Final preparations are underway for a matchmaking event which will be held on 6-7 June in Kiel, Germany. This event will offer an opportunity to establish, or to further develop, partnerships of various types.

The event will kick-off with a Steering Committee for partners of the CLIPPER project in the morning of the 6 June and in the afternoon, there will be a matchmaking event open to external participants. The matchmaking event will bring together over 50 participants from the 7 CLIPPER regions (including representatives from clusters, companies, local authorities and universities) to develop European partnerships, projects and business. 

A matchmaking event is very similar to speed dating in terms of the concept. Businesses, ministries, clusters and other stakeholders of maritime businesses who are interested in similar fields and offer different skills, products or services, come together to network and find the perfect match for what they are doing, or what they would like to do. This event will provide participants with the opportunity to present themselves and explain what they do and to learn from each other. It will consist of bilateral sessions which will include 13 timeslots of 15 minutes each. 

On the evening there will be an optional boat trip which will provide an ideal opportunity for participants to continue networking over dinner. 

An on-site visit will take place on 7 June, when participants will be taken by bus to visit the German Naval Shipyards. There will also be a presentation of Nobiskrug shipyard. 

 It is hoped that this event will bring together maritime stakeholders from across Europe and provide them with an opportunity to collaborate and establish communication relationships.