Pitching, matchmaking and networking in the heart of Europe!

The ‘Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy’ event is a one day event of intense cross-border and cross-sectoral pitching, matchmaking and networking, with the aim to link industry to innovative (biobased) technologies, innovators to investors and 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.

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Join this physical networking event on 26 September at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

Click here to download the event programme

This pitching, matchmaking and networking event brings together the networks of seven important bioeconomy platforms: Pilots4U, Tech4Biowaste, BioeconomyVentures, The ProteInn Club, Waste2Func, BIOMAC and Bio Base Connect. As such, we can guarantee a diverse attendance reaching from SMEs, start-ups, scale-ups, large companies/corporates, investors, 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. We can however already announce that we will include a session focusing on technologies for biowaste conversion, one on microbial proteins and one on new investments and developments in the EU scale-up and demonstration scene.

The matchmaking are one-on-one meetings of 20 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.

Why should you attend?


15+ INVESTORS already confirmed their participation, and more to come! Are you a (to be)start-up/SME looking for finance, apply for a pitch now! Among the confirmed investors: Marc Leduc, Investment Manager at BASF Venture Capital GmbH; Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida, Chairman of the HOOP Circular Investment Board; Arne Hautekiet, Investment Analyst at Astanor Ventures; Rob van der Meij, Partner at Capricorn Partners; Wouter Van de Putte, Investment Manager at Capricorn Partners; Gudbrand. Rødsrud, Technology Director at Borregaard AS; Annick Verween, Business Development Manager at biotope by VIB; Damien van der Bijl, Senior Investment Manager IQCapital at InnovationQuarter; Jisk de Vries, Investment Analyst at the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), Charles Margarit, PhD, Investment Analyst at V-Bio VenturesJames Cogan, Industry & Policy Analist at Clonbio Group Ltd. Anna Belousova, Analyst Industrial Biotechnology Team at Sofinnova Partners and Peter De Decker, Impact Investment Manager at SFPI-FPIM, Ivan Stefanic, Programme Manager for Food Chain Technologies and Novel & Sustainable Food at European Innovation Council, Lieven De Jonge, Business Manager Scale-Ups & Industrials at PMV and more to be announced. 

A pitch slot has already been awarded to Avecom (BE), Citribel (BE), EnginZyme (SE), B4Plastics (BE), Borregaard AS (NO), RdA Climate Solutions/HOOP Circular Investors Board (PT), Bodec (NL), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (FI), PIVERT (FR), INN-PRESSME (FI), NovelYeast (BE), B-COS (BE), NoPalm Ingredients (NL), Vienna Textile Lab (AT), AmphiStar (BE), Sophie's BioNutrients (SG), Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE), Hysytech Srl (IT), University of Naples "Federico II" (Unina) (IT), Cashew Shell BioRefinery (DE), GreenCap Solutions (NO), TripleW (IL), Paleo (BE), Greentech Innovators AS (NO), Holiferm (UK), Avantium Renewable Polymers (NL), proionic GmbH (DE), Lixea ( UK/SE), Greencovery (NL), myBIOS (AT), Those Vegan Cowboys (BE), EV Biotech (NL), Ghent University (BE), Ductor (FI), Nutropy (FR), KU Leuven (BE), UK Biochar Research Centre (UK) DAB.bio (NL), Acies Bio (SI), Irish Bioeconomy Foundation/BioeconomyVentures (IR), Sparkalis (BE), Wageningen University (NL), Tech4Biowaste, DBG Bio Energy (NL), Fraunhofer IGB (DE), Allozymes (SG), Innoven (IT), FUL Foods (NL), Kaffe Bueno (DK), Inbiose (BE), Alberts (BE), Nimavert (BE), Montinutra (FI), Invertapro (NO), Bar.on (BE)

The co-hosting bioeconomy platforms are:

Pilots4U Database and Network

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

Pilots4U is supported by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.

Bio Base Connect

An exclusive network of global bioeconomy players.

Bio Base Connect is supported by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.

The ProteInn Club

An initiative of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, ILVO, Ghent University and Capture, which identifies, connects, supports and inspires the entire fermentation-based proteins value chain.

The ProteInn Club is supported by the province of East-Flanders.

Tech4Biowaste Database

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

This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101023200.

BioeconomyVentures Platform

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

The BioeconomyVentures project receives funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101023260.

Waste2Func

A logistical and technology platform for valorization of agricultural waste.

This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101023664.

BIOMAC

The European Sustainable BIO-based nanoMAterials Community.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 952941.

Acknowledgement

The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

Logo BBI-JU, BIC and EU

Acknowledgement Pilots4U and Bio Base Connect

Pilots4U and Bio Base Connect are supported by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.

Logo Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Acknowledgement The ProteInn Club

The ProteInn Club is an initiative of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, ILVO, Ghent University and Capture, supported by the province of East-Flanders.

Logo province of East-Flanders

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FINAL EVENT PROGRAMME!!


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 of Peter Nieuwenhuizen (Founding Partner ECBF), 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 20 minutes each will be ongoing. Those can be scheduled in advance by an online matchmaking system which will be activated latest by July 1st, 2022. The programme leaves sufficient time for intense networking and innovation scouting in the spacious exhibition area.
 

