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Open For Business

Marta Gómez takes us through the 2017 EBN Congress agenda and outlines its special features

The EBN Congress is the annual gathering of professionals in the innovation and entrepreneurship sphere. In 2017, the Congress is jointly organised by EBN (the European Business and Innovation Centre Network), our certified EU|BIC in the region – Val d’Oise Technopole, Retis (the French innovation network), and Agoranov (a startup incubator in Paris). It will take place between 5-7 July in Enghien-les-Bains, in the Île-de-France, near Paris.

The 2017 EBN Congress is structured around the idea of ‘OPENNESS’:


EU|BICs are important actors, who are entrusted to work in direct contact with the entrepreneurs and SMEs, to ensure that innovative ideas are generated and that innovative products and services are marketed. They do so by ensuring a seamless delivery of the ‘incubation service value chain’ that is typically aimed at stimulating the territory, pre-incubating new ideas, incubating potentially successful startups and growing scalable businesses.

From the perspective of the entrepreneurs the same value chain can be read as: stimulate your brain, stand up your idea, start up a new business, and scale up for real impact.

The EBN Congress in Enghien-les-Bains will focus on these developments and the crucial role EU|BICs have in the creation of jobs and wealth. Over three days, the most innovative, most disruptive and most original practices will be presented, contributing to the evolution of our methods.

EU|BICs alone will not be able to achieve their mission if all the actors around them, the innovation ecosystem, are not welloriented and organised towards this common mission. They can fall short at any given point of the value chain if conditions are not met. 


Enghien-les-Bains is a spa resort in the Îlede-France (Paris) region and a UNESCO Creative City for Media Arts. It cultivates its eclecticism by merging its heritage in a contemporary way. Built in the late 19th century around a 108 acre lake, Enghienles-Bains is situated in the centre of the Val d’Oise department, north of the city of Paris, and has 200,000 residents.

Its preserved environment constitutes one of the most beautiful sites in the Île-deFrance. The only spa town in the Parisian Region, it maintains a way of life centred around health, well-being and now, digital creation.

With its exceptional accommodation capacity, a few minutes away from the centre of Paris and international airports, Enghien-les-Bains becomes a magic place to host participants at the EBN Congress.

Open startup exhibition

The main attraction of this year EBN Congress will be the ‘Open Startup Exhibition’, an open space for exchange and discussion with startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs coming from France, Brazil and all across Europe. They will be gathering at the Congress to learn from each other and present their innovative ideas. B2B matchmaking meetings will be organised on Thursday morning for startups and corporates present at the event. It will be followed by an afternoon with EU|BIC managers, policy makers and innovation practitioners attending, as well training and information sessions.

The main topic of the Open Startup Exhibition will be Internet of Things (IoT) where top-level startups developing innovation on Internet of Things will be showcasing their ideas. Within IoT the focus will be on the sub-themes of Health and Wellness, Heritage and Sustainable development, and Smart Cities. Moreover, corporates supporting innovative solutions in IoT will take part too; showing that openness across current ecosystems provides the best support to innovation.

Guest country

Once again the EBN Congress will bring a guest country to share its experience. This year we turn to Knowledge Capital, a project from Osaka, Japan. They will be present during the three days of the Congress. 

Knowledge Capital is a consortium of big industrial, financial and services providers and is a fairly new and original concept. The project is developing an ‘intellectual creation centre’ where entrepreneurs, researchers, creative people and citizens come together to create new values, by engaging and combining knowledge and ideas.

It is located above the Umeda Osaka Station, a complex with offices, salons, labs, exhibition spaces, show rooms, coworking spaces, meeting rooms and a congress centre used as a platform of interaction among people, and a bridge towards the world. 

This Congress is honoured to have the presence of the General Producer of Knowledge Capital Association and President, Super Station, Mr Takuya Nomura.

Why join us?

Over three days in July, EBN Congress will be the international gathering of diverse innovation ecosystems. It is the ideal place to bring together EU|BICs, large corporates, startups and policy makers from Europe and beyond, to discuss synergies and the best ways of cooperating at the international, regional and local level.

Main moments

Wednesday 5 July

  • EBN Special Interest Groups and project private meetings
  • EBN and RETIS statutory private meetings
  • Networking session (speeddating style)
  • Formal opening ceremony
  • Welcome cocktail

Thursday 6 July

  • Morning plenary sessions
  • Afternoon parallel workshops
  • All-day networking
  • Gala dinner

Friday 7 July

  • Video competition
  • Plenary debate
  • Closing session 
Published on 09-06-2017 00:00 by Marta Gomez Andres. 709 page views

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