14 June 2017 / Florence, Italy

Watify matchmaking event

on Photonics

Find your next technology, research, commercial or financial partner!

Watify, an awareness-raising campaign, funded by the European Commission, to stimulate the technological transformation of Europe’s industry, is organising a matchmaking event on Photonics in Florence in cooperation with the Region of Tuscany, ACTPHAST, Tuscany Life Sciences Cluster, Confindustria Toscana, Entreprise Europe Network and Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.

June 14, 2017 | 9am - 5pm   Florence, Italy


Photonics is applied in a wide range of fields, including manufacturing, ICT, healthcare, and offers enormous business opportunities in the development of cutting-edge materials and devices.

Bilateral meetings between different actors will aim at fostering the much needed cooperation to increase these opportunities, combined with multilateral working group meetings to take into account the unique circumstances per industry sector. The working groups are:

  • Lasers in manufacturing, advanced metrology and quality control
  • Imaging and displays
  • Photonics in ICT
  • Photonics in Aerospace
  • Photonics in life sciences


  • To facilitate inter-regional cooperation that will help to exploit synergies, pool resources and infrastructures across Europe and enlarge the potential user-base.
  • To develop joint initiatives /partnerships /demonstration projects in photonics
  • To match S3 priorities and exploit identified complementary resources and strengths.

Consult the event scoping paper for more information on Photonics in Europe.

What to expect

Bilateral Meetings

Opportunity to initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings. 

Learn how to get the most out pre – scheduled bilateral meetings in WATIFY matchmaking events here.

Group Meetings

Opportunity to connect different actors for furthering potential inter-regional / cross-border cooperation on targeted focus areas.

Learn how to get the most out working group meetings in WATIFY matchmaking events here.

Pitches / Presentations

Opportunity to pitch ideas or projects, or to present your organisation. (Scroll down for further info)

Send your pitch in Word or PowerPoint by e-mail to: sabina.asanova@watify.eu

Why participate?

  • Benefit from personalised and pre-arranged bilateral meetings with technological/research/financing/commercial partners
  • Get informed on the opportunities and challenges of photonics
  • Get to know interesting projects or initiatives in photonics
  • Initiate cross-border contacts, and explore potential opportunities for cooperation
  • Work towards the exploitation of synergies in cross-border value chains

Who should attend?

  • Research & Technology Organisations
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Business intermediaries
  • Businesses (especially SMEs and mid-caps)
  • Industry associations/representatives
  • Clusters

Venue & Location

Villa Fabbricotti
Via V. Emanuele II n. 62-64
Florence, Italy

Sabina Asanova

Watify Matchmaking Event Coordinator

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Pitch your idea or proposal

Pitch or present your idea, proposal, project, initiative or organisation profile to the plenary audience!

The Pitch session of the matchmaking event is a unique opportunity to generate interest, attract partners, and identify synergies and complementarities.

Note: Watify will not accept product/service commercial offers.

Deadline: 12 June

Length: 5 minutes

Language: English


To submit your pitch, you first need to be registered for the event!

The pitch should either:

  • describe the project, initiative or idea and explain the partners you are looking for (Expertise, Capacity, Asset, Type, Country), defining the partnership objectives and opportunities;


  • describe your organisation’s capacities, competences and activities and what you are offering.

Your pitch should preferably include a presentation (in e.g. PowerPoint) – but it is not required.

Send your pitch in Word or PowerPoint by e-mail to: sabina.asanova@watify.eu