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by Tanja Tanskanen

Even though we have now left this year’s Cleantech Capital Day behind us, the memory of the successful event is still fresh in our minds and leaves us feeling energized for what’s to come!

With approximately 210 participants from a range of different sectors, Cleantech Scandinavia’s flagship event of the year truly catered to all as talented entrepreneurs, curious investors, interesting industry representatives and supportive partners joined us.

On the 18th we kick-started the event with a session on how to increase cleantech business between the Nordics and China. With interesting keynotes from among others Han Xiaodong, Economic and Commercial Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm and Investment Director Julien Mialaret form Idinvest Partners.

Next stop was an encounter with our second geographical focus of the day, namely Canada were a competent panel answered questions after among other things an inspirational speech on doing business with Canada from the Ambassador of Canada to Sweden, Mr Kenneth Macartney. Make sure to join our Cleantech Showcase North America  on the 26-30 of September that will take us to Toronto, Boston and New York. More information on www.cleantechscandinavai.com/events.

In a parallel session WWF held court with their Climate Solvers, discussing Nordic innovation start-ups as a global force to reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and pull people out of energy poverty. Senior Advisor on Climate Innovation at WWF in Sweden, Stefan Henningsson moderated the session and with a competent panel of representatives from IKEA, Cleantech Invest and Swedish Incubators and Science Parks, the engaging exchange drew an impressive crowd.

During the afternoon all eyes were one the Nordic Cleantech Open finals and the suspense was palpable. Head of Information Technology Underwriting from Chubb Insurance held a watchful eye on the finalist pitching sessions were the final top 10, cleantech companies battled it out for the jury’s votes.

The day was wrapped up with a very much-appreciated dinner at Clarion Hotel and Congress were the Danish company Fresh.Land were crowned the winners of this year’s Nordic Cleantech Open.  Worthy runner-ups were TRINE and coming in on a third place were SBT Aqua. During the evening we also saw the 12 Climate Solver companies receive much deserved praise for their efforts in the field. Malmö Cleantech City handed out their award to the company that most efficiently may contribute to a more energy efficient building industry. This year the award went to SWATAB for their washing unit, which makes detergents redundant.

Congratulations once more to all the winners of the evening!

The second day of the event started with the incredibly popular “Speed Dating” session were entrepreneurs and investors had approximately 4 minutes to connect and create new collaborations.

The day continued with a  focus on actors relevant for making the cleantech sector prosperous. Representing this aspect were keynotes from Sitra on the opportunities of a circular economy from a Nordic perspective and from KAUST on cleantech opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The afternoon contained the latest from our different entrepreneurs in sessions such as “Movers & Shakers” and “Disrupters”, here companies such as Unibio, Exeger, Greater Than, ELIQ, Acosense and Ecofiltration all presented cleantech solutions that in one way or another represent a fresh take on things. Parallel to these sessions we also had the opportunity to listen to companies pitching solutions relevant in “Built Environment”, “Smart Grids” and “GreenChem and Water”.

By the time the closing remarks were made there was already a buzz going, speculating as to where next year’s event will take place, what it will contain and whether or not we will be able to top this year’s successful occasion.

In order to find out, stay tuned and we will announce the details regarding Cleantech Capital Day 2017 soon, but for now pencil in the 3-5 of April!

Tanja
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