

Positive actions when using Public Funds establishing indicators and minimum target for women participation as well as women leadership. Also Specific lines in funding programmes addresing gender perspective, Innovation addresing women needs and also Innovation performed by women.

Chamber of Commerce Belgium-Luxembourg Southeast Europe

Trade/Sector Association

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From Education to Entrepreneurship

Blended learning (referred also sometimes as hybrid learning) is a term used to describe competence building that combine different modes of learning. We propose Three Pillars Blended Learning as a very flexible approach for competence building and lifelong learning. Three pillars blended learning is a combination of face-to-face learning, learning-by-doing and learning online. Blended learning has, in fact, the potential to radically transform the design and dynamic of teaching and learning in educational or training contexts. This is enabled by the widespread availability of information and digital communication technologies (ICTs). Covid pandemic crisis has very evidently shown that blended learning and use of all existing and developing digital technologies has a crucial advantage to be used. Thus, blended learning offers the possibility to generate and scale-up sustainable and inclusive innovations at all levels and in all areas of education and training.

Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Thematic and Regional Centres of Excellence

Within the competence building process, due to the limited capacities of a specific countries and territories, simultaneously, to the close interlink between the territories and the increased need of cooperation and synergy, one of the key roles is played by the creation of thematic centres of excellence in certain domains (e.g. renewable energy, climate change adaptation, sustainable tourism, etc.). This means that the various territories have to be selective about areas of innovative strength and well-organized to monitor and absorb valuable innovations from elsewhere. Acting as a centre of excellence in a specific domain, an individual territory can shift resources and capabilities to realise its strategic priorities while gaining key competences from other countries and territories embedded in a wider innovation ecosystem.

Regulating Emerging Technologies

Co-creation (public-private partnerships) base for building and implementing an Innovation Strategy Public authorities must increase their ability to find innovative solutions for addressing the numerous challenges. To break the divide between governments and civil society, our systemic approach to innovation also utilises the concept of co-creation (or co-production). By adopting co-creation, the territories can surmount obstacles to sustainability while delivering more value at a reasonable cost. Co-creation in collaboration with end users and other stakeholders represents a powerful way to promote the formation and development of the territory’s innovation systems. Diverse individuals and institutions can access skills and tools for problem solving, collaborate with each other, obtain feedback, iterate, learn, and deliver meaningful innovations. PPPs as systemic instruments should be designed for more direct and effective collaborations between key public and private stakeholders.

ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs

Trade/Sector Association

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Support the use of Living Labs through vouchers.
Companies could be supported for testing and prototyping in Living labs to de-risk innovation and shorten the time to market.

Living Labs (LLs) are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings. Openness is one of living labs’ key principles, and is critical to fostering open, collaborative innovation. Living labs’ openness helps build open science networks, stronger innovation ecosystems, more efficient organizations, and inclusive as well as innovative solutions.

European Association of Innovation Consultants

Trade/Sector Association

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Tech Sovereignty

Support to start-ups during valley of death gaps is essential and should be managed at EU level by an agile organisation, able to mitigate the risks from Venture Capitalist firstly at pre-commercialisation stage and at a later stage when going for IPO when aiming to commercialise and roll-out their products. We encourage the European Commission to consider the set up of a European sovereign investment mechanism, as initially foreseen when the EIC Accelerator was designed. The European Commission should remain the single decision-maker with regards to equity funding. The EIC Fund should only be responsible for the investment implementation modalities and exit strategy. We consider that the governance of the current EIC Fund should be opened to stakeholders such as impact investment funds, corporate funds, entrepreneur funds and business angels, in addition to venture capital funds.

Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology

Trade/Sector Association

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

According to the EIS 2021 report, most of EU-13 countries, representing over 80% of the total EU-13 population, are “Emerging Innovators” placed at the bottom of the EIS ranking. In EU-13 there are people with great education and potential, which is often wasted and "not working" for these countries, but also for the entire EU. Only because of the existing barriers they often cannot break through with ideas and successfully finalize the process of implementing innovations. We propose a joint discussion and development of specific dedicated mechanisms, such as:
1) mechanisms that could effectively overcome the existing barriers in the EU-13 and unlock their innovative potential, based on the experience of the EU "Innovation Leaders",
2) mechanisms ensuring greater participation of innovative companies from EU-13, in projects financed under the EIC Accelerator HEU calls (e.g. an additional selection criterion for "ex aequo proposals" for wider inclusion of great companies from EU-13).

Athens University of Economics and Business; Technical University of Denmark

University

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Tech Sovereignty

BRIGAID CONNECT is the outcome of a 4-year project (2016-2020) under EU Horizon2020 titled “BRIGAID: Bridging the gap for Innovations in Disaster Resilience” which aimed to effectively bridge the gap between innovators and end-users in resilience to natural disasters like floods, droughts and extreme weather conditions. BRIGAID CONNECT Association is now an independent non-profit initiative, founded by the BRIGAID project’s interdisciplinary experts, that creates communities to link innovators with problem owners and enablers, helping build practicable solutions to drive positive environmental, economic, social and cultural impact. BRIGAID Connect Association developed the Climate Innovation Window (CIW), an online platform showcasing more than 120 climate-resilience innovations and including a number of tools to promote connections between innovators and potential end-users. Consequently, the overarching goal of the Association is to turn ideas into real effective climate solutions.

