During almost 20 years, Philippe Vanrie has been the CEO of EBN, the leading pan-European Network bringing together 200+ Business & Innovation Centers (EU-BICs), Innovation-based Incubators, Accelerators, Clusters and Entrepreneurship Centers across Europe and beyond (Brazil, Canada, Russia, Columbia, India, China, Taiwan, Egypt,…), a community gathering several thousands of smart innovators and high-potential entrepreneurs.
Since February 2017, Philippe has been nominated Head of EUREKA, an inter-governmental organisation supporting innovators, SMEs and industry leaders by providing access to public funding; as a Network, it operates across borders of 40 countries (EU countries, but also Israel, Russia, Turkey, Canada, South Korea, Chile, South Africa, Norway, Switzerland), in partnership with the European Commission.
An expert in innovation, incubation, acceleration, entrepreneurship and economic development, Philippe has a long collaboration experience with the European Commission (DG RTD, DG GROW, DG REGIO, DG CONNECT,…), and other European institutions (EIB, EIT), as well as the European Space Agency (ESA), and a series of national and regional authorities and Governmental Agencies. He is or was active in various EC Experts Groups, such as the “Smart Specialization Strategy (S3)” and the EIT-KICs’ business creation review panel. His field experience was forged thanks numerous on-site missions advising about innovation & entrepreneurial ecosystems.
On the private sector side, he initiated Open Innovation partnerships between start-ups/scale-ups/business clusters and large Corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Auchan, JP Morgan Chase and SAP. He has chaired several Jurys of “Innovators & Entrepreneurs Awards”. He is also invited professor and lecturer at the ICN Business School in Nancy (F) and Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki (FI).
An engineer by education, Philippe started his career at the University of Brussels and then joined the first EU-BIC in Liège (B). Following this, he joined the private sector where he had senior Business Development responsibilities within several industrial SMEs, before transforming EBN into a high-caliber leading non-governmental innovation network, an open platform managing a portfolio of 30+ European collaborative projects, and a unique certification & benchmarking system for start-ups and scale-ups support organizations.
His new challenge is to bring EUREKA to the next stage of efficiency and impact, at national, EU and international levels, thanks to the engagement of the EUREKA network & community, and its instruments for SME projects support (Eurostars), for international cooperation (Global Stars), for industrial development (EUREKA Clusters), and for start-ups & scale-ups (EInnovest).