On 27-29 July 2022, 20 of the most promising EIC- funded SMEs, startups and scale-ups with groundbreaking med-tech solutions, met in Miami, USA atFlorida International Medical Exhibition (FIME) 2022. The leading healthcare tradeshow in the Americas brought together key international industry players and pioneering innovators, ensuring that attendees will gain knowledge and strengthen business ties with the global medical device and equipment market. In the welcome reception and business workshop organised by the European Innovation Council and the European-American Chamber of Commerce (EACC) Florida, the delegation of the European Pavilion interacted with regional business leaders and local authorities, focusing on European innovation, collaborative partnership and international entrepreneurship.
FIME 2022 attracted more than 12.650 visitors, as well as 700+ exhibitors from 45+ countries, delivering a platform to cutting-edge technology and the latest innovation designed to tackle the most pressing health challenges. Through thought-provoking sessions, interactive exhibit halls and numerous business partnerships, attendees connected directly with European leaders and innovators.
The European Pavilion hosted a diverse range of innovative products and emerging technologies, including digital wearable devices, patient monitoring apps, disposable products and telemedicine systems. The tailor-made workshop and reception organised by EIC and EACC Florida and hosted by Greenberg Traurig offered an overview of the healthcare industry in the region, the forms of US legal entity through which foreign businesses may transact business, compliance concerns, taxation and financial issues, as well as cultural differences of doing business in Europe and the United States.
Among the key highlights stands out the Innov8 competition, where Mowoot, a selected Spanish company part of the European Pavilion delegation, was voted finalist. The start-up competition featured 20 innovative early and middle stage start-ups from across the globe, pitching their revolutionary ideas and battling on stage across three days. The winner was picked by an esteemed panel of judges, including industry leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs.
Located at the heart of the FIME, the Healthcare Transformation Zone unveiled the latest insights, scientific discoveries and future predictions in the healthcare sector. Under Healthcare Transformation Talks session, Grzegorz Ambroziewicz, Deputy Head of Unit at European Innovation Council – Accelerator, delivered a keynote speech on Scaling up game-changing innovations.
To find out more on the European SMEs that participated at FIME 2022, please click on the following link.
About EIC Overseas Trade Fairs Programme 2.0
The EIC Overseas Trade Fairs Programme 2.0 supports EIC-funded SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups to develop their large-scale commercialisation strategy in foreign markets and leverage entrepreneurial opportunities at global innovation hubs, strengthening the European Union’s (EU) brand around the world.
Building on the success of the Pilot OTF Programme, which took place between 2017-2018, the EIC OTF Programme 2.0 is running throughout 2022 and 2023, offering EIC beneficiaries the unprecedented opportunity to showcase their unconventional ideas at 15 international trade fairs in diverse sectors across EU and extra-EU markets.
Check the EIC OTF Programme 2.0 website for additional information and the list of the upcoming trade fairs. The EIC OTF Programme 2.0 continues the innovation journey at GITEX (October 2022) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and MEDICA (November 2022) in Düsseldorf, Germany. For stories, open calls and events, you may also visit the EIC Community Platform.
- Publication date
- 9 August 2022