Making the knowledge triangle a reality

Making the Knowledge Triangle a Reality
Is the EIT the Solution?
Cesaer seminar, Trondheim, 15/10/2010
Dr. J.M. van der Eijk
CEO Climate-KIC
Push factors for action in
• Crisis of Commons
of product design
and manufacturing
• Environmental &
resources crisis
• The BRIC factor
European Institute of Innovation
and Technology (EIT)
“To be the catalyst for a step change in the
European Community’s innovation capacity and impact”
The knowledge triangle at the
core of innovation
Actors in the knowledge triangle are at the core of the
innovation web
research &
KICs main ingredients
Prerequisites for scaling up Europe’s innovation
 enhanced capacities
 high degree of integration e.g. co-location
 leadership
KICs integrate the knowledge triangle
 new innovations & new innovation models (inspiring
others to emulate them)
 Entrepreneurship is the glue and the driver of the
Innovative companies across
industries critical to a low-carbon
Leading academic and research
institutes in critical area of climate
TNO, Deltares,
Regional agencies driving
sustainable growth and
Port of Rotterdam, Province of Utrecht
From a group of prominent and interested parties……..
……to a productive Knowledge and Innovation Community
Climate-KIC’s European Network
Utrecht University, Delft Technical
University, Wageningen University
PIK, TU Berlin, TU München, GFZ
West Midlands
Lower Silesia (Wroclaw)
Imperial College
Central Hungary
ETH Zürich
Co-location centre
Regional implementation
Fondation Saclay: ParisTech, IPSL,
Emilia Romagna
Climate-KIC activities
Scholar Program (200 students/year)
Education on Climate Change issues,
Entrepreneurship & Local Context
New Innovations &
Business Ideas
Coaching & Inspiration
• Student start-up company
• Corporate spin off or innovation
New generation of Climate Change
Entrepreneurs & Innovators
• University Research & Innovation
Fellow Program (50 students/year)
Education on Climate Change issues,
Entrepreneurship & Local Context
Coaching & Expertise
New Innovations &
Business Ideas
• University Research & Innovation
New generation of Climate Change
Entrepreneurs & Innovators
• Corporate spin off or innovation
• PhD Student start-up company
Climate-KIC Summer School 2010
1st Climate-KIC Summer School:
Climate Change Innovation, Paris,
London, Zurich, 5 July -13 August
Jointly organized by:
Climate-KIC centres France
(Paris), UK (London) and
Switzerland (Zurich)
50 students accepted:
PhD students: 9
Master students: 36
Employees corp. partners: 5
Natural sciences: 19
Engineering: 13
Business and management: 12
Social sciences: 3
Architecture: 3
44 students successfully completed
Summer School – 4 dropouts due to
private reasons
9 teams developed promising business
Business Plan Competition
Climate-KIC Summer School 2010
Jury members:
Prof. Anders Flodström (EIT, Jury chair), Prof. Nicolas Gruber (ETH Zurich), Prof. Arie Buijs (Utrecht University), Stephan
Hess (former CTO Alstom, now ETH F&W), Torsten Kleiss (Siemens), Prof. Christian Marxt (ETH Zurich, Venture), Oliver
Christ (SAP)
General jury feedback:
High quality of presentations and very good ideas; high level of presence and commitment of students; real
entrepreneurial attitudes sensed.
Cloud Factory (No.1 by the Jury), DeCo! (No. 1 by the students), ElectricFeel, IMBY, Combine, C.Sense, Synergy,
GreenUp, GreenForceOne
Follow up so far (lead: CLC Switzerland):
• Cloud Factory: Master thesis started (project: Re-use waste heat / Aquasar)
• DeCo!: coaching / access to grant organizations to finance pilot
• ElectricFeel: coaching / 3 months stipend from ETH Zurich
Way forward:
Expressed interest of all teams to move to Climate-KIC Greenhouses, alumni
network (LinkedIn)
Climate-KIC Summer School 2010
“The programme of the Climate KIC Summer School has a high value.
Personally, it meant a big step for me.” Student, 13.8.2010
“It is so much fun. The ideas are really good. I’ve seen very committed
people, some of them are future entrepreneurs.”
Jury member, 12.8.2010
“Europe needs real pioneers: young innovative talents with
entrepreneurial and global thinking.”
Prof. Anders Flodström, EIT, 13.8.2010
Pioneers into Practice
• Practitioners are the backbone of climate change
innovation implementation
• A programme to facilitate knowledge exchange
between professionals from industry, academia,
research, public agencies
• Embracing the EU’s broad-based innovation
strategy – crossing conventional boundaries
• Develop a new generation of highly-skilled
specialists for the low carbon economy
Programme content
• 90 participants starting in October 2010
Each participant will:
• undertake 3 one-month placements during 12 month
• placements will be in demonstration projects in at least 2
different countries
• participate in two-day intensive workshops known as
• be mentored by leading experts in system innovation
• Best ideas showcased at Climate-KIC Innovation
Summary and Conclusions
Europe needs entrepreneurs and CC change agents
KIC partnership tests new education concepts
First experiments are promising
Too early to claim victory

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