EU Techbridge
EUT

Sweden: South Sweden
Carmen Disanto
Business Developer, at lead partner organization
Profile:
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Overview

Type of partnership
Partnership origin
Target countries
Partnership duration (months)
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Status

Summary and objectives

The main objective of the EU Techbridge project is to implement the joint internationalization strategy the 5 involved partners have developed in order to help SMEs fully utilize rising demand for sustainable energy and water-smart technologies in the United States and Canada. The specific objectives of this partnership are the following: 

  • Support European SMEs integrate themselves into value-chains at the intersection of energy and water in the US and Canada; Scale up a critical mass of European SMEs in the US and Canada by bringing at least 60 to physical matchmaking events, and securing at least 6 Business Partnership Agreements;
  • Deepen collaboration between the partners and their SMEs, fostering the emergence of new value chains spanning the energy-water nexus;
  • Establish and deepen collaboration with cluster initiatives in the United States and Canada to build an understanding of local market opportunities, to strengthen linkages between local innovation ecosystems and those in Europe, and to facilitate SME internationalization into these markets;
  • Strengthen the brand of the EU as a global innovator in energy and water in Canada and the US, two markets of strategic importance;
  • Exploit synergies with other EU, national and regional projects to maximize impact on SMEs;
  • Develop and share best practices for developing strategic partnerships in the target markets and supporting SMEs’ internationalization.

Previous achievements

ESCP Pilots 2013
ICN
Others
EC2i

Partnership other activities

EU Techbridge will organise 5 matchmaking missions from Europe to Canada and the United States. Before each mission, interested SMEs will be invited to participte to webinars where the North American challenge owners will specify their technology needs. Aſter that, European SMEs will be invited to apply presenting their solutions. The selected SMEs will participate to a first phase of virtual matchmaking, which will be followed by the physical mission. The first mission is scheduled for Spring of 2021.

Results expected

  • At least 10 Partnership Agreements with counterparts in the US and Canada
  • At least 10 Partnership Agreements with European SME innovation and internationalization platforms
  • 5 matchmaking missions to the US and Canada
  • At least 200 SMEs benefiting from enhanced market knowledge and understanding of technology needs in target markets by participating in webinars;
  • At least 200 SMEs from adjacent sectors participating in online collaboration space designed for open innovation, fostering cross-sectoral collaboration;
  • At least 100 SMEs benefiting from direct engagement with challenge owners and end-users in target market, developing a deeper understanding of business potential;
  • At least 60 SMEs benefiting from physical one-on-one meetings with potential partners in the US and Canada, exploring the potential for business partnerships;
  • At least 15 SMEs participating in ongoing business negotiations with business partners in the US and Canada, including physical follow-up meetings;
  • At least 6 SMEs securing business partnership agreements with counterparts in the US and Canada.

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Other service activities:S94 Activities of membership organisations
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Renewable Energy
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Areas of specialisation not covered above

This initiative will support European SMEs working in value chains at the intersection of energy and water to integrate themselves into value chains in the US and Canada.

Partnership composition

Profile name Location Project coordinator
CLEAN
Denmark
AVAESEN
Spain
Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster (LE2C)
Italy
Water Alliance
Netherlands
Sustainable Business Hub

Sweden

Other linked key partners or networks

Profile name Location Network type
ICN
Denmark

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