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ELAN Network events 2017: an appointment for the co-generation of technology based business opportunities and strategic alliances between Europe and Latin America

2017.02.20

478 Technology Based Business Opportunities identified in 2016 ELAN Network events

European & Latin American Technology Based Business Network (ELAN Network), whose main purpose is to promote the co-generation of technology-based business opportunities between European and Latin American SMEs, as well as the generation of strategic multiplier alliances between different actors of the innovation ecosystem of both continents, has published its event calendar for 2017.

6 events are scheduled to take place in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile and Peru; and 4 missions in México, focused on the following sectors: Renewable Energies, Biotechnology & Bioeconomy, Environmental Technologies, Health, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Nanotechnologies and New Materials.

European and Latin American participants will identify and generate technology based business opportunities among them through different activities which will allow to:

  • Learn about the country´s challenges and provide solutions to address them.
  • Provide spaces for presentations of European companies (elevator pitches).
  • Participate in co-creation activities and generation of new business opportunities combining different organisations’ skills and assets.
  • Generate spaces for interactive and personalised networking.

In order to maximise the potential of ELAN Network events, these will be celebrated in cooperation with the most relevant sectorial events in the selected countries. The idea is to establish synergies with other initiatives, which also aim to enhance and accelerate the execution of business in the sectors selected by country, and carry out coordinated activities with them.

First meeting point: Costa Rica

The first appointment organised for 2017 is the Costa Rica event from 7th to 9th of April.

The event, which will have a regional Mesoamerican character, will count on the participation of organisations and companies, especially SMEs, from Costa Rica and the entire Central American and Caribbean region. On this occasion, the prioritised sectors are Nano / Biotechnology, ICTs and Renewable /Alternative Energies, all of them convergent technologies that are the basis of the National Development Plan of Costa Rica and most of the countries of the region and drivers of their economies.

To maximise the results of the event, it will be coordinated with the international fair ExpoPYME 2017, which develops both business rounds and product displays, productive linkages with national and international partners and training of entrepreneurs, among other activities, and has a forecast attendance of about 14,000 visitors.

ELAN Network in figures

1.839 participants in ELAN Network events and missions, more than 400 European participants in ELAN Network events in LAC, 17 co-creation sessions, on average 450 connections established per event and 478 Technology Based Business Opportunities identified between European and Latin-American companies, are some of the relevant results of the activity of the Network throughout its 2 years of existence.

Definitely a good reason to reserve these appointments in our agendas.


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