The Matchmaking & Networking For The Bio-Economy To Take Place November 7

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This unique event brings together investors, SMEs, startups, scale-ups, large companies, ROs, and organisations offering Innovation Services such as scale-up trials, application testing, business plan writing, feedstock analysis, and more. Register now for free!

Pitch perfect & boost the European Bio-Economy”, an event organised by BioBase4SME and SuperBIO, aims to develop new, innovative, cross-border, cross-sectoral industrial value chains for the bio-based economy. Taking place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, it is a full-day event comprised of intense cross-border matchmaking & networking with the aim to create new partnerships for the future.

To further innovate the EU bio-economy, the organisers BioBase4SME and SuperBIO help to create and establish connections and partnerships needed between different sectors such as chemistry and agriculture or producers and end-users by inviting the wider bio-based business community to Brussels this November. Investors, SMEs, startups, scale-ups, large companies, ROs, and organisations aiming to actively develop, and shape new cross-border and -sectoral collaborations can register for the event online.

Investing In The Bio-Based Economy

Starting at 9.30 am, the Matchmaking & Networking event is packed with exciting agenda points such as the keynote “10 years back and 10 years forward, investing in the bio-based economy” delivered by Daniela Arruda Costa, Ludwig Goris and Rob van der Meij of Capricorn’s Sustainable Chemistry Fund Investment Team.

Immediately after the keynote, participants will have the chance to pitch their innovative solutions in front of investors and potential partners and other stakeholders. The 6-minute pitches can be delivered in five subtopics:

  • Bio-based Chemicals (incl. fine chemicals like cosmetics and agrochemicals)
  • Bio-based Materials
  • Food/Feed Ingredient
  • Bio-energy
  • Innovation Services

22 slots for pitching are already taken, with only 28 remaining – don’t miss this opportunity to present your solution or service to potential partners! As pitching slots are given away on a first-come-first-serve basis, be fast to secure your spot!

All day long, participants will be able to organise B2B-meetings using a B2B-software tool that will be launched by mid-October.

Additional to the pitching, matchmaking and networking event, participants can also look forward to a workshop powered by Pilots4U. Pilots4U has set up one easily accessible database of open-access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for the European bio-economy. The project also carried out an online survey to understand the equipment and related services required by (potential) users of open-access pilot facilities. By comparing the established database with the survey results, Pilot4U is currently performing a gap analysis to understand where the EU may have over/under capacity and vulnerabilities now and in the near future. These results will be the initial point for discussion during the workshop and the basis for investment business cases to improve and strengthen the European landscape of pilot and demonstration facilities. To attend the workshop, participants need to attend all three sessions on November 7 and register beforehand.

In A Nutshell

Follow the timeline below to participate in the Matchmaking & Networking Event of the Bio-based Economy and to assure your pitch slot:

  • 21 October: Deadline Registration for participants wishing to deliver a pitch
  • 24 October: Confirmation of the Pitch Slots
  • 29 October: Deadline for sending Pitch Materials to Sofie Dobbelaere
  • 29 October: Deadline Registration for participants who are not delivering a pitch

Furthermore, in the Exhibition Area, 10 to 20 booths are reserved for large companies, funding agencies, clusters, and SME help desks. Organisations interested in presenting their services in the Exhibition Area can book their booth via Charlotte Gijselinck.

Join the Matchmaking & Networking Event with pitches from and matchmaking with amongst others:
AC3A, BASF Venture Capital GmbH, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Bionactis International Group SA, Biorem Engineering, Biotech Fine Chemical France, Capax, Capricorn Venture Partners, CCREG, Cefic/SusChem, CENER, Centexbel, CLIB2021, Colsen, CRAN – Nov&atech, CyberColloids ltd, Deep Branch Biotechnology, EASME, ECN, E-KALITERI LTD, ENGIE, European Commission DG GROW, EUSynBioS, F.Initiatives, Flamac, Flanders Investment and Trade, Freesense, FUE-UJI, Fundecyt Science and Technology park, H4A, Hemp in a box, Holiferm, INOQ GmbH, InnoSyn BV, IrRADIARE, Kaffe Bueno, Lance Leverette, MetGen, Meva Energy, Mission of Pakistan to the EU, Mycelia, Nafigate Corporation, NIZO food research B.V., North Sea Port, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Nova-Institut GmbH, Paragon Europe, Permanent Representation of Malta to EU, PHARIO, Pleurette SAS, PMV, Process Design Center, Province of South Holland, Polylabs, Port of Rotterdam, Province of South Holland, Regio FoodValley, REWIN West-Brabant, Sainc Energy Limited, Science for Evolution, Tectero, Thomas More University for Applied Sciences, TKI AgriFood, uFraction8, University of Hohenheim, VanBerkel Consultancy, Vertech Group, Xylempor – Tree based products, … and many, many more.

About The Organisers

BioBase4SME is an Interreg NWE funded project that provides bio-innovation support for entrepreneurs throughout NWE regions. The BioBase4SME network, representing many leading biobased economy experts, advises SMEs from across North-West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products. The BioBase4SME project intends to help start-ups and SMEs to overcome technological and non-technological barriers to bring their innovation to market. The project manages an innovation coupon system worth up to €100.000 per coupon, free workshops, and professional trainings. BioBase4SME provided technical services such as scale-up and industrial proof-of-concept in a multipurpose pilot plant, testing of new biomass as feedstock, application testing for fibers, colorants, coatings, and lignin, as well as anaerobic digestion tests and pyrolysis in dedicated pre-pilot lines: biomass testing and analysis. Furthermore, BioBase4SME offers business supporting coupons such as market research, value chain assessment, business plan coaching, social acceptance for innovative investments, Life-Cycle Analysis and Eco Design Study.

SuperBIO is a project funded by the research and innovation programme ‘Horizon 2020’ of the European Union under the Grant Agreement no. 691555, and aiming to support industrial innovation within the EU bio-economy. From a total budget of €3.8 million, 20 value chains have already been funded. SuperBIO provided 10 different types of innovation services to SMEs. They were available at cost and subsidized by up to 75% by the project. These services include technical workshops as well as technical services (scale-up, proof-of-concept, IP support, business planning, market research, techno-economic assessment, life cycle assessment, access to investors, grant writing, etc.) which are provided by the SuperBIO consortium. It included four industrial cluster organisations (Belgium, France, Spain, and Poland), and six service providers (the UK, Germany, and Belgium). In short, SuperBIO offered a unique opportunity to bring innovative, sustainable, cross-border and cross-sectoral value chains closer to the market through the use of those subsidized services.



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