As we prepare for next Business Beyond Borders matchmaking event – AMB Iran (26-29 June, Tehran), registration now open –, we are delighted to bring you a testimonial from a previous BBB participant!
Monica Miguel-Lago, Executive Secretary of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC), was one of the participants of the BBB matchmaking sessions at FIDAE 2018. Read below her account of this busy but prolific event – and know more about EARSC’s international partnership facilitated by the BBB initiative!
“Last April, I have spent four very stimulating days at FIDAE. The International Air and Space Fair is the foremost aerospace, defence and security exhibition in Latin America, which has become one of the most important business platforms of the region due to its long and successful experience.
The fair took place between 3-8 April 2018 in Santiago (Chile), and also had as main organisers the matchmaking platform Business Beyond Borders, which in this particular fair was supported on-site by its partner Eurochile Business Foundation. Throughout the matchmaking event, European and Chilean companies gathered to address business opportunities in the sector, as well as initiatives of the European Union in Chile.
On the latter topic, we had the opportunity to meet again with Eurochile, with whom we had established an excellent collaboration in the months prior to FIDAE. We have since then signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and are discussing the best way to join forces in different European and Chilean projects. EuroChile has just been announced as a Copernicus Relay, and we shall help them understand how the European space arena works in their preparation for their Relay activities.
I also had the great pleasure to meet with the EU Ambassador in Chile, Stella Zervoudaki, at the BBB stand. She was fascinated “to see the innovative Earth Observation (EO) businesses with global ambitions, which have the potential to add value to established networks and markets”; and fully supported our partnership with Eurochile.
During FIDAE, I met around 25 stakeholders from the private and public sectors; in fact, I was very happy with the organisation of the matchmaking sessions provided by BBB/EuroChile, which created such an excellent platform and environment to meet and chat with cooperation partners. Thank you, Business Beyond Borders, for giving us the opportunity to participate in FIDAE!
So many side events happened, all the business cards collected definitely are begging for a follow-up, but in short, it has been very good to take part in these sort of meetings, especially when hosted as part of such a big trade fair. EARSC will try to attend more of these events, especially as part of the Internationalisation strategy and IDEEO (Internationalisation & Diversification of European Earth Observation) COSME project we are developing.
Keep an eye on us! We are going beyond borders!”