As part of the new European Innovation Council pilot (EIC), the SME Instrument business acceleration services offers exclusive services providing investment, dissemination and networking opportunities for the companies participating in the programme. On 29-30 january a selected group of 30 SME Instrument top innovators had the opportunity to pitch their business cases, receive feedback and network with top managers of the global leader in aeronautics AIRBUS.
The companies also shared experiences with other companies and affiliates and got to know the Hamburg aviation cluster at the Centre for applied aviation research (ZAL).
Richard Morby, Director of the aerospace division at NEXTSENSE Worldwide, stated: "Thanks to SME Instrument I had the chance to pitch with Airbus and met the right people here and I think we are going to start doing good business very soon".
Torsten Bardewyck, Airbus Head of R&T Business Development EU, shared the excitement: "We are very excited about this event that gives us the possibility to meet at the same time so many fascinating enterprises pitching on new technologies to get them on board of our aircrafts. We have to facilitate to engage with them".
According to Agnes Rosell CEO of 3DU engineering solutions (Spain):"This corporate event has been very useful for us to check how AIRBUS reacts to our business proposition. The first feedback was just on the spot, positive and from the right person. It would have been very difficult for us to reach this stage without the EU support. We are fully satisfied with the experience and looking forward to learn about news events of the SME Instrument Business acceleration services".
Andreas Storz, managing director of Applied nano surfaces (Sweden) said: "I really liked to directly learn about the interests of the biggest player in the aviation market and to share experiences with other innovators of the SME Instrument programme. AIRBUS wanted to meet us and we are looking for the follow up".
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