ABOUT THE JOINT EUROPEAN
DISRUPTIVE INITIATIVE - JEDI

4100

JEDIs

29

European countries represented

16

Technology Challenges ready to launch.

3 launched already

The Joint European Disruptive Initiative is a non-profit, common-good agency powered by Europe’s civil society and its tech and science ecosystem. It is entirely independent, intellectually and financially fueled by the contribution of the 4.100 JEDIs in 29 countries as well as by foundations and public funding.

JEDI aims to provide Europeans and democracies with the means of technological and scientific power, for prosperity and societal resilience. Driven by humanistic values, it is focused on solving major societal challenges of our time through innovation, with a method based on speed, excellence and bold risk-taking. It is often called 'the European Darpa'.

JEDI'S MISSION - SOLVE SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST CHALLENGES THROUGH INNOVATION

The mission of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative is to bring Europe and democracies in a leadership position in breakthrough technologies, and to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges through innovation. We do this by launching Technology GrandChallenges to push the frontiers of science & technology, and to invent the Next Big Thing.

JEDIs are CEOs of deeptech startups and SMEs, heads of research labs and academics, executives from large corporations who share the vision that technology must be a force for good and should be placed at the service of mankind.

A DARPA-inspired methodology 

Our inspiration includes the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For sixty years, DARPA achieved breakthrough innovations, transforming revolutionary concepts & seemingly impossible challenges into working prototypes (Internet, GPS, stealth technology, automated voice recognition, language translation, autonomous cars, among many others)

THE JEDI BOARD

JEDI's Board is composed of high level leaders coming from the technology ecosystem: CEOs of deeptech startups, top executives from major corporations, leading academics and presidents of research institutions.

JEDI'S FOUNDING DIRECTOR

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André Loesekrug-Pietri held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology and innovation.

 

HEC and Harvard Kennedy School graduate, he is lecturer at SciencesPo and regular columnist in several international media. He attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is a private pilot, and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.

OUR ECOSYSTEM

Science is made of mistakes, but useful mistakes because they lead little by little to the truth.

                                               - Jules Verne