Matchmaking session

What is this about?

Identifying possibilities for future collaborations in the Beyond Chocolate partnership.  It is your challenge to find partners for your project ideas. You should develop, write and introduce a concept note by the end of January 2020.


The matchmaking session is a two-step thing. First you pitch your idea by briefly answering 5 questions. This will allow for the audience and facilitators to decide if they want to have a talk with you in the speed dating session afterwards.


15.15 Pitch your idea (max. 3 min)
15:45 Speed dating

What’s in it for me?

By pitching your rough ideas to our plenary room you are more likely to find the partners that bring the know-how, expertise or competencies you need to tackle the challenges ahead.

Focus of the call

The focus of the first call for proposals is on Living Income in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The scope of the matchmaking session can be broader.


After the inspiring speeches, you will be asked to pitch your rough idea to co-signatories in the room. Please confirm you speaker slot by sending an email to

You have 3 minutes in total. A maximum of 2 ideas per partner are allowed.

What to include in your pitch?

  1. Which of the 3 targets you mainly want to focus on (LI/Defor/CL)?
  2. What expertise are you looking for?
  3. What region are you likely to intervene?
  4. What do you struggle with in terms of conceptualizing?
  5. What kind of partners do you have in mind?

After the pitches the speed dating session starts. We will form 2 circles allowing you to speak with everyone in the room. Stakeholder groups will be identifiable via a colour code. You will shortly react on the pitches brought to you in plenum.

If you don’t feel a partnership with a specific actor is possible, please explain the partner what reasons you have for that. This will help others better understand what their added value in the partnership could be.



















By the end of the session you are encouraged to provide feedback to the facilitators on what you take home as good ideas to elaborate on, and if you aim for the first living income call or rather wait for later calls to appear.