EIT, EIT Digital and EIT HEI Initiative

Driving Change and Capacity Building Towards Innovative, Entrepreneurial Universities

The INNOCHANGE project is funded in the framework of the EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education, funded by the European Union and supported by EIT Digital. 


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) strengthens Europe’s ability to
innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial
talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an
integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The
Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation
Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities.
The EIT’s HEI Initiative is a key objective for the EIT as part of its new strategy, the EIT Strategic
Innovation Agenda 2021−2027. The initiative 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. As part of its Pilot Phase, the initiative has provided funding to 23 projects, with the
next call for proposals expected towards the end of 2021. For more information, visit www.eit.europa.eu.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)


We believe in making and shaping a competitive digital Europe that is inclusive, fair and
sustainable and aim at global impact through European innovation fueled by entrepreneurial
talent and digital technology.
We embody the future of innovation by mobilizing a pan-European multi-stakeholder openinnovation ecosystem of top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research
institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and investors address the
technology, talent, skills, business and capital needs of digital entrepreneurship.
We build the next generation of digital ventures, digital products and services, and breed digital
entrepreneurial talent, helping business and entrepreneurs to be at the frontier of digital
innovation by providing them with technology, talent, and growth support. EIT Digital is a
Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
(EIT). EIT Digital is funded by the European Union. For more information, visit

Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)


Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education was launched by the European Institute of
Innovation and Technology (EIT) and is led by EIT RawMaterials − one of the EIT’s Knowledge and
Innovation Communities. The initiative is part of the EIT’s 2021–2027 EIT Strategy, and it aims to
help higher education institutions to build the capacity to innovate and to teach innovation and
entrepreneurship. More specifically, the initiative aims to encourage these institutions to look at
their own practices and develop concrete actions to increase their impact on their ecosystems. In
March 2020, the HEI Initiative launched a Pilot Call for Proposals, inviting higher education
institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

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