19 EIC pilot innovators met SUEZ

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On 14 and 15 November, the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and SUEZ, in partnership with Naturgy, promoted a Corporate Day in Barcelona. 19 companies funded by the SME Instrument strand from the EIC pilot, shared their vision towards a circular economy with top corporate representatives.

The event was organised by Business Acceleration Services available to companies funded by the EIC pilot and was held at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües, a drinking water pumping station and a museum in Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, as courtesy of the local water company Aigües de Barcelona. All the companies present were selected by their innovative approaches to water management and distribution, waste management, air quality, data analytics, IoT, energy efficiency, asset inspection, and predictive management.

On the evening of the first day, the companies attended a networking dinner, got a private tour of the Museu Agbar de les Aigües and learned more about the water distribution system in Barcelona. On the morning of the second day, they were divided into 4 pitching sessions, aligned with the topic of their business, and pitched their solutions to a jury composed of SUEZ and guest partners. Moritz von Plate, CEO of Berlin-based Cassantec, took home the award for best pitch, following and engaging presentation of the company’s predictive analytics platform.

The afternoon was reserved for one-to-one meetings, a total of 76, where the companies had the opportunity to go in-depth into their business development needs and discuss possible partnerships and business ventures. Helping SMEs gain access to valuable corporate connections can enable them to validate their business.

We spoke with Andrew Collier, Digital Open Innovation Leader at SUEZ, and learned that “Open Innovation is really important for SUEZ because SUEZ is a big company and it doesn’t always move very fast, but because SMEs are more agile they can help us bring new solutions to market faster.” He went on to say “Today, we’ve met companies working on IoT, big data analytics and artificial intelligence. I’m confident that some of them can become great partners and help us bring new solutions to market for our customers or to improve our internal operations.”

We also talked to María Monzó, Director of Innovation and Knowledge at Aigües de Barcelona, about her impressions on the event: “When we’re speaking about entrepreneurship, the two key issues are the idea and the team behind that idea – the strength and motivation of the people to develop the idea, to carry it out and to make it successful. I think we found both of these things on the companies we saw here today.”

You can see all the pictures from the event in the EIC Community.

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