Research for development
Technology and innovation to reinforce entrepreneurial activities

EIT Digital

Since January 2013 Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is KIC  - Knowledge Innovation Communities partner of EIT Digital. The EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology is a body of the European Union established in March 2008. Its mission is to increase European sustainable growth and competitiveness by reinforcing the innovation capacity of the EU. This translates into developing a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. To do so, the EIT has created integrated structures (Knowledge and Innovation Communities), which link the higher education, research and business sectors to one another thereby boosting innovation and entrepreneurship. The KICs focus on priority topics with high societal impact, currently: Climate change mitigation (Climate-KIC), Information and Communication Technologies (EIT Digital), Sustainable Energies (KIC InnoEnergy).

The EIT's mission is to facilitate the following transitions: from idea to product, from lab to market, and from student to entrepreneur, by integrating the three sides of the Knowledge Triangle (higher education, research and business) in areas of high societal need. EIT operations are conducted in Budapest, Hungary. Knowledge and Innovation communities gather hundreds of partners in several centres in Europe.

In particular, the mission of EIT Digital is to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and quality of life. To achieve this mission it: link education, research, and business - the knowledge triangle - in Europe together; enable the emergence of a Europe-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem; focus and act on societal challenges. ICT sector is vital for addressing European societal challenges and also enables entirely new opportunities offered by the emerging Digital Society. EIT Digital helps creating new firms, facilitate the growth of existing small and medium size companies (SME's), and support large companies to renew their businesses - boosting innovation capabilities. EIT Digital target is to empower ICT top talents and bring ICT innovations to life by fostering excellence, talent and entrepreneurship. The EIT Digital' partners represent some of Europe's and the world's leading organisations, universities, research institutes and companies, in the field of ICT.

Fondazione Politecnico helps Politecnico di Milano, affiliate partner of the Italian Node (headquarter in Trento, the others five Nodes are: Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Paris and Stockolm), as KIC partner of EIT DigitalFondazione supports businesses and innovative technological startups to open them in the European market and for generating value and economic growth in a dynamic and continuous manner. 

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