The European Commission and The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) of South Africa jointly organised the event with the support of the EU Delegation to South Africa and facilitated by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Eventbrought together cluster organisations,SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associationsfrom the European Union (EU), non-EU COSME countries, and South Africa. It provided participants an excellent chance to promote Cluster to Cluster (C2C), Cluster to Business (C2B), and Business to Business (B2B) collaborations. The overall objective of the event was to promote the exchange of information and provide networking opportunities for European cluster organisations and their members with counterparts from South Africa, particularly in the fields of Agri-food,Green Industries, Chemicals and Metals, Tourism, Transport (Maritime and Automotive), Digital Tech, Textile and Leather.
Preparatory Webinar – an opportunity to receive information on undertaking business in South Africa and guidance on how to participate successfully in the planned event. Date: 26 September 2023, 9:30 – 11:00 CET. Agenda to be found here.
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: 10 October 2023, 9:30-10:30 CET.
Matchmaking meetings between Cluster Organisations, SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associations from EU (and non-EU COSME) countries and South Africa. 24October 2023
Debriefing session to collect feedback and testimonials from cluster participants.
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-South Africa industry and academia-industry collaboration in research, development, and innovation. For its members, the clusters identified possible areas of RDI collaboration (academia, research organisations, industries...).
The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event took place on-site in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants were able to schedule meetings through the B2Match Platform.
Matchmaking sessions between cluster organisations and SMEs from EU (and COSME) countries and South Africa
Debriefing session to collect feedback from cluster participants
+ more to be announced soon!
This invitation was addressed to cluster, business network organisations, SMEs, Start-ups and European Industry Associations interested in collaborating with South African counterparts in the following sectors:
Chemicals and metals
Transport (Maritime and automotive)
Textile and leather
Call for Expression of Interest
Calls for Expression of Interest targeting cluster organisations, SMEs, Start-Ups and European Industry Associations from the EU and non-EU COSME countries who wish to participate are now closed.
EU-South Africa Matchmaking Event 2023: Watch the highlights video🎬
A preparatory Webinar for The EU – South Africa Matchmaking Event was held on 26 September 2023. The Agenda for the Webinar is available here.
Below are all the presentations used in the frame of the Webinar:
Market access information session – collaboration opportunities and guidelines on how to do business with South AfricaRegional approach, presentation of Input paper