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The road to NetZero with Climate Innovations

The road to net zero, from a narrow possibility to a practical reality, poses an unprecedented challenge to our governments, economy and society. While the number of countries committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 is growing, so are global greenhouse gas emissions. We stand no chance of reaching the 1.5°C target if this gap between word and action is not closed.

A radical shift in investment focus is needed to support the bold innovations that will lead us to a sustainable tomorrow. Clear millstones have been set, spanning across all sectors and technologies, offering a narrow pathway which requires all stakeholders to take concerted action today and every day after for a better future. Cleantech Capital Day brings together entrepreneurs, investors, industry and government to shape the innovation landscape with the goal of achieving climate neutrality.

With more than 400 professionals at the table, this event is the opportunity to reflect on the latest cleantech developments and their impact potential for reaching net zero by 2050.

THE TRACKS

1. How to drive a historic surge in cleantech investments?

2. Betting it all on Renewables and Electrification

3. Advanced Materials and Circular Economy

4. Climate Impact Assessments

5. Industry and Digitalization

6. Sustainable buildings, urban living, efficient land and water systems

7. Nordic Cleantech Open Finals – 10th Edition

IT’S A WRAP: CLEANTECH CAPITAL DAY 2021

How can climate innovations help our cities and governments to achieve climate targets?  How to drive an historic surge in cleantech investments?

For 1,5 days Cleantech Capital Day brought this urgent topic to the table with more than 30 climate-impactful startups pitching and over 100 participants alongside the TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference & Expo.

Highlights Day 1

The first day was dedicated to the Nordic Cleantech Open Finals. We focused on fostering the early-stage cleantech ecosystem, bringing representatives from the Nordics and Baltics to share how their organizations support innovations and the ecosystem to strive.

Followed were the pitches from the Top 10 companies which led to the selection of the three winners. This was the final stage of the 10th Edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open where 139 cleantech companies from the Nordics and Baltics competed. Big congratulations to all Top 10 Companies and to UP Catalyst for winning the 1st prize, NextFuel for taking the 2nd prize and Enerpoly for winning the 3rd place!

A little bit more about the winners: 

UP Catalyst is an Estonian based startup, which produces sustainable carbon nanomaterials directly from CO2 or from waste biomass for a vast range of applications ranging from green advanced battery technologies to biomedicine. UP Catalyst’s mission is to become the first and leading European industrial scale manufacturer of sustainable carbon nanomaterials and graphite thus providing a strong alternative to environmentally harmful materials used today. 

NextFuel AB has developed a highly scalable new technology for converting fast growing grasses, and other types of crops, into a clean copy of coal. This new process starts by using CO2 rich energy crops like elephant grass or different forms of abundant agricultural/biomass waste, like bagasse from sugar cane, low quality wood or wood waste, as raw material. They are giving the world a clean alternative to burn. 

Enerpoly is a next-generation energy storage technology company pioneering rechargeable zinc-ion battery chemistry. Enerpoly innovates in battery components, production methods, and designs, and employs agile research and development techniques to rapidly deliver batteries that are suitable for the grid, industrial, commercial, and residential uses. 

The selection of the three winners was celebrated over a networking cocktail and dinner, where all participants – entrepreneurs, investors, industries and government representatives – had the opportunity to connect.

Highlights Day 2

Starting with a speed “dating” opening session, the day was packed with networking opportunities, company pitches, and in-depth discussions around the theme of climate innovations.

The following topics where covered throughout the day:

  • Deloitte’s report “Europe’s turning point: Accelerating new growth on the path to net zero” was introduced leading the way to a discussion on the path to net zero for Europe. There is hope that we can change the path we are now but consensus is that there is not a single minute to waste.
  • We discussed how to accelerate cleantech through Private Placement, Pre-IPOs, IPOs and Spacs focusing on the role of investors, with panel participation of investors and financial cleantech actors.
  • We discussed Global Climate Solutions Fund of Fund Series as a means to close the cleantech funding gap. This led to a discussion on the role of investors, and the new wave of climate-related dealmakers.
  • We brought the important topic of impact to the table, with experiences from investors incorporating Climate Impact Assessments in investments screening and solutions potential.

