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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, has launched its newest joint hub in Malta. The primary purpose of the hub is to take regional innovation to the next level by providing a one-stop shop for Malta based talents and entrepreneurs to benefit from EIT Community opportunities in education, business creation and innovation.

The new hub is part of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) programme, established by the European Union to tackle Europe’s persistent geographic innovation divide. It will work to strengthen cooperation among leading business, education and research organisations, increasing Malta’s and the region’s competitiveness and contributing to sustainable economic growth.

The hub will also represent all the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and prioritise the attraction and involvement of local participants in EIT Community activities.

This hub will serve as a centralised platform for innovators, offering comprehensive information on the various services and opportunities provided by the EIT Community in Malta, all EU Member States, and all Horizon Europe associated countries. Furthermore, it will take charge of the EIT Community’s collaboration with local authorities, offering policy support and expertise when necessary.

The launch of Malta’s hub aims to provide the EIT Community with a strengthened on-the-ground presence across Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. Similar entities have opened in Latvia, Cyprus, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Ukraine.

The hub will be overseen by Diana Miceli, who has been appointed as the National Secretary for the EIT Community in Malta. It will operate from offices located at BUSINESSLABS in Birkirkara.

Diana Miceli

Ms Miceli brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in fostering innovation and research across various sectors. Over the years, Miceli has applied for, coordinated, and implemented over 20 projects, significantly contributing to the development of Malta’s innovation ecosystem across various EU, National & International funding programmes.

In her role as the EIT Community Officer, Miceli will promote EIT activities within Malta, act as a liaison between the EIT KICs and national innovation communities, organise activities to engage local stakeholders, and facilitate partnerships that align Malta’s innovation agenda with the EIT’s strategic goals.

For more information about the EIT’s activities in Malta, contact: [email protected] or follow the LinkedIn page: EIT Community RIS HUB Malta.

What is the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)?

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities. Together with their leading partners, the EIT Community offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across Europe: entrepreneurial education courses, business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects.

The EIT is Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem bringing together over 2,400 partners from top business, research and education organisations across Europe in over 50 innovation hubs across Europe.

The EIT has powered more than 7,800 start-ups and scale-ups, and produced more than 2,100 new products and services that have gone to raise more than €7 billion in external capital. More than 4,000 students have graduated from EIT labelled master and doctoral programmes and over 120,000 have participated in EIT Community entrepreneurial trainings. More information can be found here.

About the EIT Community

The EIT Community is a collaborative network comprising the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) long-term partnerships, known as Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

These KICs are dedicated to driving systemic change in Europe and beyond, focusing on key areas such as climate change, energy, health, food, manufacturing, raw materials, digitalisation, urban mobility, culture and creativity. By harnessing the collective expertise of the KICs, the EIT Community initiatives power innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity in Europe. We believe that together we can foster a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable European economy for generations to come.


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