The European Innovation Council (EIC) is organising an EIC ePitching with Procurers online event alongside the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), occurring from the 8th to 10th November 2021. During the session, EIC beneficiaries are invited to pitch solutions regarding the future constellation and new tasks for companies and purchasing.


Apply here until 14 October 2021


Under the motto #newhorizons, BME’s goal for this digital event is to set our minds on navigating the next normal when it comes to knowing how to future-proof an organization and tackling future success - via innovation, sustainability, hybrid working, strategy work, and organisational transformation.

This event will be focused on the future by putting the new tasks for organisations and procurement at the heart of the discussion. The format of the event will allow BME to present their most pressing needs and current challenges. The selected EIC-funded SMEs will have privileged access to the world's leading companies with the potential to initiate strategic partnerships. Plus, increased visibility and possible access to new markets. Networking opportunities with relevant business counterparts based on your company profile is also a possibility, and finally, dedicated support services related to the event (before, during and after) will also be a reality.


What’s in store for you? 

This event will allow you to introduce your services to a wide range of buyers through a pitching session and interactive networking activities. Up to 10 EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions on the Symposium in an interactive coffee table format to a selected audience of buyers.

You may also take the chance to meet with CPOs, SVPs Supply Chain, Directors of Procurement, Senior Supply Chain Executives, Heads of Sourcing, Heads of Category Management, among others. If a senior supply executive is interested in meeting your company, the event team will contact you (outside the scope of the event).
Additionally, selected beneficiaries will have the opportunity to attend the BME Symposium conferences as well. Please note that it will be mainly in German.


Who can apply? 

BME and its partners are looking for EIC beneficiaries working on innovation, sustainability, and digitalisation in procurement and supply chain.

With that in mind, innovative approaches are welcome on the following thematics:

  • Supply chain risk & resilience
  • Autonomous procurement
  • Source-to-Pay / Procurement-to-Pay / Order-to-cash
  • E-auctions 
  • Smart category management
  • Process mining 
  • Digital contract management
  • Blockchain applications
  • Intelligent data management
  • Value management 
  • Cost engineering with AI
  • Supplier management 
  • Risk management systems & risk management tools 
  • Controlling
  • Innovation Scouting 
  • Future of work

The EIC-funded companies will be selected according to BME needs for innovative solutions related to the presented subjects.



You can apply by clicking on the following link here.

After logging in with your EU-Login, please fill in the respective form.

In your application form, you should include the answer to the questions:

  • What is your business compliance with the event?
  • What are your expected specific synergies/outcomes for your potential business with the corporations?

Please acknowledge the information you provide on the application form will be shared with BME e.V. and partners to maximise potential benefits and ensure the effectiveness of meetings. BME e.V. and partners, based on their business interests, will select the final participants among the applicants.

The Business Acceleration Services will contact all applicants once the selection process has been concluded. However, this contact does not include feedback or recommendations to those not selected.


Additional Information


The Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), founded in 1954, is the professional association for supply chain managers, buyers and logisticians in Germany and Central Europe. We see ourselves as network partners for all industries and sectors: for example, industry, trade, public institutions, or the financial sector. Our objectives include the transfer of know-how through a constant exchange of experience, the training and further education of qualified personnel and the scientific work on new methods, procedures, and techniques. In addition, the BME helps to open up new markets. Our Association also helps to shape economic processes and global developments.
EIC Business Acceleration Services 

The Business Acceleration Services provided are free of charge. All participants are expected to fill out a short satisfaction survey shortly after the event, and a business impact survey after six months. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from future Business Acceleration Services.   
This opportunity is brought to you by the EIC Business Acceleration Services. To explore other opportunities to connect with the largest public and private procurers in Europe, keep an eye on our events page.


Cancellation policy 

Cancellations will only be considered in duly documented cases of “force majeure”. Unjustified cancellation can lead to exclusion in future Business Acceleration Services events. 

Should you have any questions regarding the event or your eligibility, please contact us through our contact page (please choose “EIC ePitching to Procurers @ BME 56th Symposium Purchasing and Logistics” as the subject).



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