In addition to these discussions, 4 parallel sessions were held on the following topics which hold a key role in decarbonizing the economy:

  1. Betting it all on renewables and electrification
  2. Advanced materials and circular economy
  3. Industry and digitalization
  4. Sustainable buildings, urban living, efficient land and water systems

These themed sessions aimed to showcase the latest high impact potential innovations in these sectors with the aim of accelerating their deployment.

With 1,5 full days focused on achieving carbon neutrality, this event provided many opportunities to meet the entrepreneurs behind the latest cleantech innovations, investors and industrials from all over Europe and the government and city representatives who are working towards the 1.5C target.

This event was supported by TechConnect who connects top applied research and early-stage technologies from universities, labs and startup with industry and investment end-users and prospectors; Invest in Skåne the official trade and investment promotion agency for the southernmost part of Sweden; and Germany Trade and Invest who provides support to startups to establish business in Germany.

Thank you all for contributing to the Cleantech Capital Day! We wish you successful follow-ups and sustainable business development.

See you in the Cleantech Capital Day 2022! #CCD2022

All the best,

Cleantech Scandinavia team

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PROGRAMME

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17/11/2021
16/11/2021

November 16th

11.30 -12.30

PRE-EVENT LUNCH WORKSHOP

” Germany – The Epicenter of Cleantech “

CHRISTINA SCHÖN AND THOMAS GRIGOLEIT

13.00 – 14.00

REGISTRATION, NETWORKING & COFFEE

14.00–14.15

WELCOMING WORDS: Invest in Skåne and Swedish Energy Agency

LAURA FOSTINONE

Business Area Manager – Ventures and Innovation

GËZIM KISERI

Senior Investment and Business Development Manager

MIKAEL FJÄLLSTRÖM

Senior Business Developer

14.15–15.20

FOSTERING THE EARLY STAGE CLEANTECH ECOSYSTEM

Moderator

NICLAS HOLMBERG

Managing Director Global Listings at Nasdaq

Nordic and Baltic representatives share how their organizations supports early-stage innovations and the ecosystem to strive

MIKAEL FJÄLLSTRÖM

Senior Business Developer

HELENA SARÉN

Head of Smart Energy

CHRISTIAN RANGEN

Chairman and co-founder of a venture fund, serial entrepreneur, ecosystem advisor.

ERKI ANI

CEO

BEN JORGENSEN

Senior Project Manager and Head of ICN Secretariat

MARK KOZDRAS

Mission Innovation, Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge

15.20 – 15.30

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

15.30–17.30

10TH NORDIC CLEANTECH OPEN FINALS

Presenting Companies

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nextfuel_logo
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TrusTrace_Logo
Up Catalyst_Logo

Panelists

FREDRIK LARSSON

Investment Adviser

WOUTER VAN DE PUTTE

Investment Associate

KAJSA JOHANSSON

Investment Associate

JOCHEN WERMUTH

German SWF KENFO, Green Growth Fund 2

VALERY PRUNIER

Open Innovation Director Europe & International at EDF

JOOST WAETERLOOS

European Technology Scouting Leader

SUSANNE GLØERSEN

Deputy Head of Sustainable Banking

JÖRGEN BODIN

Investment Manager

VILLE MAKINEN

Startup M&A Manager, VC Fund Engagement Partner

JUSSI TEIJONSALO

Managing Director

17.30–18.15

NETWORKING COCKTAIL – TOGETHER WITH TECH CONNECT EUROPE

18.30–20.00

NETWORKING DINNER

November 17th

07.45–08.30

REGISTRATION, NETWORKING & COFFEE

08.30–09.15

SPEED “DATING”
Match-making: individual meetings between investors and cleantech companies

Check out here the matchmaking meeting’s grid and sign up!

It’s an open shared Excel and you get to fill in your details and the person you want to meet.

Please respect the rules and have a great meeting ahead!

ACCESS SHARED DOCUMENT

09.15–09.30

NETWORKING & COFFEE BREAK

09.30–10.55

Motivations for investors to pursue and boost climate innovations

How to drive a historic surge in cleantech investments?

