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Lead sponsor

Key feature and position of your organisation at 2021 EBN Congress. Lead keynote panel discussions, demonstrate your unique value and connect with the Europe's leading community of business innovation leaders.


EBN congress is an ideal entry point to deeply embed your organisation as a forward-acting innovation player in the emerging European innovation landscape.

What we offer


As the exclusive Lead Sponsor you are cordially invited by EBN to provide various keynotes, among others at the opening day of the 2021 Congress. Topics of the addresses are free of choice contributing to the main themes of the congress. Your organisation will be leading debates, showcasing solutions and be highlighted pre-, during and post conference event as a main driver of European innovation.

Together with the community of EU|BICs, their 20,000+ client companies and our institutional partners we are shaping a culture of learning, entrepreneurship and future skills for an innovative Europe - and beyond.

What to expect


Participation as the corporate sponsor in the Emergent Futures congress grants your organisation:


  • Direct access to 130+ certified EU Business and Innovation Centres (EU|BICs) in 35+ countries worldwide

  • Access to 20,000+ entrepreneurial innovators (startups and scale-ups) working on Europe's most challenging issues, operating in areas ranging from Digital Innovation, Sustainability to Agri-food and from Industry 4.0, Advanced Materials and Deep Tech to New Space.

  • Brokerage networking with our members and partners, among others active in European Digital Innovation Hubs, ESA Space Solution Centres and leading university entrepreneurship centres working with Europe's future highly-skilled talents.


Steer the debate and co-design the future


As the exclusive Lead Sponsor you are also welcomed to join multiple speaking opportunities during the two conference days. These moderated discussions (60 min) emphasise the role of business innovation supporters in driving sustainable economic development through public/private and corporate/university/startup partnerships.


You are invited to participate in the following sessions:


  • “Global Challenges and Trends as Drivers for Regional Actions?” (Keynote panel)

  • “Industry-market perspective: What are the future partnerships that will influence innovation?” (Keynote speech)

  • “The Road to European Digital Leadership: cases in Cybersecurity, Agrofood and Digital Innovation” (Panel discussion)

  • “Leadership in digitalisation“ (Informal lunch session)

  • “3 key technologies for responding to current and future challenges” (Pre-congress virtual keynote)

Visibility to and continued connection with European business innovation stakeholders and companies (emerging innovators, startups, scale-ups):


  • Company demos in the onsite and virtual ‘exhibitors’ section

  • Extended visibility with onsite promotional materials and online promotion campaigns

  • Company demo in the onsite and virtual ‘exhibitors’ section


What makes it unique


Innovative solutions can have transformative impact far beyond regional, sectorial and business environments. EU|BICs and their client companies are committed to develop the technologies enabling and creating the convergence of communities based on commonalities far beyond the shared physical environment and continental barriers.


Looking to the future, corporate innovators, EBN, and the EU|BIC community acknowledge the global megatrends and take this moment of recovery to co-create the direction of innovation. Due to the many synergies, our members are well-positioned to realise sustainable solutions for existing and future challenges companies face.


New models for collaboration which build on our shared research, science and business acceleration capacities are key to scale Europe's breakthrough innovation.


You are invited to join the European community of business innovation leaders as the main corporate sponsor of the 2021 'Emergent Futures' congress.



Lead sponsor package costs


  • EUR 35,000,-


About EBN


EBN is a not-for-profit that serves a pan-European, global community of people that use innovative business as a driver for regional (economic) development.


EBN’s initiatives include EU|BIC certification, development and distribution of quality business support programmes, facilitation and initiation of project collaborations, global networking and advocacy for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs. There are now more than 130 quality-certified EU|BICs and 40+ Associate Members in over 30+ countries shaping our global EBN network.



Becoming an EU|BIC means responding to our mission to use business and innovation as a force for regional development with the best possible actions to create thriving startups and SMEs. In other words, EU|BICs take real steps to ensure that their services are best advantageous to their clients and best advantageous to their regions.

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