The EIC was established under the Horizon Europe programme and has a budget of over €10 billion, to identify and scale up breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovation. Michiel Scheffer, a Dutch national with over 20 years of professional experience in the innovation field, will bring his extensive network and expertise to the position. He has worked in business, academia, and public policy and is the founder and CEO of Polisema BV, which provides advice and investment to start-ups. The starting date of Michiel Scheffer’s appointment is still to be determined.
“The first thing is that my week will have a standard scheme. Monday and Friday is for visits in the EU. Tuesday and Thursday is for internal meetings at the Commission, Wednesday is for external appointments in Brussels. Do not demand rush appointments: all requests shall be dealt with in a weekly team meeting. A format for field visits shall be developed, always with a meeting with start-ups/scale-ups.” said Michiel Scheffer in a statement on LinkedIn.
Since 2000, Michiel Scheffer is the Founder and CEO of Polisema BV, which worked as adviser and investor for start-ups in various fields including ICT, technical textiles, medical textiles, medical devices, energy storage, and biorefinery. He was also the Founder and CEO of Noéton Policy in Innovation BV from 2000 until 2015, which offered consulting services to firms in innovation management, program management, and public affairs. During this time, he managed multiple EU Funded Projects and was elected regional party leader three times. As the regional Minister of Gelderland, he was nominated for the best regional politician in the Netherlands in 2018. He collaborated with over 20 universities and more than 200 partners across the EU in large R&D Projects. Furthermore, he authored over 100 publications, which include scientific articles, edited books, and newspaper opinions. He also completed his PhD dissertation at Utrecht University, which focused on ‘Trading Places, fashion, retailers, and the changing geography of clothing production,’ examining the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the UK.