SME Village

Where innovative growing companies from start-up onwards showcase their contributions to Europe’s industrial biotechnology landscape

Meet Europe’s best SMEs in the dedicated SME Village

Central meeting point

Bringing together innovative young businesses with investors as well as industrial corporations.

Active SMEs in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy

Strong visibility to the approximatively 500 EFIB attendees, while providing a valuable opportunity for networking and exchange.

The hottest prospects are selected for Start Up Hour elevator pitches.

The EFIB audience of industry and investors hear first-hand from Europe’s next generation of business.

The SME Village is open to all SMEs and start-ups (see eligibility criteria below) via the registration process. Applications for the SME Village will close by September.

Registrations will be assessed according to the eligibility criteria on a rolling basis.

  • If yes, the registration is accepted and invoiced. Place within the village is confirmed once payment received.
  • If no, registration for normal EFIB participation can be confirmed if desired.


Places are limited and allocated on a first-come first served basis.


  • SMEs must be active within the development of novel biotech products or processes, including specialised digitalisation and excluding consultation.
  • SMEs are considered as fewer than 50 employees and less than 10 years old. Start-ups are considered as fewer than 10 employees and less than 5 years old.
  • Fee per SME Village position €650
  • 1 exhibition pod in the SME Village
  • 1 full delegate ticket including access to the 1:1 conference partnering
  • Consideration for the Start-up Hour on Day 1

Be part of the SME Village

Network with policy makers, companies and academia