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EWMD International

Gender Non-Profit Association

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From Education to Entrepreneurship

Develop programs and projects to bring female students closer to tech entrepreneurship subjects, calls and opportunities. Monitor and follow-up programs to see if they are working well and which results are bringing.

Women-led VCs and Startups

Establish committees to monitor the funds to make sure they are fairly distributed. Develop opportunities for funds to go exclusively to women and monitor results through ad hoc committees. Require better transparency and reporting on how resources are allocated.

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

IFIP

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Green Transition

Take forward more actions for greening and smarting software. Produce more simulators for evaluating
impact of actions/design before implementation. Combine the Knowledge-based AI with connectionist
AI. Apply the software invented in Europe in constraint programming for optimizing, scheduling and planning
actions. Pursue data sliming as an alternative to big data, and invest in an increase in Knowledge Scientists
and circular energy. Stop programmed obsolescence and find alternatives to adds-based business models.

ARCHES

Research Organization

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

We propose a shared methodology based on ‘backcasting’, a specific form of foresight, to facilitate policy learning (and thus policy-making) within all EU’s territories, independently of their wealth, geographical characteristics and internal political organisation. Incorporating a systemic innovation perspective, this cohesive approach highlights novel options and opportunities for defining adequate policies to positively impact sustainable development and long-term transformative change across the entire EU.

EATRIS ERIC - European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

Research Organization

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

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.

Eötvös Loránd Research Netwrok

Research Organization

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From Education to Entrepreneurship

• Address the fragmented European higher education system, align policies and to overcome this situation
• Support initiatives that outline the positive social role of innovation and lift up the role of the entrepreneurial approach as the key element to drive innovation
• Improve scientific training curricula that will put greater emphasis on entrepreneurial and innovation management components; stimulate common cross-regional and cross-country initiatives in this respect
• Reward of the use of such skill set and define pan-European guidelines to this aim
• Further simplify/promote the exploitation of scientific results in coherence with other European, national and regional initiatives
• Emphasize the social role and status of science graduates so that they can utilize their own skillset to solve a particular problem through an innovation process
• Permanent honest analysis of the development of entrepreneurship and implementation of the related above policies across the EU

Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Better align EU industrial strategy with regional development and/or national development at the level of the Member States. Create clusters of regional innovation that encompass similar critical mass in terms of market, market access, financial, industrial and human resources perspectives; achieve harmonisation among clusters regarding outcomes, comparability, competitive level.

Regulating Emerging Technologies

• Create a road map/rules of procedure for regulation applicable to emerging technologies; this would refer to establishing critical thresholds in terms of agreed social indicators that would align to different levels of regulation to be activated depending on the level of development of the technology concerned and the level of impact expected from the technology
• Accordingly create a structure of regulations, that differ in level and area of applicability
• Permanently monitor on a socio-economic (and not political) base impacts of emerging technologies and develop guidelines of action on EU and regional/MS level

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, because deep has tech become ubiquitous and must be treated as such. A huge amount of the market and society is still far from integrating such technologies. 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 improving normal everyday tasks, or supporting the modernization of Europe’s economy, increasing the efficiency of the market suppliers, as well as its
government and public administration. Also provide support for the creation of a functional Business-to-Government market - which doesn’t exist yet. Provide support for public administration efficiency and transparency.

Atomiq AS

Startup/Scaleup

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Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

World’s first Stock Exchange for Deep Tech Startups
ATOMIQ aims to become the world’s first all-encompassing technical and legal solution AI-powered block-chain based global trading platform of equity stakes in Deep Tech start-ups.
ATOMIQ will replace the physical middleman (and all its biases and limitations) using electronic tools based on tailor-made algorithms, and thus provide an alternative to the classical venture capital business model and offer more consistent and equitable investment valuations and decisions.
ATOMIQ’s core business model is based on coupling two hitherto separated critical service activities pertaining to the investment in (subsequently) successfully growing Deep Tech start-ups:
1. The de-risking of deep tech start-ups through due-diligence and legal analysis services to the start-ups, and
2. The financing and investment of worthy start-ups through identification and decision-making services to the investment community.

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

The Stock Exchange as an Innovation Engine
To accelerate the development of deep tech at scale, a global democratic and transparent financing system for science based innovation is urgently needed:
By providing a global stock exchange for deep tech startups, retail and institutional investors alike can invest in the private equity class at scale.
This will increase the availability of assets for investment in the private equity class worldwide, effectively financing more deep tech innovation.
A distinguishing and truly disruptive feature is the provision of liquidity, allowing investors to engage in short term private equity trading.

bfore.ai

Startup/Scaleup

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Financing Innovation and New Technologies

Have a "EU Company" type , that new ventures could adopt instead of national variations (Gmbh, SAS, Spa, Srl, etc.).
To be a EU company will mean to be submitted to a common set of rules & regulations and taxation that is EU-wide in nature.
Income Taxes will be paid directly to EU, and rate should be 1% lower than the lowest EU country. By providing for a dedicated EU budget not submitted to country arbitration, this will create the base for a stronger economic integration, and those companies will be on a level playing field.

