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.

Future Match 2018 at the CeBIT
Focus on digital technologies & ICT 12 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018 Hannover, Germany
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Eureka Innovation Days 2018
Focus on Mobility, Health, Energy & Smart industry 22 May 2018 - 24 May 2018 Helsinki, Finland
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FOWT (Floating Offshore Wind Turbines)
Focus on offshore works & wind turbine technologies 25 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018 Marseile, France
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conhIT Business Meetings 2018
Focus on IT solutions for medical practices 18 Apr 2018 - 19 Apr 2018 Berlin, Germany
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METS 2018 Brokerage Event
Focus on Mining Equipment, Water management, Land-and resources planning 10 Apr 2018 - 12 Apr 2018 Madrid, Spain
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Blockchain: The value of the trust machine?
Focus on blockchain technologies and their applications 15 Mar 2018 Rotkreuz, Switzerland
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Drone Days 2018 Brokerage Event
Focus on drone technologies and applications 09 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018 Brussels, Belgium
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Swiss Nordic Bio 2018
Focus on Biotech, Pharmaceutical & Medical Technology 08 Feb 2018 Zürich, Switzerland
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Wind Energy Matchmaking 2017
Focus on Onshore & Offshore Wind Energy 29 Nov 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology - Matchmaking
Focus on Industrial Biotechnology 15 Nov 2017 Graz, Austria
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