ACRID at the K4I “Green Pioneers Workshop: Leading the Green and Digital Transition” in the European Parliament

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Distinguish Speakers, Experts, Colleagues and Friends at the K4I Forum in the European Parliament ‘s 15th European Innovation Summit, taking place in the European Parliament in Brussels hosted by MEP Maria Da Graça Carvalho
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presentation and capacity building for the upcoming EU funding 2024. Representatives from the private sector, policy makers, Universities such as Delft, Eindhoven among others.

Representatives on this event from ACRID were: Mr Ilija Vuchkov ACRID Coordinator, Prof.Dr Ljubomir Kekenovski Chair of the ACRID WG for Circular Economy, and Prof.Dr. Eunika Mercier-Laurent Chair of the ACRID WG for Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization

We will publish soon the new ACRID members..

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and the other researchers and experts from the ACRID Network Working Groups:
Kemal ÇELİK Marijana Curcic, PhD, Toxicology, ERT Ani Spasovska Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic Ergün Demir Harun Baytekin Ricardo Luz Despoina Karatosidi Čedomir Radović Vlatko Danilov Genci Kojdheli Murat YILMAZ Eunika Mercier-Laurent Fatih BAYRAKTAR Konya Sanayi Odası Ljubomir Kekenovski Vladimir Trajkovski Adnan Menderes University Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Balıkesir Üniversitesi Eleonora Blazevska Deniz Tuncalp Istanbul Technical University Dusica Ostojic Andric Gjoko Bunevski Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovikj Macedonian Chambers of Commerce Maria Bandulova Trajan Angeloski

Was a pleasure taking part of the Green Pioneers Workshop: Leading the Green and Digital Transition at the European Parliament hosted by Maria Da Graça Carvalho last night.

We all agree that we need to help startups innovate and grow to build a thriving society. Europe has the chance to lead the green transition. We need to raise the awareness on investing in gender diverse teams and impact – there is a clear correlation between companies founded by women and green innovation but there is a stigma around both. Gender lens and impact investing is not a charity. Data speaks loud and clear, diverse teams bring higher returns. When it comes to investing in impact, I’d like to ask: Do you want a sustainable or an unsustainable portfolio?

When looking at the deal flow we receive at The Better Fund we see that over 70% of it is in impact. Jara Pascual also brought out that research and data show the same. If green innovation is largely worked on by women and yet only 1-2% of capital is invested in female founded teams, how are we possibly going to make it in the long run?

We need the backing of Europe as well as private investors on this. As Ursula von der Leyen said: The world needs our leadership more than ever. To keep engaging with the world as a responsible power. To be a force for peace and for positive change.

We can bridge this gap together with the help of European Commission European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) European Investment Fund (EIF) and fulfil Europe’s motto of “United in diversity”

Grateful to have been able to participate and hear so many insightful points from all parties. Also, my first visit to the European Parliament. Smells of freedom here, let’s keep building.

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