Matchmaking Trip 2022

From November 12-19, 2022, company representatives from ECCIR, Alberta Innovates, and 9 Albertan MedTech companies took part in this year’s Matchmaking Trip to Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. During the trip, the SMEs had the opportunity to make valuable connections with potential partners and leading MedTech experts, while discovering European market entry strategies.

Some trip highlights included:

  • Attending matchmaking events and information sessions at MEDICA– the world’s largest medical technology trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Visiting the Philips Experience Lab in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where our trip participants heard from various medical technology innovators, Dutch and Canadian government officials, and academic researchers
  • Participating in pitching sessions following presentations from Walloon innovation agencies and meeting over 40 MedTech innovators at the Alberta Meets Wallonia matchmaking event in Louvain-la-Neuve 

“Having the opportunity to bring highly innovative MedTech companies from Alberta to Europe was an honour,” said ECCIR’s Project Manager, Laura Intemann. “The value of such a trip does not only lie in finding a partner but also in learning firsthand how the health system and innovative MedTech sector works in a different country.”

ECCIR would like to thank everyone who contributed to this trip, including our EEN partners in Wallonia and Brabant, as well as our expert presenters and company representatives. We are grateful to our colleagues at Alberta Innovates, including Sandra Candie and Bindi Ferguson, for their support in organizing this event.