The European Commission has announced the names of the 15 innovators and investors who will form a High Level Group to advise Commissioner Carlos Moedas and his colleagues on the formation of the new European Innovation Council.
The Commission recently agreed to allocate some €2.5 billion of its Horizon 2020 budget to expanded support for innovation in what it calls a “preparatory phase” for a future EIC. It said the money will be spent targeting “breakthrough innovation projects with the potential for scaling up.” Starting this March, the new High Level Group of Innovators will advise on that effort, and also make recommendations for the future role of the EIC in the new Framework Programme for R&D to start in 2021.
The line-up of the advisory group consists of
Nicklas Bergman (Sweden), entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Quid Tu Vides and Intergalactic Industries, co-founder of Nirab Parts
Martin Bruncko (Slovakia), founder and managing partner of Steam Capital
Paddy Cosgrave (Ireland), founder and CEO of Web Summit and f.ounders
Gráinne Dwyer (Ireland), CEO of Ludgate Hub
- Hermann Maria Hauser (Austria), entrepreneur, co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
- Marjolein Helder (Netherlands), founder and CEO of Plant-e
- Taavet Hinrikus (Estonia), co-founder and CEO of TransferWise
- Ingmar Hoerr (Germany), co-founder and CEO of CureVac
- Bindi Karia (UK), start-up expert and advisor
- Jana Kolar (Slovenia), CEO of CERIC-ERIC and governing board member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology
- Carlos Oliveira (Portugal), entrepreneur, founder of Skyuber, CEO of ebankIT, NED of ASAP54, Codevision, CardMobili, PepFeed, President of InvestBraga and Startup Braga
- Jim Hagemann Snabe (Denmark), Board of Trustees member, World Economic Forum, and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School
- Kinga Stanisławska (Poland), managing partner and founder of Experior Venture Fund
- Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau (Netherlands), special envoy of StartupDelta
- Roxanne Varza (USA and France), CEO of StationF
The group was selected from the 469 candidates who responded to a public call for applications. The final line-up was chosen to reflect several criteria, including a balance of skills, experience, knowledge, geography, gender and age.
Short bios of the group can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/research/eic/index.cfm?pg=hlg