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Members around Europe

has established an intense collaboration in the field of the implementation of national technology Programmes. This is to the benefit of both their governments and regular customers.

The Network allows the national organisations to learn best practices from an analysis of how other members run their affairs. It also enables them to collaborate at a European level.

Innovation agencies

ANI – Portugal

ANI is the Portuguese National Innovation Agency. Its mission is to promote knowledge transfer through greater and better collaboration between enterprises and the research and knowledge production institutions. ANI´s mandate is to promote innovation through research funding.

Bpifrance – France

Bpifrance provides assistance and financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises, facilitating access to banks and equity capital investors, in particular during the high-risk phases: Start-up, Innovation, Development, International, Buy out.

Business Finland – Finland

Business Finland is the main public provider for innovation funding, and services for internationalization and travel promotion. Business Finland also attracts foreign investments and venture capital.

CDTI Spain

The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) is a Spanish public organisation, under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, whose objective is to help Spanish companies to increase their technological profile. It is a state-owned company, and, established in 1977, has financed more than 15,000 technology development projects so far.

DAHES – Denmark

The Agency was established 2017 based on elements from the two former agencies for Innovation and for higher education. The Agency creates the foundation for knowledge and wealth through allocation and administration of grants and funding to institutions within higher education and innovation, grants for students, as well as it supervises public research and innovation funds in Denmark. 

ENEA – Italy

ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment is a public undertaking operating in the fields of energy, the environment and new technologies to support competitiveness and sustainable development.

Enterprise Estonia – Estonia

Established in year 2000 Enterprise Estonia today is the key governmental agency in Estonia for promoting business model development and innovation acceleration, trade development, raising foreign direct investments, attracting foreign talent and developing tourism. With offices in 17 foreign markets, Enterprise Estonia serves as a bridge between the Estonian business environment and the world.

Enterprise Ireland – Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is an organisation of the Government of Ireland with the mission of building the competitive capability of Irish industry.

FFG – Austria

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) offers advice, support and promotion for research and innovation projects. In this way, the FFG plays an important role in achieving aims, both research and political, defined by Austria and the European Union.

Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Belgium

Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. We encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to a favourable business climate. This is done in close collaboration with local actors and supported by international commitments in EUREKA, E.E.N., Horizon Europe, IPCEI, ERDF and Interreg.

HAMAG-BICRO – Croatia

The Agency’s activities include the promotion of establishment and development of small business entities, financing operation and development of small business entities by loans and guarantees issuing for approved loans by creditors as well as promotion of investments in small business.

Innosuisse Switzerland

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Agency. It is a federal entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is a business-focused organisation dedicated to promoting technology-enabled innovation across the UK. Its role is to promote and support research into and development and exploitation of science, technology and new ideas for the benefit of business, in order to increase sustainable economic growth and improve the quality of life.

Innovation Fund Serbia (IFS) – Serbia

The Innovation Fund Serbia (IFS) was founded by the Law on Innovation Activity in 2006 to encourage and manage financing for innovation in Serbia. It is modeled after international examples of similar organizations in order to provide financing for innovation and to encourage entrepreneurship in science and technology.

Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s key instrument to achieve both private and socio-economic profitable business and industry development, working to increase the numbers of good entrepreneurs, companies with growth capabilities, and innovative business clusters.

Innoviris – Brussels

Innoviris is the Brussels Institute for the encouragement of scientific research and innovation. Their mission is to support and stimulate research, development and innovation in and for Brussels through the funding of innovative projects by companies, research organisations and the non-commercial sector.

Invitalia – Italy

Invitalia is the National Agency for inward investment and economic development, owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, that is a 100% shareholder. The Agency operates with a mandate from the Italian Government.

Israel Innovation Authority – Israel

https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/  The Israel Innovation Authority, an independent publicly funded agency, was created to provide a variety of practical tools and funding platforms aimed at effectively addressing the dynamic and changing needs of the local and international innovation ecosystems

Luxinnovation – Luxembourg

Luxinnovation is the National Agency for Innovation and Research for Luxembourg and is a key partner for companies looking to engage in innovation activities in Luxembourg or aiming to expand their business at the international level. Luxinnovation also contributes to the country’s sector-specific trade promotion and prospection efforts.

