American TechConnect World, one of the world’s most important tech conferences, is starting up a European version in October, located in Malmö, Sweden. TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference & Expo will thus become the first conference held outside the US, and is expected to attract up to 2,000 international participants annually within three years. The conference is aimed at businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and other organisations that work with technology transfer, as well as investors looking for the most promising and innovative businesses and solutions in areas such as advanced materials, nanotechnology, medical technology, biotech, smart cities, big data, and advanced manufacture.
“We’ve been determined to get the conference to Sweden and Europe. This gives us the opportunity to connect our businesses and researchers with relevant parties globally, as well as market our knowledge-intensive ecosystems and research facilities MAX IV and ESS,” says Ulrika Ringdahl, CEO of Invest in Skåne. “Our hope is that the conference will become a motor, attracting new, pioneering research, innovations and international investments to Skåne and Sweden.”
Innovation business TechConnect has organised conferences in the US for over 20 years in order to contribute to the commercialisation of research and start-ups.
"We are extremely excited to announce the annual TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference and Expo in Malmö, Sweden and we are honored to be part of the team building this new program from both Sweden and across Europe. With the local construction of MAX IV and the European Spallation Source (ESS), and the expanding European-wide innovation initiatives within Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, we see an ideal convergence taking place between scientific discovery and entrepreneurial opportunities. This is a unique time and place for applied research and commercialization, and we are proud to launch the TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference to help bridge these communities", says Matthew Laudon, CEO, TechConnect.
Behind the deal is a long period of relationship-building between TechConnect and Invest in Skåne, alongside Event in Skåne, the City of Malmö, Region Skåne, Innovation Skåne, and Business Sweden.
The conference will take place on 19-21 of October 2020 at Clarion Malmö Live in Malmö.
For more information about the conference and the collaboration, please contact:
Matthew Laudon, CEO Tech Connect
mlaudon [at] techconnect.org
Gëzim Kiseri, Business Development Manager, Materials Science, Invest in Skåne
+46 725 219 263
gezim.kiseri [at] skane.se
About TechConnect World
For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The conference was founded by the innovation business TechConnect and has until today only been taking place in the US with approximately 2000 participants per year.
About Invest in Skåne
Invest in Skåne is the official trade and investment promotion agency for Sweden's southernmost region Skåne. We provide professional advice and services to international companies considering Skåne for future investments, and assist regional companies in developing their international business.