Dear EIT Health Scandinavia partners and friends,
The current period is important, as we had 150 EIT Health proposals submitted, including 88 for Innovation Projects (71 Innovation by Ideas and 17 Innovation by Design), 47 for Campus activities and 15 for Accelerator activities, of which some have made it through the review process and are currently invited to the hearings process. Scandinavian partners have demonstrated their engagement in the process by being part of the applicant group in many applications.
Locally, the Scandinavian CLC has awarded proof of concept/Head start grants of 50.000 Euro to six start-up companies in Scandinavia with links to our Scandinavian partners. At the moment, selected Scandinavian start-up companies join a competitive business plan competition process (European Health Catapult programme).
Our public partners met early in May in Copenhagen to see the Living Lab of the City of Copenhagen and to discuss joint EIT Health priorities for our city and municipality partners going forward.
The Scandinavian CLC will now adopt a one year trial period where we will invite up to 20 selected organisation to join us as Network Partners, a new partner category adopted for regional CLC activities.
Scandinavian innovation projects of 2017 have started their activities and preparations for 2017 summer school and innovation day activities have started among our academic partners.
Finally, we have within EIT Health launched a strategy process including surveys, interviews and a strategy meeting in order to get a feedback from our partners about the future direction for EIT Health.
With our network organisation finally successfully established, I feel I have accomplished my most important goal and it is now time for me to pursue new activities within the educational and training space with a focus in Copenhagen. I will therefore leave our EIT Health organisation as of September 1st. The Board of the Scandinavian CLC will undertake a search and a selection of a new Scandinavian CLC director, but I am very pleased to announce that Henrik Cyren, coming from the City of Uppsala, has accepted to act as an interim Scandinavian CLC Director as per September 1st. I am also pleased to welcome Christos Vaitsis as our new full-time Business Creation manager as of June 1st and Merike Leego as our new part time communication coordinator as of May 1st.
It has been a pleasure serving the Scandinavian CLC, and I wish all our partners, the Scandinavian CLC office and all of EIT-Health a successful future!
Palle Høy Jakobsen
CLC Managing Director,
EIT Health Scandinavia