MITA Lithuania

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is a national innovation agency founded in 2010 by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Science and Education. MITA is the main governmental institution responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania.

National Research, Development and Innovation Office – Hungary

The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) of Hungary is a national strategic and funding agency for scientific research, development and innovation, the primary source of advice on RDI policy for the Hungarian Government, and the primary RDI funding agency.

NCBR – Poland

The task of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) is the support of the Polish research units and enterprises in developing their abilities to create and use solutions based on scientific research results in order to encourage economy development and to the benefit of society.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) – Netherlands

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. The aim is to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen their position. Within the theme of innovation our staff helps entrepreneurs with financing their innovative idea, finding business partners, international opportunities, know-how, intellectual property rights and compliance with laws and regulations.

PARP – Poland

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) is a state agency, which has supported entrepreneurship for 18 years now. From the very beginning of its activity, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) focused on a development of entrepreneurship, innovation and implementation of EU Structural Policy.

PtJ – Germany

With expertise in research and innovation management, Project Management Jülich supports its clients in the German federal government and state governments as well as the European Commission in implementing their research policy goals with a focus on project funding. The agency thus constitutes an important interface between its partners – striving for a strong German research and innovation landscape within a joint European Research Area.

RANNIS – Iceland

The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis) supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland.

SIEA Slovakia

The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) is a contributory organization of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.

Sowalfin – Belgium

SOWALFIN is the one-stop shop for Walloon SMEs. SOWALFIN stands at the side of entrepreneurs at each step of the company lifecycle: start-up, growth, internationalisation, innovation, green transition, transfer of ownership

SPIRIT Slovenia

The Agency’s mission is to be an active player in the business environment and ensure the competitiveness and promotion of the Slovenian economy.

TA CR – Czech Republic

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic is the national agency established in order to support applied research, experimental development, and innovation in the Czech Republic and thus to contribute to the increasing competitiveness and economic growth of the Czech Republic. The creation of TA CR in 2009 is one of the cornerstones of the fundamental research and development (R&D) reform in the Czech Republic. One of the important tasks of the TA CR is to support cooperation between research organizations and businesses.

The Research Council of Norway – Norway

The Research Council of Norway acts as a government adviser, identifying present and future needs for knowledge and research. The Council is also a funding agency for research programmes and independent projects, strategic programmes at research institutes and Norwegian participation in international research programmes.

TTGV – Turkey

TTGV was founded in June 1991 by the joint efforts of private sector companies, public institutions, NGOs, umbrella organizations and individuals through a loan agreement signed between the Turkish Government and the World Bank.

VDI/VDE-IT – Germany

VDI/VDE-ITs primary objective is to promote R&D in information technology, to assist governmental authorities in developing initiatives for the diffusion of technologies and to speed up product and process innovation by assisting particularly small and medium-sized enterprises in the exploitation and valorisation of R&D results.

VINNOVA – Sweden

VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) was set up 2001 up to foster stronger innovation systems that will contribute to sustainable long term growth of the Swedish economy.

Board Members

ANI
The Portuguese National Innovation Agency

Joana Mendonça
Bpifrance


Isabelle Bébéar
Business Finland


Ari Grönroos
CDTI
Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology
Spain
Carlos de la Cruz
DAHES
Danish Agency for Higher Education & Science

Gitte Agerhus
ENEA
The Italian National Agency for New Technologies

Oscar Amerighi
Enterprise Estonia


Sigrid Harjo
Enterprise Ireland


Gearoid Mooney
FFG
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Michael Binder
HAMAG-BICRO
The Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments

