On 14 February, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched a selection process to set up a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on innovation for healthy living and active ageing, involving partners from higher education, research and business and other top class organisations. The application process will be open until 10 September, afterwards an independent evaluation of the proposals will be made, based on specific selection criteria.
There are currently three KICs, focusing on climate change, ICT and sustainable energy respectively. They have provided entrepreneurship training for more than 1,000 students and contributed to the creation of more than 100 start-ups. Around 90 new products, services or processes have been launched and more than 400 business ideas are currently being incubated within the KICs.