An EIB study, published in June 2017 (link to study), identified funding gaps in two key areas of the Bioeconomy (the bio-based industries and the blue economy) and proposed a number of recommendations - one of them being to consider the creation of a thematic investment platform. This Investment Platform will receive financial support from the EU budget and its purpose will be to mobilise additional public and private investors to invest in the Bioeconomy. It will also contribute to the EU agenda for a circular economy.
On 6 December 2017, from 15:00 to 18:00, the workshop will consist of a live stakeholder market consultation to identify the funding needs of innovative (circular) Bioeconomy projects and the appropriate structure of the thematic investment platform that can address them.
14.30 – 15.00: Registration
15.00 – 15.30: The European Bioeconomy strategy and EIB’s access-to-finance study on the Bioeconomy – Presentation by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank
15.30 – 16:30: The market perspective – a live stakeholder consultation driven by a panel discussion among bio-based industry representatives
16:30 – 16:45: Coffee break
16:45 – 17:45: How to fill the funding gaps – an interactive panel discussion among investors and audience to recommend actions for the development of the Circular Bioeconomy Investment Platform
17:45 – 18:00: Conclusions
18.00 – 20.00: Joint networking cocktail with the BBI Joint Undertaking*