9 June 2017 / Bologne, Italy

Digitisation in Fashion

The Watify initiative is an awareness-raising campaign, funded by the European Commission, to stimulate the technological transformation of Europe’s industry. Watify is organising a matchmaking event on Digitisation in Fashion, in the context of R2B - Research to Business 2017 and its Innovation&Match brokerage event.

JUNE 9, 2017 | 10AM-5PM Bologna, italy


  • Challenges of Digitisation in Fashion for European SMEs
  • Pan-European Inter-regional Match Making event
  • Bilateral and multilateral meetings between public and private actors
  • Inter-regional / Cross-border cooperation on targeted focus areas

The Power Point presentations of the Plenary Session of Digitisation in Fashion, 09 June 2017, Bologna, can be found here:


The objective of the matchmaking event is to facilitate inter-regional / cross-border cooperation between regional public and private sector actors in the development of joint initiatives /partnerships or joint demonstration projects in Digisation in fashion – matching S3 priorities and exploiting identified synergies and complementary resources and strengths. Inter-regional or cross-border cooperation can help to exploit complementarities/synergies (i.e. different value chain positions, technologies, etc.), pool resources and infrastructures across Europe, address non-technological issues (e.g. standards) and enlarge the potential user-base.

The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP Fibres Textile Clothing) aims at ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the European Textile and Clothing industry and to reinforce the position of Europe as a leading global player in the development and manufacturing of fibres, textiles, textile-based products and apparel. ETP Fibres Textile Clothing joined forces with Watify in the organization of a one-day matchmaking event on Digitisation in Fashion. 

Consult the event scoping paper for more information on Digitisation in Fashion in Europe.

What to expect

European-level speakers

A plenary session rich of insights from experts and ongoing Europen projects in the area.

Group Meetings

Opportunity to connect different actors for furthering potential inter-regional / cross-border cooperation on targeted focus areas.

Learn how to get the most out working group meetings in WATIFY matchmaking events here.

Bilateral Meetings

Opportunity to initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings.

Learn how to get the most out pre – scheduled bilateral meetings in WATIFY matchmaking events here.

Why participate?

  • Benefit from personalised and pre-arranged bilateral meetings for business and project development opportunities
  • Connect with new technological/research/financing/commercial partners
  • Get informed on the opportunities and challenges of Digitisation in Fashion, with related projects or initiatives
  • Learn about regional competencies and complementarities
  • Initiate cross-border contacts, and explore potential opportunities for cooperation
  • Work towards the exploitation of synergies in cross-border value chains

Who should attend?

  • Research & Technology Organisations
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Business intermediaries
  • Businesses (especially SMEs and mid-caps)
  • Industry associations/representatives
  • Clusters

Venue & Location

BolognaFiere - Bologna Exhibitions and Fairs Centre (Hall 33)

To finalise your registration and access to the VIP area please register here.

Viale della Fiera, 20, 40127

Bologna, Italy

Eleonora Zoboli - eleonora.zoboli@technopolis-group.com


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