Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 Digital & Industry - Face2face Brokerage

Horizon Europe Organizes Event Topics to Maximize Collaboration

Public Administration

Innovation Partnering

Virtual

Jun 13, 2022 | 3 min read

About the Event

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. It facilitates collaboration in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges.

To fulfill this vision the Horizon Europe program was structured into three pillars. One of which addresses global challenges and European industrial competitiveness through six clusters ranging from:

Cluster 1: Health

Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society

Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society

Cluster 4: Digital, Industry & Space

Cluster 5: Climate, Energy, and Mobility

Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

All six clusters hosted brokerage events on the b2match AI event matchmaking platform.

Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 Digital & Industry - Brokerage Event

As "digital" and "industry" topics are present across all pillars of horizon Europe Digital & Industry - Face2Face Brokerage Event was an event that opened to the other clusters for collaboration opportunities that could be explored as well.

Cluster 4 was a unique networking opportunity for representatives of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide working in the ICT sector, interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners.

Finding the Event Networking Needle in the Haystack

The real challenge of the event was organizing all the topics so participants could find each other and network and connect among themselves. The event had:

  • 6 main topics
  • 17 digital area sub-topics
  • 14 industry area sub-topics
  • 2 European innovation council sub-topics
  • 7 testing and experimentation facilities sub-topics
  • 5 digital innovation hubs and platforms sub-topics
  • 8 Horizon Europe partnership sub-topics
  • 14 global challenges and digital transformation sub-topics
  • 4 cross cutting area sub-topics

The event organizer was able to use the b2match event networking app to carefully structure all the topics so that they made sense and were searchable. The b2match Marketplace was utilized to do this.

The Marketplace is like a catalog of opportunities where event participants create offers and showcase products, which will attract suitable business partners to start collaborations and partnerships.

Horizon Europe marketplace with the selected filter for the topic Project Cooperation showing marketplace entries.Horizon Europe marketplace with the selected filter for the topic Project Cooperation showing marketplace entries.
Image: b2match Marketplace was used to create topic Project Cooperation, which was broken down to 69 searchable sub-topics.
Horizon Europe marketplace with the selected filter for the topic Expertise showing marketplace entries.Horizon Europe marketplace with the selected filter for the topic Expertise showing marketplace entries.
Image: b2match Marketplace was used to create topic Expertise which was broken down to 50 searchable sub-topics.

Not only were Marketplace opportunities broken down to organized, searchable sub-topics, the participants themselves could choose categories that were relevant to them to help make them more searchable.

This was done by utilizing b2match’s:

  • Participant types - categories of participants set by the event organizers, used to group participants with common specific traits.
  • Organization types- to categorize participants by the type of organization they are associated with.
  • Areas of activities - enables participants to classify and tag their business and also facilitate the search of suitable meeting partners through sorting participants on the event website.
Participants list filtered by Areas of activities on their networking event.Participants list filtered by Areas of activities on their networking event.
Image: Participants assigned themselves to specific areas of activities which were broken down to 66 searchable subcategories.

Backend Peek Into b2match Event Networking Platform

The organizers of Digital & Industry - Face2Face Brokerage Event were able to do this all in the backend of the b2match event networking app. They simply went in and started typing up the categories that best fit their brokerage event.

Marketplace settings for the Project cooperation and sub-topics in the b2match admin.Marketplace settings for the Project cooperation and sub-topics in the b2match admin.
Image: Marketplace settings of the topic Project cooperation and its sub-topics in the b2match networking software backend.
Areas of activities settings in the b2match networking software backend.Areas of activities settings in the b2match networking software backend.
Image: Settings of the Areas of activities in the b2match networking software backend.

Crucial Element to Successful Event Networking Platform Setup

One of the greatest reasons Digital & Industry - Face2Face Brokerage Event was a success was that the event organizers created relevant categories in their smart event networking tool. Getting those categories right so event participants can associate with them, assign themselves to them, and search them to find the partnerships and collaborations that will be meaningful to them is crucial. And that’s exactly what happened.

This led to fantastic one-to-one meeting numbers because attendees researched who they wanted to meet up with before they committed to the time of a meeting. This created highly targeted, meaningful connections that have a better chance of ending in productive collaborations.

Offering Post Event Matchmaking

The organizers of the event knew that such a large participant group would appreciate more time to arrange meetings with one another than just the two days the event was taking place. That’s why they arranged for post event matchmaking. It gives participants more time to connect and meet. So even though Digital & Industry - Face2Face Brokerage Event was only for two days in December, attendees could continue to login to b2match and arrange meetings with one another until February.

This is a great opportunity for event organizers to boost event meeting numbers and increase the success of their event.

Event organiser:

Ideal-ist

An international ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) National Contact Point (NCP) network, supporting research and innovation activities for the EU Framework Programmes.

Event in numbers:

1715

Total participants

76%

Participants in matchmaking

1477

1:1 Meetings

51

Countries

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