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Second meeting of the High Level Group of Innovators

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Group picture at DTU SkyLab

The High Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council held its second meeting on 20 June 2017 at the DTU SkyLab in Denmark. During an intense full-day brainstorming, the Group reflected upon the stakeholders and vision for the European Innovation Council and shared their ideas on selected focus areas in small groups.

The Group was also joined by representatives of DTU - President, Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, SVP Marianne Thellersen and Head of DTU Skylab Mikkel Sørensen, who shared their best practice in supporting innovation, and by Lykke Friis, the Prorector for Education at Copenhagen University, representing the High Level Group on maximising impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes.

The Group will now be chaired by Dr Hermann Hauser, KBE, CBE FRS FREng FInstP, serial entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners. The next meeting will take place on 6 October 2017.

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Expert evaluators needed to help select high-potential innovators

We need your expertise

From autumn 2017, Horizon 2020 will support innovation projects from innovators, researchers, corporates and SMEs active in any sector or technology. Various calls will open up for proposals for breakthrough innovations that have the potential to create new markets. This will be part of a pilot European Innovation Council (EIC). The applications for EIC funding will need to be evaluated by experts in innovation. The best SME applicants will be interviewed by a panel of expert evaluators. The Commission is therefore looking to expand its pool of expert evaluators to include:

  • entrepreneurs who have started up and scaled up innovative enterprises at European or global level
  • investors (including those affiliated with banks, venture capitalists, business angels, crowd-funders etc)
  • experts involved in the innovation ecosystem (business schools, universities, innovation hubs, accelerators, etc)

If you are interested in becoming an evaluator, please complete the following steps:

  1. First, register as an expert. Please fill in your data and when prompted, select keywords that match your expertise. Under the tab 'Area of Expertise – Specialist fields' please also select the keyword 'market-creating innovation'.
  2. Second, send an e-mail to, including your name and surname. It is helpful to mention your expert number from the website mentioned above (example: EX2017A123456).


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High Level Group of Innovators issues Statement of Intent

The High Level Group of Innovators for a European Innovation Council has issued its Statement of intent, declaring their readiness to support the European Commission in developing the EIC to help Europe lead the next wave of innovation. The members of the Group acknowledge the strengths of Europe, including its world class science, abundance of talent and diversity, and offer their expertise among others to develop better funding instruments, improve the innovation ecosystem for scaling-up, and make the innovation support more user-friendly.

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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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