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ELTE becomes founding member of EIT Culture & Creativity

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced the winning team set to build EIT Culture & Creativity. The governing board of the EIT picked the ICE Partnership – including ELTE as the only Hungarian partner - to establish the new innovation community.

According to a press release by the university, EIT’s ninth Innovation Community is designed to strengthen and transform Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) by connecting creatives and organizations to Europe’s largest innovation network.

The community offers entrepreneurial education degrees and courses as well as business creation and acceleration services and innovation-driven research projects.

"This will be an open innovation community: open to entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, social innovators, cultural agents. Innovation and change are possible when all players -the large and the small, for-profit and non-profit - meet at eye level in collaboration spaces for addressing pressing societal challenges,” concluded Bernd Fesel, Interim CEO and spokesperson of the winning team.

The 50-member partnership is made up of prominent actors in the higher education, research, business and public sectors, spanning 20 European countries from Bulgaria to Ireland, from Greece to Sweden.

The consortium is led by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the world's largest applied research organizations employing 30,000 researchers, with research activity worth almost EUR 3 billion a year.

ELTE is now an active partner in two EIT Innovation Communities: besides EIT Culture & Creativity, the university is a member of EIT Digital since 2012.

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