Promoting market-ready water innovations - investors café

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The event promoting market-ready water innovations will take place on 12 June 2018. It aims at creating synergies, maximising impact and increasing awareness on the work carried out by the EU funded projects in the area of eco-innovation.

Building on the successful experience of Helsinki and Porto, this year’s event is dedicated to exploitation, investment and market uptake of eco-innovative solutions in the field of water and circular economy. 

The event will showcase the solutions developed by projects that are near completion funded under the 2014 Horizon 2020 call "Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe" and provide networking opportunities for all projects.

Horizon 2020 beneficiaries, different types of investors, EU policy-makers, and representatives of innovation platforms will participate in this highly interactive event.

In the morning session, ten projects will compete by pitching in front of investors to showcase their exploitable and market-ready innovations. Investors from private banks, venture capital firms, family offices, business accelerators will question the pitchers in order to expose them to first-hand real-world experience with financiers and support them in their search for follow-up finance.

The afternoon session is dedicated to networking and matchmaking. The investors will host parallel “Investor tables” to present financing opportunities to SMEs and other participants and engage in discussions for market uptake. Afterwards, project representatives and SMEs will network and participate in one-to-one meetings with investors to advance concrete plans for exploitation. They can as well get in contact with relevant water stakeholders and innovation platforms.

The afternoon session will also include a business “bootcamp”, where the Horizon 2020 Exploitation Booster will offer coaching on finance, business and Intellectual Property Rights, as well as a poster session where around 20 participating innovators from on-going H2020 projects will showcase their innovative and close-to-market solutions.

The day will culminate with the award for best project pitch ceremony where all participants will cast their vote.

The Investor café precedes the ICT4Water cluster workshop that will take place on 13 June 2018, during Water Innovation Europe 2018.

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