consolidated the core co-location centres, and
built the action line activities. We have also
grown our partnership from around 50 partners
when we started to around 130 partners today.
We have extended our geographic footprint in
Europe, expanding from five to seven core
nodes; established new operations in Madrid,
Spain – because we felt we were lacking in this
region – creating a link to South America,
where there are a lot of emerging economies;
and built a hub in Silicon Valley.
When it comes to education, we have built our
schools and our blended education strategy.
The master school is steadily growing and
developing, with an intake of around 350
students at present; it is a very strong
programme. The doctoral school saw some
setbacks when we were uncertain about our
strategy, but we have now rebalanced the
strategy and it is on track again. We have two
key foci: developing the professional school for
Scale-up: the name of the game
The digital comeback of Europe is the goal of EIT Digital CEO
who detailed the creation of a new Silicon Valley hub and the
importance of value creation
IT Digital (formerly known as EIT ICT Labs) is a pan-
European education and research-based innovation
organisation which aims to drive European leadership in
digital innovation for economic growth and quality of life. The
Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) began work in 2010,
and through linking education, research and business, it empowers
top talents for the future and brings digital innovations to life.
EIT Digital’s ecosystem is characterised by an open and collaborative
way of working with partners representing global companies, leading
research centres, and top-ranked universities in the field of ICT. EIT Digital
is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, and investments,
as well as business across Europe and beyond.
In May, Portal attended the INNOVEIT 2015 conference in Budapest,
where EIT Digital’s chief executive, Professor Willem Jonker, set out the
KIC’s responsibility for creating jobs, its new relationship with Silicon
Valley, and encouraging a European entrepreneurial spirit.
What have been the most significant developments
over the last five years?
The first achievement was building the KIC infrastructure, where we
consolidated our strategy, built the basic instruments and back office,
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