Tag Archives: INNOVATION

Hexagon’s Asset Lifecycle Intelligence Division Honored as Employer of Choice in Australian Business Awards 2023

(IN BRIEF) Hexagon’s Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division has received the prestigious Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice (EOC) for the fifth consecutive year. This award recognizes organizations that excel in creating workplaces that maximize workforce potential through effective employee … Read the full press release

Henkel Adhesive Technologies Implements Sustainable Portfolio Assessment Methodology

(IN BRIEF) Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global leader in adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, has introduced an audited methodology for assessing the sustainability performance of its product portfolio. The assessment methodology, developed to align with Henkel’s Sustainability Ambition 2030, evaluates … Read the full press release

Iberdrola Forms Strategic Partnership with Enlit to Host Enlit Europe 2025 in Bilbao

(IN BRIEF) Iberdrola has forged a strategic alliance with Enlit, a prominent media and events company in the European energy transition sector. This collaboration will culminate in Bilbao hosting the Enlit Europe conference and exhibition in 2025 at the Bilbao … Read the full press release

European Investment Bank Provides €15 Million Loan to CrowdFarming for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €15 million venture debt loan agreement with CrowdFarming, an online platform connecting European farmers directly with consumers. Supported by the InvestEU program, this financing will enable CrowdFarming to enhance its … Read the full press release

Loughborough University Launches Engaging Inaugural Lecture Series, Open to the Public

(IN BRIEF) Loughborough University is introducing a new Inaugural Lecture series starting on November 1st, inviting the public to attend these informative events delivered by the university’s Professors. The series celebrates the achievements of the university’s research and innovation community, … Read the full press release

UCL Applauds UK’s Return to Horizon Europe, Unlocking Opportunities for Research and Innovation

(IN BRIEF) UCL leaders have welcomed the UK Government’s agreement with the European Commission, allowing UK scientists to fully participate in Horizon Europe, a significant £81 billion research and innovation program. This agreement enables UK organizations, including UCL, to lead … Read the full press release

EIB Survey Reveals Central and Eastern European Companies Prioritize Innovation Amidst Investment Challenges

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has released findings from its Investment Survey, focusing on Central and Eastern European (CEE) companies. The survey highlights that 77% of CEE companies are investing in business development, with a higher percentage investing … Read the full press release

Bayer Invests EUR 220 Million in Future of Regenerative Agriculture and Crop Protection Innovation

(IN BRIEF) Bayer is making a significant investment of EUR 220 million in research and development (R&D) at its Monheim site in Germany, focusing on its Crop Protection business. This represents the company’s largest single investment in Crop Protection in … Read the full press release

Ericsson Receives Google Cloud’s 2023 Partner Award for Transformative Telecommunications Innovation

(IN BRIEF) Ericsson has been awarded the 2023 Google Cloud Industry Solution Technology Partner of the Year Award for Telecommunications. The recognition stems from Ericsson’s innovative integration of its 5G portfolio with Google Cloud technology. The collaboration between Ericsson and … Read the full press release

BBVA Innovates Online Access with Bizum Service, Revolutionizing Customer Interaction

(IN BRIEF) BBVA, the first bank in Spain to do so, has launched a new Bizum service that allows its customers to conveniently register and log in at online retailers and service providers. This feature streamlines the registration and access … Read the full press release

Ericsson’s Graduate Program Welcomes Fresh Cohort in Nigeria, Aiming to Drive Innovation and Digital Transformation in Africa

(IN BRIEF) Ericsson has introduced a new group of graduates in Nigeria as part of its ongoing Graduate Program in Africa. This program offers opportunities for graduates to explore roles in various fields including Engineering, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and … Read the full press release

Malawian Experts to Deliver Public Lectures in University of Dundee’s Africa Lecture Series, Addressing Research, Innovation, and Agri-Food Transformation

(IN BRIEF) Malawian experts, Professors Aggrey Ambali and Richard Mkandawire, will deliver public lectures as part of the University of Dundee’s Africa Lecture Series. The lectures will focus on research and innovation, as well as transforming agri-food systems. These lectures … Read the full press release

University of Bristol Leads £1.8 Million Initiative to Boost Innovation in Small Financial Services Firms

(IN BRIEF) The University of Bristol is spearheading a pioneering £1.8 million program, called Future Finance for All, aimed at accelerating innovation adoption in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-tier financial services firms. Backed by Innovate UK and the … Read the full press release

The Dutch Research Council (NWO): KIC Funds Three Projects for Accelerating Mission-Driven Innovation through Collaborative Research

