Partnering events are an efficient way to make contact and meet different organisations participating in international fairs or conferences. This speed networking is an ideal way to source both technology and commercial partners.

Download the IPR brochure of the European IPR Helpdesk on partnering events to get an outline of the main intellectual property (IP) issues that SMEs should consider when participating in a brokerage event.

A partnering event is a series of prearranged transnational face-to-face meetings organised at a single venue for companies and research institutions from across Europe. In general, these technology events are organised at international fairs, trade shows or conferences, although some are organised as stand-alone events. Using another event as a host for a brokerage event can bring added value for the companies in the form of free entrance to the event, inclusion in the event’s catalogue and the opportunity for extra meetings to be organised with other companies attending the event.

Catalogue of technology profiles

The most essential element of any partnering event is the catalogue of technology profiles. This document gathers all technology offers and requests to allow all participants to select organisations with whom they would like to have a meeting during the partnering event.

Time line of activities for Partnering Events

This is how it functions:
  1. Subscribe with your own technology profile. The technology profiles of all participants will be published into a technology catalogue.
  2. Based on the technology profiles in the technology catalogue, all participants select those organisations with whom they would like to have a meeting during the partnering event.
  3. Before the partnering event all participants will receive a schedule of their pre-arranged bilateral meetings.

View the Calendar of all partnering events organised by the Enterprise Europe Network.

The following calendar shows the events which are organised or co-organised by the Enterprise Europe Network in Switzerland.

Horizon 2020 Business opportunities in the circular economy - Conference & Matchmaking Event
Focus on the Circular economy - Reducing, Reusing and Recycling 19 Sep 2017 Oslo, Norway
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Brokerage Event on innovative wood and bio-based materials
Focus on Wood and bio-based material, Plastics and Polymers 20 Jul 2017 Rosenheim, Germany
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Open de l' International
Focus on cooperations with French partners especially in Agrofood, Healthcare, ICT & Marine sectors 03 Jul 2017 St. Brieuc, France
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Smart Health Conference and Partnering Event
Focus on Smart Health, VR/AR, Digitalisation/Big Data, convergence between ICT, medtech & pharma, Interfaces, Services, Devices & Sensors 29 Jun 2017 Zurich, Switzerland
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Partnering event at EuroNanoForum 2017
Focus on Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, Materials 23 Jun 2017 Valletta, Malta
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E² Tech4Cities – Energy & Efficiency Technologies for Cities during the EU Sustainable Energy Week
Focus on energy & efficiency technologies for cities 23 Jun 2017 Brussels, Belgium
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Brokerage event "LëtzBiz - Circular" at the international event “Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot 2017
Focus on Circular Economy 21 Jun 2017 Luxembourg
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chii2017 – Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry
Focus on hyperspectral imaging 07 Jun 2017 Graz, Austria
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GreenWin conference & matchmaking event
Focus on green chemistry & white biotechnology 22 May 2017 - 23 May 2017 Mons, Belgium
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Future of Building - Conference & Matchmaking
Focus on Buildings, Sustainable Refurbishment and High-quality Buildings 17 May 2017 - 18 May 2017 Vienna, Austria
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