The most relevant European companies in innovation consultancy join efforts to boost the competitiveness in the research and innovation ecosystem.
On Thursday, 5 November, 2020, the European Association of Innovation Consultants (EAIC) was launched. Created at the initiative of the French Association of Innovation Consultants (ACI) as an informal gathering in a working group back in September 2019, the creation of the EAIC was formalised yesterday by its 42 members active across Europe. A board of 8 members as well as a president was elected.
The Association is now being established as a formal entity, its objective: to become the voice of European consulting companies specialized in Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) financing and management.
The Association aims in particular to:
Since September 2019, when they first decided to work together as an unformal working group, the members of EAIC initiated several actions such as
The EAIC recently elected 8 board members. Their role is to ensure progress towards the structuration of EAIC’s activities.
The 8 Board members are:
On the occasion of its first meeting, the Board elected the EAIC’s President, Pekka Koponen.
Welcoming the decision, Pekka said: “Innovation consultants play an important role as the glue and catalyst between European innovators from largest enterprises to growth companies and academic organizations. We transfer the latest information on public funding to our clients, help them build and raise funding for their innovation and manage resulting projects and ecosystems professionally for new business, other impact and finally, competitiveness of European industry that keeps the whole innovation system running. EAIC also stands to make sure that our members do their work with strictest code of ethics and professionalism, always walking the extra mile needed for success.”
The European Association of Innovation Consultants (EAIC) gathers active Innovation Consultants in the field of European research and innovation projects. The group aims to facilitate exchange and promotion of best practices and success stories, as well as to uphold professional skills and expertise in European RDI projects. Today the group gathers 42 members, active in more than 18 countries around Europe.
Marie Latour - +32 4 73 89 63 74 – email@example.com
Pekka Koponen - +358 40 545 0008 – firstname.lastname@example.org