Bertrand Wert

Innovation Maker, Innovation Procurement, European Innovation Council

Bertrand Wert is working for the European Commission since 2009, and for its European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency EISMEA since February 2015. He is currently working for the European Innovation Council, and the 'Business Acceleration Services', where he is in charge of supporting innovative SMEs members to get access to public and private procurers or buyers of innovation. He is an expert on demand driven innovation policies.

The EIC Accelerator programme is supporting the most innovative European SMEs, via grants and equity, to commercialize their innovative solutions and to look for investors.

Previously, he worked from 2009 to 2015 for Directorate General GROW of the European Commission, as Policy Officer for innovation policies. He has been involved in the development of the "Innovation Union" strategy. Meanwhile, piloting demand-driven policy interventions, he managed several public procurement networks or 'buyers' groups' of innovation (Pre-commercial Procurement & Public Procurement of Innovation).

From 2002 to 2009 he has been a researcher in social sciences mainly under European programmes dedicated to research and innovation policies for Local Authorities and Regions.

He has a PhD in Political Science (University Paris-Dauphine, France), a MA in Political Science -- International Relations (University du Qu'bec ' Montr'al, UQAM, Canada), and a Master in Political Science - European studies (University Libre de Bruxelles, ULB, Belgium).

He has local political responsibilities, elected at the Conseil Communal of Ixelles commune (Belgium) since 2012 and elected Councilor of French citizens living in Belgium.

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