Special FET Pitch Event in Brussels

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium
Tuesday, 26 March, 2019
conference audience
This is the final event of the Horizon 2020 project "COMPASS - Evidence and Opportunities for Responsible Innovation in SMEs". The event will be a meeting point for companies, researchers in the area of responsible innovation in industry, innovation support organizations and policymakers.
COMPASS joined forces with the FET-Open CSA project FET2RIN, to highlight the challenges of investing in R&D&I projects and to present very promising technologies looking for investment - both locally and internationally. At the end pf the day, a pitch session will give the stage to 10 disruptive Future and Emerging Technologies projects, that will pitch their innovation in front of the audience. A judging panel, composed by business angels, early stage investors and EU’BICs, will assess pitches during a dedicated Q&A session after each pitch. 
FET projects selected to pitch will receive ad-hoc training before the event from FET2RIN experts, through two webinars:

How to use the Lean Canvas as a base for the Pitch

Thursday 28th February, from 12.00 to 13.00
Main topics:
  • Customer vs. Product Development
  • How to capture your vision on a single page
  • Finding a compelling problem that is worth solving
  • Solution - Market / Target groups Fit
  • Consequences of Not Understanding a Target group 
[Homework for participants: all completed canvases should be sent to the exploitation experts and will be evaluated. Projects will be given a personal feedback.] 

How to Pitch for R&D projects

Thursday 7th March, from 12.00 to 13.00
Main topics:
  • What makes a presentation appealing and how to explain the exploitation opportunity behind your results?
  • How to pitch your research results and exploitation plan
  • How to effectively communicate an exploitation model to internal and external stakeholders
  • Pitching your exploitation plan to investors and crowdfunding platforms
[Homework for participants:  All participants should forward their draft pitches to the experts. The pitches will be evaluated and Projects will be provided with feedback.]
Both webinars are compulsory for FET projects willing to pitch.
Rehearsals will be also organized during the morning of the event in Brussels, to fine pitches and slide decks.