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.

Gradientech AB

Startup/Scaleup

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Women-led VCs and Startups

Provide a platform for interaction of women-led VCs and start ups. In addition, guidance and advice could be provided by the EIA to improve the chances of getting funded.

IDEASCANNER

Startup/Scaleup

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Green Transition

How can we organically sequester a gigaton of CO2?

By capturing, collecting, and storing carbon, seagrass makes a massive contribution to combating climate change. According to the Helmholtz Climate Initiative, it stores carbon in the soil 30 to 50 times faster than forests on land. Seagrass meadows in the German Baltic Sea have stored about 8.14 million tons of CO2 emissions over an area of 285 square kilometers. Fungal diseases and coastal shipping have already severely depleted seagrass beds.

IDEASCANNER uses AI to accelerate digital transformation and sustainable innovation by 10x. In our research, we found that seagrass reintroduction is currently being done painstakingly in small-scale projects by dive schools. Our goal is to work with partners to rapidly scale the recolonization of suitable shallow coastal seagrass beds using underwater robots. In this way, we aim to organically sequester at least one gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere over the next 10 years.

LactApp

Startup/Scaleup

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Green Transition

Breastfeeding is not only the healthiest way to nourish a baby but also the one with the least environmental impact. By providing digital breastfeeding support at scale, the European Innovation area could significantly improve families’ carbon footprint of food consumption, as breastmilk is near to carbon neutral. Empowering mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish does not only significantly improve children and mother’s health, it also makes ecological sense. LactApp provides 24/7 breastfeeding support in the form of a mobile App, has been downloaded by over 650,000 mothers and has answered over 19 million consultations automatically since 2018. LactApp is AI-enabled personalized postnatal maternity advice and breastfeeding support. LactApp is available in Spanish, English and Portuguese; the technology is easily scalable worldwide and other languages can be added.

Marabunta Acción Social

Startup/Scaleup

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Tech Sovereignty

The EU is lagging far behind China and the USA in the innovation race. It is not a question of funds (alone), but of training at all levels (from school children to postgraduate and re-skilling workers), together with the integration of all actors in the process of creation, dissemination and application of innovation, public and private, and the correct management, accessibility and use of European funds. It is a matter of carrying out a great Supranational Plan to achieve the great increase in productivity (based on the idea of the American plans between the 40s and 70s of the last century).

From Education to Entrepreneurship

Private educational institutions are taking the lead over public universities and training centres when it comes to training Europe's future entrepreneurs. There is a need for a major innovative programme in itself, relying on professionals, mentors, creators, entrepreneurs and investors from the private sector, to incorporate them into the public educational fabric and generate a rapid and immediate change in the training, spirit and integration of students towards entrepreneurship, creation and the dissemination of innovation through the business fabric.

Fostering Innovation Cohesion

The integration of the 3 main pillars for the development of innovation needs to be improved. Education, Stakeholder Cohesion and Funding:
Public (pre-employment) education still does not incentivise creation and innovation, based on obsolete educational formats not renewed or adapted to this new era, and training (already in the world of work) only plays the private education sector with high costs for employee and employer who wants to retrain.
The actors in the process of creation, diffusion and application of innovation, public and private, are delocalised and separated. Accelerators, incubators, educational centres, experts, mentors, VCs, Angels, start-ups, continue to play their game in isolation and independently, seeking their own benefit when, if they were to do so in coordination, the benefit for all would be exponential, especially for the users of innovation.
There is room for improvement in the fabric of European innovation funding.

Regulating Emerging Technologies

EUROPEAN SANDBOX: In several EU member states, Sandbox projects are beginning to be tested in which regulation and innovation, the innovating company and the regulator, want to work in a coordinated manner so that regulation finally evolves and keeps pace with innovation. This project should be supranational and supported at the European level by the EU institutions so that it does not remain a national point that cannot be extrapolated to the rest of the member states.

Sploro

Startup/Scaleup

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Financing Innovation and New Technologies

Set up a panEuropean framework for providing a common baseline for tax incentives to promote cross-border investments in innovation and novel tech to build a standard and coherent framework for innovation.

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

Trade/Sector Association

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Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Reduction of Gender Bias and gap in Innovation

Women-led VCs and Startups

Create specific lines in funding programmes that are reserved for women. Provide expert advice and support to women and collaborate with women’s associations that are related to research, development and innovation.

Financing Innovation and New Technologies

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.

