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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

Denmark wins the Nordic Cleantech Open 2016

It is with great pleasure that Cleantech Scandinavia now announces the winner of this year’s Nordic Cleantech Open 2015/16. For the second consecutive year the first place went to Denmark, leaving second place represented by Sweden and finally we find another Danish company in third place.

The first-prize winners Fresh.Land digitize the food supply chain with an innovative B2B platform. With Fresh.Land, farmers and retailers can interact, receive better prices and the cost for searching and transaction is lowered. In this process only the middlemen loose out!

In second place we find TRINE were the combination of crowd investing with commodity solar PV components creates an innovative business model with massive potential. The company aims at providing the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty with access to solar energy.

Coming in third is SBT Aqua, a company that produces a real-time bacteria sensor that significantly improves quality control of drinking water.

We say congratulations to all three companies and for more information see the press release here!

Swedish press release

By Tanja Tanskanen

THIS YEARS EDITION OF THE TOP 25 REPORT – NOW AVAILABLE!

It is with great satisfaction we now release this year’s edition of the Top 25 Report!

The report gives you a full coverage of the essence that is the Nordic Cleantech Open in addition to providing you with all the essential information on the chosen Top 25 companies.

By reading the report you also get the latest on relevant statistics in regards to for instance participation and we always make sure to present you with a section covering how previous batches have performed since taking part in the competition. You will be able to learn more about this year’s different windows and also get a closer look on the current jury members.

As we are now only one week away from our flagship event of the year, Cleantech Capital Day in Malmö on the 18th and 19th of May, the report will serve as a great indication on what’s to come during the Nordic Cleantech Open Final.

So make sure to read the report and we look forward to seeing you in Malmö!

 

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

Cleantech Scandinavia Welcomes a New CEO – Therese Lindsley

“We have had a couple of hectic and exciting years where we have broadened our scope of services and we are off to a really good start. Now we want to take another leap and continue to increase the value of membership in Cleantech Scandinavia”, says Magnus Agerström, Co-founder and Chairman. “We have been working together with Therese Lindsley on a number of events and projects and we are proud to welcome her to the team”.

Therese Lindsley comes from Invest in Skåne where for the past four years she has been responsible for attracting foreign direct investment within the Cleantech and Services Industry sectors to Southern Sweden. Therese’s commercial background includes positions at Sony Mobile in Lund, Sweden, and Invest in Sweden Agency´s former office in London, UK. Therese graduated from UCL in London where she lived, studied and worked for 7 years.

It is a great honour to take up this position of CEO of Cleantech Scandinavia. The company as well as the team is forward thinking and the knowledge and expertise that has been built up within the company is inspirational! I have never stopped being amazed by Magnus infectious enthusiasm which has directly translated into great results and am very excited to take the company to the next level together with my new team. I am passionate about working in this sector, to try and make a difference for a better environment every day. I am very excited to continue my career with Cleantech Scandinavia.”

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