(IN BRIEF) The Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) has awarded funding to three projects under the ‘Collaboration in mission-driven innovation’ call. These projects involve interdisciplinary consortia of knowledge institutions, private entities, and public partners. The research aims to explore ways … Read the full press release

SGS Launches Cutting-Edge Crop Science Experimental Station in Benacazón, Spain, Boosting Agricultural Research and Innovation

(IN BRIEF) SGS has established a new experimental field station for Crop Science in Benacazón, Spain. The facility, which includes walk-in plant growth chambers, greenhouses, and specialized laboratories, aims to support crop scientists in their research and enable integrated pest … Read the full press release

BASF to Boost Production Capacity of OPPANOL® B Polyisobutenes by 25% to Meet Rising Global Demand

(IN BRIEF) BASF, a leading chemical company, plans to increase the production capacity of its medium-molecular weight polyisobutenes (OPPANOL® B) at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany by 25%. The decision comes in response to the growing global demand for high-quality … Read the full press release

CAF MiiRA and Euskotren Join Forces to Quiet Trains and Enhance Rail Travel Experience

(IN BRIEF) CAF MiiRA, a leading supplier of comprehensive wheelset solutions for the railway industry, is collaborating with Euskotren, a prominent transportation operator in Euskadi, to reduce train noise by testing innovative wheel soundproofing systems. The goal is to minimize … Read the full press release

AXA Launches AXA Secure GPT, an Internal Secure AI Platform for Employee Use

(IN BRIEF) AXA, the insurance company, has introduced a new internal service called AXA Secure GPT, which is built on Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, this service offers AXA employees access to a secure digital platform … Read the full press release

European Investment Bank and Bulgarian Development Bank Collaborate to Enhance SME Financing in Bulgaria

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Bulgarian Development Bank (BDB) have signed a €175 million loan agreement to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps in Bulgaria. The loan aims to support companies … Read the full press release

Ahlstrom, adapa, and Maped Introduce Sustainable Fiber-Based Packaging Solution for Erasers

(IN BRIEF) Ahlstrom, adapa, and Maped have collaborated to develop a groundbreaking flowpack solution for eraser packaging. Using Ahlstrom’s Cristal™ base papers, a transparent paper alternative has been created for traditional plastic or film substrates. The fiber-based window packaging provides … Read the full press release

Ericsson and O2 Telefónica Achieve 5G Cloud RAN Milestone in Europe

(IN BRIEF) Ericsson and O2 Telefónica in Germany have reached a significant milestone in the development of 5G Cloud RAN technology in Europe. Through a joint Proof of Concept (PoC) deployment at O2 Telefónica’s innovation hub, Ericsson showcased its first … Read the full press release

European Investment Bank Provides €50 Million Loan to Brainlab’s R&D Program for Medical Technologies

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €50 million loan, guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), to co-finance Brainlab AG’s R&D program in 2023 and 2024. Brainlab, a Munich-based company, develops and distributes hardware … Read the full press release

Michelin’s Road-Approved Car Tire with Sustainable Materials Wins AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award

(IN BRIEF) Michelin has been honored with the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2023 in Frankfurt for its road-approved car tires containing 45% sustainable materials. The award recognizes Michelin’s commitment to producing tires made entirely from sustainable materials by 2050, with an interim … Read the full press release

Empa and Eawag Campus: A Model of Innovation and Sustainable Construction

(IN BRIEF) The future campus of Empa and Eawag is being designed as a leading example of environmentally friendly and climate-conscious construction. The campus incorporates various energy-saving and energy-generating ideas, from geothermal probes for seasonal energy storage to the use … Read the full press release

Télécom Paris, Bouygues Telecom, and Thales Collaborate to Advance Responsible Digital Identity Research

(IN BRIEF) Télécom Paris, in collaboration with Bouygues Telecom and Thales, has launched the Research Chair in Responsibility for Digital Identity (RD-ID). Directed by Valérie Fernandez and Laura Draetta, the chair aims to conduct research and innovation projects that align … Read the full press release

Alstom’s Economic Impact in UK and Ireland Exceeds £1 Billion, Spearheading Sustainable Rail Innovation

(IN BRIEF) Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, releases its 2023 Economic Impact Report, revealing its significant contribution to the UK and Ireland. With roots tracing back to the world’s first locomotive works in Newcastle, Alstom has … Read the full press release

European Investment Fund Grants €110 Million Guarantee to BPER Banca Group to Support SMEs and Sustainable Investments

