EIT Ecosystem

Cross-KIC Alumni collaboration

As a community supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the EIT Digital Alumni Foundation participated in the establishment of the first EIT Alumni Board which was officially appointed on 8 April 2016 by EIT Interim Director Martin Kern.

The Board of the EIT Alumni is made up of four members representing the four existing EIT Community Alumni associations, namely: EIT Digital Alumni, Climate-KIC Alumni Association, CommUnity by InnoEnergy, and EIT Health, supported by an EIT representative. In the near future, the alumni associations of EIT Raw Materials and EIT Food will also appoint a member from their own alumni board to represent them as part of the EIT Alumni Community.

The first EIT Alumni Board was created as a means of strengthening the EIT Alumni community, shaping its future, and fostering collaboration between the KIC alumni associations. Importantly, the EIT Alumni Community creates a real and effective link between the EIT and EIT Community students and innovators.

In its first year of operation, the role of the EIT Alumni Board has primarily been to create an effective governance structure for the community and to hold added-value activities for members. As this initial period comes to an end, the EIT Alumni Board can now focus on increasing levels of collaboration between the KIC Alumni groups, and work on building a strong community, which supports and enables its members.

The new Board for 2017

The new board members hope to bring a fresh burst of energy to the EIT Alumni Community and are excited to build on the strong foundations established by the previous board in 2016:

  • President - Falko Döring (CommUnity by InnoEnergy)
  • Vice President & Secretary - Esmee Kooijman (Climate-KIC Alumni Association)
  • Treasurer - Antonio Martínez Millana (EIT Health Alumni)
  • Community Officer - Francesco Bonadiman (EIT Digital Alumni)
  • EIT Representative - Laurent Roux (EIT, Entrepreneurship Officer)

Thank you to the previous Board

  • Our former President, Estefania Tapias (Climate-KIC Alumni Association)
  • Our former Vice-President, Borce Stojkovski (EIT Digital Alumni)
  • Our former Treasurer, Claudio Geyken (CommUnity by InnoEnergy)
  • Our initial EIT Representative, Nadja Dokter (EIT Head of Strategy and Impact team)

Vision To be a renowned community of interdisciplinary entrepreneurs and innovators who are actively collaborating to create positive impact to global challenges.

Mission Our mission is to inspire and facilitate interdisciplinary and multicultural collaboration and knowledge transfer to boost entrepreneurial action and amplify the impact of our innovation activities.

Values Transparency, Collaboration, Sustainability, Social responsibility, Sharing, and Diversity.

Initiatives

EIT Digital Alumni takes a leading role in a number of cross-KIC alumni events and activities, such as the non-profit pan-European weekend competition EIT Alumni Startup Days and Women@EIT, a working group that connects female students, alumni and entrepreneurs from the EIT community.