On 24 and 25 April 2019, at the old Customs House in Hamburg, 54 companies backed by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot had the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and to engage in one-on-one business meetings with representatives from some of the leading Corporates in Europe. The multi-corporate event was promoted by the EIC pilot together with comdirect.
The EIC Corporate Days promote business opportunities between big corporates - which are always looking for innovative solutions to improve their products and services – and the SMEs funded by the EIC pilot.
In Hamburg, 54 companies backed by the EIC pilot and working in such diverse fields like blockchain technology, virtual reality, big data, digital healthcare and robotics had the opportunity to share their vision with top representatives from Comdirect, Commerzbank, DAK-Gesundheit, Commerz Real, Lufthansa Technik, Main Incubator and Salesforce.
At the event, we talked with Sabine Schoon, Head of Corporate Strategy and Consulting at Comdirect, about potential follow-ups with some on the companies attending: “I saw very different companies. On one side, I saw several companies I can imagine we can cooperate with in the future. On the other hand, I also saw a couple of companies where we can possibly follow up with an investment. But we will need to get more detailed discussions and get more information.”
We also spoke with Jane Koch, Head of Business Development & Innovation Management at Comdirect, who gave some feedback on the event: “The SMEs I found here were very open minded. They’re trying to find solutions that cross industries and that’s really amazing to see. The atmosphere was fantastic.”
In the end, Sleepiz AG took home the jury award in the final pitching session. The swiss-based company is working in the domain of sleep technology, offering a highly secure non-contact multidimensional sleep monitoring and assessment solution.
You can see the pictures from the event at the EIC Community, an online platform where companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot can make foster connections, share ideas and meet potential partners, investors and explore business opportunities.
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