EBAN and EIT Digital are joining forces to foster entrepreneurship in Europe

Brussels, 26th July 2023

The partnership between EIT Digital and EBAN signifies a powerful collaboration to foster innovation and drive growth within Europe’s tech ecosystem. By combining the strengths of EIT Digital’s expertise in digital innovation and open-innovation ecosystem with EBAN’s extensive network and representation of the early-stage investor community, the partnership aims to accelerate early-stage investments in startups and share best practices. By nurturing digital ventures, supporting technology scale-up, and providing growth support, the partnership aspires to bolster Europe’s competitiveness on a global scale, creating wealth and jobs and further establishing Europe as a competitive, inclusive, and sustainable force in the digital era.

“The partnership between EBAN and EIT Digital is a testament to the commitment of both organisations to nurture and grow the tech ecosystem in Europe, accelerating early-stage investments in startups and sharing best practices. Our combined strengths will allow us to have a significant impact on the European deep tech and digital entrepreneurial landscape and go as far as bolstering Europe’s competitiveness on a global scale.” said Diva Tommei, Chief Innovation, Education and Marketing Officer. 

“EIT Digital is a catalyst for digital innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe, forging collaborations and driving meaningful change. Their integrated approach to education, research, and business equips individuals with the skills to shape the future. By addressing societal challenges and fostering innovation, EIT Digital is a vital force for economic growth and progress in Europe.” said Jacopo Losso, EBAN General Director.

EBAN, the European Business Angels Network, is the pan-European representative for the early-stage investor community gathering over 100 member organisations in more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 11.4 billion Euros a year and play a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.

EIT Digital is working for a competitive digital Europe that is inclusive, fair and sustainable. EIT Digital embodies the future of innovation by mobilizing a pan-European multi-stakeholder open-innovation ecosystem of top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and investors address the technology, talent, skills, business and capital needs of digital entrepreneurship. They build the next generation of digital ventures, digital products and services and breed digital entrepreneurial talent, helping businesses and entrepreneurs to be at the frontier of digital innovation by providing them with technology, talent, and growth support. EIT Digital answers specific innovation needs by, for example, finding the right partners to bring technology to the market, supporting the scale-up of digital technology ventures, attracting talent and developing their digital knowledge and skills.