Welcoming words

MAGNUS AGERSTRÖM

Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia

Moderator

MARKUS HÖKFELT

Head of GreenTech VC

9.30 – 9.50

Opening keynote

Europe’s turning point: Accelerating new growth on the path to net zero

HELENA BARTON

Partner, Climate & Sustainability

09.50 – 10.50

Accelerating Cleantech through Private Placement, Pre-IPOs, IPOs and Spacs

NICLAS HOLMBERG

Managing Director Global Listings

MAX SCHEFFEL

Head of Industrials & ESG Investment Banking

BOEL RYDENÅ-SWARTLING

Angel Investor & Co-Founder and Board Member of ChargeAmps AB

Keynote: Global Climate Solutions FoF Series to close the cleantech funding gap

JOCHEN WERMUTH

German SWF KENFO, Green Growth Fund 2

Panel: The role of investors, the new wave of climate-related dealmakers

JOCHEN WERMUTH

German SWF KENFO, Green Growth Fund 2

WOUTER VAN DE PUTTE

Investment Associate

KAJSA JOHANSSON

Investment Associate

ERIK OSMUNDSEN

Partner, Investing in tech-enabled sustainable growth businesses

10.50 – 10.55

Why Germany is a great location for your green start-up

THOMAS GRIGOLEIT

11.00–12.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS

The rest of the morning will be divided in two breakout rooms for topic discussions and showcasing of 5 companies in each theme with panelists Q & A.

Betting it all on Renewables and Electrification

Advanced Materials and Circular Economy

Betting it all on Renewables and Electrification

Moderator

VALERY PRUNIER

Open Innovation Director Europe & International at EDF

Keynote: Energy transition enabling the decarbonizing of the society

Keynote: Electrifying transport & the need for innovation

HELENA SARÉN

Head of Smart Energy

DR ANNA CLARK

Innovation Lifecycle Manager

Panellists

MATHIAS LUNDSGAARD KUUR

Business & Ventures Specialist

PIERRE HACQUARD

Senior Investment Analyst at Equinor Ventures

JÖRGEN BODIN

Investment Manager

Presenting Companies

Advanced Materials and Circular Economy

Moderator

FREDRIK LARSSON

Investment Adviser

Keynote: Trends and technologies in Circular Bioeconomy in Europe

VIVEK DOGRA

Corporate Venturing – Technology Scouting Europe

Panellists

JOOST WAETERLOOS

European Technology Scouting Leader

WOUTER VAN DE PUTTE

Investment Associate

MATS QVARFORD

Strategic Partnership Manager, PhD, PMP

Presenting Companies

12.30–13.30

NETWORKING LUNCH

13.30 – 14.30

CLIMATE IMPACT INVESTMENTS

Moderator

MAGNUS AGERSTRÖM

Managing Director

Keynote: Climate Impact Assessments: our motivation and journey

LENE ELIZABETH HODGE

Sustainability Manager

Panel: Experiences of investors incorporating Impact Assessments in investments screening and solutions potential

JOCHEN WERMUTH

German SWF KENFO, Green Growth Fund 2

LENE ELIZABETH HODGE

Sustainability Manager

FÁTIMA SANI

Co-Founder and CEO of xIQ

THOBIAS THORLEIFSSON

Co-Founder and CCO of Climate Point

14.30 – 16.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

The afternoon will be divided in two breakout rooms for topic discussions and showcasing of 5 companies in each theme with panelists Q & A.

Industry and Digitalization

Sustainable buildings, urban living, efficient land and water systems

Industry and Digitalization

Keynote: How can digital tech prepare industry for decarbonization?

KIRTI VASTA

Technology and Innovation

Moderator

MAGNUS AGERSTRÖM

Managing Director

Panellists

KAJSA JOHANSSON

Investment Associate

JUSSI TEIJONSALO

Managing Director

ANETT BERGER SØRLI

Portfolio Management and Venture Development

Presenting Companies

Sustainable buildings, urban living, efficient land and water systems

Keynote: How we collectively develop a Climate Neutral Building and Construction Industry

ANDREAS HOLMGREN

Sustainable Manager at the construction company Otto Magnusson

Moderator

SUSANNE GLØERSEN

Deputy Head of Sustainable Banking

Panellists

ROALD BREKKHUS

Investment Manager

THEIS MALMBORG

Co-Founder & Partner at NOON Ventures

Presenting Companies