By Charlotte Jost

Cleantech Scandinavia and Greentown Labs Partner to Support Global Cleantech Innovation

Cleantech Scandinavia and Greentown Labs Partner to Support Global Cleantech Innovation

The need to rapidly deploy clean energy is more urgent than ever before and this partnership will help clean energy entrepreneurs get their products to market faster around the world.

December 2018

Cleantech Scandinavia, an internationally-recognized platform for cleantech business opportunities in the Nordics, and Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, have formed a partnership to strengthen ties between the Nordic and United States cleantech ecosystems.

The Greentown Labs and Cleantech Scandinavia engagement will encourage innovation and economic development between the regions. Through the partnership, both organizations will closely support entrepreneurial efforts to accelerate new market entry, provide access to customers, and encourage commercialization overseas. Greentown Labs and Cleantech Scandinavia will provide startups with local market knowledge and provide a two-way landing pad for entrepreneurs interested in expanding their networks. Each organization will provide startups with networks of investors, business experts, manufacturers, universities, and other relevant stakeholders.

Members of the Greentown Labs startup community have expressed excitement and interest in working with Cleantech Scandinavia to pursue new opportunities in the Nordic region. Stefan Boekamper of a gas leak imaging company, MultiSensor Scientific, noted that “MultiSensor sees very significant market potential in Scandinavia for its gas leak detection camera. The company is excited about Greentown’s partnership with Cleantech Scandinavia as it will provide the opportunity to serve as an initial landing pad, business location and help to establish a local network.”

Founder of Gridspan Energy, an electricity delivery systems company, Alec Macklis, elaborated upon the level of overseas accessibility and exposure this partnership will provide for his company: “Gridspan Energy’s MEST (Mobile Energy Storage Transmission) electricity delivery systems are a natural fit for the countless islands and fjords of Scandinavia. However, as a small upstart company without an established network in the region, pursuing potential project opportunities is difficult. Working with Cleantech Scandinavia would be a valuable catalyst for jumpstarting Gridspan Energy’s operations in Scandinavia and throughout Europe.”

Magnus Agerström, the Chairman of Cleantech Scandinavia says: “We are excited about the opportunities for international cleantech growth that we can create together with Greentown Labs. We see an increased interest from Nordic cleantech startups to expand their business in North America and the International Landing Pad Program of Greentown Labs as a great way to get started.”

The need to rapidly deploy clean energy is more urgent than ever before and this partnership will help clean energy entrepreneurs get their products to market faster around the world. For more information about the Greentown Labs and Cleantech Scandinavia partnership, please contact Magnus Agerström, Chairman of Cleantech Scandinavia (magnus@cleantechscandinavia.com), or Benny Kim, International Partnerships Fellow at Greentown Labs (bkim@greentownlabs.com).




By Charlotte Jost

Collaborating for smarter urban development

Collaborating for smarter urban development

A Nordic résumé of the Smart City World Expo 2018

Digitalisation and collaboration– those were the two main buzzwords of the Smart City World Expo 2018 in Barcelona – at least at the Nordic Pavilion. While Spain and Catalonia and Belgium and Flanders had separate exhibition booths at the world’s biggest congress on urban development, the Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland combined their strengths and impressed with a continuously well attended Nordic exhibition booth and an interesting three day accompanying program. Since the beginning of the year, Cleantech Scandinavia organised the Nordic Pavilion in collaboration with CLEAN, Innovation Norway, Business Finland and KPMG, which would not have been possible without the support of Nordic Innovation and for the Swedish part of Vinnova.

Around 400 smart city professionals from the Nordics came to Barcelona to connect with global actors, present Nordic cities, showcase local smart city solutions and spread the mindset of collaborating for smarter urban development. The opening talk of our program already pointed out that Nordic countries share a cultural heritage and are used to working together. This attitude of collaboration was present throughout the whole Nordic program, which consisted of stage presentations, panel discussions, networking sessions, receptions, international delegation visits and a workshop on smart city challenges.


Our round-table workshop brought together 100 actors from cities, academia and the private sector who exchanged experiences and solutions on pre-defined challenges of selected Nordic cities. Next to the issues of waste treatment, integration of zero emission houses or open data treatment, the topics of citizen involvement and smart governance were high on the agenda. The challenge of establishing successful collaboration and active exchange between cities and its citizen was discussed as much as the simultaneous opportunity to achieve a truly smart urban development, focusing on social needs next to technical improvements, digitalisation and a greener urban landscape. We are happy that the Nordic Pavilion not only facilitated close interaction between Nordic smart city professionals, but also attracted interested guests from other parts of the world that followed the program and connected with our exhibitors.

The exhibitors of the Nordic Pavilion successfully represented Nordic cities and universities, urban development solutions and smarty city cooperation programs. We want to thank the whole Nordic delegation for three interesting, inspiring and successful days on the Smart City Expo in Barcelona.

