EIT Health Matchmaking 2020 – Berlin edition

The EIT Health matchmaking event in Berlin marked the end of the series of matchmaking events for the BP2021, paving the way for fruitful collaborations and future partnerships. Exciting times are ahead as we are waiting for the BP2021 proposal submissions.

The main rationale behind the matchmaking events is to provide a platform for future cooperation among the EIT Health community concerning the upcoming Business Plan 2021 Call, but the Berlin edition went a step ahead. The fully packed agenda of matchmaking meetings, newbie sessions and coaching workshops kept the participants busy for three days.

The event started with an introduction by Dr. Katherina Ladewig, Managing Director of EIT Health Germany, who welcomed the participants and delivered key information and updates regarding the BP 2021 Call. On the same day, first-time participants were given the opportunity to present themselves and get themselves familiarized with the EIT Health network during the Newbie Session. The next two days primarily focused on the one-to-one partner meetings, enabling them to improve their project proposals, find the appropriate partner or join an exciting project, coupled with interesting workshops and networking opportunities.The second day the Plenary session was opened by Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO of EIT Health and Ilaria Leggeri, Citizen and Patient Engagement at EIT Health, who discussed the importance of patient engagement as a way of advancing quality of health care. 

Between the time slots reserved for matchmaking sessions, participants also had the opportunity to be part of interesting workshops. Jean Dietzel, Director of Health Insurance at IGES, held a presentation on the new German Digital Care Act and Daniel Press from WILD Gruppe, talked about the path from prototype to production. Back at the Radisson Blu hotel, Eva-Maria Markutzik, Senior Innovation Consultant at SOMMERRUST GmbH shared her experience in project proposal writing and gave the participants of her workshop tips and tricks on how to write a winning proposal for the BP2021. And for those who still have not found partners for their projects, Nandor Gaus, Innovation & Project Manager at EIT Health Germany, organized a pitch session.

The Plenary session on the third day was dedicated to the introduction of the EIT Health Sustainability Tool Kit and continued with the last matchmaking sessions, as well as group matchmaking sessions for the three pillars: Innovation, Accelerator and Campus. Overall, over 350 representatives from EIT Health Partners, startups and external stakeholders took part in this impactful community networking event in Berlin. We hope many fruitful collaborations have been established and future partnerships agreed, and we are looking forward to receiving your project proposals.

For further information, please contact our Events and Communications Coordinator Simin Werner