EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative: A flagship project of strategic significance

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative team!

On 20 February, the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative team, along with Pledgers JA Europe, Generation, yourscienceEDU, and Alfred Nobel University participated at the one-day EIT Summit in Brussels, which launched INNOVEIT 2024, the EIT’s flagship event series.

At the Summit, the Initiative showcased the progress made in the last 12 months since launch, over 120 Partners, over 800k talent pledged, and a talent community platform. And since the Summit is all about connecting, it was an opportunity for the Initiative to connect with current and potential Pledgers and policy makers who are committed to skilling and employability. To this end, the Initiative had a booth where summit participants learned about the Initiative and its goal to train one million talents in deep tech by 2025, its plans and how they could become part of it.

Natalie Cernecka, the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Manager, who attended the Summit, was pleased to see that the Initiative was mentioned from the stage several times as a flagship project of strategic significance.

She noted that the Summit allowed the initiative and the pledgers to connect to other projects and communities within the EIT ecosystem. These conversations have encouraged reflections on how the initiative can add more value to our partners and stakeholders.

Launch of the Deep Tech Talent Community

The EIT Summit had perfect timing with the launch of the EIT Deep Tech Talent Community, which is one of EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiatives most important milestones.

Our community is designed for individuals seeking training in deep tech areas and it aims to foster connections and collaboration among Pledgers and learners. Tailored for both adult learners and students with a keen interest in deep tech, the EIT Deep Tech Talent Community is your go-to destination for personalised learning.

By creating an account on the platform, individuals who want to upgrade their skills in deep tech will be able to build their own profile based on their preferred courses and deep tech areas. They will also be able to get a personalised course offered by the platform’s AI-based Course Matching Tool.  Many more features focusing on networking and matchmaking will soon be available.

For more information about the EIT Deep Tech Talent Community, please read our recently published article here.

If you would like to start or continue your training journey in deep tech, create an account now!

Other Summit Highlights

Key highlights of the summit included an inspiring keynote address by Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Pilot and Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, fireside chats, and insightful panel discussions that focused on three key areas; educate (Imagining 2050 – skills to design our future), innovate (The innovation potential of water, marine and maritime ecosystems), and accelerate (Investing in start-ups for a greener, healthier, and digital Europe).

The summit also celebrated the EIT Awards, which promote innovation and encourage entrepreneurs by highlighting the most ground-breaking ventures and pioneering graduates from the EIT Community. And, for the first time, the summit announced the finalists of the EIT & the EIC’s joint European Prize for Women Innovators.

Pledger visibility and opportunities

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative is constantly creating visibility and networking opportunities for Pledgers.

For their part, Pledgers can follow the event activities and are also welcome to join the team at events or invite the team members to attend any of their events, which will help raise further awareness of the Initiative.