Pitching, matchmaking and networking in the heart of Europe!

The ‘Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy’ event is a one day physical event of intense cross-border pitching, matchmaking and networking, with the aim to create new partnerships for the future and the further development of innovative, cross-border and cross-sectoral industrial value chains in the biobased economy.


Join this physical networking event on 28 September at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

Click here to download the final event programme

This pitching, matchmaking and networking event brings together the networks of six important bioeconomy platforms: Pilots4U, Tech4Biowaste, BioeconomyVentures, Smartbox, Waste2Func and Bio Base Connect. As such, we can guarantee a diverse attendance reaching from investors, SMEs, start-ups, about-to-be start-ups, scale-ups, large companies, research organisations, technology providers to organisations offering relevant innovation services such as access to finance, scale-up trials, application testing, business plan writing, feedstock analysis, life cycle assessment, social acceptance, etc.

Participants are invited to submit a pitch application for a 6 minutes pitch. As we are organising 6 pitch sessions of 90 minutes each, we are looking for at least 66 inspiring pitches. Not to exclude any interesting developments, pitch categories are not defined upon registration but should be relevant for further development of the bioeconomy.

The matchmaking are one-on-one meetings of 15 minutes aimed at finding new partners. The scheduling of these meetings will be supported by an online matchmaking system, easy to use on a smartphone or laptop.

The 'Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy' event is enabled by:

Pilots4U Database and Network

Thé network of 100+ European Open Access Pilot and Demo Facilities.

Tech4Biowaste Database

A database of (emerging) technologies (TRL 4-9) for biowaste utilisation.

BioeconomyVentures Platform

Thé platform for bioeconomy-based start-ups and spin-offs seeking to gain access to finance.


Technology platform for added-value bio-aromatics.

Waste2Func Platform

A logistical and technology platform for valorization of agricultural waste.

Bio Base Connect

An exclusive network of global bioeconomy players.


This event receives funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 837890, 101023200, 101023260 and 101023664.

Logo BBI-JU, BIC and EU


This one-day fly-in-fly-out event will be held from 10am-5pm at the Sheraton Brussels Airport, just across and only 39 steps away from the airport terminal. The venue is easy to reach by plane, train (station under the airport terminal) and car. 

We will start the day with a keynote lecture by investor Rob van der Meij (Capricorn Ventures). The keynote will be followed by three times two parallel pitch sessions of 90 minutes each. The detailed pitch programme will be released one week prior to the event. Throughout the day, one-on-one matchmaking meetings of 15 minutes each will be ongoing. Those can be scheduled in advance by an online matchmaking system which will be activated during the 2nd half of August. The programme leaves sufficient time for intense networking and innovation scouting in the spacious exhibition area.

All 68 pitches have been granted! We do not accept pitch abstracts anymore.


    Partake in a unique and exclusive matchmaking event, supported by B2B partnering software and connecting start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, large enterprises, research organisations, investors, and many other stakeholders who are part of the innovation chain and together shape the biobased economy. All participants will have full control of their own communications and 1-on-1 meetings via a secure login account. The software enables event attendees to pre-arrange business partnering meetings of 15 minutes each arranged around 20 matchmaking tables.

    The matchmaking tool will be activated by the end of August. All registered participants will then receive a login and a password so they can start scheduling their meetings. 

    Any questions on the matchmaking can be addressed to Anneleen.De.Vriendt@bbeu.org.

    We reserve (max.) 20 booths for large companies, funding agencies, clusters, SME helpdesks & other innovation related organisations to present their activities. A booth is available at a rate of  500 (excl. VAT). This rate includes one free registration. Please contact Charlotte.Gijselinck@bbeu.org for more information or to book your booth.






    This joint event aims to attract top notch European innovators, start-ups and spin-offs from the biobased sector to present their solution/product/service concepts aiming to participate in the BioeconomyVentures programme and benefit from its services and connection with corporates and investors. At the same time the event will give the opportunity to corporates to propose challenges that can be solved via a bioeconomy approach, filtering needs according to specific priority areas (problem-solution-expected benefits).

    Download the programme and find out what's in it for you!

    Registration fee and form

    To secure your place at the Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2021 event, please complete and submit the registration form below.

    A registration fee of € 59 (excl. VAT) per participant will be charged. This fee includes:

    • participation to all the event activities (pitching, matchmaking, networking)
    • coffee breaks and lunch
    • a closing networking drink.

    The registration fee will be charged upon registration via a secured tool enabled by Eventbrite. You will get access to Eventbrite after submitting the registration form. VAT (21%) will be added to the listed registration fee for Belgian participants. 

    Note: The ticket in Eventbrite lists a registration fee of € 71.39. After entering a valid VAT-number, the VAT amount of € 12.39 will be automatically deducted, unless you are a Belgian resident (or organisation). As such, the registration fee remains at € 59 for non-Belgian participants.

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    In case covid-19 measures would not allow to hold a physical event on September 28th, 2021, we will either cancel or postpone the event. We will not transform the event into a digital nor a hybrid event. Please, check our covid-19 measures and policy before registering. 

    Registration Form

    Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

    The venue is located at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, just across and only 39 steps away from the airport terminal. The venue is easy to reach by:

    • Plane: Exit the terminal, cross the street and enter the venue!
    • Train: The train arrives under the airport terminal.  Exit the terminal, cross the street and enter the venue!
    • Car: Follow the directions for the Brussels International Airport. Sufficient parking is available on the 5th floor (follow “departing flights”) of the airport Parking 2 (P2). 


    Sheraton Brussels Airport
    Brussels National Airport
    1930 Brussels

    Atrium Sheraton Brussels Airport

    Questions? Please contact the Organising Team! We are happy to help!


    Katrien Molders

    Registration & Matchmaking

    Anneleen De Vriendt


    Charlotte Gijselinck

    A question for one of the organising innovation platforms? Get in touch!


    Stef Denayer


    Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli


    Tanja Meyer


    Sofie Lodens

    Bio Base Connect

    Katrien Molders

    Covid-19 Policy

    In case covid-19 measures would not allow to hold a physical event on September 28th, 2021, we will either cancel or postpone the event. We will not transform the event into a digital nor a hybrid event.

    ONLY Participants that can show a GREEN EU (digital) corona certificate, will be allowed to access the event.

    Each participant should either prove the following upon arrival at the event:

    • Full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency)
    • Full recovery (Not more than 180 days have passed since the positive PCR test result) 
    • That the participant took a negative PCR-test not older than 48 hours upon arrival at the event (Test taken on Monday September 27th!!!) or an antigen-test taken on Tuesday September 28th.

    Cancellation due to covid:

    • In case it would be forbidden by the regional government to organise physical events of 100+ people: registered participants will be fully reimbursed
    • In case registration number would be much lower than anticipated due to regional outbreaks in Europe: event will be postponed, tickets will stay valid for the postponed event.