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Financing the Bioeconomy

October 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session Kindly Sponsored by


MPowerBIO Empowers Clusters to Bring SMEs Across the Financial Valley of Death

The experience of many SMEs is that although they have a good idea or a good product, they cannot get an investor. They need to be able to pitch their idea perfectly and have a strong business plan, a clear strategy, a well-defined customer base, etc., to attract investors. In this presentation, Filippo will show how the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation and MPowerBIO can assist in navigating the pathway across the difficult valley from “Innovation to Business”.

Dr Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli, European Ambassador, Irish Bioeconomy Foundation



Funding Perspectives for Scale-up in the European Bioeconomy

The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) is the first venture fund exclusively focused on the bioeconomy and the circular bioeconomy in Europe. With a target size of €250 million, to which the European Investment Bank (EIB) has committed €100 million, the ECBF will be an important financial instrument in achieving the European Green Deal goals of making Europe climate neutral by 2050.

Dr Michael Brandkamp, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, Germany



Cross-border Funding Opportunities in a Critical Sector for the Island 

InterTradeIreland sees huge opportunities for business growth in Northern Ireland and Ireland through an island-wide approach to the bioeconomy. Its passion is to see sectoral growth in the bioeconomy fuelled by cross-border trade and collaboration. In this talk, David will share some of the success stories that InterTradeIreland has helped to facilitate in its efforts to help grow the bioeconomy across the island.

Dr David Burns, Science, Technology and Innovation Manager, InterTradeIreland, Northern Ireland & Ireland


Bank Finance for the Bioeconomy

Sustainability is a core tenet of the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) strategy. AIB’s Head of Manufacturing, John McGeown, will present an overview of the options available to businesses at different stages of their life cycle and offer some insights from the AIB sector team.

John McGeown, Head of Manufacturing, Allied Irish Bank, Ireland











October 22, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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