Huertas joins distinguished jury for Euro projects

Huertas joins distinguished jury for Euro projects

Date: Thursday 18 January 2018

News Huertas joins distinguished jury for Euro projects

Lina Huertas, head of technology strategy for digital manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, has been chosen to be on a jury of experts for the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot.

Huertas is one of 87 experts drawn from 26 countries that will assess companies pitching innovation projects to the EIC SME Instrument, which supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services.

The EIC SME Instrument will fund around 4,000 small companies, that pass the rigorous process, until 2020.

Under changes to the pilot, Huertas’ role will be to sit on a panel of jurors to hear pitches from companies that have successfully passed Phase 2 of the process.

This complements the existing paper based assessment in order to take full account of the personal qualities and motivations of the applicant innovators.

The list of jury members consists of 15% business angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, with other experts coming from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators. The majority of the experts are women.

The European Innovation Council is currently in a pilot phase in which new approaches, such as interviews by jury, are being tested within the Horizon 2020 programme. A fully fledged EIC is expected to be part of the next EU research and innovation programme.

Being involved in a team with diverse skills and working on far-reaching projects gives me enthusiasm to come to work and surpass my own personal expectations.

Keith Lorenz
Research Engineer, Net Shape Manufacturing