The Smart Cities Marketplace

Wed 14, October 2020
17:30 - 18:30 CET

The Smart Cities Marketplace is a major market-changing undertaking supported by the European Commission, bringing together cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors.

In this exhibitors' pitch an overall understanding of the matchmaking process and the principles of the Smart Cities Marketplace will be provided.

The matchmaking process is divided into three strands that will be further introduced by experts from the Smart Cities Marketplace Team:
1. Explore: includes a presentation of the Database of Smart City Solutions, quantitative and qualitative information on proven and tested solutions as well as access to knowledgeable experts.
2. Shape: introduction to Pan-European action cluster working groups and initiatives, regular workshops and webinars as well as support in developing an investment proposal for smart city solutions.
3. Deal: matchmaking events with investors, open calls for proposals that are ready to match, guidance on how to create bankable investment proposals.

Tatiana Pasquel Garcia, Project Coordinator for Smart Cities Marketplace, VITO NV, Belgium.
Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Smart Cities Marketplace Coordinator for Action Clusters and their initiatives, Locality, Netherlands.
Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida, Matchmaking Specialist for Smart Cities Marketplace, RdA Climate Solutions, Portugal.
Exhibitors' pitch
Cohesion and Cooperation
EIP-SCC Marketplace, Steinbeis Events and Communication Partner, Smart Cities Information System (SCIS), Steinbeis Events and Communication Partner
English (EN)

Session summary

Smart Cities Marketplace at 18th European Week of Regions and Cities

As part of the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities, Tatiana Pasquel Garcia (Smart Cities Marketplace Coordinator), Judith Borsboom-van Beurden (Action Cluster Coordinator) and Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida (Matchmaking expert) presented the Smart Cities Marketplace as an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, investors, banks, research and other smart city actors.

Action Clusters – Explore & Shape

Six Smart City Action Clusters are part of the Smart Cities Marketplace, with more than twenty initiatives. The latter are stakeholder-owned “projects”, many of which have established their own networks and concrete implementation roadmaps – in partnership between large industrial players, SMEs, researchers and city officials.

Matchmaking Services – Deal

In order to get Smart City projects to the market, the Smart Cities Marketplace features a process called Matchmaking by which project ideas can be realised with financing via the platform’s own Investor Network. Potential project promoters can submit ideas to the Smart Cities Marketplace and/or join one of the dedicated Matchmaking Events.  

Take away message

The Smart Cities Marketplace is a hub for all stakeholders, groups, networks, platforms and initiatives involved in the Smart City field. Its single purpose is to support the massive upscaling of Smart City solutions across Europe and deliver more sustainable cities.


Tatiana Pasquel Garcia: "The Smart Cities Marketplace currently consists of more than 7500 members from all over Europe and beyond. Their common aims are to improve citizens’ quality of life, increase the competitiveness of European cities and industry and reach European energy and climate targets."

Judith Borsboom-van Beurden: "The Action Clusters currently cover six areas: Built Environment and Sustainable Districts; Sustainable Urban Mobility; Integrated Infrastructures and Processes; Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulation; Citizen Focus and Business Models and Finance. We welcome any new members!"