EBN Congress 2024

  • Date
    12 June 2024 - 14 June 2024
  • Location
    Nantes, France
  • Venue
    CIC Ouest 2 Av. Jean Claude Bonduelle, Nantes
  • Open to
    All European SMEs

This external event is organised by EBN – European Business and Innovation Centre Network, a partner organisation of the EU SME Centre. To attend, registrants need to purchase tickets on EBN’s event website.

The EBN Congress is the largest gathering of European incubators, accelerators, innovation centres, and innovation supporters of all kinds. Co-organised by Atlanpole and supported by our partners, in 2024 our community will gather to discuss how we can best navigate the delicate balance between sustainable, economic, and industrial development goals.

Business and entrepreneurship support organisations, as the architects of innovation, are laying the groundwork for our future. As ecosystem orchestrators, EU|BICs are breaking down silos and fostering systemic collaboration within their regions – integrating their ecosystem’s collective competencies within the innovation process to foster growth, and knowledge, and effectively emerge as cornerstones of a prosperous tomorrow.

This year’s edition is focused in supporting sustainable industry: Sustainability and industry converge in innovation. And this convergence is an imperative. The long-term viability of the industrial sector in Europe, its competitiveness, social and labour attractiveness, and the capacity to answer unexpected crises robustly (EU’s technological and industrial sovereignty) will hinge on maximising the capabilities of its surrounding innovation ecosystems.

Leading questions

  • Can we increase competitiveness and industrial robustness while achieving our net-zero goals?
  • Can Europe produce its own strategic net-zero technologies to meet demand and reach its 2030 goals?
  • How are we orchestrating our innovation ecosystem towards answering sustainability challenges?
  • How can we tap into the right skills to maintain high-level human capital capacities for Europe’s innovation ecosystem?
  • How are the best business support programmes tackling the specific challenges of industry-oriented (green) tech start-ups and SMEs?

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