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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs bring together a wide variety of business innovation stakeholders that are part of the EBN network. For over 160 members and 650 business experts, we seek to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange on sectorial and cross-cutting thematic topics. Led by a SIG Chair, its members share, create and participate in relevant opportunities committed to the acceleration of both your and your client companies’ growth journey.

SIG themes

Members can join, start sharing best-practices and connect within the following SIG sub-communities:

  • Eco-Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Space
  • Smart Manufacturing


Eco-Innovation SIG

The Eco-Innovation Special Interest Group (SIG) was created in 2019 combining the Bioeconomy and Green SIGs. Currently, around 38 members from 19 different countries meet and connect on six sub-themes: Blue Economy, Sustainability, Circular EconomyAgrifood and Smart Mobility.

The SIG sub-community acts as an interactive platform where members can share new collaboration opportunities and events, and exchange best-practices from a local and European level. It explores how these opportunities can be replicated and implemented in new and unique realities of other members. In addition to this approach, SIG members actively identify new and relevant actors emerging in the Eco-Innovation field.

The Eco-Innovation SIG has established strong collaborations with relevant partners and networks in the area such as DG Mare - European Commission and Copa-Cogeca.

SIG Co-chairs

To learn more and join the SIG contact Livia Marcantonio via


Social Impact SIG

Since its creation in 2015, the members of the Social Impact SIG seek to raise visibility on social innovation incubation initiatives, support incubators and accelerators to shape and run programmes maximising the social and environmental impact of their impact start-ups and SMEs (impact enterprises, in short).

The sub-community bringing together 36 incubators and accelerators from 16 countries, also aims to better provide incubation and acceleration support services for underrepresented entrepreneurs. It does so by sharing opportunities and new collaboration possibilities, facilitating the exchange of best-practices between social and inclusive incubators across Europe. It constantly explores how these practices can be replicated elsewhere and seeks to identify new and relevant actors in the Social Impact field.

The SI SIG has established strong partnerships and collaborations with key actors in the social impact ecosystem networks, such as the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and Impact Hub.

Why impact-driven entrepreneurship is more and more important in Europe? And what is the role for EU|BICs and BSOs in this area? Please read our key issue paper on Impact-Driven Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing – contact EBN’s Chiara Davalli to receive the paper. 

SIG Chair: Kristian Mancinone, Social Innovation Expert at EU|BIC Associate ART-ER.

To learn more and join the SIG contact Chiara Davalli, via


Creative, Cultural & Digital Industries SIG

The creative SIG gathers circa 30 experts and leaders from incubators and business support organisations who offer activities in the creative, cultural and digital industries.

Members of the group are invited to share and discuss mutual initiatives, approaches and interests in developing a stronger innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for creative & digital companies.

The group aims to foster mutual know-how, create synergies and collaboration opportunities among its participants.

SIG Chair: Valerie Moreau, Laval Mayenne Technopole. Contact Valerie via valerie.moreau(at)

For more than 20 years now, Laval has developed an internationally recognised cluster around Virtual & Augmented Reality and Immersive Technologies, with a yearly international event, Laval Virtual, gathering the VR/AR community as well as a network of companies, research labs and higher education institutes specialised in VR and AR. This entire ecosystem contributes to the reputation and dynamism of the region.

At the heart of this network, Laval Mayenne Technopole has developed tailor-made services to support local companies and entrepreneurs in the development of innovative services and products. To do this, LMT has in particular developed expertise in facilitating creativity sessions and implementing cross-sector actions, such as projects between creative and traditional companies.

To learn more and join the SIG contact Perrine Hamon via


Space SIG

The youngest addition to the big EBN SIG subcommunity. Thanks to a long and fruitful close cooperation with the European Space Agency, we started the Space SIG in 2017, answering the request of many of our members to be informed, interconnected and active in the larger space industrial ecosystem. Intersecting several different industries, the Space SIG groups members are not only very active directly in the Space industry but also in ICT, Green Energy, Maritime, Automotive sectors.

Its main aim is to support EBN BIC managers to run key actions shaping the space industry while assisting their entrepreneurs at any stage of development to effectively operate in the global space ecosystem. As a secondary result, the activities of the Space SIG have the ambition to serve the European Union and all its citizens while supporting the space industry powering the European Green Deal and the Digital Economy.

Operationally, the EBN Space SIG provides a commonly shared platform where to collect first-hand information on new potential development in this industry together with a continual flow of information concerning EU programmes and projects. At present, the Space SIG connects 38 members among ESA BICs, EU-BICs and other important continental organisations with 72 different contacts, being one of the largest of its kind in EBN.

SIG Chair: Alvaro Montero, Senior Innovation and Growth Specialist at Coventry University CUE and member of the Aerospace Sector Group at Enterprise Europe Network.

Alvaro provides bespoke support that grows and supports innovative businesses. He supports Coventry University’s ambitions to grow in the space sector through his role in the Space Special Interest Group at EBN.

To learn more and join the SIG contact Raffaele Buompane, via


Smart Manufacturing SIG

The Smart Manufacturing SIG gathers around 30 members specialised in Industry 4.0. in diverse areas such as IoT, AI, Robotics, blockchain or new materials.

The main areas of interest for this SIG are:

  • Benchmarking and promotion of good practices to the service of the entire group; working on relevant trends related to Industry 4.0
  • Positioning EBN members as experts on different initiatives and projects led by EBN in the sector
  • Collective work on attracting EU and non-EU funds/ projects focused on Industry 4.0
  • Sharing and mapping facilities for other companies in the EBN network (receiving and sending companies to use facilities from the network)
  • Workshops or Webinars organized by EBN to members and their companies on specific topics related with the SIG

SIG Chair: Frédéric Daumas

To learn more and join the SIG contact Agata Papotto, via



EBN SIGs are open to all persons active within an EU|BIC and Associate Member organisation. Reach out to the dedicated EBN Team member for receive more information and start the onboarding to your new group of like-minded experts and top-class of all sorts.

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Published on 04-02-2015 00:00 by David Tee. 31897 page views

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