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How do start-ups and large corporate partners successfully build upon the first contact?

Tandem keynote at the 2nd ECP Summer Summit on 26 September 2019

05-Jun-2019

The 2nd ECP Summer Summit is the summer event of the European Chemistry Partnering that takes place each February. Here, the chemical industry and its user industries meet innovative entrepreneurs and investors. But how do start-ups and large corporate partners successfully build upon the first contact? This question will be addressed by Dr. Paolo Bavaj from Henkel and Miguel Galvez from US-based start-up NBD Nano in their tandem keynote: an inspiring kick-off for a packed day of networking.

Dr. Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing at Henkel's Adhesive Technologies business unit, and Miguel Galvez, President and co-founder of NBD Nano, a start-up from Boston, U.S.A. that specializes in new materials, will offer authentic insights into how corporates transition from initial contact to investment and finally to business collaboration. Participants can look forward to shared experiences and insights into this journey.

“We are very happy to have NBD Nano in our Henkel Investment Portfolio”, says Dr Paolo Bavaj, “in this way we gain access to a new technology on which we can build a new Henkel business, and in turn NBD Nano will be able to grow and scale-up much faster.“

“NBD Nano is thrilled to have Henkel as an investor and corporate partner. The partnership enables NBD to access large markets and leverage Henkel’s existing infrastructure in key markets. In addition, the partnership enables cross collaboration in R&D for future innovation and customer development into new untested markets”, says Miguel Galvez.

More than 300 representatives from large corporations, SMEs, young growing companies, start-ups and investors are expected to come together at the 2nd ECP Summer Summit. The event, to be held at Henkel Group's headquarters in Düsseldorf, will focus on pitches and partnering. Partnering talks can be arranged in advance. Pitches as well as exhibition stalls can be booked along with the tickets. Networking and socializing will begin at the ECP Get Together on the evening before. Registration started on 24 May 2019. An early bird discount of 20% will be offered until 30 June 2019.

Dr Holger Bengs, the initiator of the European Chemistry Partnering, says: “I am very happy that after the great success of the ECP Summer Summit in 2018, the global corporation Henkel has joined us again as our strong partner. The tandem keynote about the fruitful cooperation between a start-up and a global industrial company will plant an entrepreneurial seed that will continue throughout the day. Participants can already start looking forward to this great experience.”

NBD Nano, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is an advanced materials start-up with expertise in adjusting surface properties such as repellency or adhesion. Through its proprietary platform technology, the company is creating additives and coatings which provide customized surface solutions that are both durable and adaptive. NBD Nano’s technology can be used in manifold applications – from electronics and consumer goods to automotive.

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