Veolia meets with 14 EIC innovators to transform business

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On 11 December, Veolia met with 14 SMEs backed by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot for a pitching and matchmaking event at its headquarters in Paris. The companies shared their solutions to transforming business with Veolia representatives.

The 14 companies selected by Veolia for the event focused on presenting their technology approaches on how to make business processes more agile, human and collaborative. The companies also had 115 B2B meetings with Veolia employees from various Group entities across the world: Africa and the Middle East, Latin America, Northern Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland and France.

Christophe Nebon, Director of Research and Innovation and Chief Technology and Performance Officer at Veolia, introduced the day: "In all Veolia entities, wherever we operate, innovation is not optional. That's why we are open and attentive to the solutions these SMEs are offering. Cooperating with innovative SMEs helps us grow and transform."

The event focused on four major themes: 

  • Improving the "employee experience", boosting employee motivation and commitment; 
  • Reinventing working methods, developing a more agile and collaborative corporate culture;
  • Rethinking processes and organizations in order to improve performance and productivity;
  • Improving relations with customers and with any other ecosystem actor.

In the end, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia's Chief Operating Officer, took the stage to further highlight the relevance Veolia is putting on Open Innovation: "Digital solutions are already transforming all our business processes and opening up new avenues for exploring relationships with our service users or in circular economy loops. But it is also about changing our ways of thinking to become more flexible, more agile. Our commitment to innovation is scaling up through our Innovation Initiative, which is based on open innovation. On Innovation Day, our goal is to scrutinize and identify contributions from outside more closely; ask new questions and learn; shorten distances and be closer to all those we serve and interact with by working with the EIC’s innovative SMEs."

You can also see all the pictures from the event in the EIC Community, our recently launched virtual meeting-place where companies funded by the EIC pilot can connect, share their experiences, find investors and leverage potential businesses partnerships. 

This Corporate Day was promoted by the EIC Business Acceleration Services. If you’re looking for other opportunities to network with the largest corporates in Europe, take a look at our events page. For additional information, please refer to our helpdesk: contact@phase3-services.eu.

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