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Matchmaking Forum to generate over 200 international business connections at The Battery Show in Novi

By Posted on September 9, 2013

NextEnergy’s advanced energy storage team is anxiously awaiting The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, from September 17-19, 2013, where we will facilitate over 150 international business connections during the Battery Show’s inaugural Matchmaking Forum.

The Battery’s Show Matchmaking Forum is the first of its kind, and began as a partnership between NextEnergy, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and The Battery Show this past year.  The idea was to generate strategic partnerships between US and international based companies in the advanced energy storage (AES) sector.

Each year The Battery Show is attended by technical leaders, scientists, engineers, project leaders, buyers and senior executives interested in AES for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military, and telecommunications, with attendees coming from 60% US and 40% international.

The show has experienced significant growth since it began 3 years ago, with registrations up 50% in 2013 compared to the show’s first year. This year the show will be co-located with the electric & hybrid vehicle technology expo, providing additional opportunities for collaboration among vehicle electrification and advanced vehicle technology companies and technical experts.

The presence and growth of The Battery Show in Michigan emphasizes the advancement of the battery industry in the state, and NextEnergy is excited to be a part of its expansion.

This year we are helping companies make international connections during a new Matchmaking Forum. We will initiate more than 150 conversations during the Battery Show, connecting businesses from across the world with US and Michigan-based companies to assist in the growth of the AES systems cluster. Over 30 international firms from Australia, Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will engage in dialogue with over 70 U.S. – based companies, nearly 60% of which are based in Michigan.

We are thrilled by the level of interest in the Matchmaking Forum’s first year, which emphasizes the potential for significant strategic AES partnerships between US and international firms.

In addition to working with MEDC on the Matchmaking Forum, NextEnergy staff, the MEDC and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce will be hosting a booth at the show to provide information about Michigan’s Advanced Energy Storage (MiAES) cluster.

MiAES is a partnership of thirteen (13) organizations dedicated to the acceleration of innovation, business formation and expansion and job creation within the AES sector of Michigan. The group was formed to understand and address the cluster’s needs, identify opportunities, and provide services and support to businesses within AES.

I encourage you to visit with NextEnergy staff during the show to learn about opportunities to leverage the power of MiAES, and engage with AES companies and specialists regarding potential product development and supply chain partner opportunities,and workforce development programs.  We will be located at booth B1306.

For more information about The Battery Show and the Matchmaking Forum visit


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