ENRICH is the European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs. Promoted by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, the ENRICH Network currently offers services to connect European research, technology and business organisations with three global frontrunner innovation markets: Brazil, China and the USA. ENRICH in the USA is powered by NearUS, the H2020 initiative to establish a Network of European Research and Innovation Centres throughout the United States of America. ENRICH USA acts as a central contact point for European research and innovation actors seeking to grow and reinforce collaboration across the Atlantic.
The mission of the Network is to provide standardised as well as tailor-made, research & innovation internationalisation support services to European researchers and innovators, to accelerate access to the US market, and maximise chances of success. The initiative started in April 2017.
ENRICH in the USA targets to serve the following actors:
The ENRICH in the USA Network will include the following entities:
- One “Coordination Node” in Europe (at EBN, Brussels)
- One “Coordination Node” in the US (at InBIA)
- Two physical “Landing Hubs”:
- San Francisco Centre: ENRICH West Coast Hub at EAEC
- Boston Centre: ENRICH East Coast Hub (ongoing selection process)
- Five Associate Hubs across the US, and plans to expand the ENRICH in the USA Network beyond these first five Hubs, over four years.
The ENRICH in the USA Network is built on local US experience and strong existing ties between the EU and US, while providing new researcher- and entrepreneur-serving capabilities which address the resource gaps necessary to enable access for all EU Member States and Associated Countries, as well as every state in the US.
A variety of services are proposed for researchers and entrepreneurs engaged by the Network during the pilot phase, then the Centres’ pilot activities will be evaluated to inevitably retain the initiative’s most successful components to ensure a sustainable plan for ENRICH in the USA in the future.
Services will target various, commercially viable technology maturity levels (Research2Research, Research2Market and Business2Business stages) and will include research connection symposia, business matchmaking opportunities, working visits and innovation tours to US organisations to explore technology/product partnerships and/or business development middle / long term opportunities, pitching to potential investors, entrepreneurial bootcamps, work space access, hands on business acceleration programmes, and more. As the ENRICH in the USA initiative is highly competitive to best serve the strongest researchers and entrepreneurs, all services must be applied for through an open and transparent selective mechanism.
60 associated partners in the EU and US support the ENRICH in the USA Network, with more associated partners expected in the future.
Coordinator: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
> inno TSD, France
> European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), Brussels
> International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), USA
> European American Enterprise Council (EAEC), USA
> INTRASOFT International (INTRA), Luxembourg
> Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), Portugal
> Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development (RCISD), Hungary
> National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), USA