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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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Cleantech Scandinavia is keen to maximize the effects of the event and the networking between participants. The TechConnect tool provides the list of all participants of both Cleantech Capital Day and TechConnect and the ability to reach out to them directly.

You have received an invitation from TechConnect / Sarah Wenning prior to the event.

Do not hesitate to contact our team if you have not received it. The tool will be active for 2 more weeks.

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We are proud to collaborate with TechConnect, who connects top applied research and early-stage technologies from universities, labs and startup with industry and investment end-users and prospectors. We strongly encourage you to participate in the TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference & Expo which takes place at the same time and in the same venue as Cleantech Capital Day.

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We are proud to collaborate with TechConnect, who connects top applied research and early-stage technologies from universities, labs and startup with industry and investment end-users and prospectors. We strongly encourage you to participate in the TechConnect Europe Innovation Conference & Expo which takes place at the same time and in the same venue as Cleantech Capital Day.

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