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European Innovation Ecosystems - Online Informative Session - 29 February 2024

Learn more about the new open calls and how to apply! A team of experts will share insights about the work programmes & application process.

On 29 February 2024, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is organising an informative webinar to learn more about the following calls:

  • The African Union-European Union Innovation Platform (HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-01-01): this action has the objective of supporting the implementation of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda. The action is expected to bring together a mix of EU and AU innovation stakeholders, from academia and business, including higher education establishments, public and private research entities, non-governmental organisations, international finance institutions, incubators and accelerators, technology transfer and capacity building and higher learning organisations.
  • Startup Europe (HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-01-02): this action will connect local digital and deep tech start-up ecosystems and support cross-border acceleration activities for start-ups that demonstrate traction (i.e. market-product fit or at least a seed round raised). Among the start-up ecosystems to be connected, specific attention will be given to the inclusion of ecosystems in ‘moderate’ or ‘emerging’ innovator countries and/or regions.

Registration to the Info Session is now open, please click on the register button below if you want to attend. 

You can already submit your questions for our speakers in using the event code #EIE2024

Register here

Book your seat, 1 week left to register, registration will end on Wednesday 28 February 2024, 12:00 (CET)

  • innovation | cooperation policy | Africa-EU partnership | ecosystem services
  • Thursday 29 February 2024, 10:00 - 12:15 (CET)
  • Online only


  1. 29 Feb 2024, 10:00 - 10:05 (CET)
    Welcome and housekeeping rules
  2. 10:05 - 10:15 (CET)
    Introduction and opening

    Birgit WEIDEL, Head of Department, EISMEA I - Innovation Ecosystems, SMP/Entrepreneurship and Consumers 

  3. 10:15 - 10:30 (CET)
    General policy context – the EIE 2023-2024 Work Programme  

    Jekaterina NOVIKOVA, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD unit A5 - Innovation Policy & Access to Finance 

  4. 10:30 - 11:00 (CET)
    HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-01-01 - The African Union-European Union Innovation Platform

    Fadila BOUGHANEMI - Deputy Head of Unit RTD unit F2 - International Cooperation II (Asia, Africa, Middle East & External Relations) 

    Catalin TICHERU - Project Adviser, EISMEA unit I1 - EU and Place-based Innovation Ecosystems 

  5. 11:00 - 11:20 (CET)
    Q&A via #EIE2024
  6. 11:20 - 11:50 (CET)
    HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-01-02 – Startup Europe
  7. 11:50 - 12:10 (CET)
    Q&A via #EIE2024
  8. 12:10 - 12:15 (CET)

Practical information

Thursday 29 February 2024, 10:00 - 12:15 (CET)
Online only