EIT Food Hubs are key players in the regional innovation system and with valuable experience in supporting entrepreneurs and organising local events. These Hubs will implement EIT Food-related activities aimed at local stakeholders in Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey ). Moreover, their main objective is to help boost local innovation eco-systems and their innovation outputs, which would lead to an increase in each country’s overall innovation performance.
EIT Food CLC North-East has chosen BioCC OÜ as its national Food Hub for 2019-2020 in Estonia.
All EIT Food Hubs will follow a common outreach workplan with specifications for each country. They will act as a regional contact point for all EIT Food-related interests, regularly update a stakeholders database and foster relations with key regional players. Furthermore,
EIT Food Hubs will engage in the exploration of the local start-up community, organise events and workshops for students, graduates and entrepreneurs and promote EIT Food programmes to ensure that local innovators (individuals and organisations) are aware of the benefits of participating in them.
Their performance will be evaluated by the end of 2019, taking into account their work on getting local funding to accelerate the implementation of the Knowledge Triangle Integration and complement the initial EIT funding, which will influence the decisions on the future composition of the EIT Food Hubs network.