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EIC High Level Group of Innovators

The Commission has created a fifteen-member High Level Group (HLG) of Innovators that will help shape the design of a European Innovation Council.

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Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, with the High Level Group of Innovators

The HLG brings together leading personalities from across Europe with a wide range of expertise in business innovation, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and other major players in the innovation ecosystem.

The HLG has been set up to provide a user perspective on potential reforms to Horizon 2020 to help improve Europe's performance in breakthrough, market-creating innovation. This Group will also provide recommendations for a full European Innovation Council under the next Framework Programme. It held its first meeting on 10 March 2017.

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Europe's Winners of Tomorrow

In November, the Commission announced that it intends to provide bottom-up support targeting breakthrough innovation projects with the potential for scaling up. This is to be a part of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020: 'To improve innovation support, the Commission intends to make changes for the remaining period of Horizon 2020 to provide bottom-up support targeting breakthrough innovation projects that cut across sectors/technologies with the potential for scaling up, and will consider reinforcing this approach in future through a European Innovation Council' (Europe's Winners of Tomorrow: the Start-up and Scale-up initiative, COM 733, 22 November 2016).

Further steps will be taken to simplify innovators' access to the programme and to help start-ups and scale-ups connect with investors, business partners, universities and research centres. An EIC should enrich the European innovation landscape, complementing other Commission initiatives to stimulate greater availability of risk capital. The setting up of a pan-European venture capital Fund of Funds is an important step in this direction.

Workshop: European Innovation Council Call for Ideas: what was said, and where we could go from here

On 13 July 2016, the Commission organised a workshop in Brussels with about 100 stakeholders to discuss the outcome of the Call for Ideas on the EIC. The aims were to verify that the overview collating the responses fairly represents stakeholders' views, and to generate additional insights to inform the setting up of a possible EIC.

Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas

News Alert of 4 May 2016: Excellent response to call for ideas on European Innovation Council

Overview of reactions to the Call for Ideas on a EIC

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On 16 February, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators. This call closed on 29 April and the European Commission will now analyse the replies.

You can read some of the position papers we’ve received on the ‘Your ideas’ page and initial results of the call for ideas will be published here soon.

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