European Big Data Economy gets boost!

EIT Digital and the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) signed on June 17 a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to join forces to support the advancement of European Big Data Economy.

The signing, in the context of the first Summit of the Big Data Value Association in Madrid (June 17-19), was done in Madrid via video links to Berlin and Brussels by Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital and Jürgen Müller, Head of  SAP Innovation Center Network and BDVA president. All in the presence of Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of Media & Content Directorate, DG Connect, European Commission.

“The collaboration between BDVA and EIT Digital is important and timely. We share partners and topics with BDVA, while we also bring complementary elements like our entrepreneurial education. Timely because, Europe has to strengthen its position in Big Data: Jointly BDVA and EIT Digital will contribute to driving the European Data Economy”, says Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital.

By combining their resources and assets, the cooperation will target the crucial aspects that will enable the creation of a strong European Big Data Economy: technology-driven Innovation around Big Data technologies and applications; Entrepreneurial Education for the new talents and skills Big Data economy requires; the creation of an innovation ecosystem for the European Big Data economy to flourish within.

“Through this collaboration, we aim to help our partners to realise the benefits expected from the Big Data Value Public Private Partnership and to exploit its results more efficiently, to develop skills and competencies in Big Data, leading to a flourishing innovation ecosystem for the European Big Data economy”, explains Jürgen Müller, Head of SAP Innovation Center Network and BDVA president.

About BDVA
The Big Data Value Association AISBL is a fully self-financed non–for-profit organisation under Belgian law. There are today 100 members from large and SME industry as well as academic and research. The BDVA shall present an industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Big Data Value PPP cPPP. A basic principle is openness, transparency and inclusiveness.

The main role of the Big Data Value Association will be providing the Big Data Value strategic research agenda (SRIA) and its regular updates, defining and monitoring the metrics of the cPPP and joining the European Commission in the cPPP partnership board. For more information, visit .

About EIT Digital
EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

We invest in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. We organise our innovation and education activities in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.

EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital is consistently mobilizing talents, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation.

EIT Digital is headquartered in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, London, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as Budapest and Madrid.