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By Laura Fostinone

The Top 25 most innovative start-ups of the Nordic Cleantech Open are announced!

For 9 years the Nordic Cleantech Open competition has served as an observation tower for the cleantech innovation trends coming to support the transition to a low carbon reality.

The 9th Edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open has broken a new record: it was 140 applications coming from all corners of the Nordics and the Baltics, and now the Top 25 most innovative, promising and ready-to-scale companies have been announced.

For the full press release and the Top25 list,   here.

By Laura Fostinone

Nordic and Dutch partnership formalised cementing cleantech business innovation & international cooperation

 

On 4 February 2020 InnovationQuarter and Cleantech Scandinavia signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to intensifying the collaboration between the Nordic and Dutch cleantech ecosystems in the coming years. The collaboration is focused on supporting Dutch and Nordic companies in entering and accelerating their activities in each other’s markets, either for international collaboration, trade or establishment.

Cleantech Scandinavia and InnovationQuarter, together with their respective partners, have regularly partnered up to boost collaboration between the Dutch and Nordic cleantech ecosystems over the past year. In 2019 the organisations co-organised the Sustainable Building and Energy Systems Mission to Boston, and were involved the Dutch-Nordic Business Event connected to the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. During these events it became clear that a joint Dutch-Nordic presence helps businesses make more impact when entering a foreign market, but also that there is a lot of interest among entrepreneurs and clusters to increase innovation and business collaboration between Dutch and Nordic cleantech players.

To boost such collaboration, InnovationQuarter and Cleantech Scandinavia organised the Nordic Business Day on February 4 2020, where Dutch and Nordic entrepreneurs, clusters and governmental organisations exchanged market information and business experiences in the fields of smart & sustainable building, mobility and life sciences and health.  Moreover, they took this event as an opportunity to formalise and commit to a multiyear collaboration to connect the Nordic and Dutch cleantech ecosystems by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The goals of this MoU is to set up a multiyear collaboration (2020 – 2022) to connect the Nordic and Dutch cleantech ecosystems in order to

  1. Promote collaboration between The Nordic and Dutch cleantech ecosystems, as well as the various players within them.
  2. Support Dutch and Nordic companies in entering and accelerating their activities in each other’s markets, either for innovation, trade goals or establishment in respective markets.
  3. Investigate possible future collaboration to target other foreign markets.

Cleantech Scandinavia and InnovationQuarter intend to realise the above in various manners:

  1. Sharing of relevant market information;
  2. Support each other’s network in entering their respective markets. For example by providing introducing companies to potential partners (matchmaking), guiding small groups of entrepreneurs in their respective regions, providing soft-landing services, etc.;
  3. The organisation of various events in the Netherlands and the Nordics each year. These events will either involve bringing over a delegation to each other’s region, or be focussed on informing the ‘home market’ on the opportunities that exist in the other region.
  4. Supporting Dutch and Nordic entrepreneurs in jointly entering foreign markets.

What’s coming up in 2020?

As part of their collaboration Cleantech Scandinavia and InnovationQuarter have the intention to contribute to the  following events:

  1. Nordic Business Day, 4th of February. Topics: Sustainable Building, Sustainable Mobility and Life Sciences & Health.
  2. Dutch Sustainable Building Mission to Stockholm from 20 to 24 April (sign up before February 27, click here for more information and registration)
  3. InnovationQuarter visits Energy Capital Day in Lund 12 – 13 May.
  4. Dutch-Nordic Cleantech mission to Boston – to be held in Boston in the autumn of 2020
  5. Dutch/Nordic event at the Smart City expo in Barcelona in November 2020
  6. Participation of Nordic Cleantech delegation at Cleantech Summit in Rotterdam in November 2020

Interested in participating in any of the above events? Or curious to learn more about the collaboration between InnovationQuarter and Cleantech Scandinavia? Contact Anne de Vries from InnovationQuarter or Toby Hörnlein from Cleantech Scandinavia.

Anne de Vries/ Project Manager Internationalisation
+31 6 2254 6065 anne.devries@innovationquarter.nl

Toby Hörnlein /Project Manager & Business Relations
+46 708 56 13 14 / toby@cleantechscandinavia.com

By Ibra

Nordic Cleantech Open 2018/2019 – Winner revealed!

Out of the 116 applicants that started this edition of Nordic Cleantech Open, the final Top10 companies pitched at the Finals in Stockholm, on May 21st, and the winners have now been decided! This year, the prizes stayed all in Sweden:

The winner of this edition of Nordic Cleantech Open is SurfCleaner (Sweden), with their unparalleled and proven solution to which is able to eliminate and separate a wide variety of pollutants from water surfaces.

The second place goes to Moving Floor (Sweden), who provide automatic cleaning for livestock through a system of self-cleaning floors, using modular endless belts and reducing water usage, air pollution, and antibiotic usage.

And the third place goes to Einride (Sweden), with their transportation as a service solution based on all-electric, autonomous vehicles, or ”T-pods”. Using real-time traffic data, the T-pod adjusts its route to avoid congestions, optimizing battery use and delivery time.

Congratulations to all three companies for managing to impress the audience with their pitches! And thank you to all the Top10 companies for their hard work and dedication throughout the whole process. Surely we will be hearing more from you in the near future!

For the full press release, please visit here.

By Ibra

Nordic Cleantech Open Top25 – 2018/2019 Edition

The Top25 companies of Nordic Cleantech Open for 2019 are here! The level on this edition has been extremely high, and the competition incredibly tight, but our jury has finished selecting the best and most innovative cleantech innovations for the year.

For the full press release and the Top25 list, here.

On this edition we had 116 applicants – more than ever before in the history of the competition, showing their cutting-edge technologies and ideas to the international jury of 40+ representatives from venture capital firms and multinational companies. Agriculture, new materials, green mobility, waste solutions… the solutions never cease to amaze us, and it only shows that Nordic and Baltic innovation is stronger than ever.

Next, the companies will meet the jury and pitch their ideas at Trolleholm, Southern Sweden, 16-17 March. The Top10 cases will continue to the Finals, which will take place in Stockholm, on May 21st.

Special thanks to the jury for their hard work, and to all the companies that put their time and energy in sending their application, especially those that could not reach Top25 this time. There are a lot of brilliant ideas out there, and certainly, we will be hearing about many of you again very soon.

To the Top25, congratulations! And we are looking forward to welcoming you at Trolleholm.