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The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) organises a wide variety of networking events across Europe. These brokerage events are designed specifically to help SMEs find research partners, discuss opportunities, exchange technologies and services, and provide general assistance in the undertaking of EU-funded research.

Here is a guide to upcoming matchmaking events, including the SME Conference taking place in November under the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Special Event – November

SME Conference 2010

Event type: Policy conference
Event date: 17 - 18 November 2010
Location: Brussels, Belgium

The SME Conference is unique among SME-targeted events and is a world first*.

Organised by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in collaboration with the European Commission, the SME Conference focuses entirely on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and allows the SMEs themselves to discuss improvements to framework programmes with some of the most senior individuals involved in policymaking.

HRH Prince Philippe de Belgique will open the conference, which around 400 organisations are expected to attend.

The two-day event will focus on three key areas:

  • What makes a good idea?
  • How to transform a good idea into a viable proposition?
  • How to tackle current societal challenges and different markets?

Each session at the event will be chaired by a 'visionary and well-known' speaker whose role will be to moderate proceedings, but also to stimulate new discussions and develop conversations and ideas that enter new horizons.

One of these moderators/agitators is John Wolpert. Best known for his work at IBM's Extreme Blue incubator for talent, technology and emerging business, Mr Wolpert has spent the past several years running innovation programmes in Europe and Australia. Today, he's in California, US, building Team upStart LLC., which helps large companies develop top entrepreneurial talent while executing high-speed, low-cost projects that prove new business opportunities.

The aim of the SME Conference is to bring some conclusions to the European Council so that changes and improvements can be made.

So if you wish to air your views and opinions on framework programmes and the support available to SMEs, this is your chance to be heard.

*The SME Conference is a world first because both a press briefing and the closing session, which will provide a summary of all the arguments debated so far, will be broadcast live on the Internet with simultaneous interpretation in six different languages.

The SME Conference 2010 will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 17 and 18 November 2010.

So far, more than 160 organisations have registered to attend the conference. If you wish to take part, please register at:

For further information and to view the full agenda for the event, please visit:


November 2010


Event date: 02 - 05 November 2010
Location: Paris, France

MIDEST is the world's largest exhibition exclusively dedicated to industrial subcontracting and face-to-face meetings. The event offers a comprehensive sourcing platform for international suppliers of industrial subcontracting and aims to create partnerships among the metal working, plastics, electronics and industry services.


AgroFood and Logistics

Event date: 03 - 05 November 2010
Location: Györ, Hungary

This brokerage event focuses on the AgroFood and Logistics sectors and invites companies from Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands to take part. Organised by EEN and the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, it offers a unique opportunity to build new business relations with key organisations.


Extremadura AgroFood Marketplace 2010

Date: 04 November 2010
Location: Don Benito, Spain

This matchmaking event presents an international, technological scenario for the latest European creations in food technology and AgroFood. It offers participants the chance to hold bilateral meetings and establish cooperative agreements on technology transfer. The free event takes place alongside FIAL, the major AgroFood fair.


Ecobusiness Cooperation
Date: 04 - 05 November 2010
Location: Rimini, Italy

This free cooperation event is aimed at companies, universities and research institutes involved in energy recovery and sustainability. It affords participants the chance to meet potential partners, as well as to evaluate business opportunities and technological transfers through pre-arranged face-to-face meetings. The event takes place during ECOMONDO, the largest Italian trade fair for the environmental industry.


HERVEX (Hydraulics, pneumatics, sealing systems)
Date: 10 - 12 November 2010
Location: Calimanesti-Caciulata, Romania

Since 1992, HERVEX has established itself as a meeting place for engineers in the hydraulics, pneumatics and sealing system industries. The event is designed for manufacturers, scientists and end-users to present and discuss future developments, services and product innovations.


ITN – Infrastructure, Telematics and Navigation
Date: 12 November 2010
Location: Turin, Italy

The ITN exhibition is the first event of its kind dedicated to smart infrastructure, infomobility and information systems. During the expo, a matchmaking event will take place for companies and research institutes to meet and discuss partnering opportunities. The event is aimed at specialised builders, system integrators and service providers involved in the development of ICT solutions.


