From 5 to 7 May 2015, James Kong Win Chang, a KIC Innoenergy alumnus was invited to be among the approximately 40 KIC Innoenergy students and alumni to participate in the INNOVEIT 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. This event was the first Innovation Forum organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and consisted of the EIT Alumni Connect, the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, and the EIT Roundtables. This event gathered around 600 participants consisting of start-ups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, higher education and research institutes, policy makers and over 100 entrepreneurial students and graduates.
Limited funding was available for travel and accommodation expenses for people living outside Europe but, after having expressed his motivation to attend, James was ultimately among the very few to have been selected to participate in INNOVEIT 2015. With all travel and accommodation expenses being covered by EIT, he had the opportunity to learn and be inspired about achievements from EIT activities, network with people of the EIT community, and share learnings and good practices in the areas of innovation, education and business creation at INNOVEIT 2015. At this event, he was also chosen to be among the four students and alumni to participate in an informal talk with Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
* Source: http://eit.europa.eu/innoveit#about