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EU-US Matchmaking event at Hannover Messe, Germany

The Hannover Messe 2016 with its focus on industry 2.0 and this year’s official Partner Country USA was the opportunity to put the EU-US Cooperation Arrangement on Clusters into practice. The ECCP decided to use this opportunity to facilitate cluster based industrial, trade and investment cooperation in a cross-sectoral matchmaking approach.

The Hannover Messe Opening Ceremony was held on Sunday 24 April in the presence of US President Barack Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On 25-26 April 2016 took place the EU-US Cluster matchmaking event, organised jointly by the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and the US Department of Commerce and facilitated by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) in collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). The event brought together over 70 EU and US clusters / Economic Development Organisations that took the opportunity for bilateral exchange. Within the cluster-to-cluster (C2C) and cluster-to-business (C2B) matchmaking sessions, over 250 face-to-face meetings involving clusters were scheduled (114 EU clusters-US clusters/EDOs meetings, 27 EU clusters-US R&D institutions and businesses meetings, 110 EU clusters-EU clusters/businesses meetings) as well as numerous business-to-business (B2B) meetings that were held in parallel during the TechnologyTransfer Days, organised by EEN.





Report on the event

Slides presentation during the seminar here






New: Watch the video of the EU-US cluster matchmaking event at Hannover Messe 2016 with testimonials from participating clusters



EU-US matchmaking event

Andrea Golfieri, EASME; Christophe Guichard, DG Growth European Commission; Marc Pattinson, inno TSD, ECCP coordinator; Bryan Borlik, US Department of Commerce; Tshanda Kalombo, US Department of Commerce; Eva Fadil, inno TSD, ECCP project manager

 “The opportunity to meet with European clusters at the Hannover Messe generated huge interest from U.S. clusters and economic development organisations. Many of them told me that they really benefited from exchanging information and learning about European clusters in advanced manufacturing. The matchmaking event was well-organised which allowed the participants to focus on making contacts and establishing relationships.”

Tshanda Kalombo, Department of Commerce, US, co-organiser of the EU-US matchmaking event at Hannover Messe on 24-25 April 2016

“This EU-US matchmaking event gave us, as cluster and also as one partner of an ESCP-4i, the chance to get in contact and to develop collaborations with other participating clusters and their business members from Europe and the USA. During these 2 days I had in total 16 very interesting and informative meetings and I am sure we will cooperate together with some of the European and also with the US clusters. For us, as a plasma technology cluster, the mixture of clusters from different fields like industrial automation, IT, water, energy and environmental technology, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as research and development were perfect. Furthermore, it was also very interesting to learn more about the US Economic Development Organisations and how they work and I am sure we will work very closely together with them in the near future. I would really like to say thank you to the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and the Enterprise Europe Network for the organisation of this fruitful event.”

Katherina Ulrich Project Manager at BalticNet-PlasmaTec and Project leader of the European Strategic Cluster Partnership – Going International (ESCP-4i) called AdPack - Future Materials and products for advanced smart packaging

“You have done a great job! The matchmaking event was really interesting and also the profiling process on the ECCP web platform shows that you privilege a quality approach.”


“The cluster matchmaking is very useful for us – we vote for such events!”
Smilja Krajinovic, VOJVODINA ICT CLUSTER, Serbia

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