Great news for innovators in the Western Balkans today as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced the launch of its first joint hub to be opened in Skopje, North Macedonia to serve the region.
Part of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) programme, Skopje's new EIT Community RIS Hub is part of a wider programme to consolidate Europe's innovation ecosystem. The hub 'will strengthen cooperation among leading business, education and research organisations while increasing the region’s competitiveness and sustainable economic growth'.
The newly opened hub will represent all the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and focus on attracting and engaging North Macedonian participants into EIT Community activities.
“Given their expertise and presence across Europe, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology is uniquely positioned to support us in increasing our innovation capacities and creating stronger synergies among regional partners. I look forward to seeing new ground-breaking technologies emerge and new opportunities for entrepreneurs in North Macedonia,” says Fatimir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs.
“We are delighted to open the EIT Community’s first joint hub in North Macedonia. Because of the region's talent pool and economic strengths, particularly in smart agriculture, and information and communications technologies, the Western Balkans is an important region for the EIT Community. We aim to increase access to EIT opportunities through the new hub and to strengthen the innovation capacity of North Macedonia. We anticipate many success stories to be born here and scale towards the European market,” says Nektarios Tavernarakis, Chair of the EIT Governing Board.