Highlights from the HIVE Project Closing Event

Natalie Cernecka, EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Manager (Image Credit: © Māris Greidāns)

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative, along with Pledgers Commercialisation Reactor and Bukovinian State Medical University, participated in the closing event of Project HIVE (HEI Innovation for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship) held in Riga on 19 and 20 June, and organised by the University of Latvia, another EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Pledger.

The aim of project HIVE was to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity of project partners by identifying best practices at national and international level, as well as promoting networking. One of the main project tasks was contributing to the improvement of the commercialisation innovation ecosystem and introducing institutional change in higher education through the implementation of a jointly-developed Innovation Vision Action Plan, which will run until 2030.

The HEI Initiative

The HEI Initiative is a joint EIT Community activity coordinated by EIT Raw Materials to unlock the potential of higher education institutions for innovation and entrepreneurship.

It is a key objective of the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021−2027, and aims to support higher education institutions with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual higher education institutions.

Project HIVE Closing Event

The event was opened by the University of Latvia’s Rector, Professor Gundars Bērziņš and the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Economics, Jurģis Miezainis, and concluded with a discussion that clarified the consortium’s common vision for the future of the project’s sustainability, and potential future co-operation initiatives and opportunities.

Over the course of the two days, participants were given an overview of the progress achieved by the joint work of the consortium, which included an introduction to the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office, insights into the overall research work taking place in Latvia, information on tools used for promoting innovation in entrepreneurship, a detailed explanation of the possibilities for uniting Latvia’s innovation ecosystem, along with EIT performance, key statistics and call insights.

Natalie Cernecka, EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Manager spoke about the initiative and the opportunities they provide to higher education institutions.

She highlighted the benefits of joining the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative, which is quickly becoming the largest hub for deep tech talent and training in Europe.

The benefits include networking with over 350 organisations, gaining visibility through the project website and social media channels, attracting students to their deep tech courses, participating in events, and accessing funding opportunities.

Join the Initiative


The Pledge is a vehicle for partners and sponsors to join the EIT Deep Tech Talent and contribute to the development and delivery of its courses and training.

It unites public and private organisations, industry representatives and champions, academic partners, education providers, and Member States to support the initiative, and also create synergies with other EU programmes and Agencies.

If you are interested in becoming a Pledger, please submit your pledge on the website and sign the pledge document.


The goal of the EIT Deep Tech Talent is to train one million users in deep tech fields by the end of 2025.

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Community is an online space that simplifies the path to career growth and fosters expertise in deep tech for adult learners in companies and on the job market, as well as students in higher education with an interest in deep tech.

If you are a talent interested in developing deep tech skills, please sign up to our Deep Tech Talent Community here.


Image Credits: © Māris Greidāns