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Bioeconomy Business Exchange

The Lombardy Green Chemistry Cluster and the Italian Cluster of Bioeconomy are the initiators of the Bioeconomy Business Exchange in Milan on 14-16 February 2023. The program is dedicated to clusters, business networks, technology centres and SMEs. It offers opportunities to share knowledge, identify potential collaboration and business opportunities in the bioeconomy and visit industrial facilities. The travel and accommodation costs of the participants are fully financed by the program.

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For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: hempclubeu@gmail.com

The HempClub project, funded by the COSME Programme, brings together 7 clusters and association operating in the bioeconomy, advanced manufacturing and hemp production sectors to create interconnected and interregional supply chains between operators in primary production, agri-food processing and green chemistry in the hemp sector.

HempClub implements the ClusterXchange pilot scheme which aims to support short-term exchanges between two different COSME countries to better connect Europe’s industrial ecosystems. It facilitates transnational cooperation, peer learning, networking and innovation uptake between actors of different industrial clusters.

Who can participate?

Participants of a transnational exchange can be representatives of cluster organisations and similar business network organisations, scaling-up support organisations (such as tech centres, research institutes, (digital) innovation hubs, fab labs, creative hubs, resource-efficiency service providers, incubators, accelerators) and SMEs that are cluster members from countries participating in the COSME programme.

Unfortunately, Italian organizations cannot take part in this specific exchange, but you are more than welcomed to take part in future exchanges that will be organized abroad. Follow us on social media to stay updated on new exchange opportunities.

Visiting organizations can participate only once in the CXC mobility scheme.


  • To share knowledge, individuate potential collaboration and commercial opportunities in the bioeconomy among the Host Organization (and its cluster associates) and Visiting organizations;
  • To enhance collaboration and networking among actors of EU bioeconomy value chains to enhance and promote the European bioeconomy industry globally;
  • To visit local companies operating in the bioeconomy sector, including farmers and raw material processing industries;
  • To learn about the current state of bioeconomy market in term of stakeholders and innovation research;
  • To learn about the potential of hemp as a sustainable biomass to enhance bioeconomy value chains.



DAY 1: Tuesday 14th February

9.00 Welcome to visiting organizations. Registration and short presentation of the host

9.45 Hemp Club project: boosting hemp industrial exploitation.

10.15 ClusterXchange in practice: programme overview, visiting organizations presentation in a nutshell

11.30 Ice-breaking session: building effective business echanges

12.30 Lunch break

13.30 Bioeconomy value chain: Focus groups & brainstorming sessions for innovative solutions

16.00 Funding opportunities for bioeconomy in Europe and success stories

17.30 Q&A session

18.00 Conclusions


DAY 2: Wednesday 15th February

9.00 Circular bioeconomy conference: enabling sustainability and resilience (in collaboration with Università degli studi di Bicocca)

Accreditation (starting at 8.30)

Welcome and introduction: circular bioeconomy in challenging times

Presenting circular bioeconomy companies and funded projects

The HempClub project

Presenting hemp-based success cases

Q&A session and conclusion

13.00 Lunch Break

14.00 Matchmarking and B2B session (in collaboration with LGCA and SPRING’s members)

18.00 Conclusions


DAY 3: Thursday 16th February

9.00 Visit to a local plant (Meeting appointment at 8.30)

12.30 Networking lunch

13.30 Visit to a local plant

17.00 Visiting organizations round table. The exchange will be concluded by collecting feedback and success stories from the visitors

18.00 Closing remarks