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.

Connect4Geothermal Forum with 1:1 meetings
Focus on geothermal energy 21 Sep 2021 Fribourg, Switzerland
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Online forum "Composites and Sustainability"
Focus on Composites and Sustainability 29 Jun 2021 - 01 Jul 2021 Switzerland, online
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Food eirEEN Meet the Buyer and Matchmaking Event 2021
Focus on Food, Bakery, Beverages, Dairy, Food Ingredients and Grocery 09 Jun 2021 Ireland, online
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ISE & MWC/4YFN OPEN CHALLENGE B2B Matchmaking event
Focus on new technologies and solutions 01 Jun 2021 - 07 Jul 2021 Spain, online
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Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2021
Focus on ICT and Artificial Intelligence 25 May 2021 - 28 May 2021 Austria, online
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Murcia Food 2021
Focus on Agrofood, Environment, ICT 21 May 2021 Spain, online
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DES, Digital Enterprise Show Brokerage Event 2021
Focus on Industry 4.0, Cities & Public Sector, Energy & Utilities, eCommerce & Logistics, Digital Health, Urban Mobility and more 18 May 2021 - 19 May 2021 Spain, online
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Bionnale 2021
Focus on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals & medical technology 12 May 2021 Berlin, online
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EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies in Horizon Europe
Focus on battery technologies, digitisation, biologically inspired innovation in materials science and more 11 May 2021 Germany, online
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6th International B2B Software Days
Focus on 5G, Cybersecurity, AI & Data visualisation 10 May 2021 - 12 May 2021 Austria, virtual
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