In total, 9 KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) have been created by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) since its creation in 2010.
- 1st wave setup in 2010:
- 2nd wave setup in 2014:
- 3rd wave setup in 2016:
- EIT Food: Lead a global revolution in food innovation and production
- 4th wave setup in 2019:
- 5th wave setup in 2022:
- EIT Cultural & Creativity: Unite Europe’s creatives
- 6th wave setup coming soon:
- EIT Water: Contribute to a circular and sustainable water economy
A KIC is a network of universities, research institutions, and companies that work together to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in a specific area or field. The KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) are the main operational units of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and are responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions to some of Europe’s most pressing societal challenges.
Each KIC brings together partners from across Europe and beyond to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth in their respective fields.