By Charlotte Jost

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

400 smart city professionals from the Nordics are going to the Barcelona Smart City Expo

The countdown starts: Only four days are left until the world’s biggest congress on urban development opens its gates in Barcelona. From November 13th to 15th, more than 20.000 visitors are expected to discover the newest smart city solutions, listen to inspiring talks and meet like-minded people from all over the world.

Combined strengths at the Nordic Pavilion

The Nordic Pavilion – a combined exhibition area of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway – will present the newest smart city solutions and offer an exciting program for exhibitors, partners and clients. After a successful pilot last year, the four countries once again combine their strengths to promote the Nordic brand on technology and sustainability leadership on the Smart City Expo together. Cleantech Scandinavia is one of the organizers of the Nordic Pavilion and brought together the Swedish delegation, while the other organizers CLEAN, Innovation Norway and Business Finland together with KPMG will bring along their country delegations.

Packed and interesting three-day program

In months of planning across borders, the Nordics set up a packed and exciting three- day program: Next to presentations, receptions and networking rounds, a roundtable session will bring together cities, institutions and companies to discuss possible solutions for specific city challenges. Last but not least, the Nordics will welcome international delegations that want to learn about and connect with the four Nordic countries.

We are looking forward to three exciting days at the Smart City Expo and hope to see you around at the Nordic Pavilion: Hall: P2, Level: 0, Street: E, Stand: 431.

By Tanja Tanskanen

Top 10 companies of Nordic Cleantech Open revealed!

Today we are proud to announce the game-changing Top 10 companies in this years Nordic Cleantech Open! We welcome all of the  companies to the Finals at Cleantech Capital Day 22-23 of May in Malmö, Sweden. If you want to meet these companies, sign up at   www.ccd.cleantechscandinavia.com.


Altum Technologies

APR Technologies

C-Green Technology


Heimdall Power



Phoenix BioPower


Press release can be found   here!

By Tanja Tanskanen

Applications are now open for the 7th round of Nordic Cleantech Open – a cleantech startup competition!

Ready to show your cleantech innovation to the world? You can start by showing your work to our expert jury members, who come from various backgrounds – international industrial companies, venture capital firms and cleantech/start-up supporting organizations. This takes a few minutes of your time, but the payback is great! Here’s what you can win:
– Participation in  the   Nordic Camp, an all-inclusive weekend together with investors, industrials and competition partners at a castle in the south of Sweden
– A Pitch at the  Nordic Cleantech Open Finals, which brings together 200 investors, industry and cleantech companies.
– Pitch opportunities at the  Nordic Cleantech Showcases,   in   Shanghai, Barcelona, Lyon, Berlin, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,  and   Boston  for the most suitable early entrants.

– The early-bird applicants are reviewed by Cleantech Scandinavia and one early-bird applicant will get an opportunity to  enter one of the suitable networking events for free   so that you can get to the action and create business traction!
– A one year membership in the  Nordic Cleantech Accelerator Program  for the winning company (value of 5 000€)
– Networking opportunities  with our members of international investors and industry
– A description of your company and visibility in the widely distributed  Top 25 report
–  Pitch training

All applicants get:
–  Written feedback  from the expert jury to improve your case. Note! Write your application well and thoroughly – this way you get the best feedback.

Apply now  and take your chance to gain visibility, feedback and new connections!

By Tanja Tanskanen

Launching the Nordic Cleantech Accelerator 2017

We are now launching this year’s Nordic Cleantech Accelerator taking cleantech companies to the next level in  investments, global growth or strategic industrial partnerships. If you have either one of these in your goals, apply to the Nordic Cleantech Accelerator now in June!

Cleantech Scandinavia’s network has roots in the Nordics, branches e.g. in China, and flourishing investor and industry members in diverse areas, such as sustainable materials (Capricorn Venture Partners) and energy (E.ON). Real estate, construction and smart city solutions are also focus points of our network.

Check more information at http://nordiccleantechaccelerator.com/ or contact Magnus magnus@cleantechscandinavia.com +46 739 402 070 for more details.

By Tanja Tanskanen

The Winner of Malmö Cleantech City Award – Company with the Power to Concretely Improve the Construction Industry

Strongcrete was awarded with the Malmö Cleantech City Award at the ceremony at Cleantech Capital Day in Oslo. This was the third time that this Award has been handed out in cooperation of Cleantech Scandinavia and Malmö Cleantech City.

The official motivation: “An elegant innovation based on years of practical experience. This solution has multiple environmental, economic and health benefits and it is modern and easy to apply. We think that this solution has great market potential, will be widely used in the construction industry and will concretely improve the industry.”

The selection has been made from participating companies in the Nordic Cleantech Open by a jury with representatives from the construction and real estate sector. The purpose is to put a spotlight on cleantech innovation to support the transformation of the sector in a resource efficient direction.

Read the full press release here.

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