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REMEB ranked second in the best project pitch competition at the EASME investors café
FACSA, company devoted to the integral water cycle and coordinator of the REMEB project, has participated in the investors café for market-ready water innovations, promoted by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Union, held on the 12th June in Brussels.
REMEB, which has developed a ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) based on agro-industrial wastes, was among the 10 selected 2014 Horizon 2020 call projects, which are nearing completion, to participate in a pitch competition and present its technology before investors, EU policy-makers, and representatives of innovation platforms.
This year’s event is dedicated to exploitation, investment and market uptake of eco-innovative solutions in the field of water and circular economy.
In the morning session, the ten selected projects pitched their exploitable and market-ready innovations in front of investors. The investors’ profiles varied from private banks, venture capital firms, family offices, business accelerators. It concluded with It concluded with a round of questions in order to expose them to first-hand real-world experience with financiers and support them in their search for follow-up finance.
The afternoon session was dedicated to networking and matchmaking. The investors hosted parallel “Investor tables” to present financing opportunities to participants and engage in discussions for market uptake. Afterwards, project representatives and SMEs participated in one-to-one meetings with investors to advance concrete plans for exploitation.
The afternoon session included a business “bootcamp”, where the Horizon 2020 Exploitation Booster offered coaching on finance, business and Intellectual Property Rights. It was followed by a poster session where around 20 participants from on-going H2020 projects will showcase their innovative and close-to-market solutions.
The day was closed with the award for best project pitch ceremony where the REMEB project was ranked second thanks to the presentation delivered by Elena Zuriaga, R&D technician at FACSA and coordinator of the REMEB project.