Innovative Enterprise Week
19th of June 2019

EIC Pathfinder: From breakthrough technologies to disruptive innovations
19 June 2019, Bucharest, Romania

Mastering the technologies of thefuture is not just a scientific or a socio-economic challenge, or just aboutinnovation and creating new jobs. It means shaping the political and strategicrole regions and countries can play globally, and creating the capacity tosafeguard Europe's future as a global strategic player able to protect its corevalues of peace, cohesion and prosperity. It is therefore of the utmostimportance for Europe to go beyond scientific frontiers via disruptiveinnovations, in order to lay the groundwork for its future role in the world.

The launch of the enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot in 2019 will have Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) as an integral part and it will pave the way for the science-technology-innovation triple helix in the new European research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. It is therefore a timely opportunity to debate at high level how the EIC can meet the challenge of bridging science, technology innovation.
Such aneventromotes the EIC Pathfindeinitiative, while building on the legacy and success of the FET programme andpresenting the future challengesThis eventis designed to:

  • Build momentum for the launch of theEIC Pathfinder
  • Raise the visibility of advanced multidisciplinary research under EICprogrammes.

Targeted audience:
Policy- anddecision-makers, scientists, researchers, innovators, early stage investors(e.g. business angels) and opinion-shaping actors are welcome to join thishigh-level conference.The event isco-organised by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT (Directorate-General forCommunications Networks, Content and Technology) and DG RTD  (Directorate-General for Research andInnovation), as part of the EIC event (19, 20 & 21 June 2019) and the Innovative Enterprise Week series of events, in the broader context of theRomanian Presidency of the EU. 

19th of June 2019
Opening Address
Welcome - Setting the scene
From science to future technologies
Starting from science, how best can we foster unpredictable  technological breakthroughs? What is at stake for the EU in the on-going  global technological race? What are the key factors shaping technological  leadership?
EIC Pathfinder: deep-tech showcases (45’)
Over the past three decades, FET projects have opened up new technology frontiers in various fields. 10-minuteTED-style talks will describe the latest science-to-technology breakthroughs made by our projects.  It also highlights some of the innovation success stories with high tech SMEs and spin-offs that resulted from FET Projects.
Networking Coffee break
Deep-tech Innovation for Europe: The EIC Pathfinder
A debate about theEIC Pathfinder as an engine for deep-tech innovation in Horizon Europe, theMember States point of view, and the international experience.
Networking Lunch
Bridging the innovation gap (75’)  
This session will address how  to transform scientific results into innovation opportunities (feeding into  the debate on the EIC Pathfinder Transition Activities)  
Networking Coffee break
16:15- 17:15
EIC Pathfinder: the top-down dimension
Funding priorities in FET Proactive part of the EIC Pathfinder enhanced pilot
Closure and next steps
19:00 – 21:00
Gala Dinner
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