Monday November 19th was finally the time for the MobiGoIn-Action European matchmaking event in Paris, where all the selected SMEs that have been part of the first phase in the project, the Acceleration Program for USA/Canada, had the opportunity to meet and discuss potential collaborations. During the autumn, companies from France, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Romania took part in several workshops and webinars to prepare themselves for their possible international missions to USA and/or Canada. A total of 9 activities were held to explore strategy development, marketing plans, service providers, cultural barriers, legal and fiscal aspects, smart mobility and automotive trends, business intelligence and a lot more – all of which had a clear focus on the US and Canadian markets.
How did we proceed after this, then? Well, it was finally time to meet one another.
With so many competences within the project, and all possibilities to meet face-to-face and to explore future business possibilities, we arranged a matchmaking event in Paris, leaded by Mov’eo, where all the SMEs were invited. 24 companies came through to meet in France, at the offices of Mov’eo, for half a day filled with B2Bs and expertise exchanges.
The day started with a welcome speech by Marc Charlet, General Manager, Mov’eo. This was followed by a talk focusing on the agenda, the objectives during both days and the next steps for the project from Sébastien Aubron, European Project Manager, Mov’eo. Due to the fact that all the workshops during the acceleration phase had been about the companies preparing themselves for an international journey, a last presentation was held by by Xavier Wartelle, CEO, French Tech Hub, on the topic of “Smart mobility & smart cities in North-America: final tips to prepare your B2Bs”.
B2B meetings, networking to discover new collaborations and strengthening MobiGoIn value system
After the presentations, it was time for the companies to get to know one another and to gain some understanding of each others’ businesses. Each SME had 1 minute to present their business in the form of a pitch. After all the pitches, the matchmaking began. Before the event, all the companies had a chance to request who they wanted to meet, so that MobiGoIn-Action project team could matchmake all the companies according to their expressed wishes and different areas of expertise.
In order to share knowledge and explore potential collaborations, each company had at least 6 meetings during the afternoon, representants from the Canadian Embassy and Investors from USA also took part of the B2B session. The evening continued with more fruitful conversations between the companies, where many of them found new ways of working in the future – both on their own and together. More than 100 B2Bs were held during the afternoon. These were some decidedly interesting first meetings. Although there were some apparent cultural differences, everyone had at least two things in common: they worked in smart mobility in one way or another and they wanted to make the transportation a little bit easier, sustainable and smarter.