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF) has provided a guarantee worth €110 million to the BPER Banca Group, comprising BPER Banca and Banco di Sardegna, with the assistance of Banca Finint. This agreement aims to boost investments by small … Read the full press release

Capgemini Wins Six Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards for Innovation and Excellence

(IN BRIEF) Capgemini Group has been honored with six Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards, including two global awards – Microsoft SAP on Azure Partner of the Year and Microsoft GSI Growth Champion of the Year. The awards recognize Capgemini’s … Read the full press release

EIF Provides €50 Million Guarantees to illimity Bank for SME Financing in Italy

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF) has provided two guarantees totaling €50 million to illimity Bank to improve financing access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Italy. The guarantees, backed by the InvestEU program, focus on supporting SMEs … Read the full press release

HSBC Expands Innovation Reach with HSBC Innovation Banking and SVB UK Integration

(IN BRIEF) HSBC has launched HSBC Innovation Banking, a new initiative that includes Silicon Valley Bank UK (SVB UK) and innovation teams in the US, Israel, and Hong Kong. The launch took place during London Tech Week, where HSBC executives … Read the full press release

InvestEU-backed Partnership to Stimulate SME Growth and Digitalization in Slovenia

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF) and SID Bank have signed a guarantee agreement worth €42 million to unlock €72 million in new loans for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Slovenia. The agreement, backed by InvestEU, will … Read the full press release

Europe’s Digital Targets at Risk Without Regulatory Action, Warns Vodafone

Vodafone Urges Regulatory Reboot to Safeguard Europe's Digital Future

(IN BRIEF) Vodafone has warned that Europe’s digital future is at risk without a reboot of regulations. The company is calling for decisive action from the European Commission to address challenges in the telecommunications sector and ensure that Europe’s digital … Read the full press release

University of Exeter Academics Lead the Way as Scientific Section Presidents for British Science Festival

(IN BRIEF) The British Science Association (BSA) has announced the selection of three experts from the University of Exeter as Scientific Section Presidents for the 2023 British Science Festival. Professor Tim Lenton will serve as the Geology President, focusing on … Read the full press release

InvestEU-Backed EIF Guarantees to Enable UniCredit Group to Provide Favorable Loans to 2,500 SMEs

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF) has provided UniCredit Group with two guarantees worth €370 million to support investment by small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across seven EU countries. The transactions are backed by InvestEU, the European Union’s long-term … Read the full press release

Dassault Aviation Celebrates Six Decades of Innovation in Business Aviation

(IN BRIEF) French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation marks the 60th anniversary of its first business jet, the Mystère 20, which was later rebranded as the Falcon 20. The plane’s success in the US market attracted buyers among entrepreneurs, government agencies, … Read the full press release

Accenture and Cervest collaborate on AI-powered climate intelligence platform

(IN BRIEF) Accenture Ventures Project Spotlight has partnered with Cervest, an AI-powered climate intelligence platform, to offer clients access to historical, current, and predictive climate data. The partnership will enable clients to assess and address asset and portfolio vulnerabilities for … Read the full press release

Die EIF-Garantie von Ark Kapital zur Unterstützung nachhaltigkeits-, innovations- und digitalisierungsgetriebener Unternehmen

(IN KÜRZE) Ark Kapital, ein technologieorientierter Kreditgeber, hat sich eine Portfoliogarantie des Europäischen Investitionsfonds (EIF) gesichert, um den Zugang zu Finanzmitteln für Hightech-KMU zu verbessern. Die Garantie ermöglicht es Ark Kapital, über 146 Millionen Euro an neuen Finanzierungen in den … Read the full press release

Ark Kapital’s EIF guarantee to support sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation-driven enterprises

(IN BRIEF) Ark Kapital, a tech-focused lender, has secured a portfolio guarantee from the European Investment Fund (EIF) to improve access to finance for high-tech SMEs. The guarantee enables Ark Kapital to offer over €146 million in new financing across … Read the full press release

Volvo Group’s CampX accelerator adds fintech to innovation focus areas

(IN BRIEF) Volvo Group’s innovation hub, CampX, has expanded its focus areas to include financial technology (fintech) to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport solutions. Fintech is transforming the financial services industry through partnerships with startups and changing how customers … Read the full press release

France and Netherlands Sign MoU to Strengthen Technological Capacity and Autonomy in EU

(IN BRIEF) The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration in research and innovation. The agreement aims to enhance the … Read the full press release