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The European Commission (EC) will organise the EU – Singapore Matchmaking Event in the context of the Singapore International Energy Week which will be held on 21-25 October 2024.

The EU – Singapore Matchmaking Event itself will take place on-site in Singapore 22-24 October 2024.

The event will be jointly organised by the European Commission through the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), in collaboration with the Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), the Singapore Business Federation and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

The EU – Singapore Matchmaking Event will bring together cluster organisations and SMEs from the European Union (EU), non-EU countries participating in the Single Market Programme/COSME Strand, and Singapore. It will provide participants an excellent chance to promote Cluster to Cluster (C2C), Cluster to Business (C2B), and Business to Business (B2B) collaborations.

Objectives

  • Strengthening EU-Singapore cluster cooperation for the benefit of their members, including a seminar, a cluster matchmaking event, and site visits.
  • Identifying potential areas of common interest for cooperation and synergies, in terms of the sectoral, value chain, and market focus of their SMEs and other companies.
  • Improving, through clusters, the EU-Singapore industry and academia-industry collaboration in research, development, and innovation. For its members, the clusters will identify possible areas of RDI collaboration (academia, research organisations, industries…).

Agenda and Activities

The EU – Singapore Matchmaking Event will include the following activities:

  • Preparatory Webinar – an opportunity to receive information on undertaking business with Singapore and guidance on how to participate successfully in the planned event. (date tbc)
  • Technical Webinar – a session helping future participants of the matchmaking event to make the most of their profiling in the B2Match tool and explain the procedures to optimise the booking of meetings. (date tbc)
  • Site visits (date tbc)
  • Seminar on knowledge exchange to foster EU- Singapore cooperation. (date tbc)
  • Pitching and Matchmaking meetings between cluster organisations and SMEs from EU (and non-EU countries participating in SMP/COSME Strand) countries and Singapore. (date tbc)
  • Debriefing session to collect feedback and testimonials from cluster participants. (date tbc)
  • Participation at the Singapore International Energy Week Expo (free of charge for the expo zone for the clusters and SMEs participating in the EU - Singapore Matchmaking Event) – 23 October 2024*
  • Exhibition guided tours (tbc)

*Please be aware that, in the frame of the Singapore International Energy Week, there will be held the following events, which have entry fees, not covered by the ECCP:

  • SIEW Energy Insightpresentations on the latest projects, innovations, and report launches by renowned international organisations, energy thought leaders and industry players. This year, SIEW Energy Insights will feature presentation from Concord New Energy.
  • SIEW Tech Table - sessions designed to explore emerging and nascent low carbon technologies that will accelerate the energy transition.
  • Asia LNG Markets Conference & Future Masterclasses: Join a distinguished platform of industry leaders, representing producers, buyers, traders, and policymakers. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolving LNG market and develop strategic solutions to the most pressing challenges faced across the business.
  • Future of the Grid - As part of the Energy Market Authority’s Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), Future of the Grid is Singapore’s only grid-focused event, serving as a cornerstone gathering for policymakers and regulators, electrical utilities and grid operators, technology providers, and energy consumers to forge crucial discussions on advancing grid development strategies and map a way forward for the energy transition.
  • SIEWConnects

Focus areas

  • Clean Energy and Green Tech
  • eMobility
  • Sustainability in Digital Tech
  • Energy Transition Financing

Call for Expression of Interest

This Call for Expression of Interest is targeting cluster organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises from EU (and non-EU countries participating in the Single Market Programme (SMP)/COSME Strand) countries who wish to participate are now open.

 📕 Call for Expression of Interest - Clusters deadline second cut-off date 9 July 2024 – Apply now 

 📕 Call for Expression of Interest - SMEs deadline 9 July 2024 – Apply Now 

Late applications could be accepted for participation, provided eligibility criteria are fulfilled and costs are borne by the participants. Late applications are accepted until 8 October 2024, 23:59 Brussels time.

Looking back at past missions to Singapore

Bridging Horizons: The 2023 Cluster Matchmaking Event Amplifies EU-Singapore Business Synergies

Marking a significant return one year after the previous gathering, the much-anticipated EU-Singapore Matchmaking event unfolded in the vibrant city of Singapore from 30 October to 1 November 2023. This year’s edition was a compelling display of international collaboration, featuring a robust EU delegation of 34 delegates comprising 27 prominent clusters and 5 SMEs from across 18 countries[1]The delegation represented a broad array of industries, with a particular focus on sectors such as agri-food, health care & biomedical tech, digital tech, smart cities & urban solutions, advanced manufacturing, and green tech. All arrived eager to establish connections and delve into the latest developments in the Singaporean and Southeast Asian markets. 

The event provided a fertile ground for EU clusters and SMEs to explore business opportunities. It was more than a networking event; it was a melting pot of ideas, expertise and potential partnerships. Participants were poised to share their insights, embrace new perspectives and forge strategic alliances with their Asian counterparts. 

The event was jointly organized by the European Commission and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), supported by the EU Delegation to Singapore, the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Business Federation, and facilitated by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Over the course of three days, the event was packed with activities, including targeted C2C, C2B, and B2B Matchmaking sessions along with informative site visits to notable trade shows such as Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH)Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia 2023, and the government agency JTC Corporation

Over 176 B2B meetings were held in the framework of the EU-Singapore matchmaking event 2022

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) organised the EU-Singapore Cluster Matchmaking Event in 2022 and 2023. The overall objective of both events were to promote information exchange and networking opportunities for European cluster organisations and their members with counterparts from Singapore.

The EU-Singapore Matchmaking Event 2022 was organised in the context of the Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC (ITAP) and the  EU – Singapore Matchmaking Event in 2023 as part of Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH) and Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia 2023

The EU-Singapore Matchmaking Event in 2022 sought to support cluster cooperation for strategic business partnerships taking advantage of the provisions of the Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) signed between the European Union and Singapore in October 2018 and implemented in November 2019. Participants were focused on identifying potential areas of common interest for cooperation and synergies, in terms of the sectoral, value chain, and market focus of their SMEs and other companies. In addition, they aimed to improve the EU-Singapore industry and academia-industry collaboration in research, development, and innovation. The EU delegation included 24 members representing different cluster organisations and SMEs from 10 EU countries (Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden). In total, including Singaporean organisations (both cluster organisations and SMEs) there were 76 participants in the matchmaking sessions, where 176 bilateral meetings were held.

Marking a significant return one year after the previous gathering in 2022, the much-anticipated 2023th edition of the EU-Singapore Matchmaking Event was a compelling display of international collaboration, featuring a robust EU delegation of 34 delegates comprising 27 prominent clusters and 5 SMEs from across 18 countries. The delegation represented a broad array of industries, with a particular focus on sectors such as agri-food, health care & biomedical tech, digital tech, smart cities & urban solutions, advanced manufacturing, and green tech. All arrived eager to establish connections and delve into the latest developments in the Singaporean and Southeast Asian markets. 

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