Very successful 'Pitch Perfect and boost the European bio-economy' event
We are looking back upon a very successful pitching and networking event! Around 140 participants were attending this event (out of 177 registrations). Among these participants there were 44 SME’s or (about to) start-ups, 7 investors, 11 RTO’s, 11 governmental institutions and 21 innovations service providers. The event started with a plenary opening session, giving an introduction to the SuperBio and BioBase4SME projects, followed by a very well appreciated keynote talk by Capricorn about investing in the Biobased economy. The rest of the day was organized in parallel sessions, with 2 parallel sessions devoted to pitch presentations and 1 parallel session to matchmaking.
A total of 58 pitches were presented, divided over 6 different categories, being Biobased materials, Bioenergy, Biobased Chemicals, Food/Feed ingredients, Other, Technological and Non-Technological Innovation Services. The full room for matchmaking, with 234 matches organised on beforehand and many more being organised ad hoc the day itself, confirm that the concept was very attractive to SME’s and other stakeholders in the Bio based economy. Also, the very convenient location, next to Brussels airport, undoubtedly contributed to the overall success of the event.