Unique opportunities for Latin American & Caribbean and European cluster matchmaking in Milan

5 years ago  By  Iuliana Velniciuc     No comments

On 12th  and 13th  June 2015 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will organise an EU-CELAC Cluster Matchmaking Event in Milan (Italy), with the aim of fostering cooperation between clusters from Europe with clusters from CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) countries on creativity and innovation in the agro-food sector.

The cluster matchmaking event will represent a unique opportunity for representatives of cluster organisations interested in cluster collaboration with CELAC countries to explore possible common areas of interest for cooperation and complementarities, in terms of sectoral, value chain, and market focus of their SMEs and companies with a large panel of European and international clusters.

The thematic matchmaking event will take place in the context of Expo Milano 2015, the central theme of which is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and which takes place from the 1st May 201 to the 31st October 2015.

This call for expression of interest is launched to identify a European delegation composed of up to 30 representatives from cluster organisations that are willing and committed to participate in a EU-CELAC Cluster Matchmaking Event in the context of Expo Milano 2015.

This call is addressed to cluster and network organisations that are interested in engaging in cluster collaboration in the CELAC region in topics such as:

•             Food design

•             HO-RE-CA (hotel, restaurant and catering) design

•             Food and wine tourism

•             Food tradition and culture

•             Technologies for agriculture

•             Other topics relevant to the thematic focus of the event

As cluster organisations, also do not hesitate to mobilise your SME members. On 12th June, in parallel to the cluster-to-cluster matchmaking event, specific one-to-one business matchmaking meetings for SMEs  will  take  place.  Interested  SMEs  can  register  on the  B2Match  website  for  the  matchmakingevent (https://www.b2match.eu/expo2015-creativityindustry ).

Please find attached the full Call for Expression of Interest for more information on the event, including the agenda, and the Cluster questionnaire, for application.

Expressions of interest to participate in this event must be submitted electronically by the 29th of May 2015, midnight at the lastest to Andrea Koch (koch@steinbeis-europa.de ).

For further information regarding the event please contact: Andrea Koch, koch@steinbeis-europa.de

This call is published on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) (http://www.clustercollaboration.eu ).

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