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SME & Start-up Pitching Event @ CLIB

CLIB, the Cluster Industrial Biotechnology, invites both SMEs and start-ups, as well as investors, industry experts, and consultants to apply for the second “SME & Start-up Pitching Event @ CLIB” on 16 August 2023 in Düsseldorf (in-person event).


What is the event about?

The transition of the chemical industry towards defossilisation and sustainability will take a broad variety of new processes and products. But having new ideas and technologies will not be enough. Scaling innovations needs motivated people, a strong network of experts working together, and investors to provide the necessary capital. Thus, CLIB will bring together innovators, experts, and investors for our second annual “SME & Start-up Pitching Event @CLIB” on 16 August 2023 in Düsseldorf to exchange ideas, build connections, and advance technologies capable of making a difference. CLIB will invite SMEs and start-ups to pitch their business in short presentations and have plenty of time to network with the invited investors, industry experts, and consultants.
The event is going to look at innovations using biomass as a feedstock or biotechnology as part of their process to produce industrially relevant products. The processes can range from purely biotech to combinations of chemical and biotechnological steps. CLIB is looking for innovations ranging from bulk chemicals, such as polymers or platform chemicals, to fine chemicals such as flavours, food additives, or adhesives. Contributions to alternative proteins, textiles and fibres, as well as solutions for the building or logistics sector are welcome to participate as well.


How can you apply for a pitch?

You can be part of this event by applying at the event website. The application takes only a few minutes and includes a very brief description of what you are doing. The CLIB team will check your application and send you a confirmation as soon as possible. Please note that the number of participants is limited and all applications in scope will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katrin Kriebs or Tatjana Schwabe-Marković from CLIB directly under or


  August 16th 2023