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Sport Project Lab 2020

29th January 2020, the European Platform and Sport Innovation organised a Brokerage Event in Brussels, in order to support members and organizations in developing their sport ideas, turning them into real European projects: Sport Project Lab 2020.

In EPSI House Of Sport (Rue Joseph II, 40), attendees participated in active round-table sessions with different consultants, experts in four different EU co-financing programmes: Erasmus+, COSME, Horizon 2020 and LIFE.



The EU programme to support education, training, youth and sport


The EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs


The biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever


The EU instrument for environment and climate action

9.00 Registration
9.15 Welcome and introduction
Alberto Bichi (EPSI)
Rene Wijlens (EPSI)
9.30 Keynote Speech
Yves Le Lostecque (European Commission - DG EAC)

Keynote Speech

Bert de Colvenaer (ECSEL Joint Undertaking)
10.00 The new EU Programming period + How to build a successful COSME Project
Bjorn Koopmans (IDEA Consult)
Jordi Escribà (B-Link)
10.30 How to build  a successful LIFE Project
Paolo Neri (Warrant Hub)
11.00 Coffee Break
11.15 How to build a successful Horizon2020 Project
Pierre Padilla (N-ABLE)
11.45 How to build a successful Erasmus+ Project
Valerio di Tommaso (ECOS - European Culture and Sport Organization)
Arthur Le Gall (KEA European Affairs)
12.15 Lunch Break
13.30 Pitches Presentation of EPSI members on their project ideas
15.05 Break-Out Table Sessions supported by EPSI Strategic Consultants
3 Tables: Erasmus+ supported by B-Link, KEA and IDEA Consult
1 Table: Sector Skills Alliance supported by ECOS
1 Table: LIFE Supported by Warrant Hub
16.15 Face To Face Speed Meetings with EPSI Strategic Consultants
17.00 Conclusions and Networking Drinks
18.00 End of the Brokerage Event

Since the Treaty of Lisbon, through the Article 165 TFEU, sport has entered in the European Union's supporting competences.

From that moment, thanks through lobbying activities of relevant sport stekeholders, like EPSI, sport topics have been included in the EU political agendas. In 2014, the EU created special funds dedicated to sport under a specific chapter of the Erasmus+ Programme, but that's not all.

Sport is not only health and physical activity: it has different dimensions. It has an increasing economic impact, it has the power to overtake diversities and helps integrating people coming from different background and culture.

As EPSI is experiencing thanks to the expertise in various EU Programmes, sport can be included - directly and indirectly - in different projects. Not only under a specific sport chapter, but also through other programmes like Horizon 2020, COSME and LIFE.

Year by year, the EU co-funding programmes are increasing the amount of money allocated in sport projects. Through lobbying activities by European sport stakeholders sport is gaining importance of these topics into their political agendas. Clear examples are EPSI activities, whose efforts contributed, among others, to the EU Commissions' signatures to the "Tartu Call for Healthy Lifestyle".

Through our brokerage event, EPSI and their Consultants will guide in you in finding the right solutions to implement your idea into a projects and help you in seeking the right partners to submit your idea to the European Union to make it real.

Even the choiche of the date of the event, 29th January, was chosen for a reason, since on 30th January, the EU Commission is organising the annual Erasmus+ Sport Info Day, where sport stakeholders can meet to receive info about the EU Programme. So, if you are planning to come to Brussels for that event, Sport Project Lab 2020 is the right occasion to find your partners in advance.


EPSI House of Sport

Rue Joseph II, 40
1000 Brussels