Sofia , 12 November 201 8 – The European Commission chose Sasha Bezuhanova – founder and chair of the MOVE.BG platform, as a member of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) . Together with Mrs. Bezuhanova, the EIT Board will include Barbara Novakovska, Managing Director of the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and Laima Kauppiedene, an expert on entrepreneurship, technology transfer and innovation ecosystems in Lithuania.
Tibor Navracic, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the EIT, said: “Women play a key role in stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe, and I am very proud that today we are taking a big step forward in promoting their talent, creativity and experience: More than two-thirds of EIT’s board members are now #WomenLeaders – the cornerstone of the EIT. “
The board of the EIT is the managing authority, which sets strategic direction of the organization and manage the activities of selection, evaluation and assessment Community Innovation (Knowledge and Innovation Communities).
“My participation in the EIT board is a privilege and a great responsibility. I am convinced that the experience in supporting the development of the digital eco-system in Bulgaria and Europe, stimulation of women entrepreneurship and leadership and the innovative approach for socio-economic change of MOVE.BG as a platform for dialogue and unification of individuals and organizations with innovative practices , will help to strengthen the EIT’s strategic strands as a driver for an innovative Europe, “Sasha Bezuhanova said on her election.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is an independent EU body and manages a budget of 2.7 billion euros to finance innovative projects. The EIT has over 1000 organizations – nearly 600 companies including SMEs, about 200 universities, over 150 research centers and more than 80 cities, regions and NGOs. EIT plays a vital role in supporting the EU’s objectives of creating sustainable economic growth and jobs by enabling entrepreneurs and innovation makers to turn their best ideas into products and services for Europe.
MOVE.BG is an incubator for ideas and a platform for creating people. The organization looks for innovative solutions for social change, works for sustainable development and fosters a culture of constructive dialogue, active leadership and shared values. Since its inception in 2013, MOVE.BG has been partnering with over 50 Bulgarian and international organizations and working with over 2,000 volunteers. MOVE.BG is the initiator of EDIT – a program to support economic development through digital innovation and knowledge. More information at: www.move.bg