Ante-Janko Bobetko
Innosuisse
The Swiss Innovation Agency

Annalise Eggimann
Innovate UK
The UK’s innovation agency

David Golding
Innovation Fund Serbia


Ivan Rakonjac
Innovation Norway


Eva Camerer
Innoviris
The Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation
Belgium
Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut
Invitalia
National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development
Italy
Ernesto Somma
Israel Innovation Authority

Israel
Nili Shalev
Luxinnovation
National Agency for Innovation and Research Luxembourg

Benjamin Questier
MITA
Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology Lithuania

Birutė Bukauskaitė
National Research, Development & Innovation Office (NKFIH)

Hungary
István Szabó
NCBR
National Centre for Research and Development
Poland
Cezary Błaszczyk
PARP
Agency for Enterprise Development
Poland
Marcin Czyża
Projektträger Jülich PtJ

Germany
Dieter Labruier
RANNIS
The Icelandic Centre for Research

Hallgrímur Jónasson
Research Council of Norway (RCN)


Anne Kjersti Fahlvik
RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Astrid Raaphorst
SIEA
Slovak Innovation & Energy Agency
2021 Chairman of the Taftie Board
Peter Blaškovitš
Sowalfin

Belgium
Anne Vereecke
SPIRIT Slovenia
Slovenian Business Development Agency

Karin Žvokelj
TA CR
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Petr Konvalinka
TTGV
Technology Development Foundation of Turkey

E. Serdar Gökpınar
VDI/VDE-IT

Germany
Jan-Henrik Fischer-Wolfarth
Vinnova
The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

Jonas Brändström
VLAIO
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Agency
Belgium
Mark Andries

Executive Working Group Members

ANI
The Portuguese National Innovation Agency

Polina Pereira
Bpifrance

France
Sylvie Cogneau
Business Finland

Finland
Minna Suutari
CDTI
Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology
Spain
Javier Garcia
DAHES
Danish Agency for Higher Education & Science

Kåre Nordahl
ENEA
The Italian National Agency for New Technologies

Roberta Boniotti
Enterprise Estonia


Madis Truupõld
Enterprise Ireland


Gearoid Mooney
FFG
The Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Sabine Mayer
HAMAG-BICRO
The Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments

Neno Rakić
Innosuisse
The Swiss Innovation Agency

Berenice Iten
Innovate UK
The UK’s innovation agency

David Golding
Innovate UK
The UK’s innovation agency

Kate Yarrington
Innovation Fund Serbia


Milena Kostadinović
Innovation Norway


Pål Aslak Hungnes
Innoviris
The Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation
Belgium
Sophie Lemahieu
Invitalia
National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development
Italy
Rosella Vitale
Invitalia
National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development
Italy
Francesco Tommasino
Israel Innovation Authority


Uzi Bar Sadeh
Luxinnovation
National Agency for Innovation and Research
Luxembourg
Barbara Grau
MITA
Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology Lithuania

Birutė Bukauskaitė
National Research, Development & Innovation Office (NKFIH)

Hungary
Ádám Mészáros
NCBR
National Centre for Research and Development
Poland
Joanna Makocka
PARP
Agency for Enterprise Development
Poland
Michał Polański
Projektträger Jülich PtJ

Germany
Marion Karrasch-Bott
RANNIS
The Icelandic Centre for Research
Iceland
Sigurður Björnsson
Research Council of Norway (RCN)


Cathinka Holtermann
RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Jelle van Nuland
SIEA
Slovak Innovation & Energy Agency
2021 Taftie Executive Secretary
Artur Bobovnický
Sowalfin

Belgium
Olivier Van der Elstraeten
SPIRIT Slovenia
Slovenian Business Development Agency

Irena Meterc
SPIRIT Slovenia
Slovenian Business Development Agency

Igor Milek
TA CR
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Milena Vicenová
TTGV
Technology Development Foundation of Turkey

E. Serdar Gökpınar
VDI/VDE-IT

Germany
Jan-Henrik Fischer-Wolfarth
Vinnova
The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

Lisa Almesjö
VLAIO
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Agency Belgium
Belgium
Maarten Sileghem