SICUREZZA 2010 (Security)
Date: 17 - 18 November 2010
Location: Milan, Italy

SICUREZZA is one of the world's leading international security exhibitions. EEN is organising a matchmaking event during the exhibition for organisations involved in anti-intrusion, fire detection, passive defence systems, building automation, territorial protection and terrorist attacks. More than 500 exhibitors and 21 000 visitors are expected to attend the exhibition.


MEDICA 2010 (Medical)
Date: 18 - 19 November 2010
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

MEDICA is the world's largest fair in the medical sector. During the exhibition, a healthcare matchmaking event will take place offering scheduled meetings with potential business and research partners. Last year, 510 meetings took place with 160 participants from 21 countries.


denkmal (Conservation, restoration, renovation)
Date: 19 November 2010
Location: Leipzig, Germany

Since 1994, denkmal has been a platform for heritage conservation, restoration and building renovation that attracts trade, professional and private visitors. CONTACT International Business Meetings will take place alongside the event, which offers a unique communications platform for networking with national and international suppliers and providers.


MATCHING 2010 at ECO4B (Environment)
Date: 22 - 24 November 2010
Location: Milan, Italy

Environment Cooperation for Business (ECO4B) is a project co-funded by the European Commission to promote new international business opportunities in the fields of energy, renewables and the environment. MATCHING 2010 takes place during ECO4B and is an opportunity for SMEs to meet, discuss and partner with businesses and research institutes to innovate and internationalise their activities.


Cooperation forum on eGovernment
Date: 22 November 2010
Location: Vienna, Austria

This matchmaking event gives participants the chance to meet and connect with Austria's leading eGovernment providers and to gain access to technological expertise and new business channels. The event is free and offers pre-arranged meetings to establish potential cooperation.


ENERGETICS 2010 (Energy services)
Date: 24 November 2010
Location: Lublin, Poland

A brokerage event made up of bilateral meetings will take place during the international ENERGETICS fair. The meetings aim to create discussions and partnerships between businesses and research institutes involved in all forms of energy services and technology. A total of 135 meetings took place last year and even more are expected in 2010.


RENEXPO 2010 (Renewable energy)
Date: 24 - 25 November 2010
Location: Bucharest, Romania

RENEXPO is an international trade fair and conference for renewable energy and energy efficient construction and renovation. A brokerage event will take place during the fair for companies interested in collaborating with Romanian research or business representatives.


ECOMEDIU 2010 (Quality control)
Date: 24 - 26 November 2010
Location: Arad, Romania

ECOMEDIU is an international exhibition of equipment and machinery used for the analysis and quality control of water, air, soil, urban hygiene and sanitation equipment. EEN is organising a matchmaking event during the exhibition for participants to make contact with business partners and research centres from all over Europe.


POLEKO 2010 (Environmental protection)
Date: 24 November 2010
Location: Poznan, Poland

EEN is organising a Transnational Technology Transfer Day to take place during POLEKO, one of the largest environmental protection and municipal service exhibitions in Europe. More than 900 exhibitors from 23 countries are expected to take part, providing SMEs with the opportunity to discuss business and research opportunities.


Polymeric Composites Exhibition
Date: 26 - 28 November 2010
Location: Izmir, Turkey

The Polymeric Composites Exhibition attracts industrialists and academia involved in polymeric composites. As well as informing visitors of the latest applications and technologies, the exhibition includes a brokerage event to help establish new commercial collaborations and technology transfers within the sector.


Natural Stone
Date: 26 November 2010
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Natural Stone is the second largest marble fair in the world. It covers marble and natural stone products and processing technology. EEN is organising a brokerage event to take place during the fair, giving participants the chance to make new contacts with potential business and research partners.


9th ETAP Forum on Eco-innovation

Financing the eco-innovators
Event date: 29 - 30 November 2010
Location: Plaza Hotel, Brussels