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- By Joseph Patterson
Joseph L. Patterson, esteemed co-founder of BANTgo, exhibited his unwavering commitment to excellence as he graced the prestigious Raw Materials Summit held in Brussels, Belgium from May 15th to 17th, 2023. His presence at the event’s kick-off ceremony for the renowned EIT RawMaterials Accelerator garnered well-deserved recognition. In a momentous triumph, BANTgo received a distinguished grant from the European Union, generously fueling BANTgo’s pioneering journey towards sustainability. This exceptional accomplishment underscores BANTgo’s exceptional entrepreneurial prowess and unwavering dedication, positioning BANTgo for resounding success in establishing a sustainable presence within emerging markets.
The recognition and grant bestowed upon BANTgo by the European Union’s esteemed EIT RawMaterials Accelerator program signifies a pivotal milestone in the company’s evolutionary trajectory, fostering unparalleled development and expansive growth opportunities. Spanning an intensive period of three months, the accelerator program encompasses three distinct phases, namely Explore, Build, and Grow. These meticulously curated phases provide an invaluable framework designed to guide BANTgo and other esteemed startups through the various stages of development and growth. Within this comprehensive structure, transitional stages facilitate seamless progress, while an array of comprehensive resources and unwavering support empower startups such as BANTgo to flourish.
The Raw Materials Summit, held in conjunction with the EIT RawMaterials Accelerator program, stands as Europe’s preeminent conference within the raw materials sector. Functioning as a central platform, the summit congregated leading industry pioneers, policymakers, innovators, educators, academic researchers, investors, and European Commission representatives. Focused on the formidable challenges, groundbreaking innovations, and boundless opportunities within the raw materials sector, the event specifically emphasized the global transition towards green energy and the pursuit of a carbon-neutral economy. The summit showcased cutting-edge innovations, policy initiatives, and the brightest emerging startups within the expansive raw materials value chain. Attendees were privileged to engage in a vibrant exchange of ideas, fostering invaluable networking opportunities, and exploring potential collaborations to forge transformative partnerships of immense value.