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.

Mobile World Congress 2019
Focus on Intelligent connectivity, via AI, IoT, Industry 4.0 & 5G technologies 26 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 Barcelona, Spain
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Successful R&I Networking Event
Focus on ICT, Energy, Nanotechnologies, Materials & Manufacturing, Circular Economy, Life Sciences and Transport 14 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Focus on rail products and services , rail logistics and vehicles 29 Nov 2018 Strasbourg, France
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Build & Connect 2018
Focus on new construction methods and building materials 28 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018 Strasbourg, France
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Pollutec Brokerage Event - Green Days
Focus on Clean Tech, Energy efficiency, Recycling & Treatment of Waste 27 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 Lyon, France
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Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Manufacturing & Processing
Partnering Events 20 Nov 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom
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formnext 2018 International Matchmaking Event
Focus on Additive Manufacturing 14 Nov 2018 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Matchmaking@International Conference on Recycling of Textiles & Plastics
Focus on Recycling of Textiles and Plastics 13 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 Bruges, Belgium
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Smart City Brokerage Event
Focus on Inclusive & sharing cities, Mobility, the Urban Environment & Digital Transformation 13 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 Barcelona, Spain
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Healthcare Brokerage Event at Medica 2018
Focus on medical technologies & health 12 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 Düsseldorf, Germany
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