The networking “Face2Face Brokerage Event”, will be held on 9-10 November in Budapest (Hungary) as part of ICT Proposers’ Day 2017, organised by the European Commission, Enterprise Europe Network and Ideal-ist (international ICT National Contact Point network) Horizon 2020. The National Documentation Centre (EKT), National Contact Point for ICT Horizon 2020, Ideal-ist partner and co-ordinator for Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas will be supporting the Greek participation at the event.
ICT Proposer’s Day 2017, the biggest ICT networking event, is expected to attract more than 5,000 organisations: academia, businesses, research centres, industries, policy makers and public bodies interested in participating in the 2018 Calls for Proposals of Horizon 2020 in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). During the event, the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020 will be presented. The event will also feature training sessions, networking workshops, presentations of projects and face-2-face meetings with representatives interested in submitting their organisation’s proposals.
The ‘Face2Face brokerage Event’ will enable participants to broaden their network of contacts, discover innovative technologies and products, learn about funding under the European Union Programming Framework for Research and Innovation ‘Horizon 2020’, find partners with whom to jointly submit proposals to ‘Horizon 2020’ and/or the most appropriate project for them and conduct bilateral meetings with businesses, research bodies and universities. Details of the Calls 2018 can be found on the event’s official website.
Participants need to register first via the official website for ICT Proposers’ Day 2017, in order to be able to register for the Face2Face Brokerage Event. For further information in Greece contact the National Documentation Centre (Giorgos Megas, tel: 210 7273921, e-mail: megas@ekt,gr)
As National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, the National Documentation Centre supports the participation of Greek academic, research and business communities. All stages of the research project are covered, from preparing proposals to implementation and use of research results. To achieve this, EKT provides the following services:
- Information and advisory Services
- Development and Information Material Management
- Organisation of events and seminars
- Partner Search ( for the formation of consortia and submission of joint proposals)
- Charting Greek participation and publication of statistics and performance indicators
EKT also participates in the Ideal-ist project as the Greek node of the corresponding European network.
The Ideal-ist project aims to reduce the barriers met by organisations which wish to take part in ICT Programmes. This is achieved by supporting transnational co-operation searches and mediations between the Commission and potential participants.
The international co-operation of Ideal-ist includes ICT National Contact Points from all EU member states, Iceland, Israel, Norway and Switzerland. The project continues and expands work begun during the previous project (IDEA-LIST 2014) to which EKT also contributed.
The key activities of Ideal-ist are:
- ICT information through international workshops and conferences
- Partner search for the submission of joint proposals
- Organisation of partner brokerage events
As a member of the biggest entrepreneurial support network, Enterprise Europe Network, EKT, in response to the needs of the Greek community, has included in the services it provides, a dynamic grid of systematic information services and support for those enterprises which exhibit potential and target foreign markets exclusively through innovative technologies.
These services include:
- Pre-assessment of proposals by an expert panel comprised of specialist consultants in areas such as innovative technology and intellectual property management
- Business coaching in realising proposals so as to secure funding for the next phase
- Managing innovation and benchmarking in line with European enterprises
- Training for proposal writing and the creation of registrers
Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, the Greek node of the global network Enterprise Europe Network, provides integrated business support services for outward-looking enterprises and innovative orientation, in order to strengthen their competitiveness. Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, which has been in operation since 2008 through the support of the European Commission, is made up of 12 organisations (research and technological organisations, business associations, chambers, development companies), from all over the country, enables enterprises access to new markets, private and public funding, technology transfer and innovation management, alignment with European policies and consultation with stakeholders in the development of new policy initiatives.