By Tanja Tanskanen

Veolia Calls for Innovation When it Comes to Sulphide Sensors!

Veolia has launched a new call for innovation about sulphide sensors and are looking for innovative, cost-effective and low-maintenance solutions able to provide on-line measurement of sulfides in wastewater.

The idea is to have start-ups and SMEs participating in the challenge and join forces with Veolia Environnement, a world leader in environmental services, to:
> Test your technological solutions
> Raise your international profile
> Gain acces to Veolia’s markets through strategic patnerships

Submit your application before the 15th of February 2016, for more infomation check out this link!

For more information check out this link.

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

E.ON new Cleantech Scandinavia Member!

We are delighted to welcome E.ON to the Cleantech Scandinavia member base. E.ON produces and delivers energy to the Nordic market in all forms to about 1 million customers. There are many exciting corporations ahead with E.ON so stay tuned to learn more.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Nordic Cleantech Open Beats the Record Again!

Once again we have managed to exceed the number of companies applying for the Nordic Cleantech Open, this year closing at 113 applications!

The increased number in applicants is a clear testament to the strength of the Nordic Cleantech start-up environment and the amazing flow of new innovative companies. The jury will as of now have a first hand dive into this stream to examine the cases further. By the beginning of next year they will have chosen the 25 most promising among them and we are looking forward to being able to present this rounds Top 25 on the 15th of February 2016. Stay tuned!

By Tanja Tanskanen

Ludvika City – the Newest addition to Cleantech Scandinavia City Group

With a base in Ludvika city, Sweden, and with partners such as ABB Power Grids, STRI-High Voltage Testing and Consulting, VB Energi and others, High Voltage Valley is the place to be if you are in Electric Power Engineering. As the cradle for High Voltage Power, HVV provides a great acceleration opportunity for cleantech companies and an interesting hunting ground for investors and developers.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Nordic Cleantech Growth Report 2015

Cleantech Scandinavia has since 2007 reported on investments into Nordic cleantech companies. We saw significant growth both in private investments and public funding up until 2010. After that investments, particularly made by VCs, have declined. Interestingly the number of investments has continued to go up, leaving a clear picture that it is the large VC investments that have left the stage.

We can also see a tendency that individual private investors are becoming more engaged, both in terms of business angels and family offices, but also in increased activity on alternative trading places, where more and more cleantech companies are established each year.

In an attempt to explain how the Nordic cleantech sector is actually developing we have written this first Nordic Cleantech Growth Report focusing on actual growth and profit/loss. Through this work we see a thriving sector and would not be surprised if the significant upturn that we saw in 2014 was the start of a new golden era for Nordic cleantech.

This report is exclusive for Cleantech Scandinavia members and can be found here. 

By Tanja Tanskanen

Oliotalo wins Award!

We are delighted that Oliotalo, one of the Nordic Cleantech Accelerator Companies, after encouragement from Cleantech Scandinavia entered and won the Munich Cleantech Innovation Award 2015 yesterday at the 9th Munich Cleantech Conference.

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

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.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Watch the #4 episode of Cleantech in Focus

In the fourth film Stefan Henningsson, Senior advisor for climate innovation, at WWF is featured. Stefan talks about the key success factors when trying to reach China, the support that is needed for entrepreneurs in this context and the need to see a Nordic innovation center established over then next couple of years, which can be a hub for both Nordic and all other cleantech companies wanting to grow around the world.

Don’t miss our upcoming Showcase in Shanghai the 17-20th of November 2015, where we bring Nordic cleantech companies together with Chinese investor, industries and city officials. We will on the 18/11 also inaugurate the China Cleantech Accelerator, which will help Nordic and other cleantech companies grow on the Chinese market. Read more here.

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