The 2019 GCCIR Matchmaking Mission to Europe visited Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria. The mission included matchmaking symposia in Barcelona, Namur, Düsseldorf, Prague, and Vienna. The matchmaking symposium in Namur was organized in cooperation with the IraSME Network.
Beyond the matchmaking symposia, the participants also have the option of participating in site visits to research facilities, startup incubators and technology parks, as well as a cultural program which introduces some of the historical, cultural, and culinary highlights of the various regions visited in Europe.
GCCIR Travel Grant!
Participants joining our mission will receive a GCCIR Travel Grant of $3000 CAD per company. Travel grants will be available to companies participating in all matchmaking symposia and will be paid in the form of reimbursements once the mission has been completed.
The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research organizes regular matchmaking missions to bring Albertan SMEs (small-to-medium sized enterprises) to Europe for the purpose of meeting potential partners with whom to apply for the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund. Roughly fifteen to twenty SMEs are selected to participate in each mission.
The matchmaking symposia are held in each city visited on the trip, and introduce mission attendees to potential partners with whom to apply for the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund. Prior to the matchmaking mission all attendees are asked to fill out detailed forms outlining the expertise and objectives of their enterprises, as well as the expertise they are looking to find in a collaboration partner. This information is used by the matchmaking partners of the GCCIR to find potential partner companies.
Every symposium will include presentations on the workings of the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund, presentations on doing business in the various jurisdictions, as well as a keynote speech or presentation on a relevant innovation-related topic. The symposia generally last for half a day (including morning coffee and a networking lunch), after which participants are free to continue with negotiations and discussions for the partners which they have met.
Eligibility criteria for the matchmaking missions are similar to those of the Collaboration Funds. Eligible Albertan SMEs will have 1-499 employees, and less than $50 million CAD in annual revenue. It is also required that the SMEs have a permanent physical presence in Alberta, although they may be headquartered elsewhere.
Testimonials from previous mission participants
Thanks to the attractive GCCIR Matchmaking Trip and the Alberta-Germany Collaboration Fund we gained valuable contacts and access to work collaboratively with experts in Germany. The outcomes of this GCCIR project will benefit both Ceapro and the German partners, a perfect win – win situation. This project was only possible because the GCCIR has done an excellent job in facilitating first to find partners in Germany and second by providing this funding opportunity.
Bernhard Seifried, Director of Engineering Research & Technology, Ceapro Inc.
Routeique participated in the GCCIR Matchmaking trip to Germany and France in 2017. I have to say the entire experience was beyond our expectations and the we couldn’t be happier with the results. The format and organization of the trip meant that our days were filled with productive and fruitful meetings, but we still had time for networking and experiencing some of the local culture.
My hat goes off to GCCIR for making the entire process painless. Their team is fantastic to work with, very approachable and always ready with advice or assistance. For Routeique, the result has been the establishment of an R&D partnership with two German organizations. The group is currently collaborating on a project that will help firmly establish Routeique in the German (and larger European) market within the next 18-24 months.
Routeique will definitely be working more with the GCCIR and attending other matchmaking events in the future.
Mike Allan, President, Routeique Inc.
The GCCIR runs a very well organized program with strong supports for entrepreneurs who join them on the matchmaking trip.
Timothy Griffin, CEO and Founder, Userful Corp.
The mission to Germany was an extremely fruitful and enjoyable experience for Evolution. The trip and financial support from GCCIR allowed Evolution to continue to pursue strategic R&D partnerships at a time when the poor economic climate would have otherwise made it prohibitively expensive. On the trip, Evolution’s team was able to meet with a number of potential new contacts and enabled Evolution to find a perfect technology project partner; one that Evolution continues to collaborate with today and wouldn’t have found otherwise. Evolution is very thankful for the fantastic opportunity with GCCIR.
Aaron Logan, Vice President Engineering; Angelica Francoeur, Director of Intellectual Property, Evolution Engineering Inc.
The matchmaking event that I attended was well organized and ran like clockwork. The venues were first class and the opportunity to meet partners was available at every turn. By traveling through the country and participating in the various social events I got a much better idea of what Germany is all about. It was a great opportunity and I would do it again.
John Murphy, CEO and Founder, Stream Technologies Inc.
SPLICE Software has been looking to find European collaboration partners and the GCCIR Matchmaking Mission was a great opportunity to network with various international professionals and potential project partners. This was our company’s second time on this mission, and the GCCIR team once again worked tirelessly with their partners in Germany and France to ensure we were introduced to various organizations that fit within our project scope. The mission was not only filled with important networking sessions which generated an abundance of contacts, but the agenda was also filled with opportunities to explore the beautiful cities we were visiting so we could get to know the culture. The trip was well organized and the travel recommendations were very helpful. The GCCIR team was easily accessible and quick to answer any questions we had – it was a great opportunity and an amazing experience which we would happily do again.