Having taken place in Brussels on February 20, the EIP-SCC matchmaking event – promoted by the European Commission under the EIP-SCC Marketplace initiative – brought together city/regional representatives, businesses, and investors. It focused on exploring and shaping opportunities for those involved in Smart City projects.
Almost a hundred participants with either a Smart City background or interest could learn about existing Smart City best practices in the areas of mobility, ICT and energy in the Explore Zone while EIP-SCC experts assisted in shaping the concept of planned Smart City projects or planned investments in a round-table format during the Shape discussions. Finally, attendants could engage in 1:1 meetings between solution providers and the investment community during the target-oriented Deal matchmaking sessions on Smart Cities and Communities (pre-registration was required).
In sum, the EIP-SCC matchmaking event offered a unique opportunity for persons in charge of policy-making, representing cities/regions while offering advice to cities to learn from best practices, present their projects and find investors. Georg Houben, EIP-SCC Policy Officer at European Commission, stated: “We offer a forum for discussions, assist in the development of innovative urban ideas and bring together urban innovators, developers as well as investors and private equity.“
EIP-SCC Investment Panel
The matchmaking event featured an investor panel discussion focusing on what makes projects bankable and what investors expect from project proposals.
The panel consisted of Jessica Stromback from Joule Assets Europe, Carlos Sanchez from the Smart City Infrastructure Fund and Heimen Visser from Primevest Capital Partners. The matchmaking expert Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida from the EIP-SCC consortium moderated it.