Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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Under the Dome @ Westfield San Francisco Centre 
845 Market Street
Level 4
San Francisco, CA 94103

Driving Directions 

 Organized by



Eric Thelen 
EIT Digital 


We are delighted to announce the expansion of our footprint in Silicon Valley through the launch of the EIT Community Hub in San Francisco.

Created in 2008, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a unique EU initiative that boosts innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

The EIT is a one-stop-shop for innovation, being the single EU instrument that fully integrates business, research and education. It supports the development of dynamic pan-European partnerships, the EIT Innovation Communities (KICs), between leading universities, research organisations, companies and other innovation actors, such as the public sector and NGOs. Together, they develop innovative products and services, start new and scale existing companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

With the largest innovation ecosystem - more than 1,000 partners - at pan-European level, the EIT Community addresses pressing global challenges in the areas of Climate, Digital, Energy, Food, Health, Manufacturing, Raw Materials and Urban Mobility.

As we are now expanding our collaboration and looking to forge synergies with key innovation ecosystems beyond Europe, we are opening the first EIT Community Hub in the San Francisco Bay Area, building on the existing Silicon Valley Hub of EIT Digital.

Please join us in celebrating the opening of our new EIT Community Hub on March 27, 2019.


5:00 PM
Arrival and Drinks

5:30 PM
Welcome Address
Lorenzo Ortona, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, Current Chair of EU Consuls General in San Francisco

Silicon Valley and Europe – Collaboration Opportunities
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO Bay Area Council

The EIT and the EIT Hub Silicon Valley
Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital
Kirsten Dunlop, CEO EIT Climate-KIC

~ 6:20 PM

~ 6:35 PM
Silicon Valley and Europe – Collaboration Opportunities
Ruth Cox, CEO Prospect Silicon Valley
Thomas Kicker, SVP Group Business Development and Partnering, Deutsche Telekom
Olli Andersson, Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Nokia Bell Labs
Iddo Bante, Business Director Digital Society Institute, University of Twente

EIT Innovation Showcase – Startup Elevator Pitches
Omnibot - Rene Arvin, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer
Ontoforce - Hans Constandt, CEO
Romware - Evert Bulcke, Managing Director

~ 7:25 PM
Formal Opening of EIT Hub Silicon Valley
Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

~ 7:35 PM
Networking with Drinks and Food

~ 8:30 PM


For more information about the EIT, please click on the infographic below: