Making the knowledge triangle a reality


Making the Knowledge Triangle a Reality

Is the EIT the Solution?

Cesaer seminar, Trondheim, 15/10/2010

Dr. J.M. van der Eijk

CEO Climate-KIC

Push factors for action in innovation

• Crisis of Commons of product design and manufacturing

• Environmental & resources crisis

• The BRIC factor

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)


“To be the catalyst for a step change in the

European Community’s innovation capacity and impact”

The knowledge triangle at the core of innovation

Actors in the knowledge triangle are at the core of the innovation web business higher education research & technology

KICs main ingredients

Prerequisites for scaling up Europe’s innovation performance:

 enhanced capacities

 high degree of integration e.g. co-location

 leadership

KICs integrate the knowledge triangle

 new innovations & new innovation models (inspiring others to emulate them)

 Entrepreneurship is the glue and the driver of the triangle

Innovative companies across industries critical to a low-carbon future

Leading academic and research institutes in critical area of climate change

Regional agencies driving sustainable growth and development

TNO, Deltares, Port of Rotterdam, Province of Utrecht

From a group of prominent and interested parties……..

……to a productive Knowledge and Innovation Community

ClimateKIC’s European Network


Utrecht University, Delft Technical

University, Wageningen University


PIK, TU Berlin, TU München, GFZ

West Midlands


Imperial College


Co-location centre

Regional implementation centre


Fondation Saclay: ParisTech, IPSL,


Emilia Romagna

Lower Silesia (Wroclaw)


Central Hungary


ETH Zürich

Climate-KIC activities

Scholar Program (200 students/year)

Education on Climate Change issues,

Entrepreneurship & Local Context

New Innovations &

Business Ideas

Coaching & Inspiration

New generation of Climate Change

Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Student start-up company

Corporate spin off or innovation

University Research & Innovation

Fellow Program (50 students/year)

Coaching & Expertise

Education on Climate Change issues,

Entrepreneurship & Local Context

New Innovations &

Business Ideas

New generation of Climate Change

Entrepreneurs & Innovators


University Research & Innovation

Corporate spin off or innovation

PhD Student start-up company

Climate-KIC Summer School 2010

1 st Climate-KIC Summer School:

Climate Change Innovation, Paris,

London, Zurich, 5 July -13 August


Jointly organized by:

Climate-KIC centres France

(Paris), UK (London) and

Switzerland (Zurich)

50 students accepted:

• PhD students: 9

• Master students: 36

• Employees corp. partners: 5

• Natural sciences: 19

• Engineering: 13

• Business and management: 12

• Social sciences: 3

• Architecture: 3

44 students successfully completed

Summer School – 4 dropouts due to private reasons

9 teams developed promising business ideas

Business Plan Competition

Climate-KIC Summer School 2010

Jury members :

Prof. Anders Flodström (EIT, Jury chair), Prof. Nicolas Gruber (ETH Zurich), Prof. Arie Buijs (Utrecht University), Stephan

Hess (former CTO Alstom, now ETH F&W), Torsten Kleiss (Siemens), Prof. Christian Marxt (ETH Zurich, Venture), Oliver

Christ (SAP)

General jury feedback :

High quality of presentations and very good ideas; high level of presence and commitment of students; real entrepreneurial attitudes sensed.

Teams :

Cloud Factory (No.1 by the Jury), DeCo! (No. 1 by the students), ElectricFeel, IMBY, Combine, C.Sense, Synergy,

GreenUp, GreenForceOne

Follow up so far (lead: CLC Switzerland):

• Cloud Factory: Master thesis started (project: Re-use waste heat / Aquasar)

• DeCo!: coaching / access to grant organizations to finance pilot

• ElectricFeel: coaching / 3 months stipend from ETH Zurich

Way forward :

Expressed interest of all teams to move to Climate-KIC Greenhouses, alumni network (LinkedIn)

Climate-KIC Summer School 2010

“The programme of the Climate KIC Summer School has a high value.

Personally, it meant a big step for me.”

Student, 13.8.2010

“It is so much fun. The ideas are really good. I’ve seen very committed people, some of them are future entrepreneurs.”

Jury member, 12.8.2010

“Europe needs real pioneers: young innovative talents with entrepreneurial and global thinking.”

Prof. Anders

Flodström, EIT, 13.8.2010

Pioneers into Practice


• Practitioners are the backbone of climate change innovation implementation

• A programme to facilitate knowledge exchange between professionals from industry, academia, research, public agencies

• Embracing the EU’s broad-based innovation strategy – crossing conventional boundaries

• Develop a new generation of highly-skilled specialists for the low carbon economy

Programme content

• 90 participants starting in October 2010

Each participant will:

• undertake 3 one-month placements during 12 month period

• placements will be in demonstration projects in at least 2 different countries

• participate in two-day intensive workshops known as


• be mentored by leading experts in system innovation

• Best ideas showcased at Climate-KIC Innovation


Summary and Conclusions

Europe needs entrepreneurs and CC change agents

KIC partnership tests new education concepts

First experiments are promising

Too early to claim victory