Preparation Guide

Sustainable Industry Challenge 7-8 January 2020

Get Ready for the Sustainable Industry Challenge

Economic Board Groningen (EBG) is organising an international pitch event, called the Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Europe edition – for innovative scale-ups in the green chemistry, recycling, and green energy sectors. EBG is partnering with various companies in Northern Netherlands for this event. The objective is to find tangible solutions for innovating the chemical and energy sectors. The grand finale will take place on the 8th of January 2020, during Groningen Seaports’ New Year’s reception in Delfzijl.

During this event, national and international scale-ups will have the opportunity to connect with industrial corporates ENGIE, BioMCN, ESD-SIC, Suiker Unie and Teijin Aramid. During the one-on-one business meetings, scale-ups and corporates will discuss the potential to work together in a pilot project. Also, the overall winner of the grand finale gets a cash prize of 100K euros to be used in a pilot to implement their solution into the region.


DAY 1 – Tuesday, 7 January 2020


The two-day event will begin with a focus on one-on-one business meetings with the five partnering corporates. ENGIE, BioMCN, ESD-SIC, Suiker Unie and Teijin Aramid will meet with all of the selected scale-ups and discuss the potential pilot collaborations.

DAY 2 – Wednesday, 8 January 2020


We continue with the dealmaking sessions. In the afternoon, scale-ups will branch out in matchmaking sessions with more partners and corporates from the region. During the final event, we will announce the intended pilot collaborations and the overall winner of the 100k. We end with a networking drink at Groningen Seaports with various partners from the region.


Scale-up Preparation

Get ready for roundtable sessions and business meetings in Groningen with this final checklist. Find your Point of Contact for last-minute questions.

Day program

Make sure you will have the most out of your time at the Sustainable Industry Challenge by checking out our programs. You can find the schedule, hosts’ details, and materials to be prepared here. 


Groningen is a vibrant city located in the northern part of the Netherlands. The event will happen in several venues so get familiar with the addresses. You will also find more information on how to go to the venues here.


Travelling to Groningen from another city? You can find an overview of available transportation options here .


To facilitate your stay in Groningen, we have an overview of available accommodation for you. You can also check out Hotels Scanner or Airbnb for (cheaper) alternatives.

Practicalities & F.A.Q.

Some useful information about the event and Groningen. Here you will find out the dresscode, culture of the city, weather information, and many more.