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.

Micro & Nano Event 2024
Focus on Micro- and Nanotechnologies 26 Sep 2024 - 27 Sep 2024 Besançon, France
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Brokerage event @ SIDO 2024
Focus on IoT, AI, Robotics & XR 18 Sep 2024 - 27 Sep 2024 Hybrid, Lyon (France)
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Focus on Electronics 29 Jun 2024 - 06 Jul 2024 Thessaloniki, Greece
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R2B Innovat&Match 2024
Focus on agrofood, construction, industry, digital, energy, health, mechatronics, tourism 26 Jun 2024 - 27 Jun 2024 Online
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Sustainability B2B Meetings at the Austrian World Summit 2024
Focus on climate change and Security 20 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 Austria, Online
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5G towards 6G for CitiVerse Conference & B2B
Focus on digital and sustainability 18 Jun 2024 - 05 Jul 2024 Torino & online
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Tech4Smart Cities 2024
Focus on Sustainable and Smart Digital Technologies for Cities 18 Jun 2024 - 19 Jun 2024 Bruxelles, Belgium
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Le Build & Connect Summit
Focus on Building & Territories 12 Jun 2024 - 13 Jun 2024 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
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ILA Connect & Meet
Focus on Space, Innovation, New Technologies and Sustainability 05 Jun 2024 - 07 Jun 2024 Berlin, Germany
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IOTSWC Brokerage Event 2024
Focus on Industry 4.0 and Sustainable Energy & Mobility solutions 21 May 2024 - 30 May 2024 Barcelona & hybrid
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