Press Release Nordic Cleantech Open cycle 4
The emergence of cleantech companies in the Nordic countries is increasing- Nordic Cleantech Open hits new record!
For the fourth consecutive year, the number of applying startup companies to the Nordic Cleantech Open has increased. This year, 111 young, innovative cleantech companies from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Estonia applied. The quality of companies is very high overall, says project manager Olof Blomqvist, Cleantech Scandinavia. We see companies with innovations from a wide spectrum such as new materials, new transport solutions, energy efficiency and renewable energy amongst the applicants.
Internet of Things is invading - a clear shift in the cleantech sector!
This year we see a clear generational change in the cleantech sector, there is a strong trend that more and more of those who apply have a clear ICT focus. This converges with the rapidly growing cleantech areas Internet of Things, Smart Energy Systems and Smart Transport Solutions.
Read more about the Nordic Cleantech Open here.
Nordic Cleantech Venture Capital Guide - Attract Investment
We are marketing a new tool that will help cleantech entrepreneurs attract investments. The tool consists of three features all designed to evaluate and improve the company in order to enhance chances to attract investments. It’s easy, for more details regarding the features read here or visit the webpage to get your access. In no time, you will take one big step closer to securing an investment for your cleantech company.
Dealflow Report 2013 shows come-back for investments in Nordic cleantech
The annual Dealflow Report has just been released to our members, showing a positive development for all the curves in 2013. The highest number of deals since 2007 was reported and the inflow of capital increased by 20 % compared to 2012. The increase is derived almost entirely from private investements whereas the level of public funding remained roughly the same.
Nordic Cleantech Open, top 25
We are very proud to present the top 25 Nordic Cleantech start-ups. This third edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition saw a record breaking 107 cleantech companies applying. An international jury of more than 50 influential representatives from multinational companies and venture capital has been involved in selecting this year’s top 25.
Download the top 25 report here and read all about the chosen companies, the jury and three interviews with previous winners of the competition. You can also find the press release here, and the swedish version here.
Nordic Camp at Trolleholm Castle
A discussion on China's new policy
Members' meeting and NCO companies in London
Professor Lars Samuelson to the Hall of Fame
Success at Cleantech Venture Day in Malmö
Tomologic - Winner of the Nordic Cleantech Open 2012!
What's in store for industrial capital in the Nordics?
Markku Koivisto is the next Hall of Fame nominee!
Markku Koivisto, Director of UPM ProFi was awarded The Scandinavian Cleantech Hall of Fame nomination during the Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland, on November 4th. He joins two people that are already in there, Lassi Noponen and Alf Bjørseth.
UPM ProFi is a business unit of UPM, one of the biggest wood product companies in the world, that manufactures a wood plastic composite material utilising the waste streams from the existing production. The material has superior qualities and can also be used for substituting tropical hardwood.
The official motivation for the award is: For changing the way a big company does business by turning waste and CO2 emissions into a business opportunity. The rapid growth of the UPM ProFi business unit shows by example that a cleantech business area inside a company can achieve superior results even in hard times. Read more in the Hall of Fame!
Alf Bjørseth in the Hall of Fame!
Alf Bjørseth, founder of Norwegian companies REC and Scatec, was inducted to Cleantech Scandinavia’s Hall of Fame during Cleantech Capital Day in Oslo on June 3rd.
Mr. Bjørseth created one of the most successful solar energy companies in the world, and continues to inspire Nordic entrepreneurs. The company went from idea to a stock listing of 50 billion NOK in little over ten years providing the Nordic region with a clear-cut success story of cleantech growth along the way. Alf moved on to manage Scatec, a cleantech venture capital/incubator focusing on renewable energy and environmentally friendly materials.
Check out the Hall of Fame!
About Cleantech Scandinavia
Cleantech Scandinavia is a membership network of investors and affiliated cleantech professionals designed to:
- Provide cleantech knowledge, contacts and investment opportunities
- Be a coordinating voice to promote the Nordic cleantech sector
- Drive cleantech innovation and growth in the Nordic countries
Launch of the Nordic Cleantech Accelerator, a platform for global growth of Nordic cleantech companies.
It has been shown many times that the Nordic region probably is the best region in the world for cleantech innovation. We, at Cleantech Scandinavia, have a front row seat to this and can validate it to be true. Each year we see a great flow of new startups, adding to the 1,000 cleantech companies we have in our databases.
Many of the companies have a fantastic potential to hit the global markets. We have identified that this is a stage where companies, for many reasons, get stuck and have therefore decided to become a driving force for change to achieve the full potential of some of these companies.
The companies will be offered training for global growth and direct access to global markets. This is done in partnership with a great big network of industry partners (such as General Electric, IKEA, Dow, Evonik, Mahle, BASF, GDF Suez and Saint-Gobain), a Real Estate Group, a Cleantech City Group, Service Partners (such as Deloitte, Vinge, Autodesk) and Global Acceleration Partners (such as German Trade & Invest, Munich Network, China Cleantech Accelerator).
China Cleantech Accelerator
China poses a huge market for many of the Nordic cleantech companies. We are convinced that the timing is right now and in order to facilitate growth in China, we have established a Cleantech Accelerator with a base in Shanghai and with a wide network of partners such as Shanghai Electric, Shanghai Aerospace, Yangchen City, Jiaxing City and more. The purpose is to provide companies in the Accelerator with an additional platform to access the Chinese market in an efficient and secure way.
Our ambition is to be a driving force for Nordic cleantech success.