In September 2019, EC2i members accompanied their members to the USA: one last mission ending the EC2i project.
The EC2i partnership has conducted 4 matchmaking missions over the 2 years of the project, two in the United States, two in China. These missions aim at developing partnerships with stakeholders in targeted markets and pursue opportunities for collaborative business development for European SMEs. The EC2i consortium accompanied its members to New York City, Nanjing and Shanghai for its three first missions.
This fourth mission took place in both New York City and Boston, in partnership with Smart City Tech and the event Horizon19 in Boston. The aim was the same : identify opportunities for European SMEs within the Cleantech and SmartCity sectors in order to help them penetrate the US market.
Before the mission, the EC2i partners worked towards securing strong partnerships with American stakeholders in order to offer European SMEs the opportunity to meet potentiel US partners through matchmaking sessions in New York City and during the Horizon19 Conference in Boston.
The B2B meetings on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of September were hosted in the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. American partners gave a presentation on their organisation and their challenges. European SMEs had the opportunity to meet with US corporations such as Siemens, Daikin and ConEdison but also with representatives from cities like Philadelphia or New York.
The participants were from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Spain. 4 members of the EC2i clusters joined the US mission and 24 American participants took part in the Monday and Tuesday’s activities.
From Thursday 19th May to Friday 20th of september 2019, European SMEs attended the Horizon19 event in Boston. They had the opportunity to join conferences on different subjects such as clean transportation, energy storage or sustainable infrastructure. Pitching sessions were also organized and meetings with other participants thanks to a B2B meeting app.
In conclusion, those 5 days in the US, both in New York for the matchmaking event and in Boston for Horizon19 were a real success for all the SMEs, the EC2i members and our american partners.
We would like to thank you all who participated in the organization of this last mission for the EC2i project.