GCCIR Matchmaking
Symposium in Barcelona

November 19th, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

GCCIR Symposium Organizers

Supporting organizations

GCCIR Symposium Supporting Organizaitons

The symposium

On November 19th, 2018 the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) will hold a matchmaking symposium in Barcelona as part of the 2018 GCCIR Matchmaking Mission to Europe.

The symposium provides a unique opportunity for Spanish organizations to connect with potential Albertan partners to jointly develop R&D projects eligible to receive funding under the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund.

Map of the 2018 GCCIR Matchmaking Mission to Europe

Key speakers & Topics

The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) will deliver presentations on the province of Alberta’s innovation landscape and the funding available to Albertan companies through the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund. Presentations will also be given on opportunities available to Spanish companies.

The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTi) is the Spanish Innovation Agency and hosts the Spanish Eureka Office. Currently Eureka is the framework for the Spain-Canada technological cooperation between companies. CDTI will deliver presentations on its available funding tools to support those Spanish companies in their R&D joint projects with Albertan companies within the Eureka initiative.

ACCIÓ, the Agency for Business Competitiveness in Catalonia will deliver presentations on the region of Catalonia as an Innovation hub in Europe, and the instruments available to foster technological cooperation between Canada and Catalonia regions: Nuclis, Tecniospring and H2020 and will participate in the networking session.

Who should attend

Any of the following organizations related to the industrial sectors below is welcomed to register to the symposium.

Industrial sectors

Geospatial Technology – Health & Biotechnology – Resource Technology – Automation and Robotics – Information Technology

Organizations

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – Startups – Large Enterprises – Universities – Research and Technology Organizations – Economic Promotion Agencies – Science and Technology Parks – Clusters

Projects

Roughly 15 to 20 Albertan SMEs (small-to-medium sized enterprises) will participate in the symposium for the purpose of meeting potential R&D partners based in Spain.

Organizers

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Sponsors

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Supporters

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Rosaud Costas Duran is one of the law firms with the highest levels of growth in the Spanish market.

Venue

Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal is placed in the modern 22@ district of Barcelona. Very well-located and connected to major transport facilities, is the venue for the Symposium.

Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal

The mission to Europe

The 2018 GCCIR Matchmaking Mission to Europe will be visiting Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom. The mission will include matchmaking symposia in Barcelona, Prague, Munich, Aachen and Cambridge.

Beyond the matchmaking symposia, the participants also have the option of participating in site visits to research facilities, startup incubators and technology parks, as well as a cultural program which introduces some of the historical, cultural, and culinary highlights of the various regions visited in Europe.

Matchmaking symposia

The matchmaking symposia are held in each city visited on the trip, and introduce mission attendees to potential partners with whom to apply for the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund. Prior to the matchmaking mission, all attendees are asked to fill out detailed forms outlining the expertise and objectives of their enterprises; this information is used by the matchmaking partners of the GCCIR to find potential partner companies.

Every symposium will include presentations on the workings of the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund, presentations on doing business in the various jurisdictions, as well as a keynote speech or presentation on a relevant innovation-related topic. The symposia generally last for half a day (including morning coffee and a networking lunch), after which participants are free to continue with negotiations and discussions for the partners which they have met.

Scope

The matchmaking symposia are held in each city visited on the trip, and introduce mission attendees to potential partners with whom to apply for the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund. Prior to the matchmaking mission all attendees are asked to fill out detailed forms outlining the expertise and objectives of their enterprises; this information is used by the matchmaking partners of the GCCIR to find potential partner companies.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for the matchmaking missions are similar to those of the Collaboration Funds. Eligible Albertan SMEs will have 1-499 employees, and less than $50 million CAD in annual revenue. It is also required that the SMEs have a permanent physical presence in Alberta, although they may be headquartered elsewhere.

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