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European Innovation Council

EIC Ambassadors

Period 2021 - 2027

Many highly influential innovators across Europe have been involved in the creation and implementation of the EIC, including members of advisory boards, CEOs and researchers of companies and projects receiving EIC support and members of the juries that select projects for funding. To recognise these contributions and empower these innovators to speak about their experiences with the programme, they are appointed as EIC ambassadors.

The role of EIC Ambassadors is voluntary and they:

  • speak about the EIC at relevant events and with local, national and European media
  • are kept informed so they can communicate about the latest developments and impacts of the EIC
  • provide their insights and feedback to support further improvements to the EIC

Former  EIC Ambassadors

Martin Bruncko

Executive Vice President for Europe at Binance, former EIC board member and investment committee

Bury Jo

Jo Bury

Managing Director of Flanders Institute of Biotechnology

Miguel Castanho

Research group leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, EIC beneficiary

Cristian Dascalu

Cristian Dascalu

Founded or co-founded several businesses and major projects aimed at the development of tech startups and digital innovation areas such as GapMinder VC, Techcelerator, ROTSA - Romanian Tech Startups Association, and others

Dermot Diamond

Dermot Diamond

Professor of Sensor Science and Materials Chemistry and Principal Investigator, INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University, Consulting project advisor, Siemens Healthineers, Walpole MA USA

Angele Giuliano

Angele Giuliano

CEO of AcrossLimits, Business Angel and President of the Maltese Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs

Talis Juhna

Talis Juhna

Professor and vice-rector for research at Riga Technical University (RTU)

Heidi Kakko

Chair of UniTartu Ventures, former EIC Board Member and Investment Committee Member

Bindi Karia

Bindi Karia

European Innovation Expert & Advisor, Connector of People and Businesses

Stavriana A. Kofteros

Stavriana A. Kofteros

Vice Chair of the Research & Innovation Foundation, EIC Ambassador, EIC Jury Member and Director of Communication, Innovation & Digital of the Democratic Rally

Langer Jerzy

Jerzy Langer

Physicist, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Carlos Oliveira

Carlos Oliveira

Serial Entrepreneur, Innovator, Executive President of José Neves Foundation

Matthias Schneider

co-founder at Nouvel, former head of digital at Bloomberg, EIC jury member

Emmanuel Stratakis

Emmanuel Stratakis

Research Director at the Institute of Electronic structure and laser (IESL) - Hellas (FORTH) and founder and CEO of Biomimetic PC

Marja Tiirola

Biology Professor, co-Founder of BiopSense, and EIC beneficiary

Jo Uthus

CEO of CrayoNano, EIC beneficiary

Verganti Roberto

Roberto Verganti

Professor of Leadership and Innovation, Director, The Garden - Center for Design and Leadership, Stockholm School of Economics

Matija Zulj

Chief Executive Officer at AGRIVI, EIC beneficiary