EYIF is the leading foundation for youth innovation in Europe. We are an independent, non-profit association reaching over 500,000 people from across the continent.

We are the voice for the community of innovators, mentors, influencers and experts who lead the movement in making Europe the ideal location for entrepreneurs from around the globe.

EYIF’s Board of Advisers encompasses leading Members of the European Parliament active in innovation policy and leaders of Fortune 100 and 500 companies and other corporations that are global innovation market leaders, the European Investment Bank, and partners of major seed and venture capital firms. EYIF has built a strong international dimension cooperating regularly with: the US State Department, the Global Innovation Summit, the World Economic Forum, China and South Korea.

WHO WE WORK WITH

EYIF’s impact is significant due to the breadth and depth of the community we work with; a large pan-European community of young innovators and entrepreneurs, decision makers, mentors, experts and European hubs.

What we do

Support

young innovators, entrepreneurs and innovation Hubs in Europe by building a connected ecosystem from which they can benefit;

Connect

young innovators and entrepreneurs to mentors, leaders, investors, facilities and policy makers across Europe and internationally;

Provide

thought leadership on innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe and internationally;

Shape

EU innovation and entrepreneurship policy directly;

Design and coordinate

fully funded government and corporate backed Pan-European and international programmes.

EYIF Network Partners

EYIF History and Current Status

The European Young Innovators Forum was formally launched at the European Parliament in 2010.  The event was a joint effort by the European Commission, European Parliament and Belgian Presidency of the Council of the Europe Union and was hosted  by Herbert REUL MEP, Chairman of the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament; Neelie KROES, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vincent Van QUICKENBORNE, former Belgian Deputy Prime Minister. Since then, EYIF has rapidly become the leading foundation for youth innovation in Europe reaching in excess of 500,000 participants across Europe, giving voice to a community of young innovators and experts who believe in taking risks, changing mindsets and the value of shared ideas and professional mentorship. The EYIF ecosystem equally includes opinion makers, policy makers, business leaders and political decision makers and  has proved to be the natural progression from the years of ad hoc collaboration in Europe that preceded it.

Headquartered in Brussels, EYIF consults and cooperates regularly with the European Parliament, European Commission, United States State Department, World Economic Forum, European Investment Fund, and other institutions including the OECD.

EYIF is part of several high-level expert stakeholder groups created by the European Commission to help design the Web Entrepreneurship and Digital Entrepreneurship policies and the Horizon2020 initiative for Europe. EYIF recently joined the European Commission’s  Open Innovation Strategy Policy Group (OISPG) as a full member. EYIF has already built and is now expanding an international network of organisations (NGOs, foundations, companies, associations, universities, research centres, incubators and informal groups), which actively support innovation, entrepreneurship and youth issues at national, regional and local levels. The community constituents are active as both independent innovators in several industrial sectors and also as actors in pan-European and international collaborative studies, projects and clusters in academia, research institutes, SMEs and industry innovation labs all across Europe.

EYIF’s Board of Advisers comprises of leading Members of the European Parliament active in innovation policy and leaders of Fortune 100 and 500 companies and other corporations that are global innovation market leaders, the Head of Venture Capital of the European Investment Bank’s risk funding body, and partners of major seed and venture capital firms.