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Story 09 May 2024

Open Call - Present your green solution to the Public Buyers: join the pitching session at the European Urban Resilience Forum


The SPIN4EIC Programme, powered by EIC Business Acceleration Services, in collaboration with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability is organizing a live Pitching session in the context of the European Urban Resilience Forum on 27 June in Valencia, Spain. This will be an unmissable opportunity for EIC beneficiaries to share their solutions in the field of resilience and sustainability in front of towns, cities and regions across Europe committed to development and urban resilience.

For this pitching opportunity, a maximum of 5 EIC Innovators will be selected to participate. All EIC Beneficiaries involved in pioneering products or services related to sustainable solutions for the Public Administrations who have developed or are in the process of creating solutions for the challenge below and who are ready to pitch their solutions, are invited to respond to this call before 6 June 2024.

The Pitching session is carried out with support from the SPIN4EIC Programme and it is dedicated to matching EIC beneficiaries with Public Buyers' needs in the field of resilient and sustainable solutions. EIC Beneficiaries will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to Public Organisations. Furthermore, the 2024 edition of the European Urban Resilience Forum will take place in the framework of the Valencia Cities Climate Week, together with the Cities Mission Conference and the Energy Cities' Annual Forum, hosted by the city as part of the Valencia EU Green Capital 2024 celebrations. This collaboration will be a unique opportunity to bring together representatives of cities and regions from across Europe!

EURESFO will be built around key thematic streams, each addressing crucial aspects of resilience, sustainable development and recovery:

  • multilevel governance, cooperation, and the imperative of a just transition;
  • resilience and the promotion of the Blue Economy;
  • transformation towards resilient, adaptive, and climate-neutral cities and regions;
  • bridging the gap between Humanitarian Response to Post-conflict Resilience and Recovery.

Are you an EIC Beneficiary? Do you have an interesting sustainable solution to propose to selected Public Buyers? Do you want to pitch it and discuss potential developments with them in the frame of a prestigious event? 

Apply here before 23 May 2024 at 23.59 CET

Deadline extended: apply here before 6 June 2024 at 23.59 CET

Seize the opportunity to connect with your future clients – don't miss your chance!


The 11th edition of European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) on 26-28 June 2024 will be co-organized and hosted by the City of Valencia, distinguished as the European Green Capital for 2024. EURESFO has served as a pivotal European initiative since 2013. Organised by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the European Environment Agency (EEA), it has been acting as a unique exchange platform in the field of resilience. The event brings together city representatives, experts, and stakeholders from local and regional institutions to discuss strategies, initiatives, and actions affiliating to climate change adaptation, disaster management, and the cultivation of urban resilience.

The SPIN4EIC pitching session at the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) will take place on 27 June 2024, at Palau de la Música, in Valencia, Spain. As described above, the Forum will be a 3 days event (from 26 to 28 June), but the pitching session "Resilient and Sustainble solutions for the Public Sector" for EIC Beneficiaries will take place on 27 June from 10:15 to 11:15 CEST. The pitchers will be invited to present their solution to selected Public Buyers, like the City of Thessaloniki and the City of Zagreb, and in front of all the participants to the European Urban Resilience Forum who are willing to join the session. An unmissable networking opportunity!

Discover the Agenda of the Event!


Challenge description

In response to the pressing imperatives set forth by the European Green Deal and Adaptation Strategy, our gathering aims to catalyze sustainable solutions that address the intertwined goals of resilience and climate neutrality in European cities and regions.

As we embark on this journey, we need to propose and champion sustainable solutions that not only mitigate environmental impact but also foster resilience and adaptability in the face of a changing climate. Our pitch session revolves around identifying innovative approaches and actionable strategies that can drive transformative change at both local and regional levels.

The conference focuses on three key thematic streams, each addressing crucial aspects of resilience, sustainable development and recovery. Therefore we are seeking your pioneering products or services  addressing challenges related to the following themes: water resilience and the promotion of the Blue Economy within and beyond the Mediterranean region; multilevel governance, cooperation, and the imperative of a just transition; enabling the transformation towards resilient, adaptive, and climate-neutral cities and regions.

Of particular interest is the challenge of water resilience in cities.


Application process

Please note the following application requirements:

  • only applications in English will be considered; 
  • applicants will be asked to upload their pitching deck (in PDF) to allow the jury to gain a comprehensive understanding of their value proposition and assess the company´s suitability to participate in the pitching event. The pitching deck should include information about the solution, market, competition, business model, roadmap, team, and financial needs, among others.

A pitching guiding session will be organised for the selected EIC Beneficiaries two weeks before the event, to help you prepare your pitch and presentations.

Applicants are kindly requested to apply only if they can commit to participating in both of the following sessions:  

  • A max 2 hour online pitching guiding session: second week of June
  • The Event Day, scheduled to take place on site, in Valencia: 27 June 2024

Important: Please note that the SPIN4EIC programme does not cover the expenses related to event participation, such as travel and accommodation; thus, participants are responsible for covering the costs associated with the participation.


Selection process

Please acknowledge the information you provide on the application form will be shared with the buyers to maximise potential benefits and ensure the effectiveness of meetings. The buyers based on their business interests will select the final list of maximum 5 participants among the applicants.   

SPIN4EIC will contact all applicants once the selection process has been concluded, by the second week of June. This contact does not include recommendations for those not selected.


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 Helpdesk with the Category "SPIN4EIC Strategic Innovation Procurement Programme”.

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