European Association of Remote Sensing Companies

Trade/Sector Association

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Green Transition

As the EU aspires to lead climate mitigation in the face of global warming, it is critical that action be informed by reliable and accurate data and services powered by that data. Thanks to unprecedented technological innovations, Earth Observation now allows decision-makers to identify risks, tailor policy response and resource allocation, monitor progress and identify trends. Among them, satellite imagery continues to provide a unique understanding of the Earth, by leaving no feature of the planet unseen. With the threat of climate change continuing to endanger the livelihood of human beings and the biosphere, the European Commission must continue to encourage the use of space technologies and facilitate data access and distribution across sectors if it is to achieve the European Green Deal and protect the planet. This goal will be achieved through a "Forum of exchange for decision making on the Green transition supported by EO data and services". (i.e., EARSC Green Deal w/g)

From Education to Entrepreneurship

The lack of specialized technical and scientific skills, knowledge, and competences hinders the uptake by stakeholders to use information that could support the Green Deal agenda. Map the skills needed for the Green transition using digital information obtained by satellite-derived data and services is essential. To build a discussion on skills, a Trends Observatory is needed to identify and keep the stakeholders informed about emerging trends and innovative approaches affecting the sector, its growth at the European but also international level and its uptake related to other sectors. This goal will be achieved through a Forum of exchange on skills for decision making on the Green transition supported by EO data and services. (i.e., EO4GEO Alliance)

NL AI Coalition

Trade/Sector Association

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Regulating Emerging Technologies

Artificial Intelligence: an engine for many innovations
There are many societal, economic and strategic challenges for Europe but there are very few technologies that will play a key role in each and every one of them. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most far reaching technology that has this characteristic and is creating a transformation of society. It provides tremendous opportunities as well as some risks that need to be managed.
The Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC) is a public private collaboration of close to 500 parties and over 2000 people from science and education, government, business large, small and startup and representatives of society, with the goal to stimulate development and application of human centric AI, in line with European values. While Europe is rather late in adopting AI and very much aware of the unwanted effects of AI that we see developing outside Europe, this should not lead to complacency and risk-avoiding behaviour. Only by a proactive innovation approach and a strong European innovation policy, we can take the steering wheel and not only create welfare and well-being for European citizens, but also decide what norms and values we want to apply to innovation. Innovation means leading, not following. Innovation is not just technology, but also innovating in ethical and legal frameworks e.g. using regulatory sandboxes involving all key stakeholders in the design phase. This can facilitate a fast transition to higher TRL and societal acceptance based on jointly developed norms, which is stronger than just legislation.
AI is not a goal in itself but can provide breakthrough solutions for the energy transition, climate challenges and the Green Deal. But also for traffic and transportation. For healthcare efficiency, cost and outcome. For food and agri. For security. And many other domains.
A strong and proactive innovation policy of the EU will stimulate member states collaborating in these areas, creating critical mass to make global impact. NL AIC supports such strong innovation policy.

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).

Delft University of Technology

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Europe’s Deep Tech Opportunity

In synthetic cell research scientists seek to understand how cells, and more broadly life, work by trying to replicate the cell molecular mechanisms. Thanks to ERC funding and national initiatives, European scientists are world leaders in this field. Building synthetic cells also promises revolutionary new technologies that will boost the green economy and strengthen Europe’s sovereignty in Deep Tech. Technological applications will cover areas such as producing sustainable chemicals, making materials that are 100% reusable or capable of self-repair, and harnessing CO2 as plants do. Research is progressing rapidly worldwide; the United States and China, in particular, are investing heavily in this field. If Europe were to rely on synthetic biology technologies from beyond its borders, this could lead to both potential dependence and economic loss. European scientists working on synthetic cells need to join forces to upscale research, in collaboration with companies, in one coordinated European Innovation Ecosystem and boost technology development in Europe. Financial support from the European Commission is essential to realize this ecosystem, and to ensure Europe’s leadership in world-class, socially responsible and environmentallysustainable technologies.

Faculty of Management, Comenius University

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From Education to Entrepreneurship

It is important and very acute that the current higher education system will be closer or even very and most closely related to the real business in that sense that e.g., invited experts or entrepreneurs will be invited not only to give their lectures on the selected topics and themes but also directly leading students during their traineeship but on in the schools’ lecture rooms or laboratories but directly in their offices. It should be widely used system existing already in medicine that medical students have their traineeship directly in the best hospitals where their teachers are overseeing their practical assignments. The same system has to be introduced for all types of the higher education.

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.

TU Delft

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Green Transition

Current climate policy efforts are insufficient to keep the earth’s average temperature rise below 2 Celsius, let alone 1.5. Resilient adaptation to global warming may well be insufficient and we need to consider cooling the earth by way of climate engineering. The technologies for this are not ready for deployment and deeper scientific insights are required. Moreover, a governance structure is needed taking into account ethical aspects of climate engineering. Deployment of climate engineering technologies will bring about impacts that go across national borders so an international approach is required. The United States has taken an initiative via DARPA. The European Union has not done so as yet. This may result in lagging behind in understanding, despite the high probability that climate engineering may be of geo-political strategic interest to the European Union.

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.

University of Strasbourg

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Regulating Emerging Technologies

Improve the frequency and timing of reviewing existing regulations.
The timeline for reviewing and evaluating existing regulation must be streamlined. In the interest of economic efficiency and innovation, regulatory evaluation and the monitoring of impact should seek to remove redundant, onerous and inefficient regulation. This will particularly benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), who are often the ones hurt the most by ineffective regulation.