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.

Life Science Zürich Impact Conference - Data for Health
Focus on Life Science 23 May 2023 Zurich & hybrid
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Horizon Europe Brokerage Event for Cluster 6 - Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
Focus on AgriFood and Enviornment 19 Dec 2022 Online
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European Logistics Innovation Day 2022
Focus on ICT in mobility / logistics 08 Dec 2022 - 09 Dec 2022 Online
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EEN Wallonia event - Artificial intelligence in the European innovation ecosystem
Focus on ICT 30 Nov 2022 - 01 Dec 2022 Charleroi, Belgique
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Amsterdam Free From Food
Focus on Agrofood 22 Nov 2022 - 24 Nov 2022 Amsterdam & hybrid
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Formnext 2022 - International Matchmaking Event
Focus on Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing & Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions 17 Nov 2022 - 21 Nov 2022 Frankfurt & online
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Global Foodture Community
Focus on Agrofood 17 Nov 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 Online
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Interpoma Business Match 2022
Focus on ICT 17 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022 Online
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SMM 2022 - Smart Manufacturing Matchmaking
Focus on Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 17 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022 virtual
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Smart City Brokerage Event 2022
Focus on Enabling Technologies. Energy & Environment, Mobility, Living & Inclusion, Governance, Economy, Infrastructure & Building, Safety & Security 15 Nov 2022 - 17 Nov 2022 Barcelona, hybrid
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