An Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) event in Liverpool on 22 June will focus on the commercial and funding opportunities for becoming more resource efficient and making the transition to a circular economy.
Working in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK, the free one day event will provide brokerage, matchmaking and information opportunities for UK and European companies.
It is part of the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre from 13 June to 1 July.
According to a recent study, transitioning away from the conventional ‘take, make, use and throw away’ model towards a more circular economy in Europe could cut resource costs by €600 billion (£478 billion) and achieve further benefits worth €1.2 trillion (£960 billion) a year by 2030.
The European Commission has committed over €725 million (£577 million) of funding through its Horizon 2020 programme to support the move towards a circular economy in 2016/17.
The event aims to help businesses to access this funding by developing innovative R&D and technology transfer projects.
There will be opportunities for companies to meet new partners for technology and commercial collaborations, as well as discuss new routes to market for existing solutions.
The event will include:
- A presentation on EU funding to support circular economy, resource efficiency and eco-innovation
- Pre-arranged 20 minute meetings to meet potential partners for technological and commercial cooperation, including identifying parters for collaborative R&D projects as part of Horizon 2020
- Best practice presentations and case studies from successful EU funding applicants
- 90 second project and technology proposal pitches from participants
- Consortium building and proposal writing workshops.
To view the full programme and register for free, click here.
Delegates will be able to publish any R&D, technology and commercial collaboration interests before the event and book meetings with relevant companies and projects.