Financing the Bioeconomy: From bottleneck to breakthrough | Brussels, Belgium

08 October 2019
Embassy of the Netherlands in Brussels

The transition towards a bioeconomy is in full swing. One of the challenges in getting there is access to the necessary finance to ensure market introduction of key technologies.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgium will bring together Benelux companies active in the bioeconomy, public and private investors and lenders, and EU and Benelux decision makers in order to discuss this topical issue and identify possible ways forward.

Confirmed speakers include Eleni Zika, BBI JU Head of Programme; the European Investment Bank (EIB), and several Dutch and Belgian biobased companies with first-hand experience in accessing finance and related hurdles.

When: 8 October 2019, 14:00 – 18:00

Where: Netherlands Embassy to Belgium, Avenue de Corthenberg 4-10, Brussels

To register, send an email to before 1 October.



Moderator: Dave Keating

Opening statement                                                                             14:00 – 14:20

Speaker: Commissioner Phil Hogan

Testimonial 1

Speaker: Hans van Klink, DSD B.V./Chembeet                                

Testimonial 2                                                                                     

Speaker: Roger Blokland, TNO/Biorizon

Presentation of 2017 study on access to finance                            

Speaker: Paulina Brzezicka, European Investment Bank

Coffee and networking                                                                      

Circular Bioeconomy Investment Platform                                      

Speaker: fund manager (tbc)

BBI JU synergy label                                                                  

Eleni Zika, Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking

Wrap up                                                                                             

Drinks and networking                                                                      


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