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29 November 2023
Rotterdam, Netherlands
NEDS matchmaking 2023

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European Defence Fund Networking Day 2023 on Wednesday the 29th of November

  • Do you work with new and disruptive technologies in innovative projects?
  • Are these projects of interest for Defence or the Defence Industry?
  • Do you work together or would you like to work at a European and international level together with companies, knowledge institutes and universities?

Then join us in Rotterdam on Wednesday the 29th of November to take part in the EDF-NEDS Matchmaking event 2023. The EDF–NEDS Matchmaking event will consist of two separate parts: In the morning the event will facilitate matchmaking for the European Defence Fund (EDF). During the second part of the day the focus is on international collaboration. Furthermore, this event will provide you with useful information for your future success in international cooperation.

For who?

Are you active in the Defence industry as a company, a small or medium sized enterprise, or a research organization? The EDF–NEDS Matchmaking event is interesting for everyone! For both private as well as public parties that are interested in the European Defence Fund. The day will also feature a separate session to stimulate international collaboration related to the Defence industry.   

The European Defence Fund

The EDF is a European research and innovation program for cutting edge Defence research and development which spans from 2021 until 2027.

With this program the European Commission aims to:

  • Improve cooperation and interoperability between member states;
  • Reduce capability shortages within the EU; and
  • Strengthen the Defence-technological and industrial presence within the EU.

The EDF offers financial support at all stages of development: starting with research and ending with the development of prototypes and certification.

What to expect?

  • Get in contact with new research and business partners and explore business & technological developments;
  • Get in contact with start-ups/scale-ups/ SMEs;
  • Receive updates from our National Focal Points;
  • Share insights about the latest technological developments.

    Please check the full programme here.


    You can register for this matchmaking event until November 24th, 2023 via the registration button which you'll find on the right, or in the top bar. For more detailed information please visit tab Participation.

    NEDS 2023 Exhibition

    This matchmaking event is in advance of the NEDS 2023 Exhibition. For access to the exhibition on 30 November you will need a separate registration; access to the matchmaking on 29 November will not grant you access to the exhibition. 
    You can register for the NEDS 2023 Exhibition at: https://www.nidvexhibition.eu/.

    Closed since 24 November 2023
    Location Rotterdam Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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    Participants 196
    Meetings 250
    Netherlands 141
    Germany 12
    France 10
    United States 8
    Sweden 8
    United Kingdom 8
    Denmark 6
    Greece 5
    Switzerland 3
    South Korea 3
    Canada 2
    Belgium 2
    Brazil 1
    Austria 1
    Finland 1
    Bulgaria 1
    Hungary 1
    Portugal 1
    Total 214
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    Before event 4433
    After event 81
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