Seize the opportunity and apply for a 6 min. pitch to present your innovative solution or service in front of an exclusive audience of potential partners and investors. We aim at an attendance of about 10 to 15 investors, the first names will be announced by the end of June 2022.

Not to exclude any interesting developments, pitch categories are not defined upon registration but should be relevant for further development of the bioeconomy. We can however already announce that we will include a session focusing on technologies for biowaste conversion, one on microbial proteins, one on new investments and developments in the EU scale-up and demonstration scene and one on emerging conversion technologies for biowaste. Further pitch categories can be technology, feedstock or product related (e.g. biobased chemicals, biobased materials, food & feed ingredients, bio-energy…) but also business related (e.g. access to finance, innovation services...).

Upon registration we will ask you for five KEYWORDS describing your pitch/abstract, as to facilitate grouping pitches in sessions.

Abstracts must be submitted via an email to the address Katrien.Molders@bbeu.org before September 12th, 2022. Please name your abstract for a pitch (only lower case letters) abstract_pitch_first name_last name.

Remarks

  • All pitches will last a maximum 7 minutes, we will NOT deviate from this strict timing!
  • If your pitch meets the criteria, we grant pitches on a first come, first served basis. Your pitch will be confirmed by September 12th at the latest.
  • The exact time slot and pitch room might be subject to change until the final programme will be confirmed on September 16th, 2022.
  • When the number of pitches exceeds the number of available pitch slots, a waiting list will be established with the aim to replace confirmed pitches that are cancelled.
  • Pitchers can use a PowerPoint presentation in 16:9 format of max. 7 slides (including title slide and acknowledgement slide or slide with contact details). These presentations should be sent at the latest by September 12th, 2022 to Anneleen.De.Vriendt@bbeu.org.  
  • Pitchers have to pay the registration fee.

A pitch slot has already been awarded to Avecom (BE), Citribel (BE), EnginZyme (SE), B4Plastics (BE), Borregaard AS (NO), RdA Climate Solutions/HOOP Circular Investors Board (PT), Bodec (NL), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (FI), PIVERT (FR), INN-PRESSME (FI), NovelYeast (BE), B-COS (BE), NoPalm Ingredients (NL), Vienna Textile Lab (AT), AmphiStar (BE), Sophie's BioNutrients (SG), Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE), Hysytech Srl (IT), University of Naples "Federico II" (Unina) (IT), Cashew Shell BioRefinery (DE), GreenCap Solutions (NO), TripleW (IL), Paleo (BE), Greentech Innovators AS (NO), Holiferm (UK), Avantium Renewable Polymers (NL), proionic GmbH (DE), Lixea ( UK/SE), Greencovery (NL), myBIOS (AT), Those Vegan Cowboys (BE), EV Biotech (NL), Ghent University (BE), Ductor (FI), Nutropy (FR), KU Leuven (BE), UK Biochar Research Centre (UK) DAB.bio (NL), Acies Bio (SI), Irish Bioeconomy Foundation/BioeconomyVentures (IR), Sparkalis (BE), Wageningen University (NL), Tech4Biowaste, DBG Bio Energy (NL), Fraunhofer IGB (DE), Allozymes (SG), Innoven (IT), FUL Foods (NL), Kaffe Bueno (DK), Inbiose (BE), Alberts (BE), Nimavert (BE), Montinutra (FI), Invertapro (NO), Bar.on (BE)

 

 

    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 20 minutes each arranged around 25 matchmaking tables.

    The matchmaking tool will be activated by July 1st at the latest. All registered participants will then receive a login and a password so they can start scheduling their meetings. 

    Registered after July 1st? You will receive your access code to the matchmaking tool on the Wednesday following your registration. There will be no access codes sent between July 16th and August 7th due to Summer holidays.

    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  550 (excl. VAT). This rate includes one free registration as well as a table, two chairs and electricity upon request. Please contact Anneleen.De.Vriendt@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 final programme and find out what's in it for you!

    Registration fee and form


    Registrations have been closed.

    A registration fee of € 129 (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 € 156.09. After entering a valid VAT-number, the VAT amount of € 27.09 will be automatically deducted, unless you are a Belgian resident (or organisation). As such, the registration fee remains at € 129 for non-Belgian participants.

    Forgot to pay your registration fee after registering? Take care of it now using this link.
     

    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). 

    Address:

    Sheraton Brussels Airport
    Brussels National Airport
    1930 Brussels

    Atrium Sheraton Brussels Airport

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

    Pitching

    Katrien Molders
    Katrien.Molders@bbeu.org

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

    BioeconomyVentures

    Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli
    filippo@bioeconomyfoundation.com

    BIOMAC

    Tanja Meyer
    Tanja.Meyer@bbeu.org

    Waste2Func

    Sofie Lodens
    Sofie.Lodens@bbeu.org

    Bio Base Connect

    Katrien Molders
    Katrien.Molders@bbeu.org

    Covid-19 Policy


    In case covid-19 measures would not allow to hold a physical event on September 26th, 2022, we will either cancel or postpone the event. We will not transform the event into a digital nor a hybrid event.

    Currently, there are no specific covid-19 measures in place, but this might change, so we advise you to regularly check our webpage for updates on this matter.