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By Tanja Tanskanen

The Winner of Nordic Cleantech Open is Out Now!

Cleantech Scandinavia’s Nordic Cleantech Open announced this week the Top 3 winners of Nordic Cleantech Open 2016/17 at the award dinner of Cleantech Capital Day in Oslo. And the winner is, for the first time, from Norway.

The winner of Nordic Cleantech Open 2017 is EnergyNest. EnergyNest has developed a new Thermal Energy Storage solution with game-changing economics for the renewable energy industry as well as for energy-intense industrial applications.

Second prize winner is SoilScout, with a ground-breaking technology providing critical insight into data from deep below the surface, wirelessly, near real-time, and maintenance free for up to 20 years, with the potential to reduce irrigation water and energy use by up to 50%.

Third prize is awarded to ifoodbag. ifoodbag offers an innovative, disruptive and recyclable packaging solution made from a paper composite material that locks in cold and protect refrigerated and frozen food.

Congratulations to EnergyNest, SoilScout and ifoodbag for impressing the investor and industry jury!

Read the full press release here.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Another Cleantech Capital Day – Another Success!

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!

By Tanja Tanskanen

The top 10 best Nordic cleantech startups 2016!

We are very happy to announce the top 10 list with the best startups in the cleantech sector in the Nordics. These companies have been carefully chosen as the ones with best potential for success by the very competent Nordic Cleantech Open Jury. Previous years top 25 companies have shown great track record and have included several of today brightest upcoming cleantech stars. This years top 10 will for sure be at least as successful as the predecessors. Read more in the press release in English or Swedish.

Meet them all at Cleantech Capital Day!

By Tanja Tanskanen

Veolia/IBM to present at the City Day in Copenhagen!

Veolia and IBM partnered in late 2014 to deliver new digital urban solutions for smarter cities. We are delighted to welcome them to the City Day in Copenhagen on the 20 of May where they will talk about this project and how it is developing.

Further there will be some 20 cleantech companies relevant to city development and city officials participating during the event to further the goal of having more cleantech innovations being implemented around cities in the Nordic, Europe and the rest of the world.

Check out the program and request an invitation to City Day.

To read more about Veolia and IBM partnership, click here.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Cleantech Showcase China – It’s a Wrap

We were welcomed back to Sweden after eight days in China with heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, a few days of crisp air and blue sky’s…now we’re back to normal with rain, of course, but it was nice while it lasted.

The trip to China has been both a challenge and a success. For a person of great fondness for planning, structure, keeping times etc. it was trying at times. My first ever Chinese vocabulary – bié dān xīn, meaning don’t worry about it became a mantra. As always with China, it is a steep but quick learning curve and I feel more equipped for next time already, and yes of course there will be a next time, we’re only getting started!

We went into this week with the determination to showcase our Nordic cleantech companies, put them in one-to-one meetings with the most relevant Chinese partners, buyers etc., give them more knowledge on how to do business in China and take them to different cities where they could meet a new group of relevant and interesting parties.

First stop was in Shanghai and Lingang, which you can read more about in length in previous posts. The third day took us to the city of Hangzhou where we had a lovely lunch. I almost accidently ate some toad, thinking it was chicken, must say I’m a little pleased I missed that even tough I like to try new things…just not toads. In the afternoon we had a more relaxed type of event/meeting where the cleantech companies pitched in front of local city officials and industry who were all very pleased to see companies all the way from the Nordics. Between the steaming coffee in the café, where the event was held, one-to-one meetings were arranged as well. The day was ended by a lovely bus ride around the West Lake, said to be the most beautiful lake in China. We’ll sadly have to take them on their word as we where late and it was pitch dark. We were further invited to a superb dinner on the lake, which turned out to be a lovely evening with some really constructive discussions. Stay tuned to learn more on how that develops.

The final day we went to Jiaxing, for a tour of CECEP, which is one of the largest cleantech industries in the world. We got the opportunity to see several of their different parks and technologies that exists under their roof. In the afternoon we had meetings with Jiaxing city and even further business opportunities where found, both for the accelerator companies and us. The evening was spent back in Shanghai were we went to an old Chinese restaurant with a live show, we got the opportunity to try all of Shanghai’s specialties, I’ll give no comments on that….

Now we’re back in the office and so begins all the exiting follow up to build the next step of our journey, time for action!

By Tanja Tanskanen

A Successful Day in Lingang

On Wednesday we arrived at the Showcase in Lingang, to be meet by some 120 Chinese investor, industries and city officials eager to learn about Nordic technologies. The day started of with a ceremonious inauguration of the China Cleantech Accelerator, located in the same building as the event.  Further we got to listen to an interesting Cross Boarder Activities discussion led by Julien Mialaret from Idinvest Partners, who was joined on stage by Daniel Zhu from China Ecofund, Peter Corne from Dorsey & Whitney in Shanghai, Francoise Vuille from Softcar and Michael Hammons from Sustainable Growth Management. Much like the training in Deloitte this also led to the conclusion that to do business successfully in China, you need to take your time. Also a valuable lesson is to realize the cultural difference in cross boarder contract signing. The importance is interpreted differently, in Europe this means that the the project will be executed once the contract is signed whereas in China the contract signing rather means that you have agreed on the basics but not the details as they will be determined in the process after. The Chinese view of a contract is in a way more flexible which means that the role of the project manager is very important and the relationship to the customer needs to be solid in order for them to respect the contact.

Further we heard four of our accelerator companies pitch in front of the audience which generated a lot of questions and interesting meeting opportunities. We are very glad that Arc Aroma Pure, Wirepas, Oliotalo and Cityntel could join us for this event to show of their products/services. This it the first step of the journey to potentially enter the Chinese market.

The day was concluded with a networking dinner at the newly built Crown Plaza Hotel with all what Chinas cuisine has to offer. Tomorrow we’re off to Hangzhou for more meetings and networking.

By Tanja Tanskanen

The showcase in Shanghai got off to a good start

The first day of the Shanghai Showcase, yesterday, was focused on training on how to do business in China for the Nordic Accelerator Companies and European entrepreneurs. We were hosted by Deloitte who gave a very good insight on the first things you need to know when considering doing business in China from a tax, accounting and legal aspect.

Further we had inspirational and informative speeches from Andreas Engström, Invest in Skåne who have worked and lived in Shanghai for 17 years, Oscar Jazdowski of Silicon Valley Bank talked about innovative ways to finance cleantech companies in China. Francois Vuille of Softcar touched on the subject of the perceived risk for European entrepreneurs when transferring tech to China, whereas Kangping Tao of Shanghai Sofku New Energy Company gave an overview of the EV and related markets in China.

The message that was clearest of them all – there are opportunities in abundance for cleantech companies in China BUT come prepared and plan very carefully what it is you really offer and with whom you will work. In doing do you avoid to fall on the first hurdle.

The day was wrapped up by a lovely dinner hosted by Yancheng city in one of the busy restaurants in the city.

All in all a very good start to the week.

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