Green Transition

The EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece hosts many deep demonstration and research projects, as well as many innovation programs, one of which is the EIT Climate KIC Maritime ClimAccelerator. The Maritime ClimAccelerator, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, through its vast network of collaborators offers participating start-ups funding, training, peer to peer coaching and theme-specific mentoring. 30-40 start-ups are accepted per year and are asked to provide innovative solutions for the transition to sustainable maritime industry, both locally and globally. The Maritime ClimAccelerator gives the opportunity to start-ups to present their ideas to investors, port authorities and shipping companies and also to test, demonstrate and validate their solutions in a broad range of thematic areas like alternative and low carbon energy, alternative propulsion systems and new ship designs, energy efficiency, low carbon logistics and operations, zero waste and circular economy, among others.

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

The design and implementation of the European Green Deal (EGD) sets the framework for decarbonizing the European economy, reducing pollution and waste, and placing sustainable development at the center of the European policy agenda. For this reason, SDSN formed a Senior Working Group to contribute to the successful implementation of the new transformative framework. Two Senior Working Group reports have been launched so far. The first one on the “Transformations for the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal”. The second one, “Financing the Joint Implementation of the SDGs and the European Green Deal”, launched on May 3rd 2002, provided an overview of the EU policies published since 2020 for the implementation for the European Green Deal while focused on the financial implications of the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 and pointed to a significant need for private financial flows to be allocated towards sustainable projects.

Delft University of Technology

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Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

Support an European Innovation program on Synthetic Cell Research!
Synthetic cell research is a typical example of Deep Tech. Being able to understand and replicate the workings of cells is a great scientific challenge, at the same time it will lead to revolutionary new technologies based on the mimicking of natural processes.
Europe is leader in bottom-up synthetic biology, but research is advancing rapidly and also US and China recently started investing heavily in this field.
Thanks to ERC funding and national initiatives, European scientists are world‐leading in working on specific aspects of building a synthetic cell. But now they need to join forces and upscale, as one coordinated European ecosystem that allows to bridge the gap from ERCs to higher TRLs. In the next few years progress in this area will allow to bridge this gap, but support from the EU Commission is key to realize this in Europe and keep leadership in this technological revolution.

RWTH Aachen University

University

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Green Transition

Research and Innovation Missions underpinning the Green Deal will have to follow the rationale of responsible research and innovation (RRI) by a co-design and co-creation of research and innovation agendas with all stakeholders, including citizens in order to provide direction to innovation. Consolidated evidence of RRI projects funded under the previous Framework Programme demonstrates that RRI will make research more credible, reliable and inclusive as well as more responsive to societal demands. At the same time, RRI increases the quality of science and strengthens the uptake of innovation in society. However, most research and innovation actors lack capacity, incentives and knowledge to conduct mission oriented consistent with the RRI paradigm as required by the Green Deal. Therefore, a centre of expertise is needed in conjunction with a digital interactive platform that can provide capacity and make RRI knowledge fit for application in mission-oriented research.

University of Lorraine - Mines Nancy

University

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Green Transition

Develop an instrument to assess the impact of the extraction (environmental, economic, social, geopolitics) of the materials present in our green and digital devices (EVs, solar cells, phones etc...). This instrument, called HERawS (Highlights on Europe Raw materials Sustainability) includes a Decision Support algorithm that helps the different targeted audiences (Policymaker, researcher, companies, consumer, public...) to make the best choice based on the importance they give to different parameters (Ecology, Geopolitical risk, Reserves, Price etc...). We believe that such tool will counterbalance the simple price-performance paradigm and promote reasonable raw materials extraction for green and digital transition.

University of North Texas

University

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Women-led VCs and Startups

To quickly and drastically increase investment in women-led startups, the following proposal leverages insights from behavioral decision theory to overcome the cognitive biases infecting the VC landscape, and suggests legal and policy initiatives in combination with advances in technology: 1. promote aggressive tax incentives for investment in women-led startups, 2. extend nondiscrimination law to the founder-investor relationships, and 3. incorporation AI into investment decision-making to counter unconscious biases and improve the quality of startup investments. Inspired by Kimberly A. Houser & Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Disrupting Venture Capital: Carrots, Sticks and Artificial Intelligence (Forthcoming U.C. IRVINE LAW REVIEW 2023), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4050585

Regulating Emerging Technologies

In order to achieve a level playing field in innovation and ensure that technologies benefit society, regulations must stimulate advances in technology while preserving the values of the European Union. While the GDPR confirms rights for data subjects, some have noted that it unduly burdens the tech industry in Europe. The following proposal seeks to provide a method to preserve data subjects’ rights, while encouraging the sharing of data with SMEs and with organization seeking to advance social good without risking a violation of European privacy law: 1. provide GDPR guidance expressly permitting the use of data trusts, 2. amend Art. 80 re delegation of data rights, and Art. 6(4) on the secondary uses of data in line with data intermediaries, and 3. expressly authorize data trusts as a data intermediary under the Data Governance Act. See Kimberly A. Houser & John Bagby, The Data Trust Solution to Data Sharing Problems, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4050593.