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.

Murcia Food 2021
Focus on Agrofood, Environment, ICT 21 May 2021 Spain, online
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Technology & Business Cooperation Days 2021 @ HANNOVER MESSE 2021
Focus on Industry and Smart Factory solutions, Automation/Robotics & Energy 12 Apr 2021 - 15 Apr 2021 online
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European Packaging Talk
Focus on Materials, Agrofood 22 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021 Germany, virtual
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BIOKET 2021 Brokerage event
Focus on biomass 15 Mar 2021 - 19 Mar 2021 online
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International Machinery Forum 2021 - The Factory of Tomorrow
Focus on Factory of tomorrow 11 Mar 2021 - 12 Mar 2021 online
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Free From Food Asia
Focus on Free From, Organic, Vegan, Functional and Health Ingredients 10 Mar 2021 - 12 Mar 2021 Bangkok, online
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Digital opportunities for the future of Agrifood Forestry and Environment
Focus on Agrofood, Environment, ICT 04 Mar 2021 - 05 Mar 2021 France, virtual
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Bringing Value in AgroBiomass
Focus on Agrobiomass valorisation & circular economy 10 Feb 2021 online
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Water Connect 2021
Focus on Water Technologies 25 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021 online
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NSE - New Space Economy 2020 Brokerage Event
Focus on space technologies for the Global Economy 10 Dec 2020 Virtual, Italy
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