EIT Launches Innovation Hub in North Macedonia

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce the launch of its first joint hub in North Macedonia set to take regional innovation to the next level and provide local entrepreneurs, innovators and learners with innovation support.

The EIT Community will boost innovation in the Western Balkans region by opening the first joint regional hub in Skopje, North Macedonia. By connecting regional actors, innovators, and partners to Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, the new EIT Community RIS Hub – the first of its kind, will strengthen cooperation among leading business, education and research organisations while increasing the region’s competitiveness and sustainable economic growth. The new Hub is part of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) programme designed to tackle Europe’s persistent innovation divide.

The new hub is being launched today at the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation in Skopje, North Macedonia, with local stakeholders and distinguished guests.

The newly opened hub in North Macedonia will represent all the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and focus on attracting and engaging an increasing number of North Macedonian participants into EIT Community activities. The hub will provide innovators with a centralised source of information on all services and opportunities provided by the entire EIT Community, both locally and more widely. Additionally, it will spearhead the EIT Community’s engagement with local authorities, including providing policy support and expertise as required. The EIT has appointed Mr. Aleksandar Stamboliev as a National Secretary to lead the operations of the new hub. He brings over 20 years of experience in the start-up and technology field, and is currently the CEO of BAU Accelerator, committed to helping technology start-ups scale globally.

The launch of today’s hub North Macedonia is the first of such regional hubs to open with more planned in the next three years to provide the EIT Community with a strengthened on-the-ground presence across the whole of Europe.  Stay tuned for the EIT Community Day event happening in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 14 June, where the EIT will announce the calls for establishing similar innovation hubs in Cyprus, Malta, Montenegro and Ukraine. All interested organisations are encouraged to apply to shape the EIT Community RIS Hubs in their respective regions.

Source: European Institute of Innovation and Technology | News (https://rb.gy/8lu5h)