The EIT Entrepreneurship Awards will culminate in a day-long conference in Brussels that will focus on how to unlock Europe's innovation potential and address the various challenges faced by European entrepreneurs.
The three winners of the EIT Awards 2012 will be announced at the awards ceremony followed by a gala dinner.
The day before the conference, the finalists will be invited to attend a training course on how to successfully present their businesses and prepare for their pitches at the conference.
The awards are being conducted in collaboration with the Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL, a Belgian not-for-profit association that manages a separate awards programme, the Academic Enterprise Awards, or ACES.
|Venue:||Royal Academy of Science, 1 Rue Ducale - 1000 Brussels|
Opening and Panel Discussion: Venturing in a storm: Can entrepreneurship and innovation kick-start the European economy?
Meet the ACES Finalists (ACES finalists' elevator pitches)
Alan Begg, Senior VP Technology and Development, SKF
Think Biz - The EIT's contribution to a more entrepreneurial Europe
José Manuel Leceta, Director, EIT
Meet the EIT Finalists (EIT finalists do elevator pitches)
Chaired by: Daria Golebiowska -Tataj, Member, EIT Governing Board and Executive Committee
|1300||Lunch / Jury meeting (closed session)|
Breakout sessions (there are subject to change)
1. Successful Entrepreneurs - Seemingly effortless? Tips for the would-be venturer
Kristo Ovaska, Founder, Startup Sauna
2. It's a small world: Making EU initiatives SME-friendly
Willem Jonker, CEO EIT ICT Labs (tbc)
3. Spinning out - Tech Transfer strategies
Bart Clarysse, Imperial College London
The to-do list: How to encourage more innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe?
Anders Flodström, Vice Chairman, EIT Governing Board
ACES and EIT Awards Ceremony (one after the other)
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
|Venue:||Palais D'Egmont, 8 Place du Petit Sablon - 1000 Brussels|
Welcome by Benoît Cerexhe, Minister, Brussels Region
* by invitation only
Speakers will include:
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth
|Maria da Graça Carvalho
Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
|Alexander von Gabain
Chairman of the EIT Governing Board and Founder of Intercell AG
Dean, Professor in Organization and Management Department , ESADE Business School
President, European Movement
Chief Scientific Adviser, Cabinet of President Barroso, European Commission
Head of Division, EIB/European Investment Fund
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD
Senior Vice President, Vice-Chairman Management Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
Executive Governing Board Member, EIT
Vice rector of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, KU Leuven
Pro Rector, Imperial College London
Vice President, Public-Private Partnerships, BP Research and Technology
Director General, EFPIA
Senior Vice President, SKF Group Technology Development and Quality
Chair, European Research Area Board; Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Founder, Alto Venture Garage; winner of the 2011 ACES Bridge Award
Chair in Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London
The winners of the 2012 pan-European Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) will be announced at a day long conference at the Royal Academy of Science followed by an award ceremony, a reception and a gala dinner at Palais d'Egmont, in Brussels, Belgium on 21 February 2012.
Conference Venue: Royal Academy of Belgium
Gala Dinner Venue: Palais d'Egmont